Can Lipstick Grow on Bushes?

This red mess you are looking at is a bit of success.

Yes, it's a successful mess, so to speak.

I have had this project on my personal-to-do list for what feels like forever: to develop a series of color cosmetics that uses 100% plant colorants and doubles as skincare.

Yes, I do like a challenge.

The project has been pushed behind a zillion other things because, well, sometimes, things just get in the way.

But now I'm working on it!

What Changed 

It was a meme on Instagram (posted by a lovely fellow formulator) that finally kicked me into gear. 

The post had a fun graphic with a bush (or was it a tree?) that was 'blossoming' with lipsticks instead of flowers.

The accompanying text was something along these lines:
"until someone invents a lipstick bush, cosmetics will never be natural."

My immediate thought was 'what an odd choice of graphic and words for someone who obviously has never heard of the Lipstick tree'.

And that was it. I had to prove lipstick could grow on bushes, so I got to work.


I'm still working on this (and have been over a period of a few months now), but I thought I'd give you this little progress peek.

According to my tests so far, it's looking a whole lot like lipstick really can grow on bushes.

Stay tuned for updates!

Tip: If you want up-to-the-minute peeks of the progress on this project, check my Instagram account.

Do Tell

Do you ever find yourself inspired to get going on a project by something completely unexpected?