Despite beginning to be more aware of the products we style, swipe, and swatch on our faces every day, it seems as though lipsticks have been slow to move to the natural side compared to their balm and gloss counterparts. Whilst moisturising ingredients such as shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax have long been staples when it comes to lip balms, finding a lipstick that promises to soften and provide that all important lasting color appears to be a little more difficult when you take synthetic products out of the equation.
And yet, lipstick is probably the most important product to consider when switching from synthetic to natural. It was once suggested that women eat as much as 7 pounds of lipstick during a lifetime. Whilst this beauty myth was recently debunked, it’s fair to say that what we put on our lips has a much higher rate of being ingested than any other makeup product- so you should probably know what’s in it.
The Dangers of Synthetic Lipstick
Many lipsticks contain strong, potentially harmful ingredients, such as lead, and F, D, and C colours. Whilst many of the synthetic ingredients commonly used are not widely researched, this also means that we have yet to discover the full impact they may have on long term health. We do know however that regular ingestion of both lead and F, D, and C colours are toxic, potentially leading to long-term neurological problems among others. The ingredient Cadmium-Carcinogen, another commonly used in lipsticks, is found to have links to stomach tumours. Whilst the levels used in many lip products aren’t enough to potentially harm when used sparingly, reapplying more than 10 times a day could cause overexposure to chemicals including aluminium, cadmium, and manganese.
Fortunately, there are some natural alternatives that are all gain, no pain. Here are our top lipstick picks that prove that nothing surpasses natural.
Our Choice of the Best Natural Lipsticks
Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lipstick
A long standing front runner when it comes to natural beauty, Burt’s Bees lipstick range contains a variety of 18 nude, berry and pink shades bound to suit any and every skin tone. Like their lip balms and hand creams, their lipstick contains natural ingredients like beeswax, sunflower seed oil, bamboo, and red raspberry oil for that ideal touch of pink shade – meaning that lips promise to be hydrated all day long. It’s also highly affordable, the perfect price for an everyday lip colour.
Launched in 2011, Ilia Beauty is a brand that places high priority on the importance of skincare and natural beauty. They claim to take an ethical-sustainable approach to their products, with each piece filled with ‘certified organic bio-active botanicals’ designed to treat and nourish the skin. Since its launch, Ilia’s lipsticks have stood out amongst all of its other products. Colours come in a wide range of shades from beiges to brights, with moisturising ingredients like sesame seed oil and fruit oil being used to implement that creamy formula we all want from our lipsticks. Ilia are at the luxury price point, but for their high quality ingredients and glowing reviews – if you’re a lipstick lover this is one to watch out for.
Bite Beauty was formed out of a frustration for the lack of cosmetics with an edgy, contemporary style. Since then, they’ve gone on to partner up with Sephora, to develop a wide range of all natural lip products from lipsticks, to glosses, to scrubs. The ingredient list is extensive and complex, using ingredients that promise to treat the lips as well as provide all over colour. One of the popular ingredients that they like to include is trans-resveratrol, a fast anti-ageing ingredients sourced from Japanese knotweed. Other elements they add include organic jojoba seed oil, caster seed oil, and grape vine extract.
Antipodes Natural Lipstick
Antipodes may be best known for their natural skincare, but their lipstick range is proving to be quite the success. Using the highest quality ingredients such as avocado oil, calendula oil and evening primrose oil, these lipsticks moisturise, provide high pigment colour and last just as long as their synthetic counterparts.
Axiology is a cosmetics brand dedicated to finding the best all-natural, vegan products they can. Along with their want to create lip products, they’re committed to supporting organisations that aim to tackle environmental issues, donating a percentage of their annual profits to organisations such as Orangutan Foundation International and PETA. Both their lipstick and lip color range include a wide variety of colors – meaning there’s something for everyone – and all ingredients are natural, cruelty and palm oil free – meaning a completely guilt free purchase!
The Perfect Pout- Natural Ingredients to look out for:
Many synthetic lip products tend to dry and dehydrate then lips. When you’re shopping for a natural lipstick, look out for ingredients that promise to moisturise and treat the lips as well as providing colour-
Instead of petroleum jelly that is found in many synthetic lip balms and lipsticks, try a product containing natural oils for a softening effect that lasts. Not only do oils sink into the skin, they contain essential fatty acids to protect from environmental stressors, and contain natural antioxidants – perfect for seeing you through the seasons. Some natural oils to try include coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba oil and almond oil.
In order for lipstick to keep its shape, waxes are often used to bind formula’s together. Beeswax is the most common of these when keeping products natural, but candelilla wax can also be used for the same effect.
Cocoa butter or shea butter are some of the most common ingredients used in natural lip products, simply because they provide optimum conditioning for the lips without the need for harsh chemicals.
Many natural lipsticks source their colours from fruits and vegetables, such as crushed raspberries or beetroot. Whilst this might sound slightly archaic compared to what we use today, crushed berries and other foods can provide the perfect pigment and best of all, they’re completely edible!