With some figures claiming women can ingest up to 3kgs / 6lbs of lipstick in our lifetime, and something we apply almost every day, it's something I recommend switching out fairly quickly. Most of you are probably aware that many lipsticks can contain lead or other heavy metals (which many brands are now using as a marketing tool), but do you know what else you'll commonly find in lipstick? From the $5 tube to a hefty $80 Tom Ford Lip Colour, the majority of lipsticks contain a combination of if not all, the below ingredients of concern - 
- Microcrystalline Wax

This is another petroleum by-product, with organ system toxicity concerns. The other health concern with all petroleum by-products is contamination with toxic, carcinogenic or harmful substances. I always avoid anything that is a by-product of petroleum. 

- Polyethylene, Polyurethane, Polyethylene terephthalate

These are plastics, also used to create Micro-Beads (plastic exfoliating beads that are incredibly harmful to the eco-system), PET bottles and other common plastic products. Health concerns include may contain potentially toxic manufacturing contaminants such as Ethylene Oxide (known human carcinogen) and 1,4 Dioxane (shown to contaminate up to 46% of cosmetics, strong evidence as a human carcinogen, organ toxicity, - See more here). Also irritants and allergens.

- Propylene Glycol (PEGs)

This is a synthetic petro-chemical mix. It is also made from the same chemical that is used to create anti-freeze, hydraulic fluids, placticizers and solvents. PEG facilitates penetration of formulation deeper into the skin, thereby allowing increasing amounts of other chemicals and toxins to reach the bloodstream. PEG's also have the same contamination concerns as above (Ethylene Oxide and 1,4 Dioxane)

- FD&C dyes

Dyes and colourants. Many FD&C (food, drug & cosmetics) and D&C (drug & cosmetics) or synthetic dyes are believed to be carcinogens.

- Parfum/Fragrance

Irritant, allergen, hormone disruption. Can be a synthetic chemical cocktail of up to 3000 ingredients. I always avoid this unless denoted as a natural source, or get in touch with the brand.

- Parabens

Prefixed with Ethyl, Methyl, Butyl, Propyl, Benzyl these are the most widely used group of cosmetic preservatives. Mimic estrogen in the body and are endocrine (hormone) disruptors. Methylparabens have been found in breast tumours in some studies.

Lipstick is probably the product I love most, so I understand how tricky it can be finding your perfect shade, and then having to switch to a completely new brand and formula. Fear not - you can still have amazing colour, 100% naturally and without the health concerns!

Karen Murrell Lipstick
Australia (use code libertygreen/ USA

Rich, creamy, moisturising. I have a feeling I'm going to be saying that a lot in this post. 
But, really, it is. Also, HIGHLY PIGMENTED. Karen Murrell's lipsticks are divine (read review), and contain only natural, non-toxic ingredients. Did I mention the packaging is 100% biodegradable? Oh yeah, you can bury the tube once the bullet is finished, and it will begin to biodegrade after 100 days in the ground. How cool is that?!

ILIA Beauty Lipstick
USA (ships worldwide)

I may or may not have mentioned ILIA Beauty's lipsticks just a few times on the blog before. Up to 75% of the ingredients of these lipsticks are Certified Organic, many contain a 100% natural dye (double check on their website). They are creamy, rich and keep my lips hydrated. The colour also doesn't feather, bleed or settle into fine lines and gives beautiful pigment. The shades I wear most are 100% naturally dyed (hellooo In My Room - that shade is PERFECTION), but I do have a couple of bright, bold colours, that I wear on occasion and contain some synthetic pigment. Unfortunately, you'll never get a true, bright red without synthetic colour, so keep that in mind. I'm comfortable with wearing it sometimes, but for my everyday shades, I prefer 100% natural pigment, of which I have a few more below!

Kjaer Weis Lipstick
Australia / USA (both ship worldwide)

If you're looking for luxury, look no further than Kjaer Weis. Three of the five launch shades are Certified Organic, the other two bright, bolder shades contain less than 1% synthetic pigment. The formula is highly pigmented, creamy and long-lasting - everything you could possibly want in a lipstick. The tube is also refillable as with all Kjaer Weis products, minimising waste. Talk about eco-luxe.

Lily Lolo Lipstick

These are another ultra-rich, creamy and moisturising lipstick (read review). The ingredients are 100% natural and non-toxic, and the colour is long wearing. They also have a gorgeous range of pink. berry and red shades. 

Nudus Australia Lipstick
Australia (ships worldwide) / USA

With 100% natural ingredients and Australian Certified Organic, the Nudus lipsticks are a green beauty favourite! The formula is long-wearing, pigmented, creamy and hydrating. Free from parabens, petro-chemicals, lanolin, hydrogenated oils, fd&c and lake dyes, nano-particles, and GMO.
They also have two beautiful red shades, Revenge is bolder, whilst Dirty Diana is more of a Bordeaux red - and 100% naturally pigmented! 

Axiology Lipstick
Australia (use code libertygreen) / USA

With utterly beautiful packaging, and a fun, modern range of shades, Axiology Lipsticks are not only 100% natural and non-toxic, contain Certified Organic ingredients and mineral pigments, they are also vegan. The colour is again long-wearing and highly pigmented, and creamy and hydrating due to the organic oils. 

Vapour Siren Lipstick

Vapour Lipsticks are fast becoming another personal favourite. From the chic, sleek packaging, to the beautiful, flattering colour range and creamy, long-wearing and moisturising formulas, there is nothing to fault. The ingredients are 100% Natural, 70% Certified Organic and pigmented with minerals. What's not to LOVE?

Kelsey xx
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