Most lipsticks are made from three basic ingredients: wax, oil, and pigment.
Pigment is the color. Waxes provide shape and a spreadable texture. Oils -- such as petrolatum, lanolin, cocoa butter, jojoba, castor, and mineral -- add moisture.
· Wax – The main ingredient of every lipstick is wax, which gives the lipstick base that is easily applied to the lips. Most commonly used types are beeswax, candelillaand carnauba wax. The last of them, carnauba wax, is extracted from the leaves of the Brazilian wax trees, making it more expensive than first two types.
· Oil – More than 60% of the lipstick weight is reserved for the very important oils. The most commonly used types are vegetable oil, castor oil, lanolin oil, mineral oil and even cocoa butter.
· Pigment – Lipsticks come in incredible variety of colors, and pigments are the substance that allows them to gain every shade of color imaginable. Women have incredible preference to even subtle color shades, which is forcing the manufacturers to produce lipsticks in wide variety of colors.
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