Pucker Up (Naturally)!: 10 All-Natural Lipsticks, Balms & Glosses

10 Natural Lipsticks balms and glosses via @poorandpretty

I don’t wear very much makeup but I always have at least 3 lip products on hand at all times. I’ve usually got two different lip balms and a lipstick or gloss for a little extra color. And you know, it’s not easy finding natural lipsticks and non-petroleum lip glosses. Luckily, I’ve done the research and found a few I really love.

1. Handmade Coco Balm by Poor & Pretty: My 100% natural, vegan-approved lip balm is made with certified organic Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Candelilla Wax, sweetened with all-natural Stevia extract. (Yes, my Etsy shop is back open! Just Coco Balms & Coco Body Balms for now, but I’ve got some ideas for the holidays, so stay tuned!)

2. Handmade Wild Pollen Lip Balm: You might remember this from my latest Maker Takes post. I’m all about DIY beauty, so I was very happy to find lip balm ingredients in June’s For the Makers box. Want to make your own? Get the tutorial and supplies here.

3. Ora’s Amazing Herbal Lip Balms: I bought this sampler gift box from Ora’s Amazing Herbal on Abe’s Market and I love my Vanilla and Earl Grey lip balms! The box also came with a Minty Cocoa flavor, but I’m not a big fan of the mint + chocolate combination, so I gave it to Stan. Check out all of their flavors and other all-natural products here.

4. Yes to Carrots Lip Butter: This is a great store-bought alternative to Burt’s Bees (which I find dries out my lips even more). They seem to have discontinued the original Carrot lip butter, but you can buy it in Berry, Mint, or Pomegranate from most drugstores or online here.

5. Fairness Gloss by PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics: I love the name of this company, and their commitment to fostering global peace. For example: the proceeds from this lip gloss support equal wage advocacy. The gloss is a lovely neutral color and made with organic castor oil, beeswax, carnauba wax, shea butter, and vitamin E — 75% organic ingredients! It doesn’t get goopy and sticky like petroleum glosses do.

6. Paint Me Loving Natural Lipstick by PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics: This looked much more pink online, but in person it is a very pale pink/neutral. It gives just a hint of color, which is nice because I like a more natural look.

7. Aveda Nourish-Mint™ Smoothing Lip Color in Sheer Melochia Bloom: This is my go-to lipstick when I want something with a bit more color. It’s a true pink, but it goes in sheer and tastes like mint and cinnamon! This color is no longer available, but the closest thing to it would probably be Fossil or Wild Plum.

8. Magnolia Lip Gloss by Au Naturale: A very pretty and shimmery pink lip gloss, made with olive, castor, broccoli seed, apricot and more lovely natural oils. This is great on its own or over lipstick.

9. 100% Pure Lip Creme Stick in Perfect Naked Pink: This is slightly darker and peachier than the Aveda lipstick and has more of an opaque matte finish. I love that it’s colored using fruit and vegetable pigments rather than minerals or synthetic dyes.

10. 100% Pure Lip & Cheek Stain in Cherry: I’ve never used a lip stain before, so this was interesting! You have to apply it very quickly or it will be darker on some parts of your lips more than others. It’s a very deep red, so I usually only apply one layer and the color lasts much longer than your average lipstick or gloss.

Before After 100 Percent Pure Lip Stain via @poorandpretty

It really is like staining your lips! On the left, I’m wearing only lip balm, and on the right, I’m using just one layer of 100% Pure’s Lip & Cheek Stain. I finish with lip balm or gloss to give it a little shine. I haven’t tried it on my cheeks yet — I’m afraid I’ll look like a clown! Oh, and it does not taste like cherry, so don’t lick your lips!

What are some of your favorite natural lipsticks, glosses, and balms? Did I miss any that I should absolutely try? Let me know in the comments!


DIY Beauty: All-Natural Homemade Face Wash

DIY natural face recipe wash via @poorandpretty

I have been testing my all-natural homemade face wash for about two months now, and I’m happy to say that it has performed better than any store bought product! Because it contains no harsh surfactants, it doesn’t strip away my skin’s natural oil. Rather, the jojoba oil and castile soap combine to gently remove dirt without drying out my face. It’s pretty fantastic, and perfect for those with sensitive or problem skin, dry or oily. See more details about each ingredient below.

DIY natural face recipe wash ingredients via @poorandpretty

You will need:

  • 1 8oz bottle — I recommend these.
  • a funnel
  • 1 cup castile soap — a very mild soap made from olive oil
  • 1 tbs jojoba oil — similar to our skin’s natural oils; it penetrates deeply without leaving an oily residue & is suitable for all skin types
  • 1 tsp rose floral water or rose hydrosol (they aren’t exactly the same thing, but pretty close) — works as an astringent to balance skin; fights acne
  • a few sprigs of fresh or dried rosemary — rosemary is an antiseptic and encourages cell regrowth
  • 11 drops of lavender essential oil — antiseptic, heals blemishes

DIY natural face wash via @poorandpretty

Place the funnel on top of your bottle and add the castile soap, jojoba oil, and rose floral water into the bottle. Remove the funnel and drop in your rosemary, then add the lavender. Shake it up!

DIY natural face wash with lavender and rosemary via @poorandpretty

And that’s all there is to it! Be sure to shake well before each use, as your ingredients will separate. As with any new body products, you will likely need to try this out for 2-3 weeks before your skin becomes acclimated to it. I’d love to hear what you think!


DIY Lemon & Honey Facial Peel

Lemon and honey facial peel via @poorandpretty

DIY Lemon and honey facial peel via @poorandpretty

I wanted to break up my road trip updates a bit with a quick & easy beauty tutorial. This isn’t your standard chemical facial peel. It won’t give your skin second-degree burns or make you look like Lucille Bluth. Lemon juice acts as a natural “peel” because it removes dead skin cells, leaving your skin smooth and refreshed, but also more exposed. As such, I don’t recommend using this right before heading to the beach. And because of the combination of lemon and baking soda, it may burn sensitive skin. Please test on a small patch of your skin before spreading it all over your face.

Lemon and honey facial peel ingredients via @poorandpretty

Ingredients/Supplies — this makes 2-3 uses:

  • juice from half a lemon
  • 2 tbs baking soda
  • ½ tbs honey
  • a glass jar (if you are storing leftovers — remember, lemon is acidic!)

Lemon and honey facial peel via @poorandpretty

1. Mix all of your ingredients together. Tip: If you mix the honey and baking soda together first, it won’t fizz as much when you add in the lemon juice.

2. Wash your face as you normally would with your chosen face wash, then pat dry.

3. Apply your lemon and honey peel liberally, and rub in gently with fingertips for about 30 seconds.

4. Let sit for up to 10 minutes.

5. Rinse off and follow with astringent or toner and your favorite moisturizer. Use moisturizer with SPF in it if you’re going to spend a lot of time in the sun after you use this peel.


Download this right now: Think Dirty app

Think Dirty app

If you’re a Poor & Pretty Facebook fan, you’ll have already heard of Think Dirty — the app that tells you how toxic your beauty products are. It’s free to download and super easy to use: just scan the barcode on your shampoo, lotion, nail polish or other cosmetic and Think Dirty tells you how “dirty” it is based on its ingredients. It also gives you a breakdown of the ingredients, and suggests “cleaner” alternatives.

Think Dirty app screenshots

Think Dirty’s quickly-growing database currently has over 113,000 products in it, but if your favorite mascara isn’t in listed, you can add it effortlessly. Just type in the brand, product name, and snap a photo of the front and back (make sure you capture the ingredients!) and one of the superheroes at Think Dirty will add it for you.

Think Dirty mystery ingredients

Right now, Think Dirty is only available for iPhone (get it here), but an Android version is in the works. You can help speed the development, support company growth, and score some truly clean skincare products by supporting the Think Dirty Indiegogo campaign — I did! :)


DIY Homemade Natural Perfume Spray

DIY Perfume via @poorandpretty

DIY Natural Perfume via @poorandpretty

I’ve never been big on wearing perfume, especially once I discovered all the weird and toxic ingredients in them. But Stan really, really likes when I wear pretty fragrances, so I promised I’d learn how to make my own. I was kind of blown away by how easy they are. Check it out:

DIY perfume supplies via @poorandpretty


  • 2 oz cobalt glass bottle with mister — the amber or blue color filters the light, keeping your perfume stronger for longer.
  • 10-20 drops body-safe fragrance or essential oil(s) — see step two for details
  • 4 tbs vodka — the higher the proof, the better, but don’t use anything flavored. I had this bottle in the freezer for a while, so I used it.
  • 2 tbs water, distilled
  • funnel (optional, makes adding the vodka to the bottle easier)
  • pipette (optional, makes adding the fragrance oil easier)
  • label
  • latex gloves (or similar, if you’re allergic)

A note about supplies: You can purchase most of these supplies through From Nature With Love, my go-to for bath & body supplies.

DIY Perfume pouring via @poorandpretty


Step One: Place the funnel on the amber glass bottle, and add the vodka to it. Do not add the water. You’ll do that in step five.

DIY Perfume adding fragrance via @poorandpretty

Step Two: Put on your gloves to protect your hands (fragrance oils can irritate your skin). Using a pipette, add your fragrance or essential oil(s). If you purchase your essential oil from a natural foods store, they will most likely have a dropper-type top so you won’t need a pipette. But if you are using a fragrance or essential oil purchased from a soapmaking supply store, be sure to also order pipettes.

How much fragrance/essential oil should you add? It’s hard to say because oils vary in strength and your preference will be different than someone else’s. Generally, it’s safe to add up to 25% of a fragrance/essential oil to your perfume mixture. However, fragrance and essential oils also have a “maximum use level,” regulated by the International Fragrance Association (IFRA). For example, the Amazing Grace oil I used here has a maximum use level 25% for perfumes because it is the “extreme” concentration (I found that info here). This means I can use up to 1½ tablespoons for this mixture (though that might overflow the bottle). I started with about 15 drops, but it isn’t very strong, so I will probably add more.

What’s the difference between an essential oil and fragrance oil? Essential oils are natural, made from the pure essence of plants, whereas fragrance oils are manmade. If you want a truly natural perfume, use essential oils. Don’t be afraid to mix scents!

Important: If you are purchasing fragrance oils, make sure they are “body-safe.” Some fragrance oils are made only for candles and can cause skin irritation.

DIY Perfume Amazing and Poppy via @poorandpretty

Step Three: Cap your perfume and shake it up.

Step Four:  Label your perfume and store it for two days in a dark, dry area, like a closet.

Step Five: Add the water, shake it up, and store for two more days.

Step Six: Unscrew the cap and replace with the sprayer pump. You may have to trim the end a bit to make it fit. Try to leave it as long as possible, so you can get the perfume at the very bottom of the bottle.

DIY Perfume via @poorandpretty

Step Seven: Shake, mist and enjoy! If you need to add more fragrance or essential oil, do so carefully, as they are very concentrated. Be sure to shake the perfume before every use, as the contents may separate.