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 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.
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!
Mineral Hygienics–Mineral Pure Lips ($12)
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 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.
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.