Natural cosmetics: Simply make plastic-free lipsticks at home

No more plastic. Blogger Charlotte Schüler started removing plastic from her life seven years ago. She refrains from care and beauty products that are processed industrially and are mostly mixed with chemical substances. Instead, she simply makes her makeup herself. How? This is what pupils explain in their new book "Do It Yourself! #Just live plastic free".

If you want to do without abrasives, binders and fillers in cosmetics, you should take action yourself. With the help of different oils, color pigments and a little time, blush, lipstick and Co. can also be produced on your own – according to your own ideas and above all environmentally friendly.

Carrot, rose petal or cocoa lipsticks

On average, people eat five grams of microplastics – every week. Against this background, it seems particularly useful to make straight lipsticks, the components of which can quickly get into the mouth. What it takes: a little jojoba oil, shea butter and beeswax as well as natural color pigments.

To win the latter, a trip to the vegetable department is worthwhile. Carrot and pumpkin, for example, give off an orange tone, beetroot – as the name suggests – a red one. Flowers can also be used to obtain color. Bright red or purple tones can be achieved with rose or hibiscus flowers. Cocoa should be used for brown tones.

Before vegetables or flowers can be used as colorants for cosmetic products, they have to be pulverized. To do this, cut them into tiny pieces and let them dry on a baking sheet at 60-80 degrees Celsius for several hours. Then they are processed with a mortar into fine powder, the color pigments.

The production of lipstick is simple

Jojoba oil and shea butter serve as the basis of the DIY lipstick from Schüler. Melt one teaspoon of each together in a water bath, remove from the heat and stir in the color pigments. The following applies here: the more pigments, the more intense the tone and the longer it stays on the lips. Stir until there are no lumps in the mixture. Then add a teaspoon of beeswax and melt again.

If the mixture is homogeneous, it is placed in a lipstick mold to cool, then in a lipstick case. Finished! When stored cool, the plastic-free DIY lipstick can be kept for up to a year.