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  • Colored Chapstick that does not tint the lip

    Posted by Cosmetic_Chemist on November 1, 2022 at 1:19 pm

    I have been asked for some different colored lip balms but they do not want the lip balm colors to tint the lips. 

    I have absolutely no experience with color cosmetics beyond basic colored soaps. If i were to use FD&C colors or D&C colors, would they tint the lips?

    On the other hand, if i do want the pigment to tint the lips, what more do i need to add?

    This is still very prelim stuff so I do not have a formal formula but assume it is a vegan, petrolatum free, oil based lip balm. 

    Any advice would be appreciated!! 

    Thank you!

    arabellemcelreavy2 replied 5 months ago 6 Members · 5 Replies
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  • evchem2

    November 2, 2022 at 12:31 pm

    Color cosmetics isn’t my wheelhouse but my thinking is: go the dye route for no tint (lakes if your formula is anhydrous, though I’d be concerned these might have some payoff) - if you are US based check the allowed dyes/lakes for contact with mouth Part 74, Subpart C: 

    Alternatively look at burts bees or similar commercial product you want to mimic and check what ingredients they are using.

  • Joy

    December 16, 2022 at 6:20 am

    Having no tint on the lips is as simple as using less pigment. You can have enough to colour the balm (very little is needed), but not tint the lips.

  • devesh327

    December 29, 2022 at 8:46 am

    Joy said:

    Having no tint on the lips is as simple as using less pigment. You can have enough to colour the balm (very little is needed), but not tint the lips.

    Exactly ! Use very little pigment just to show a bit of color on your product. Experiment with very low concentrations. I’m sure you will find the right amount with a little experimentation. I use 1.5% pigment in my lip balms. 

  • Sweet.Tea.Bags

    June 26, 2023 at 10:28 am

    Late reply, but I’ve been experimenting with tinted chapsticks lately. Just use less of the color you want. More wax tends to dull the color quite a bit I’ve noticed. I primarily use iron oxides and titanium oxides though. If you decide to use lake dyes, use way less of that than you would with oxides.

    Hopefully you got the answer you needed!

  • arabellemcelreavy2

    June 26, 2023 at 2:38 pm

    If you want to create a colored lip balm that does not tint the lips, you can use certain colorants that are known to be non-tinting. FD&C colors (certified for use in food, drugs, and cosmetics) and D&C colors (certified for use in drugs and cosmetics) are commonly used in lip balms and other cosmetics. However, some of these colors can still impart a slight tint to the lips, especially in higher concentrations.

    To achieve a non-tinting effect, you can consider using non-tinting pigments or colorants such as:

    1. Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891): This white pigment is commonly used as a base to lighten or neutralize the color of other pigments. It can help reduce the tinting effect of other colors in the lip balm.

    2. Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163): This pearlescent pigment is often used in cosmetics for its shimmering effect. It does not typically impart a significant color tint.

    3. Mica: Mica is a group of naturally occurring minerals that can add a subtle shimmer to your lip balm without adding significant color.

    By using these colorants in lower concentrations, you can create lip balms with a hint of color or a shimmering effect without noticeable tinting on the lips. It’s important to note that the specific shade and intensity of the color will depend on the concentration and formulation.

    On the other hand, if you do want the pigment to tint the lips, you can use higher concentrations of the colorants mentioned above or consider using other colorants specifically formulated for lip products http://essaypapers.reviews/ . It’s crucial to comply with the approved usage levels of these colorants and ensure they meet the safety standards for cosmetic use.

    As you mentioned that you’re creating a vegan, petrolatum-free, oil-based lip balm, make sure to select colorants that are compatible with your chosen formula and ingredients.

    When formulating any cosmetic product, it’s always recommended to consult with a cosmetic chemist or conduct appropriate stability and safety testing to ensure the product meets your desired specifications and regulatory requirements.

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