The Truth In Beauty: Lip Products That Aren’t Trying to Kill You

I’m not saying that I never use lipsticks without chemical additives, just like I’m not saying that I’ll never again have a crush on a man who’s completely wrong for me or go for broke with crazy flavored coffees again.
Publish date:
August 13, 2013
lip balm, beauty products, lipstick, lip gloss, chemicals

I am a girl who loves a good lip product. I have an entire drawer full of the stuff and I’m usually the first one in line when a hot new color comes to the forefront. My efforts to look dressed when I leave the house consist of concealer, mascara and a lip product that enhances my pout beneath glasses or shades. Hi, my name is Kristin and I am a Lipstick Addict. Where’s my name badge?

But, even my love for the stuff have limits, and when some doctors handed out statistics that said the average woman consumes about six pounds of lipstick in her lifetime, it was the proverbial needle across the record in my brain. Whoa, wait, what? The colors are gorgeous, but the parabens, triclosan, and other additives in lipsticks rolling into my tummy was food for thought.

So, I’ve trying to change my ways and use more natural, non-toxic lip products, making the mainstream products with chemical additives a “sometime food,” like the beauty version of Pop-Tarts.

So we can all lower our exposure to toxic relationships of all kinds, I wanted to share my new favorite lip glosses, pencils and lipsticks that deliver amazing results with ingredients that are (at least in some cases) are practically good enough to eat. Feast your eyes, lip product fans:

Bite Beauty High Pigment Matte Pencil and Luminous Creme Lipstick -

OBSESSED with this brand. The lip colors contain the amount of the antioxidant resveratrol found in five glasses of red wine. It fights environmental damage, and all the products are made completely of food-grade ingredients; no synthetics, polybutenes, and petroleum byproducts are used. No GMOs, no triclosan -- nothing but richly-pigmented goodness. They can more than stand up to your regular lip pencils and lipsticks. They’re THAT good.

Korres Lip Butter and Korres Lip Glaze -

There’s nothing that says happiness to your lips than these nourishing, rich lip products. The buttery balm melts into lips for a gentle tint, the glazes hydrate while delivering long-lasting, impactful color. They’re also made without sulfates, parabens, synthetics, phthalates, petrochemicals, triclosan and/or GMOs.

Burt’s Bees Lip Gloss -

I love a good gloss that delivers vibrant color, isn’t sticky and can leave your lips better than they were before application. These glosses, launched this year, contain jojoba esters and botanical oils to moisturize while they pack on the shine and color. Even the packaging is conscious, with a #1 plastics recyclable tube and a 100% post-consumer cap.

Avalon Organics Lip Balms -

I used to have a medicated lip balm addiction years ago that practically sent my lips into a 12-step recovery process. I’ve since learned that a good balm against wind and rain doesn’t mean having to say you’re sorry later, so I pack these in gym and hiking bags all year long. They’re packed with nourishing organic olive and coconut oils to moisturize and organic shea butter and Vitamin E to protect, hydrate and heal.

Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint -

You can grab these luxe colors at your local Target and feel good about it: Not only do they deliver a gentle wash of color that hydrates and lasts without turning weird and stick, but they’re free of petroleum, mineral oil, parabens and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.

Desert Organics Lip Tint -

Sometimes, you just need a touch of color with some serious hydration (outdoor festivals, dates who don’t love lip colors -- WHOEVER THEY ARE). They’re certified to NSN Organic Standard, and use organic jojoba seed and sunflower oils to rehabilitate even the driest, cracked lips into smooth, hydrated goodness.

Alba Botanica Terra Gloss

Six beautiful hues of 100% mineral tints without petrolatum, artificial colors, mineral oil, phthalates or parabens. They’re also packed with shea butter and Vitamin E to hydrate while they deliver lasting color without harm. I love the shimmer of these glosses that’s subtle and alluring without making your mouth look like an oil slick.

I’m not saying that I never use lipsticks without chemical additives, just like I’m not saying that I’ll never again have a crush on a man who’s completely wrong for me or go for broke with crazy flavored coffees again. But, they’re not part of the every day. These lip products at least make me feel better about the condition of my body when I’m going about my day, which is what these products are supposed to be around: making you feel better about yourself. These toxic-free lip products help with that.

Let’s discuss in the comments below. Did I miss your favorite non-toxic lip product? Did I mention one of your favorites? Are you concerned about the cosmetics you use and what passes your lips? Give me some lip in the comments below: