So, I was just surfing through the FDA website, like any normal teenage girl does on a Thursday night, and I came across something that spooked me quite a bit.  I did some more research and found a cool, easy, and crafty DIY solution!  Now I'm excited because there's a crafty way to prevent brain damage!
What I found is that the FDA (Food and Drug Administration, for those of you non-Americans) ran a test on several popular brands of lipstick, and found that 400 brands of lipstick, out of however many they tested, contained lead!  For anyone who doesn't know, lead is a very harmful toxin.  Just a small amount in children can cause nervous system and kidney damage, learning disabilities, ADD, decreased intelligence, speech, language, and behavioral problems, poor muscle coordination, seizures unconsciousness, and death.  High levels in adults can cause issues with pregnancy fetal development, infertility (for both genders), high blood pressure, nerve disorders, memory and concentration problems, and muscle and joint pain.  I could continue rattling off scary things I just learned, or I could give you a link to the site and tell you to click at your own risk, but if you do use lipstick, I recommend you click the following link and check to see if your lipstick is on it.
http://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/ProductandIngredientSafety/ProductInformation/ucm137224.htm#expanalyses
Now that you're done with the freaky part, we can get started with the fun DIY bit of this post!  You can make your own lipstick out of crayons!  Now isn't that nifty?  What you'll need is a double boiler, or a pot with a bowl on top, a half teaspoon of Castor oil, a half teaspoon of shea butter, and crayons.  If you want your creation to smell nice, 2 or 3 drops of FOOD GRADE essential oil.  If it isn't food grade, do not use it. So, what you need to do is put the castor oil, Shea butter, and essential oil into the top portion of the double boiler.  Then, add a half of your crayon, make sure you unwrap it.  You can use a color wheel to help you mix crayons to get fun colors.  But if you mix, make sure that all of the colors combined are equal to about half of a crayon.  Put the crayon into the top portion of the double boiler.  Make sure the stove is on medium high, and that you are stirring constantly so the ingredients mix evenly.  Once your concoction is melted, remove the top bit of the double boiler and spoon the mixture into a small container.  An old lipstick tube works fine.  Put it in the fridge for about ten minutes.  To clean your bowl, do not pour the wax down the drain.  Wait until it cools a little so you won't get burnt, then wipe it up with a paper towel and discard of the towel.  If you do try this, comment on this post telling me how your lipstick turned out, and what color crayons you used.  I would love to hear how it worked! xx
 


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