What’s Inside a Tube of Lipstick

I don’t receive quite as many of these as I used to, but this one deserves to be memorialized. Because of the name of my website and the fact that when it comes to the web, most people nowadays have the attention span of a caffeinated gerbil, a lot of people decide to send me e-mail about lipstick, not bothering to even look at my site. Here’s a humdinger I received a few days ago from Australia in exactly this color:

hey
wat excactly is in lipstick
cause 4 skool we hav to find wats in somthin and do a flow chart or somthin
pleas help me

(Love the im-chat speak; I just pray to god this person really doesn’t think that’s English.)

It seems that amongst the schoolchidren of the world, there seems to be an unhealthy obsession with what’s inside lipstick. And they feel compelled to write papers on it for unsuspecting teachers. Since 1997 (when I premiered the site), the top two ingredients kids think make up lipstick are…



  • whale blubber
  • pig anuses

Why the latter I have no idea–maybe they love snickering over the idea of their mothers and sisters rolling that stuff over their lips….

What I’m listening to: Stankonia by Outkast. Even though these days it’s kind of eerie, I love “Bombs Over Baghdad”.

What I’m going to read: Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold, though I really want to read Freaks of Mayfair by E.F. Benson ; I mean–how can you not love an author whose father was the Archbishop of Canterbury and who later in life kept a corgi named Taffy?

14 Responses

  1. brooke
    brooke January 22, 2004 at 11:29 am | | Reply

    i have to do a science fair project, “is lipstick really bad for you?” i would really appreciate it if you eould help me, thank you for your time
    -Brooke, 13

  2. melani
    melani February 1, 2004 at 4:10 pm | | Reply

    Hello well im doing a sceince research paper for school and i need to find out what chemicals are found inside lipsticks.

  3. lauren
    lauren March 8, 2004 at 11:27 pm | | Reply

    hey
    I was just wondering what was in lipstick because i have a science project and i have to find three different types of lipsticks and see what one stays on the longest and what is in them.I would really appreciate it if you could help me!!!!!!

  4. Jess
    Jess March 9, 2004 at 12:40 am | | Reply

    Hey, i have to do a science project and one of my questions is “What ingredients are in lipstick” and i cant find anything on it,….so please help me.. bye.

  5. Haley
    Haley March 15, 2004 at 5:10 am | | Reply

    i use lipstick every morning and i always wonder exactly what am i using and i’ve decided to do my science fair project to have something to do with lipstick can you please help me

  6. Marleau Dixon
    Marleau Dixon May 20, 2004 at 4:39 pm | | Reply

    hi my name is marleau dixon and i’m in gr.8, I was wondering if u could help me i am doing an asinment for geography and i was wondering if u could help i need to now what the natural and human inputs are to lip stick, the process step-by-step for lip stick, i also need the outputs also and wut is the feedback for lip stick as well so if you could help it would be nice. thanks!-Marleau Dixon, 15-today on may 20th 2004 kk bye byez

  7. paula
    paula July 20, 2004 at 4:36 pm | | Reply

    what exactly is inside lipstick because for shcool i need to do a flow chart on what is inside lipstick please help?

  8. bec
    bec August 18, 2004 at 8:40 pm | | Reply

    hi i am doing a science assignment om lipstick, and i was just wondering… what are the components of your cosmetic… and is there any chemical equations related to lipstick…

    the components contribute to the overall properties of the product.

    How has lipstick benefited the developement overtime…

    How is animal testing.. safe testing.. of the lipstick would you have it in a table form.??

    please reply soon.. as i have no idea what to do….

    thankyou heaps… bec….

    hoping to hear from you soon…..

  9. LaShundra
    LaShundra October 24, 2004 at 12:34 pm | | Reply

    What elements r in lipstick i need 2 no now. im in 8th grade and in physical science we have to make a molecule and my friend makin 1 of lipstick but we need to no whats in it rite now. its due 2morrow. thanks in advance
    a helpful friend
    – LaShundra

  10. mrdcrozier
    mrdcrozier November 18, 2004 at 11:47 pm | | Reply

    whats in lipstick from sea

  11. Sara Beth
    Sara Beth November 24, 2004 at 6:22 pm | | Reply

    I know the main ingredients in lipstick, but is whale blubber and pig anus in all lipsticks, or do they use different animal ‘things’ in other lipsticks?

  12. Sara Beth
    Sara Beth November 24, 2004 at 6:26 pm | | Reply

    I reread the thing at the top of the page. I was mistaken. Anyway, what are the ingredients in lipstick? I’m just curious.

  13. Jess
    Jess June 9, 2007 at 3:51 pm | | Reply

    I still don’t understand! What really is in lipstick? Maybe I’m missing something here or I’m having a *dumb* moment…Did you tell us what ingredients are found in lipstick or not?

  14. Dee Wiles
    Dee Wiles June 19, 2007 at 1:02 pm | | Reply

    The answer to what is in lipstick was never posted. Please tell me what the ingredients are in lipstick and if there is in fact whale blubber and pig anus in lipstick. Thank you.

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