I’m in search of safe lipstick brands. After doing a bit of research I found that lipsticks can contain some ingredients that are . . . well, troubling to say the least. One thing for sure is that not all lipsticks are created equal.
All Natural Lipstick
In the days leading up to Valentine’s Day, I tested out quite a few shades of red. If you’re not up to speed on lipstick, you should know that the newer lipsticks are made to be long-lasting and waterproof which makes me wonder what chemicals are used to achieve this feature.
The basic ingredients of lipstick are coloring, which is a dye that stains the lips, and a fatty carrier, which is usually a wax such as Carnauba, beeswax, or lanolin. The carrier will determine whether the lipstick feels hard or soft. Sometimes, fragrance, flavoring, or sunscreen is added.
According to Skin Deep, lipsticks often contain a number of hazardous chemicals, including lead, petroleum-derived mineral oils, and synthetic perfume and flavoring. Some synthetic coal-tar based colors (FD&C or D&C) have been found to cause cancer in animals; also, many people experience allergic reactions such as skin irritation and contact dermatitis.
Another group of chemicals that can act as allergens—parabens—are sometimes used as preservatives for lipsticks. Parabens have several names such as methylparaben, and ethylparaben.
Yet another dangerous group of chemicals found in lipsticks is phthalates. They are used as solvents and are not labeled on cosmetics. Phthalates are endocrine disruptors suspected of causing birth defects, endocrine (hormone) disruption at low levels, as well as kidney and liver damage at higher concentrations.
Troubling, isn’t it? Makes you wonder what they put in lipstick to make it stay on all day.
Best Safe Lipstick Brands
Lauren Brooke lipsticks do not rely on synthetic ingredients, their products generally contain botanicals such as—
- Sunflower Seed Oil
- Castor Oil
- Kaolin Clay
- Vitamin E
These lipsticks are also paraben free, phthalate free, pesticide free, and certified by the European Union which unlike the U.S. does not allow known toxins, carcinogens, and allergens to be used in cosmetic and personal care products. Remember to check claims of natural and organic on cosmetic labels. Look for any of the unwanted chemicals I’ve mentioned. Some natural products may have part organic ingredients but use chemical additives.
Nevertheless, remember to check claims of natural and organic on cosmetic labels. Look for any of the unwanted chemicals I’ve mentioned. Some natural products may have part organic ingredients but use chemical additives.