One of my readers asked me last week:
What is so wrong with making lip gloss out of Crayons?
Well, I am glad you asked, reader! I’m going to tell you why this is not a good idea.
Anyone who’s taken a peek at Pinterest recently has seen an influx of ‘Make Your Own’ boards that inevitably include Crayon Lip Gloss or Lip Stick. I cringe each and every time I see them. The logic seems to be that ‘hey, it’s not toxic and won’t kill you so it must be ok to use on your lips!’. I want to scream and throw my laptop at them.
Here are 5 reasons why this is not a good idea:
1. Just because it’s non-toxic doesn’t mean its good for you. Sure, can you munch on a crayon? Probably. It won’t make you feel good, but it’s true it won’t kill you. That doesn’t mean that it’s not going to make you sick, or mess with your digestive system.
2. The paraffin usage in the crayon is far too high for lip use. I make balms and glosses at home. In balms, I never use more than 30% concentration of wax, and its never paraffin. Paraffin is far too drying for lip balms. In fact, its usage in Europe in lip products is heavily regulated because of this. Paraffin, is quite simply, far too harsh.
3. Crayon says on their website that they use colorants and dyes, which in and of itself is fine. But there is no indication anywhere that these dyes are lip safe! Just because you can eat it doesn’t mean its safe for prolonged use on your lips. Red dyes are tricky (as any tattoo artist or hair colorist) and those are the colors you reach for in lip products. This is so dangerous, using non-lip safe colorants on your lips! In fact, any kind of Ultramarine IS NOT LIP SAFE. How do you know what colorants are in each Crayon? The answer is you won’t!
4. Crayons colorants contain lead. Not the greatest idea for prolonged exposure on your lips. In fact, if you are buying generic crayons, especially those made in China, be aware that there has been a move get have them banned for children’s usage due to their toxicity. Are you sure that you want this on your lips?
5. Unlike cosmetics, crayon ingredient lists are not managed by the FDA with the same labeling requirements. Is there water in the process? Are YOU adding water to your formulation? If there’s ANY water – now you need a preservative or you are doing more than creating lip gloss – you are growing a bacteria colony. For use on your lips.
There are so many great places to buy kits to make glosses, lipsticks and balms. Even Martha Stewart is in on the game. Lip-safe colorants are cheap, and if you want, they are easily mixed into Rosebud Salve, or even Vaseline. Rosebud Salve is $6, Vaseline is even less, and you can buy enough lip-safe colorants to make 250 tubes for under $10. So if you want to DIY, PLEASE DO! Just make sure what you are using is lip safe!