Will the ladies start using lipstick from the lipstick plant?The natives of North America and |South America subcontinents know this plant (or shrub) very well. They use the fruits of this plant as lipstick. The native women of Ecuador use the colour of this plant to dye their hair. Now, this plant is being developed in Fulia agricultural research centre in West Bengal.
The plant is commonly known as lipstick plant. The scientific name is Bixa orellana. The seeds are processed to obtain the orange-yellow pigments as dye for the food, cosmetic and soap industries. This dye is used to colour the cheddar cheese and is also used for the colouring of rice.
In short, the seeds and the fruits of this plant can be used as lipstick, dye and also in our food. It has no harmful side-effects.
Now, the million-dollar question is whether Indian ladies will adopt the brightly coloured fruits of this plant in their purse and also in their kitchen.