Non-toxic makeup series: part 1
Keeping your lips hydrated while still getting a pop of color is a tall order in the makeup industry. Most times my favorite rich lip color would leave my lips pealing the next day. Here’s where natural ingredients can help: think moisturizing plant oils and performance botanical extracts. Also, let’s be honest, a good amount of lip balms/ lipsticks get ingested throughout the day so never skimp on non-toxic ingredients. I think it is important to not only have your go-to bold lipsticks to make you feel divine, but to have daily moisturizing lip balms as well. These non-toxic lip products are listed from balms to the most opaque stains. Every product linked here never compromises on high quality ingredients that will have you wanting to buy every shade.
The natural makeup revolution is here
We know that the brands we used growing up are full of toxic ingredients that made our makeup stay all day, but can have lasting negative effects on our skin and body. Thankfully, there are brands pioneering forward to healthier options and cleaner cosmetics.
I am a holistic licensed Esthetician that believes you should never have to be scared of what you put on your skin. Ingredients lists can be misleading and so I’ve spent months finding the best non-toxic makeup products for you. In this post these lip products had to fall into these three categories:
- No toxic ingredients- ever. No hormone disruptors, no organ toxicity (reproductive or otherwise), no fragrance and preferably ingredients derived from nature.
- Not harsh on your skin. Everyone’s skin is different, and I’ve listed ingredients that may be trouble for certain skin types.
- It has to work. I worked doing makeup artistry years back and understand the importance of makeup’s efficiency. I’ve provided various details on coverage, opaqueness, etc. depending on what it is you are looking for the product to do for your skin.
Many times articles similar to this one contain affiliate links where the publisher is being paid for their promotion of the brand. This article contains NO affiliate links because I wanted to be able to take a 100% objective view of these non-toxic lip products.
Also, just because I recommend a certain product from a brand does NOT mean that I recommend every product from that brand. There are very few brands that completely contain clean ingredients and if I didn’t post about a product I probably did not like the ingredients list.
Companies are constantly changing ingredients. I will try to keep this post relevant, but if you notice a change in formula or have a concern about an ingredient please email me ([email protected]) or fill out a contact form so I can update the post.
The asterisk (*) indicates that I used a sample which means I may not be able to comment on packaging.
The prices are based on the full size product and not the sample price.
Let’s get to it!
Lux organic lip conditioner (901) *
TIPS: Apply after moisturizing your face with your Elderflower + Avocado Moisturizer to get a complete facial moisturizing experience.
PRO: Feels protective, very neutral smell/taste. Furthermore, this is great underneath lipstick, gloss or stain to keep your lips soft even after lip colors set.
FAVORITE INGREDIENT: Fig, apricot and plum flavoring oils used instead of synthetic flavoring/ masking agents. This gives this non-toxic lip product soothing and protecting skin properties while maintaining a pleasant lip experience.
CON: Works more like a non-toxic treatment and less like a balm. Basically, it is somewhat temporary, doesn’t last like a daily lip balm would.
Simple truth organic lip balm (strawberry lavender)
Fry’s food $1.99
TIPS: Do not leave this lip product in the car during the summer months, it will melt!
PRO: This is my go to daily lip balm, and I carry it with me everywhere. Feels moisturizing without being sticky or heavy.
FAVORITE INGREDIENT: Organic sunflower oil- naturally high concentration of Vitamin E that keeps lips soothed and smooth.
CON: This non-toxic lip product does not have many flavor/scent option, hopefully they chose to expand. Lastly, I wish it had a mineral spf because lip lines are a common result of sun damage.
Color quench lip tint (coconut nectar)
TIPS: In order to calm down the shimmer apply in conjunction with another lip product (balm, stain or lipstick).
PRO: This non-toxic lip product is extremely moisturizing, and could be described as somewhere between and lipstick and lip balm. This is also one of the most affordable non-toxic lip products with high quality ingredients.
FAVORITE INGREDIENT: theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter- this ingredient is easily absorbed, reduces the appearance of wrinkles and helps keep skin from losing moisture.
CON: Too sparkly at when first applied and has a little bit of a makeup smell (even though it does not contain any fragrance).
The anywhere creme multistick (sweetheart) *
Au Naturale $35
TIPS: Checkout cheek and eye blog posts to see how else you can use this gem. When trying out several of the au naturale products, I recommend ordering their creme starter kit.
PRO: This non-toxic lip product has a smooth application and feels moisturizing. Furthermore, the appearance is just enough to give you a natural look with a pop of color.
FAVORITE INGREDIENT: Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam Seed Oil)- helps reduce signs of aging and reduce moisture loss.
CON: While this product is mildly buildable, it does not become a solid opaque color. If you are looking for a deeper or more solid application, this is not the product you should use.
Lip2cheek (smile) *
RMS Beauty $36
TIPS: Multi-use as a non-toxic cheek and eye product as well.
PRO: Unique shade choices and rich pigmentation of this lip product.
FAVORITE INGREDIENT: Wildcrafted Buriti (Mauritia Flexuosa) Oil- helps protect skin against sun damage and rehydrates skin cells.
CON: This lip product is a dryer formula so matching it with a lip balm can be helpful to achieve a supple application.
su/Stain matte lip stain (marsala) *
Au Naturale $25
TIPS: For a more moisturizing application apply a lip balm then pat off excess balm prior to applying stain.
PRO: The shade is deep and bold which I love and didn’t make my lips peel like most stains. This non-toxic lip product leaves behind a faint lip tint after drinking/ eating which is impressive for a product with such natural ingredients.
FAVORITE INGREDIENT: Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter Fruit)- skin smoothing and moisturizing.
CON: Like most stains, this product leans on the dryer side to get you a matte finish. If you suffer from dryer lips, this may not be the product for you. See my tips above on how to apply without losing moisture.
Siren lipstick (torrid) *
Vapour beauty $25
TIPS: Apply this non-toxic lip product with a lip brush for a precise application.
PRO: A plethora of lovely shades to chose from. Rich pigment.
FAVORITE INGREDIENT: Organic Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) Leaf Extract- cooling, refreshing and relaxing ingredient.
Lipstick (dewberry) *
Real purity $14.99
TIPS: Apply with a lip balm for a tinted look or straight from the tube for a more deep color application.
PRO: This is a very versatile lip product with vivid color to boot. This is buildable from a soft lip tint to opaque lipstick look.
FAVORITE INGREDIENT: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil- rich with antioxidants that help your skin to bounce back from sun exposure.
CON: Smells a little bit “lipsticky,” but I don’t think it detracts from how well this non-toxic lip product performs both in application and color richness.
Truly natural lipstick (masquerade) *
Honeybee gardens $13.99
TIPS: Use as a cream eyeshadow and set with a powder (i.e.- au naturale finishing powder)
PRO: I like dark lipsticks and this one was pretty pigmented without being drying. Surprisingly moisturizing for a matte finish lipstick.
FAVORITE INGREDIENT: Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil- antioxidant rich helping to protect your skin.
CON: Does not last well through food and drink, be prepared to re-apply throughout the day.
My two cents
I thoroughly believe that you should feel good in your skin even with no makeup and that’s why I designed my skincare line. I know that the journey to feeling lovely without makeup is a long one filled with up’s and down’s. Alternatively, I think makeup should be available to enhance your natural beauty without compromising your skin. I hope these non-toxic lip products help bring you to a place where you can utilize makeup as an option and not a necessity. Please reach out with any questions you may have or comment below.