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best non toxic lipstick

National Lipstick day is this weekend! Woo hoo—who comes up with these holidays anyway?! Either way, can I let you in on a little secret?

Lipstick is one of the most toxic products in our makeup bags.

I know, scary right?! If you’re like me, you wear it almost daily and when you’re wearing it, you likely (again, if you’re like me) apply it multiple times a day every day. When we’re applying it several times a day, that can add up to significant absorption into our bodies.

Our skin is our bodies’ largest organ and skincare products, makeup and lipstick is quickly absorbed into our bodies and can have lasting effects. If you still don’t believe that those toxic ingredients are getting absorbed into our bloodstream, you should watch this video. It was really eye-opening! You’ll also be able to see how quickly we can reverse those effects when we choose safer products, which is pretty awesome!

Another thing that makes lipstick more toxic is that it’s on our lips.

Not only are ingredients able to penetrate the skin our lips and make their way into our bodies. But we end up ingesting lipstick and lip gloss unintentionally. Think about every time you eat or drink when you have lipstick on. It inadvertently gets on your food and glass, right? Just imagine how much of that is actually being swallowed with every bite or sip!

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Okay, I swear I’m not trying to scare you from wearing lipstick completely! More than anything, I just want to make you aware of what is in our skincare products and makeup. So that way you can make better, informed decisions next time you go out to buy new stuff!

Thankfully consumers are wising up and demanding higher standards of their lipstick (and skincare and beauty products in general!), and companies are listening! This campaign for safe cosmetics means that it’s becoming easier and easier to find brands that we can count on to deliver safer products that we can actually feel good about using and look good while using!

So, what makes lipstick so dang toxic? These ingredients below:

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Toxic Ingredients Typically Found in Lipstick


This one is pretty scary—lead is a heavy metal and a neurotoxin that can cause serious behavioral and learning problems. It’s a chemical whose negative effects we’re already aware of—lead has been removed from paint and gasoline, but wildly enough, it hasn’t been banned as an ingredient in beauty products! When lead builds up in our bodies it can cause heavy metal poisoning.


These are added to products to extend their shelf like and are likely carcinogens and hormone disruptors that can cause liver damage. Since our liver is our body’s main source of detoxification, products that can cause harm are a big no-no in my book!

Petrolatum & Mineral Oil

Also known as petroleum jelly, petrolatum and mineral oil are made from refined crude oil. When it’s not refined to the very highest standards we’re at risk for contamination with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, which are linked to cancer.

Best Non-Toxic Lipstick

Does that have you thinking twice about the lipstick you’re using? Now when you go out shopping for your next tube, make sure to look for cruelty free, organic ingredients that are safer for your body and for the environment.

Lip Sheer

This was my gateway drug of sorts into the non-toxic lipstick world. After I tried it once, I was hooked! I’ve never been one to wear really bold lipstick, though I do branch out more now, so the lip sheers are ideal for me. They provide a perfect amount of color and they’re actually hydrating, so they don’t leave my lips dried out and gross-looking. They’re made with jojoba esters and carnauba wax that keeps lips hydrated and of course, no synthetic fragrance is ever added.

I almost never leave the house without this on now! The subtle pop of color on my lips makes me feel more alive and pulled together, which is saying a lot some days!

My collection of lip sheers is growing rapidly and a few of my favorite colors are Scarlet (year round), Currant (for fall & winter) Terra (year round), Lily (for spring and summer). Each tube is $32, and they usually last me several months!

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Color Intense Lipstick

When I want a bolder look, this is the lipstick I grab! The color is long-lasting and more intense and bolder than the lip sheers. If you like a bold lip, then this is the one for you!

They’re made with similar ingredients, and these lipsticks also have a bit of peppermint oil for a refreshing scent. I only have one shade of the Color Intense Lipstick right now—9 to 5—it’s great for date night and I think it’ll be perfect for fall and winter. I also love the Girl’s Night, which is a classic red and Brunch, a pretty pink for everyday wear. These are $34 and will last several months as well!

Lip Glosses

Before I found these lipsticks, I was really a lip gloss kinda girl. It provides great color and doesn’t dry out my lips! I don’t wear lip gloss as often, Owen is always pulling my hair and it tends to get stuck in lip gloss more than lipstick, ha! Despite that, I still love it. What I really love about this one is that it’s not sticky. Some of them are just so sticky it’s like I put glue on my lips!

This one is light and goes on smoothly and is perfect when I need just a quick pop of color on my face. It’s $29 a tube and my favorite colors are Peony and Dahlia—I’m a sucker for a pretty pink!

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Non Toxic Lipstick Brands

Beautycounter’s lipsticks remain my favorite, so I can’t say I keep any of these in my makeup bag, but I have tried some of these and wanted to share a few other brands that you might look into if you’re on the hunt for safer lipstick because there are a lot out there these days!

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Do you have any other brands of non-toxic lipstick or other lip products that I didn’t mention here? Please share! I’d love to hear about them!

BTW, 8 toxic skincare ingredients you should avoid, and my favorite safer foundation.