5 Lead-Free Lipsticks (that are also free of other toxic junk)

HealthfulMama Lead Free Lipsticks Non Toxic

Although the fact that some lipsticks contain lead isn’t new news, this fact has been circulating mainstream media recently. I’m happy that toxins in cosmetics are getting more exposure, because until the Safe Cosmetics Act is put fully into place, there are no regulations for the products which we put on our hair and skin.

The following lead-free lipstick manufacturers not only make products that are free of toxic chemicals, but limit their ingredients so you KNOW what you’re putting on your face. Just because a brand markets itself as “natural” doesn’t mean it’s safe.

The only questionable ingredient found in all of these lipsticks is titanium dioxide. However, according to Environmental Working Group (EWG), titanium dioxide “appears to have low skin penetration but inhalation is a concern.” So, it’s most likely safe in your lipstick, but you don’t want it in, say, your spray-on sunscreen.

Many of the lipsticks listed here can be found online at Pharmaca, a natural-health-focused pharmacy that is found only in the Western U.S. I shop at Pharmaca regularly, and love that their products are available online as well.

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Afterglow Cosmetics– Lip Love Lipstick ($24)

Afterglow lipsticks are unlike other mineral lipsticks I’ve tried. Afterglow could be considered a luxury brand, comparable to department store cosmetics. The lipstick goes on smoothly and lasts long. Bonus: Afterglow Cosmetics are certified organic, cruelty-free, and gluten-free!
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Mineral Hygienics–Mineral Pure Lips ($12)

All of Mineral Hygienics products have simple, safe ingredients (I use their mineral foundation daily). The only downfall is that Mineral Pure Lips is available in only a few colors.


Nvey Eco Cosmetics Lipstick ($29)

Safflower Oil, Organic Castor Oil and Vitamin E provide antioxidant and nourishing properties to this creamy lipstick. Nvey Eco labels its product GMO-free! Nvey Eco is available most affordably through Vine.com. Get it for even less! Take 20% off your first order at Vine by using code HEALTHFUL.

ZuZu Luxe Lipstick ($17.99)

ZuZu Luxe is a division of Gabriel Cosmetics. As far as I can tell, the ingredients in the lipsticks are virtually the same. ZuZu Luxe is a bit easier to find (and often discounted), in my experience. I love using the ZuZu Luxe Oil-Free Liquid Foundation in the winter, or under my mineral foundation if I want more coverage. I’m a big fan of the quality and wearability of the ZuZu Luxe line of products.
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Need a gloss? Try Love & Toast Dollhouse Lip Glaze ($6.99)

Simple ingredients like sunflower seed oil, olive oil, and vitamin E make this a gloss you can trust to be safe AND gorgeous.

Do you have a favorite beauty product that you’d like to detoxify? Let me know in the comments!

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29 Responses to 5 Lead-Free Lipsticks (that are also free of other toxic junk)

  1. lori alper May 16, 2013 at 10:03 pm #

    I’m a lipstick addict so thank you for introducing me to a few new brands. I’ll have to check some of them out.

    • trish elmore August 18, 2015 at 4:52 pm #

      I am a presenter with younique. Younique started in November 2012 so not known as well as others. We just now added a lipstick line. If you should want more information email me. I am learning so many things that I was unaware of and I have changed 7 brands in our home so far. Unreal companies owned by the same can branch off and lie. Let alone sell products that contain chemicals that kill us.

    • trish elmore August 18, 2015 at 4:59 pm #

      I am a presenter with younique. Younique started in November 2012 so not known as well as others. We just now added a lipstick line. If you should want more information email me. I am learning so many things that I was unaware of and I have changed 7 brands in our home so far. Unreal companies owned by the same can branch off and lie. Let alone sell products that contain chemicals that kill us. Elmore_trish@yahoo.com

  2. Marian Morgan October 14, 2013 at 5:15 am #

    healthfulmama??? Why not healthymama?

  3. Marian Morgan October 14, 2013 at 5:17 am #

    I’ve just had a look at these lipsticks and unfortunately have seen none of these brands in Spain. I just don’t know what to buy.

  4. Marsha McDowell February 4, 2014 at 10:00 am #

    ZuZu may go on smoothly, but it doesn’t stay on at all. Very disappointing.

    • HealthfulMama February 4, 2014 at 11:31 am #

      What do you define as “stay on,” Marsha? Unfortunately, most non-toxic lipsticks don’t have a ton of staying power when compared to traditional brands. I even got a sample of organic lip STAIN that doesn’t last as long as traditional lipstick. I just reapply more often :)

    • Alicia August 9, 2015 at 5:37 am #

      Hi, I just wanted to recommend an amazing brand I’ve round that ship internationally- cherry brown. As natural as it gets and brilliant colours and stays on amazingly. Also feels like nothing on my lips!

  5. naz February 19, 2014 at 8:09 am #

    Titanium dioxide is a carcinogen. Studies have shown that nanoscale/ fine grains of titanium dioxide are cancer causing and it affects humans on a cellular level. There are many debates on this mineral that is old as earth itself. World Health organization (WHO) concluded that it is not harmful to human males after studies (nanoparticles were not considered), however it could cause lung fibrosis. As a scientist and a female, the studies are not good enough to put this product in make up that female’s use and absorbed by the body everyday. On average 7 pounds of lipsticks are eaten/ absorbed by a woman in her lifetime. Canada has also classified titanium dioxide as a carcinogen,s o why are we still using it in make up and toothpaste. My advice is to pay particular attention to the ingredients of the makeup, ingredients such as alcohol and titanium dioxide, nanoparticles of any kind, and lead should be avoided. SO if you are trying to keep healthy, try green people, natural solutions, rejuvenate minerals etc. or make ur own.

    • HealthfulMama February 20, 2014 at 12:34 am #

      Hey naz, thanks for the info and suggested products. Do you have any links or titles of these studies? I keep reading conflicting opinions concerning titanium dioxide and nano particles.

  6. cristine Agustine July 13, 2014 at 6:19 am #

    Are Topshop, Mac and Dior lipstick safe to use?
    Hope you’ll reply me to my email :)

    • SnowyWin November 7, 2015 at 11:38 pm #

      They are NOT!!

  7. Carol Boone September 16, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

    What about Clinique products?

  8. Saranda Fritz October 10, 2014 at 8:44 pm #

    Lemongrass Spa offers toxin free lipsticks, glosses, balms and lipliners. They have as full line of toxin free makeup and skincare.

    • HealthfulMama October 13, 2014 at 6:26 pm #

      Thanks, Saranda. I looked into Lemongrass Spa but I can’t find ingredients listed anywhere. Can you point me in the right direction?

  9. Wanda February 22, 2015 at 2:35 pm #

    what are your thoughts on Younique?

    • HealthfulMama March 3, 2015 at 9:34 am #

      I don’t know that brand.

  10. Saranda Fritz March 27, 2015 at 10:59 am #

    Sorry that I didn’t see your question until just now. Here is a link to the webpage for the lipstick: http://www.ourlemongrassspa.com/shop/productdetail.aspx?prod=J8300

    This is the ingredients to the Bare Champagne color. Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Candelilla Wax, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Butter)*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Cetyl Alcohol (coconut derived), Iron Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Phenoxyethanol (less than 1% preservative). *Certified Organic.

  11. Stefanie May 9, 2015 at 5:54 pm #

    What about Laura Mercier and Jane Iradele?

    • HealthfulMama May 10, 2015 at 2:01 pm #

      I am thinking of writing another post, Stefanie, to address specific brands’ ingredients. To be continued…

  12. Ashley Newell May 9, 2015 at 7:13 pm #

    What is the lipstick in the cover photo?

    • HealthfulMama May 10, 2015 at 2:00 pm #

      Hi Ashley– the photo is a stock photo (see link at the bottom of the post). So, I have no idea.

  13. Andrea August 18, 2015 at 1:12 pm #

    Please try LipSense by Senegence International. You will find that our product is not only good for you, it stays on for up to 18 hours, the original long lasting makeup!

  14. vanitha November 30, 2015 at 1:14 am #

    Is bodyshop products toxic free. R they safe to use?… Pls reply

  15. Liz December 13, 2015 at 1:36 am #

    I’m not sure why people are worried especially about titanium dioxide in lipstick since it is in All of the toothpaste brands, meaning everyone is eating the stuff everyday, and loads of it. It is what makes the paste ‘white’ and after brushing and rinsing, I always have white crap stuck to my tongue from the paste. I have only ever been able to find one toothpaste that omits titanium dioxide, which is the brand I use (called Grants of Australia). While that stuff is toxic, I am much more worried about the other toxic ingredients in lipstick. It is so hard to find a lipstick that is genuinely safe, now that I am starting to wear it. I will be wiping it off before eating, and wipe it off as soon as I get home. I’ve just started looking but I will find someone who makes safe lipstick, just as with all the skin creams I use which are safe. Why are lipsticks lagging so far behind? We also need completely fragrance free lipsticks – the chemicals in the perfume are very toxic indeed, and aren’t listed except as ‘fragrance’, why the mystery I wonder.

  16. Jayshree January 27, 2016 at 12:11 am #

    Hi….Can u suggest me which lipsticks among Indian brands are leadfree n toxinfree n safe to use???

  17. CatRdavi March 29, 2016 at 1:05 am #

    There’s an app that I use that rates all products. It’s called EWG’s Healthy Living. Before I buy any products I check them on there first.

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