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I love the subtle glamor, fierceness and elegance that only brown lipstick can offer. The best part – it looks good on almost everyone!

Brown lipstick is my all-time favorite and one shade I always have in my corner. It goes well with anything and everything, and since I don’t spend a lot of time in front of the mirror, this fits my bill perfectly.

Here’s how I do my lipstick, though I sometimes do simple alterations. Ready for the recipe?


Cocoa Butter – 1 Tbsp.
Avocado Oil – 1 Tbsp.
Beeswax – 1 Tsp.
Vitamin E Oil – 1 few drops
Cocoa Powder – 1 Tsp.
Cinnamon Powder – a pinch
Nutmeg Powder – a pinch


In a double boiler, melt the Cocoa Butter, Beeswax and Avocado Oil.

When fully melted, remove from heat and add Vitamin E Oil, Nutmeg Powder, Cocoa Powder and Cinnamon Powder. Mix well and ensure there are no lumps.

Transfer to lipstick moulds and let it set – I refrigerate, though you don’t have to, if you don’t want to refrigerate it.

Tips to Tweak the Recipe

This gives a slightly shining finish, due to Nutmeg powder. However, if you want a nice or obvious shimmer, you can either use glitter or mica.

If you want a Matte finish, add ¼ Tsp. of Bentonite Clay or Rhassoul Clay (they’re slightly brown, so won’t leave patches on your lips ☺) to this recipe. However, if you have dry lips, or have problems with your lips turning dry often, skip clay. Matte lipsticks tend to make your lips drier. Alternatively, you can use lip butter or balm or even moisturize your lips with oil and wipe off excess oil before applying lipstick, to prevent drying.

I don’t add Essential Oils to this recipe, as Cocoa Powder and Cocoa Butter give a nice choclatey flavor to this recipe. Also, the Cinnamon and Nutmeg compliment it. However, you can use complimenting Essential Oils for aroma – just make sure they can be used in cosmetics for lips.

I have added a pinch of Cinnamon, though you can go up to ¼ Tsp. depending on your tolerance of the spice and how plump you want your lips to be.

Depending on how dark you want your lipstick to be, you can increase or decrease the Cocoa Powder.

If you want a slight reddish hue to this recipe, you can add a few pinches of Alkanet or Beetroot Powder. Basically, the color can be anything – just choose the pigment, according to your preferred color. We have a list of options you can consider in our previous post here.

You can use any butter, including Shea Butter though I prefer Cocoa Butter for this recipe – for its chocolate flavor.

Not just Avocado Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, Macademia Oil or even Argan Oil can be used. You can choose what oil works for you best. I prefer Avocado for its moisturizing properties.

However, I also like to use shimmering lipstick quite often and minerals are my favorite color pigment for those! Do you want to know how to prepare a mineral-based shimmering lipstick? Stay tuned for a shimmering lipstick recipe.

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