How to make Lipstick from the Lipstick Tree?

Ok ok, I know it’s weird that a guy is writing a blog post about making Lipstick. But I was genuinely curious how Lipstick was made from the Annatto tree or Achiote tree after discovering it for its potent Vitamin E source which I wrote about in this article.

So I found the process of how you can make your Treetarian Lipstick made from the “Lipstick Tree”

Creating a homemade lipstick using Annatto as a color pigment and exclusively using tree-based oils and waxes is a great idea for a natural and sustainable product:


  1. Annatto Seeds: To provide a natural color.
  2. Tree-Based Oils: Such as coconut oil, jojoba oil, or argan oil. These oils are excellent for moisturizing.
  3. Tree-Based Wax: Carnauba wax can be used as a vegan, tree-derived alternative to beeswax.
  4. Optional Additives: Essential oils for fragrance or additional tree-based oils for specific skin benefits.


  • Double boiler
  • Fine strainer or cheesecloth
  • Small heatproof containers for lipstick (lip balm tubes or small tins)
  • Stirring tool (spoon or spatula)


  1. Annatto Infusion:
    • Grind a tablespoon of Annatto seeds to a fine powder.
    • In a double boiler, gently heat your chosen tree-based oil (about ¼ cup).
    • Add the Annatto powder to the oil and let it infuse on low heat for 30-60 minutes. Ensure the heat is low to avoid burning the oil.
    • Once infused, strain the oil through a fine strainer or cheesecloth to remove the seed particles.
  2. Preparing the Base:
    • In the cleaned double boiler, combine the infused oil with a proportional amount of tree-based wax. The typical ratio is 1 part wax to 2 parts oil, but you can adjust this depending on the desired hardness of the lipstick.
    • Gently heat the mixture until the wax is fully melted and combined with the oil.
  3. Customization:
    • At this point, you can add a few drops of essential oil for fragrance or additional tree-based oils for extra benefits.
    • Remember to keep the fragrance light to avoid any skin irritation.
  4. Pouring the Lipstick:
    • Carefully pour the mixture into your small containers. If you’re using lip balm tubes, use a small funnel or pipette for precision.
    • Let the lipstick cool and solidify. This may take a few hours at room temperature or can be expedited by placing them in the refrigerator.
  5. Testing and Adjustments:
    • Once cooled, test the lipstick on your lips or skin.
    • If you find the consistency too hard or too soft, you can remelt and adjust the oil and wax ratio.
  6. Storage:
    • Store the lipstick in a cool, dry place. Homemade lipsticks typically have a shelf life of 6-12 months, depending on the oils used.


  • The color intensity can be adjusted by increasing or decreasing the amount of Annatto seeds.
  • Always patch-test homemade cosmetics to check for any allergic reactions.
  • Remember that natural lipsticks may not be as long-lasting or intensely pigmented as commercial ones, but they offer the benefit of natural and nourishing ingredients.

Enjoy your homemade, Tree based (and Vegan), Annatto-based lipstick!

Frederik Lamote

Frederik is the founder of, a startup that is 3D printing Treehouses. While exploring treehouse locations around the world he got fascinated by the value and products trees produce.

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