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Fixing a Vintage Lipstick Tube?

Discussion in 'Beauty' started by Helena Grace, Jul 14, 2018.

  1. Helena Grace

    Helena Grace New in Town

    So I found a metal bullet tube of lipstick at a thrift store. It has the word 'Carmen' on it, and is by 'Leon Loraine (or Laraine)' and 'Carrel in Chicago IL'. The tube has some red lipstick still in it and doesn't have a slider anywhere on it (I looked desperately.)

    But the tube won't twist up or down or at all. I....have no clue how to fix it and no clue even how to begin taking it apart? Can anyone help?

    Thank you!
  2. MissMittens

    MissMittens One Too Many

    Philadelphia USA
    What I'd suggest is pouring some olive oil in the tube and leaving it sit. It's most likely seized up from hardened wax. The lipstick inside the tube right now won't be useable anyway, but getting the tube working again will help you get the old lipstick out and there are many ways to place a new lipstick inside once you've cleaned it out.

    If the olive oil trick doesn't work, maybe you could post a couple of pictures of the tube so I can see how it's made? Might be able to figure something else out then if need be.

    Hope this helps :)
    St. Louis likes this.

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