LIPSTICK AND LIP-GLOSS
I always felt that putting on a little bit of a bright red lipstick, gave me a little boost for the day, made me feel a little more confident.
Most article say that women wear lipstick to make themselves more noticeable and attractive. To make the mouth more noticeable, a sexual attraction. One article said that the more pronounced the lips were , was meant to show how fertile you were. Not sure how it is suppose to mean that! Maybe that goes some way to understand the obsession with the ‘pout’ and pumping up your lips.
Lipstick and gloss can give both color and hydration. Wikipedia Have a really interesting history, on why we started using lipstick, also why red ,is so popular.
In Egyptian times Cleopatra crushed beetles/bugs (carmine or cochineal, crimson lake or carmine lake, natural red 4, C.I. 75470, or E120, )to give her, her red lips, it is still used for color today. It was made popular too with Queen Elizabeth the 1st. Her white face and red lips.
Now I feel really disappointed in finding out just what I have been applying to my lips all these years.
What really makes me angry, is the fact that these dangerous additives in our products. I know that part of the reasoning is the amount in each products can be small, or that not everyone can have the same reaction to certain ingredients.
( Methylparaben– used as a preservative, Colors –Aluminum Lake,D&C Red 36,Tocopheryl Acetate ,Propylparaben–Retinyl Palmitate-synthetic vit A ),
Especially lipstick, which I have to admit, to licking my lips through the day, so in fact eating the stuff! What have these chemicals been doing to our bodies? These facts have been known to these cosmetics companies for many years.
There is interesting article, with a list to LIPSTICKS and the harmful ingredients found in them on the –THE READER’S DIGEST .
I had never realized that Lipstick could contain LEAD , I was actually very shocked, I thought that there would be more health and safety controls, on what is applied to our lips. How many of us basically ingest lipstick, through eating and drinking throughout the day.
I had often wore a bright red lipstick which I loved , now to find the amounts of lead and the possibility that the red colour could also come from a beetle ( I am a vegetarian ) Yuk!
I have read the amount of lead could increase, depending on the colour and the brand.
Regardless how much you have paid for it! That really shocked me, you certainly don’t get what you pay for on that aspect.
Also lead is used to make a lipstick stay longer on the lips. So goodbye to those for me!
WHAT HARMFUL CHEMICALS CAN LIPSTICKS CONTAIN ?
Lipsticks and Lip-gloss or salve can also contain other metals such as LEAD, CADMIUM , CHROMIUM, ALUMINIUM and MANGANESE . Also ARSENIC, ZINC and MERCURY. Then MICA for a sparkle and IRON OXIDE for red and brown colors. Also synthetic flavorings, Fragrance. the list goes on! Where do you find out what is in your lipstick? as the container is so small. I was reading today that some of the packaging didn’t contain all the ingredients.
( Info on HARPERS BAZAAR)
This very well written article from FUTURE KING AND QUEEN.COM give the really interesting history, of when lipstick was first used, and how they made it.
They bring the story up to date, explaining what is in our lipsticks now, and what to avoid.
WHAT ANIMAL PRODUCTS ARE USED IN LIPSTICKS AND MAKEUP?
Whilst learning about all this , I came across an article on ONE GREEN PLANET.ORG they go into all the animal derivatives found in Lipstick, Perfumes and makeup and creams in general. All I can say YUK YUK YUK !!!!
Everything to Pregnant Horse Urine, to crushed beetles and the liver of animals.
It doesn’t make that clear ,when you are buying your expensive creams and lipsticks!
You still need to look at the list of ingredients, to see what balance that you are happy with.
- Free from carmine and petrochemicals
does contain Mica, Iron Oxides
Burt’s Bees Lipsticks are 100 Percent natural and are formulated without parabens, phthalates, petrolatum and SLS. full list on link -does contain lanolin( article by DERMSTORE on is Lanolin safe )
They have a number of positive reviews on the Amazon site.
MAIA’S Minerals – These have lipsticks which are on the EWG Verified list – great
PAUL PENDERS- Handmade lipstick EWG , using herbal ingredients.
This is a link to WELLNESS MAMA which has a base recipe for a lipstick , with ideas for adding colour.
This site also has a recipe for a LIP BALM if you are not keen on colours.
MAKING THE LIP BALM FROM THE ABOVE RECIPE
I had a go at making the Lip Balm from the Wellness Mama site, it was really easy to do. My daughter absolutely loves it. I added some Peppermint for her as well. She goes through so many of these, she must truly eat them!
She saved up her old Lip Balm tubes, so I cleaned those thoroughly and when the Lip Balm was still liquid, I carefully poured it into the empty tube , which was much easier than I thought it was going to be.
Once it had cooled and set it was remarkably easy just to twist up as normal. What struck me too was just how little product is in these tubes. The cost of the one I had purchased her in an Organic shop was so expensive, that will be the first and last time I do that again. Homemade all the way!
ORGANIC BEAUTY RECIPES – Have a homemade recipe for lipstick, though she does use Carmine as the color in this one, could you substitute it?
NATURAL LIVING FAMILY – also have lipstick recipes, but they use Beet Powder instead of the carmine.