I have become obsessed with lipstick, which is strange, because it was just a few years ago nothing in the world could convince me to wear lipstick. I was a lip gloss girl. You didn’t need a mirror and you could be literally anywhere and apply your lip gloss without messing it up. I never wore very bright lip gloss, I preferred the more subdued nude or rose tones and I always focused more on my eye makeup. Now talk about a dramatic change in attitude, I think I would be totally loss without my lipstick. And you wouldn’t believe it, but it has to be the brightest reds or pinks. No really!
In my research and reading about health, I have come to understand the toxic truth about a lot of the products we consume, use and clean with. One of them being lipstick, not to mention makeup and skin care in general, but of all the makeup and skincare products we use, we actually consume lipstick. Yes, you heard right! We eat lipstick and essentially we eat lip gloss too, although lip gloss is less pigmented than lipstick and uses less concentrated versions of the ingredients, but both are bad.
And why should we be concerned about ingesting lipstick? Well, considering studies, particularly a study done by the University of California-Berkeley School of Public Health, have found chromium, cadmium, aluminum, and even lead in lipsticks, we should be very concerned. No amount of lead is safe for us, period. (Source: Are lipsticks dangerous? – CNN)
So what’s a girl or woman to do? Switch immediately to a non-toxic brand of lipstick. If you care about your health, you’re going to make the change right away. There’s really no sense in eating organic and using non-toxic cleaning products, if you’re not also going to care about the makeup you use and specifically the lipstick you wear everyday.
One of my favorite brands right now is Bite Beauty from Toronto, which just happens to be my home town. I will say on EWG’s (Environmental Working Group) hazard rating, Bite Beauty’s lipsticks are a three, which is moderate. However, going from using an Avon, Urban Decay or Covergirl lipstick, which registers any where between 7-10 on the hazard rating, you’re doing yourself a huge favor.
Here’s a list of some of my favorite, non-toxic lipstick brands and colors:
100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Lip Glaze line, favorite color is Rhubarb
100% PURE was founded on these principles; pure as it is powerful and truly health food for your skin. It all started in a farmhouse in 2005 in Napa, California, but it’s now based in Silicon Valley. 100% PURE® is an organic cosmetics beauty firm focused on providing healthy skin care, color cosmetics plus bath and body products. The line is completely free of all harmful toxins, which makes it a 100% PURE® healthy and pure line of nourishing personal care items made only with the highest quality ingredients. 100% natural, cruelty-free, free of artificial colors, artificial fragrances, synthetic chemical preservatives and all other toxins.
Beauty Counter Lip Sheer line, favorite color is Scarlet
Beauty Counter, a certified B Corporation, was launched in 2013 with a commitment to bringing transparency to the obscure world of makeup, skin and body care. It started with a handful of toxin-free moisturizers and exfoliants, but now sells makeup, hair care, and baby products, and will eventually introduce a teen skin care line too. In 2014, the company sold 500,000 products, in 2015 it sold 2 million products and is expected to sell between 5 million and 6 million by the end of this year.
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche line, favorite colors are Cayenne and Sangria
As I mentioned, Bite Beauty is one of my favorite lip focused makeup lines. Based in Toronto, the natural lip care company makes the boldest pigments you’ll ever find — plus you can literally eat their products, because all of the ingredients are food-grade. Bite Beauty is sold exclusively at Sephora, but if you happen to be passing through New York, you must check out their Lip Lab, located in SoHo.
Ilia Beauty Lipsticks, favorite color is Neon Angel
ILIA Beauty launched in Vancouver, Canada in 2011. The company was founded by Sasha Plavsic with its first collection of 6 Tinted Lip Conditioners. Now Ilia Beauty is based in Los Angeles. The philosophy behind the brand grew from the curiosity of understanding the ingredients on the back of a lipstick box a few years ago. ILIA Beauty is formulated with this in mind, and dedicated to creating the purest products possible. The ethical-sustainable approach embodied in each piece is filled with certified organic bio-active botanicals that nourish and rejuvenate the skin.
Jane Iredale PureMoist Lipstick line, favorite color is Renee
President and founder of Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, Jane Iredale launched her company in 1994. She was one of the first to bring a healthy and natural makeup line to the market that also had skin care benefits. All her products are made with pure micronized minerals and pigments and can cover almost any skin problem. None of the products contain oil, which can clog the skin or in some cases enlarge pores and there is no talc, which can be drying for the skin. The entire line is free of perfume, alcohol, chemical additives and artificial dyes, and they still provide great coverage.
Vapour Siren Lipstick line, favorite color Courage
Vapour Organic Beauty is one of the new revolutionary and luxury performance cosmetics line on the market today. Vapour is 100% natural, so 70% of the ingredients are organic and 30% of the ingredients are mineral pigments and essential oils. Vapour contains no toxic chemicals, parabens, phalates, animal testing, nano-particles or irradiation. One of the things they pride themselves on is their Light Reflective Technology, which allows various different skin tones to look great in the same shade and flatters every skin tone, ethnicity and age.
So there you have it! You have a solid list of brands to choose from in switching out your toxic lipsticks.
One thing I want to mention is, for those of you using Tarte Cosmetics, you may want to question their level of clean and natural products. I love Tarte and have been using them for the last few years, thinking they were among the cleaner and more sustainable makeup lines. They’re not as bad as the conventional lines of makeup or the Chanels and Diors of the world, but it’s always good to know the truth about the ingredients in a brand. Below you’ll find an article titled, “Is Tarte really natural?” by the Green Beauty Team, take some time to read it.
Is Tarte really Natural? – Green Beauty Team
Is Your Lipstick Toxic? – Dr. Axe
My Natural Lipstick Review + 6 Lip-Smacking Tips – Kris Carr
Prep for Spring: The Best Natural Lipsticks – The Girls Who Knows