20 Responses to “Natural Makeup Hacks – LIPS! (Part 1)”


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  1. I think I prefer you to very overwhelming entertaining vlogs.

    Beets? Really?


    I don’t care for beets.

    But I LOVE strong lip color.

    Quandry quandry.

    • Crunchy Betty

      Except, um, it was me in the overwhelmingly entertaining vlog. I mean, sorta. Tongue-in-cheek.

      Unless … are you saying … that you prefer me (underwhelming) to overwhelming?

      I can’t decide whether to cry or … not cry.

      Maybe I’ll just play Word Racer instead.

  2. Wow! Just wow! These are great, thank you.
    When you do part two (and three) can you suggest any commercial products we can use? I love these natural solutions but it would be great to know of at least a few that are commercially available :)

    • Crunchy Betty

      Okay. See. This is the kind of feedback I LOVE.

      Honestly, I have been SO reticent to recommend products, because I didn’t want it to seem EVER like I was trying so smarmy sell something to any of you.

      You know what I mean?

      I just wasn’t sure if that was something anyone would want to see at all.

      This gives me much to think about, Yuliya.


      Thank you!

      • If it means I don’t have to spend hours reading ingredients while searching the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database (http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/) I would be ever so grateful.

        • Crunchy Betty

          Shoot, woman. You just gave me another great idea for a blog post.

          For the record, here’s the gist: Skin Deep Database is NOT my Bible. They lost me when they arbitrarily started changing the ratings for natural products. And I’ve read some horror stories about how they raise and lower companies’ ratings without rhyme or reason.

          There’s another less hysterical website devoted to the opposite end of the spectrum, and they’re a little more level-headed, but I disagree with some of the things they say, as well.

          I think there’s a middle of the road, and I stick to it by staying away from things I (after much research) believe are real “bad” culprits (like sodium lauryl sulfate, pthalates, parabens, petrochemicals, etc.).

          Anyway, I’ll expand more on that later. But THANK YOU so much for your insight!

  3. I am going to try the cinnamon trick. I have a big weekend celebration and I could use some plumping. Love vitamin E as a lip moisturizer. I use it before bed.

    • Crunchy Betty

      Remember that bargain mart I was on about earlier?

      They had bottles of vitamin E (name-brand, all-natural) for, like, $1.50 per big bottle.

      I almost picked some up to send to people.

      Maybe I’ll go back tomorrow. It is the best thing, yeah? Lips and wrinkly eyes – it fixes ’em SO well.

  4. Whoo hoo! Wht a great post full of wonderful ideas! You are brilliant. Love, love, love the peppermint/cinnamon oil idea for natural lip plumping. Fun!

    • Crunchy Betty

      A long time ago, back in my non-natural days, I bought this pumpkin plumping lip gloss that burned the holy crud out of my lips. But, MAN, were my lips BIG!

      The cinnamon EO reminds me of that feeling – just not quite as, um, torturous.

      Tell me what you think if you try it!

  5. Pixie

    I don’t know if it counts as natural but I like to use paw paw ointment to moisture. Also vitamin E is genius, I used it on a scar. I really need to buy a new bottle of it because in chemists in Australia we just have bottles of the stuff straight and formulated for the skin. Do you have the same thing in the US?

    Am so going to exfoliate my lips right now.

  6. I totally agree with you, Leslie about Skin Deep. You have to take it with a grain of salt, because some of the things they consider toxic are not so toxic (such as coffee!) And I adore all your natural lip tricks! They’re so simple! I juice beets and I noticed how richly pigmented they are. In my favorite book, Babushka’s Beauty Secrets, she gives a great recipe for a natural coconut lip gloss, with the exception of one ingredient. Check it out:

    1 tsp aloe vera gel
    1/2 tsp coconut oil
    1 tsp petroleum jelly (I don’t like this ingredient! What else can we use instead of this…beeswax??)

    • Crunchy Betty

      Haha. It became apparent, Robin, when I read this that I REALLY look up to you. When I read that you felt the same way about Skin Deep, I felt this GIANT sense of relief. Heh.

      And, hmm … I think instead of the petroleum jelly, you could use shea butter. Or castor oil – that’ll add TONS more shine (just like the petroleum would’ve). What do you think?

  7. The kids and I have actually enjoyed making lip balms. We started with a vegan, lemongrass balm which turned out great, and made great Christmas gifts.
    Thanks for these tips!

    • Crunchy Betty

      Yay for lip balm as gifts! That’s probably my favorite thing to give – so many different things you can do with it.

      And I’m kinda obsessed with the idea of making a lemongrass balm.

      Going in my book of things to do. Thanks, Jean!

  8.  Very glad to have discovered Crunchy Betty. Have made some lip gloss for my little granddaughters this afternoon. Two failures and one semi successful. Quite disappointed . Tomorrow I will have a go at lavender and honey lip gloss .Looking forward to trying other recipes.
     Love all this natural stuff!

  9. MissMelanie

    I tried two of the ideas here, and had great success with both of them! I will continue to exfoliate my lips with baking soda and jojoba oil, and use beet juice as a lip stain. Thanks so much, Crunchy Betty! I found your wonderful blog and community through this posting about lips. :^D

  10. Christiatwilliams

    I am a new crunchy convert and I absolutely love this site!!! I bought the book (love it!) and made one of the cleansers and moisturizers. I am looking into natural cosmetics now–just eyes and lips mostly. I wonder if I could use a lip balm recipe I found and tint it with beet root powder and maybe cocoa to mellow out the pink (I prefer lip color with more brown undertones). What do y’all think? Can you use a powder to tint a lip balm like that?

  11. lillschoolgirl

    Do you think it would work to mix vitamen E, Shea butter, cinnamon oil an raspberry juice and stuff it in an old tube for an on the go multi purpose chapstick?

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