Your lipstick choice can make or break an outfit. And for Valentine’s Day you want pretty, smooth vibrant lips that are perfect for kissing. Unfortunately though, deciding on the perfect color is not the most important decision you will make.
Many lipsticks contain harmful chemicals to get you that smooth, colorful lip, including:
High Hazard. A chemical preservative used in the U.S. beauty products although it has been banned in Europe for links to cancer and other problems.
Moderate Hazard. This ingredient is suspected to cause immunotoxicity, respiratory toxicity, and skin and sense organ toxicity.
Moderate Hazard. A synthetic form of vitamin A that could cause health problems like cancer, reproductive issues, and toxicity to pregnant women.
Moderate Hazard. This chemical is used in moisturizer, foundation, and lipstick, and could be toxic. Some of the side effects include skin blistering, itching and burning.
Moderate Hazard. This ingredient is also thought to cause cancer and disrupt the endocrine systems, among other toxic effects. According to GoodGuide.com, it has a high hazard rating and was labeled “regulatory banned” and is being prioritized for replacement with a safer ingredient.
Do you want these ingredients on your lips or that special someone’s lips? Me neither. Fortunately, making your own is super easy, inexpensive, and customizable!
(Note: If you still want to buy your lipstick, try GoodGuide.com. You can rate lipsticks by health score and really see what all those ingredients mean. For example, Cover Girl Triple Lipstick scored a 10 which is great! But Cover Girl’s Lipslicks scored a 0, which is awful. So you need to check it out and not just trust that the entire brand is safe just because they have one safe lipstick.Also, one brand I do trust, and I love their pretty branding too, is Beautycounter. Feel free to check them out as well! They are very transparent and their mission is to help everyone get their hands on safer products.)
It is very moisturizing in addition to being easy and inexpensive to make. 🙂
All you need is beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil or grapeseed oil, plus a natural color source. Depending on the color you are looking for, you could choose cinnamon, beet root powder, or natural food coloring, or a combination. Don’t forget a container or tube to put it in! I like these: white tubes, clear tubes, and glass jars. Also, here are some stickers to label them.
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