Lipstick from Crayons: The Beauty Hack That’s Killing You

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You may have seen it listed as the latest beauty hack: How to Make Your Own Lipstick from crayons. Many YouTuber and Blogger alike have harked at its cost-effectiveness and money-saving savviness. But what if I told you that this DIY recipe can lead to some lethal issues that makes saving on expenses pale in comparison?

Amy Legate-Wolfe at CTV News reports that while “crayons are sold as nontoxic, they are designed, tested and approved to be used for drawing and not as makeup.”

What is Crayon Lipstick?

Like any beauty hack or DIY recipe, the idea of crayon lipstick largely emerged from the collaborative boards of Pinterest and surfaced on blogs, digital magazines and YouTube channels alike.

In its basic steps, crayon lipstick is made by melting down colors from a box of crayons, mixing the colored wax with oils, commonly coconut oil, and then hardening the mixture into a solid balm.
The novelty of this project is that crayon lipstick can be made from just two ingredients, melted crayons and coconut oil, making it inexpensive and highly doable.

Crayon Lipstick Toxicity 

Herein lies the problem, crayon lipstick is in fact NOT safe and is toxic because it is made from crayons.

Although many efforts have been made over the years to make crayons more safe and non-toxic, the fact remains that ingesting crayons—which is exactly what you are doing when you apply them to your lips and lick, drink, eat, etc— is a serious danger to your health.

Why is this? Let’s look at the ingredient list of a basic crayon. Crayons similar to other colored art utensils are usually made from the following:

  • Filler (talc, chalk)
  • Colorant (pigment and/or dye)
  • Wax (paraffin, beeswax, carnauba wax
Hidden in this ingredient list is petroleum. Paraffin wax is made from petroleum (coal, oil) and toxic chemicals may come into contact with the wax during processing. Paraffin wax is not purified.

Colorants like dyes can also contain an assortment of chemicals like FD&C Lake colorants, tin oxides, aluminum, and other heavy metals, as well as titanium dioxide. Not to mention the proven dangers of talc, which can cause everything from skin irritation to organ toxicity in the lungs due to asbestos that are carcinogenic.

Safe and Not Sorry

As you select your beauty products especially lipstick, it is important to think about the ingredients. If you feel the need to be creative, try mixing lipstick to create new shades instead of putting your health potentially at risk.

Sources: Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, CTV News “Warns Against Crayons as Makeup,” "Wax Based Drawing Media” by Margaret Holben Ellis and M. Brigitte Yeh, Crayola FAQ.

The Benefits of Beeswax

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Beeswax has been described as the “miracle of the beehive.” And for good reason. This amber, holistic wax accelerates blood flow, increases energy for speedy anti-aging properties and is also hypoallergenic. Read below to learn three reasons why we include this healthy wax as an ingredient in our lipsticks.

1. Skin Protectant, Low Pore Clog

Beeswax is a “wonderful skin softener and protector” creating a delicate covering over the skin which effectively locks in moisture and hydration and is moderately low on the non comedogenic rating, scoring a 2/5, which means it has a low ability to clog pores.

2. Triple Anti-Infection

Not forgetting beeswax’s light aromatic, slightly balsamic aroma, when “applied topically this wax contains anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial properties” that protect the skin from bacteria and infection.
Beeswax varies in color depending on when it is harvested and other factors

3. Vitamin A

Vitamin A, which is known for being anti-aging and wrinkle reducing, is also in beeswax and can aid in the healing and “reconstruction of damaged skin cells.”

Some products may add fragrance to beeswax or use a chemical process to alter its natural aroma. In order to avoid this read the ingredient list and look for lip products that do not contain artificial fragrances.

Sources: “Backyard Beekeeper” by Kim Flottum, “Beeswax Alchemy” by Petra Ahnert,
Beeswax Uses by Kristin Collins
Photo credit: One Good Thing