Vegan Coconut Oil Solid Foundation

Lush has recently introduced a really awesome solid foundation called Slap Stick. It is not available in the USA as of yet, but I can't wait for it to arrive! You can learn more about the Slap Stick Foundation from LUSH (here).

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The ingredients of the LUSH Slap Stick Foundation include the following (found on the website):

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Of course, I was curious if I could make a similar version in my own kitchen. I did a bit of research and found that the LUSH Slap Stick has 45% Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and 14% Pigment.  From there I just had to make an educated guess as to the percent of the other ingredients.

LUSH dips the egg-shaped foundation disc in hard black wax and packages it in a sturdy cardboard box.  I was not too keen on doing something similar, but for sure wanted something just as cool.  I decided to pour my melted foundation in an empty EOS Lip Balm sphere. It totally worked liked magic and it can be easily popped into your makeup clutch for touch-ups during the day. 

I need to point out that the LUSH Slap Stick Foundation is 30 grams and my recipe only makes enough to fill the quarter-ounce container.  You could always double my recipe and fill up two empty EOS lip balm spheres.

You will need an empty and sanitized EOS Lip Balm sphere that has had all three parts separated. See photo above.

For my foundation formula, you will need the following ingredients:

4.5 grams Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
1.0 grams Candelilla Wax
0.2 grams Glycerine
0.7 grams Jojoba Oil
0.8 grams Sunflower Wax
0.4 grams Argan Oil
0.3 grans Cetyl Alcohol
0.5 grams Silica Microspheres
1.2 grams Titanium Dioxide
Red, Brown, Black and Yellow Liquid Iron Oxides (I get mine from TKB Trading)

Melt together the coconut oil, candelilla wax, sunflower wax, Jojoba oil, argan oil, cetyl alcohol and glycerine. I placed my glass beaker in a few inches of simmering water for about 10 minutes to fully melt.

Blend in the silica microspheres and the titanium dioxide. Stir until it is smooth.

Time to customize the foundation to match YOUR own unique skin shade! Most people will start with yellow and then add varying amounts of red, brown and/or black.

I like to squeeze a few drops of all four pigments into a small weigh boat and using a toothpick, add a tiny amount at a time and then blend it thoroughly to see how close I am to my skin tone. Trust me, adding a full drop from the pigment bottle will often times be too much! Lighter shades will use mostly yellow with a tiny bit of red and a smidge of brown or black. Medium skin tones will use mostly yellow with a little red, some brown and some black. Darker skin tones will start with yellow, add a bit of red and a moderate amount of brown and some black. You really just have to do it little by little to create your unique match. My advice is to start slow and have a gentle hand when adding the pigments. Easy to add and impossible to remove!

Looks about right. This is my shade! I placed my beaker back in the simmering water to warm up and become totally liquid again.

Place these two parts together. (see photo above)

Pour the hot liquid into the container. (see photo above)

Place the remaining plastic base into the other two parts.

Allow the foundation to cool at room temp and harden. Remove the lid to reveal the solid foundation.

A little goes along way. Some oilier skin-types may find that due to the 45% coconut oil, a light dusting of setting powder can be used for best results.



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