A lipstick shade can complement any outfit and bring out your most unique facial features. Lipstick has always been a part of the fashion scene, but were you aware that the history of lipstick dates all the way back to the ancient Egyptians who used henna to paint their lips?
In fact, they were the first to ever make lipstick. Egyptians used a mercuric plant dye called fucus, which contained algin, iodine and bromine mannite, making a reddish-purple color. However, although this combination made a mesmerizing pigment, it was also potentially poisonous.
Lipstick has a very interesting history because, even though it was made to complement the features of a woman’s face, if you wore it during the late 17th century you were frowned upon. Even the British parliament condemned lipstick in 1770 because they felt that lipstick was a form of witchcraft used to seduce men.
Thanks to the movie industry and World War II, lipstick gained respect and even became a patriotic duty for women to wear. Since then, the lipstick industry has flourished. However, the beauty product that has made its way into many purses does have a dark side because some of the ingredients in your favorite brands have been deemed toxic as many of them have contained lead.
So, save yourself the heartache and save yourself from the toxic exposure by making your very own lipstick.
Why Should You Make Your Lipstick Yourself
Although wearing lipstick can make you feel more confident, there are some concerning factors that have arisen about the safety and ingredients that are in them. For the lipstick lovers out there, were you aware that wearing lipstick on a daily basis can dry your skin out?
Your lips are made of the thinnest skin on your body and applying a thick coat of who-knows-what on them can make them dry and increase cracking. If you suffer from dry skin, especially in the winter, lipstick may not make you as beautiful as you want to be because underneath that pretty pigmented lipstick lies chemicals that can pull moisture from your sensitive lips, making them chapped.
If all the chemicals that can be found in commercially sold lipsticks aren’t concerning enough as they aren’t good for the skin or the body, they aren’t good for the environment either.
Many lipsticks are made from petrochemicals that can interfere with your growth, development, reproduction and mental capacity. Formaldehyde is another chemical used in lipstick that is known as a carcinogen and can cause coughing, respiratory illnesses and skin irritations. Chromium is another chemical in lipstick that is classified as a carcinogen linked to stomach tumors.
Knowing all that you could be exposed to by wearing those beautiful bold lipstick colors, save yourself from the chemical exposure by making your own lipstick at home. All you will need is coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax and spices like turmeric or cocoa powder to make your very own.