I'm sure you've heard the buzz about lead making the ingredient list of many popular lipsticks. In October of 2007, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics tested 33 common brands at an independent lab. The results? Sixty one percent of lipsticks contained lead, with levels ranging up to 0.65 parts per million. Lead-contaminated brands included L'Oreal, Cover Girl and even a $24 tube of Dior Addict. There is no safe level of lead and it should be avoided at all costs. I learned recently that this dangerous ingredient is often found in "long-wearing" products, so that's something to be on the look out for. The good news? There are plenty of options for achieving great, safe lip color.
Try Raw Minerals Pure Botanical Lipsticks made with ingredients like omega-3s and South African cocoa seed butter (the color options are really natural-looking), or Colorganics Hemp Organics lipstick. And check the Cosmetic Safety Database for the brands you like, and to see which ones get the highest marks for safety. I tend to prefer lip-gloss, so I thought I'd share some of my favorites:
Pur Minerals Pout Plumping Lip Gloss in Rose Zircon: Mineral lip-gloss that is infused with vitamins and also contains a plumping ingredient.
Korres Cherry Lip Gloss: Rich in cherry and jojoba oils that keep lips hydrated and soft, while vitamins C and E offer antioxidant protection.
Eco-Lips Eco Tints: This goes on like a chapstick, offering great moisture to your lips (contains organic plant oils, beeswax and aloe vera) while adding just a hint of color (from minerals), perfect for daytime.
Lip-gloss brands that you might recognize that score a 0 for toxicity on the Cosmetic Safety Database:
Neutrogena MoistureShine LipGloss, Groove
Aveeno Positively Radiant Lip Enhancer
What are your favorites? Share below.