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Why You Should Consider Switching to a Non-Toxic Lipstick

Non-toxic lipsticks
Did you know that lipsticks, glosses, and balms are one of the most toxic things in our makeup bags? Not only do most of us wear at least one of these products daily, but we're also reapplying it several times throughout the day. Anything that goes on our lips, we are also ingesting. Every time we eat, drink or lick our lips, we are swallowing a small amount of what's on them. On average, women consume over 3 pounds of lipstick over their lifetimes. While this number is just an average and will vary by each individual, it's a scary statistic. Lipsticks can contain high amounts of lead, parabens, and other chemicals. 

Look Out For These Ingredients

Lead is a neurotoxin that can be dangerous even in small doses. Many thought lead in lipsticks was an urban myth until 2007 when the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics tested 33 popular brands ranging from inexpensive drug store to expensive high-end and found that 61% of those contained lead. After pressure from consumers, the FDA conducted follow-up studies that tested 400 brands and found lead levels in those tested to be four times higher than in the original study.


Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) are synthetic antioxidants used as preservatives in lipsticks, moisturizers, and other personal care products. These chemicals are linked to endocrine disruption and organ system toxicity. 

Butylatedhydroxy Anisole and Butylated Hydroxytoluene

Synthetic antioxidants used to extend shelf life. They are carcinogens and hormone disruptors and may cause liver damage. Found in: lipsticks, moisturizers, diaper creams, and other cosmetics.

Synthetic flavor or fragrance

An engineered scent or flavoring agent that may contain any combination of 3,000-plus stock chemical ingredients, including hormone disruptors and allergens. Fragrance formulas are protected under federal law’s classification of trade secrets and therefore can remain undisclosed. Found in: all types of cosmetics.

Why You Should Switch

Ingredients such as lead are never going to be on a cosmetics label, so it's essential that we align ourselves with companies that are transparent about their ingredients, that are safe for your body and the environment. Luckily more and more options are becoming available to us. Here are 10 non-toxic lipstick brands formulated with ingredients that will make you feel good about putting in your body.

The best non toxic lipsticks

Tried and True Favorites

Beautycounter Sheer Lipsticks are my go-to daily lipsticks (Rose and Terra are my favorites). They provide the perfect amount of sheer color and hydration. If you're looking for more intense color go for the Color Intense Lipsticks which are deeply pigmented and long wearing.

Nudus Lipstick. I won a set of 3 full-size lipsticks (27 Kisses is my favorite) last year from an Instagram giveaway, and I love the velvety texture. 

Kari Gran Lip Whip is super hydrating, with a hint of peppermint and natural color. It was a must-have in my winter skincare routine.

French Girl Le Lip Tint is great for every day when you don't want/need to wear a lipstick but do want a subtle pop of color. 

Kopari Lip Gloss goes on smoothly like silk, and the coconut scent smells fantastic. I use it whenever I need a little hydration on my lips.

More Clean Options

ILIA Color Block Lipstick is creamy, pigmented, and long-lasting.

RMS Beauty lipsticks are enriched with their RMS beauty oil and have a satiny finish. This set of mini lipsticks is great for trying out multiple shades.

Juice Beauty Lip Crayon is a sheer lipstick with a balm finish.

W3II People Optimist Semi-Matt Lipstick is moisturizing, lightweight and has saturated and long-lasting color.

Nu Evolution goes on smooth with vibrant, long-lasting color. 

Do you have a favorite non-toxic lipstick brand that you love? Let me know in the comments!

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