My Lipgloss is Poppin

Nikki Gowdy

How is Lipstick Made?

The primary ingredients found in lipstick are wax, oil, alcohol, and pigment. The wax used usually involves some combination of three types—beeswax, candelilla wax, or the more expensive camauba. Wax enables the mixture to be formed into the easily recognized shape of the cosmetic. Oils such as mineral, caster, lanolin, or vegetable are added to the wax. Fragrance and pigment are also added, as are preservatives and antioxidants, which prevent lipstick from becoming rancid. The ingredients themselves range from complex organic compounds to entirely natural ingredients, the proportions of which determine the characteristics of the lipstick. There is little or no waste in the manufacture of lipstick. Product is reused whenever possible, and since the ingredients are expensive they are seldom thrown out, unless no other alternative presents itself. In the normal manufacturing process there are no byproducts, and waste portions of lipstick will be thrown out with the disposal of cleaning materials.

How is Lipstick Used?

Lipstick is used by females by many various reasons. Some include for fancy events and some lipstick is used on a daily basis to simply jazz up an outfit. Dancers, actresses and cheerleaders also use lipstick when putting on shows or performances. The amount of time used for lipstick varies by each person and it also depends on what the person is attending. Sometimes it can take as little as 2 seconds and sometimes it could take up to 5 minutes.

What Happens When it is No Longer Needed?

Most people throw their lipstick away when they no longer need it. This includes the cardboard/plastic packaging that people buy lipsticks in. Also, when people throw their lipsticks away instead of recycling or reusing the materials, they go into landfills. The materials in a lipstick container are sometimes metal and sometimes plastic which could both be harmful if not disposed properly.

How Can Lipstick Be Reused?

A lot of people will just throw their lipstick away when it reaches the bottom or when they get tired of that certain shade. However, there are many DIY activities you can do to reuse your lipstick when you think it is time to throw it away. One thing is melting two old lipsticks and mixing them together to form one new shade. Another way to salvage old lipstick instead of throwing it away is taking dried out lipstick and turning it into lip balm.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Reduce- This is very important because it is one of the biggest ways to preserve biodiversity. All you have to do is simply cut back on harmful products and use less of the stuff that is bad for the environment. When people reduce, they can be mindful about what and how much they consume. People could only buy the amount that they need and eat more fresh foods.

Reuse- When people reuse items, not only do they save money but they also preserve the biodiversity of our Earth. By using a product two, three, four, etc times we can cut back on the amount of material being used and in some cases, the awful emissions that are released due to use of the product.

Recycle- Recycling transforms waste into products that companies can use to make new products. It can help preserve biodiversity by limiting the amount of resources needed to make new products, but it is not perfect. Lots of energy is used in collecting, transporting and processing recycled materials.