But he who dares not grasp the thorn, should never crave the rose

Quote by Anne Brontë

A few months ago, I purchased a tiny package of red reef Australian clay, and as things happen, it got tied up at customs and was just delivered to me last week. My week was busy and I set it aside without another thought.

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Today I woke up thinking about making deep, true red lipstick with that clay. The first lipstick I ever made was with rose clay and with rose clay and mica, and I have some shimmery gold set aside for red reef clay. I’m excited. I should make more rose clay lipstick someday, too, but for now I think I have a few left as gifts.

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I began with a fairly straight-up lip balm recipe. I included shea butter and olive oil for their ultra moisturizing qualities. I also added a touch of magnesium stearate to help with slip, because everyone wants a smooth, creamy lipstick that doesn’t skid across the lips.

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I love my chai spice lip balm and decided to add those essential oils again, just tiny amounts; cinnamon, clove, ginger, cardamom, and vanilla. I wouldn’t dare except this makes a fairly large batch of lipstick comparatively (I usually make four at a time; but I knew I would make about eight and a few samples) so the essential oils will be able to dilute among all eight tubes and not be too spicy in any one. Chai spice lipstick! Wow!

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Pardon the picture quality; I was pouring one handed and snapping the shot. I promise I don’t pour lipstick like that exactly. I’m a little better 😉

Four of these are plain clay and four have a touch of mica in them for comparison. All are beautiful, however the clay isn’t deep red, it’s a deep red-brown. On the lips, it’s a wonderful natural color and the lipstick isn’t too heavy; you can layer it up or leave it semi-sheer.

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I think if I use this clay again for lipstick I will add some burgundy red oxide I have to bring more red and a touch of blue to the party. The gold mica looks amazing, though. Keeping that, but I like my lipstick to have micas and shimmer.

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Author: scseery

Soap, bath and beauty, jams and jellies, and unique upcycled gifts. That's what I make and talk about here. A lot.

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