The Toxic Issue
I remember hearing this statistic that women who wear lipstick will (on average) ingest around 5lb’s of lipstick. While this statistic is truly hard to swallow (ha ha), and I have yet to see any true research to back this up, we do ingest some of it and where it quite often. Therefore I do believe that it’s important to scrutinize the ingredients of lipstick and lip-gloss. Among of the top toxic offenders in lipsticks to watch out for are:
- This whole group of artificial colors; RED 33 LAKE/CI 17200, RED 7 LAKE, RED 6 LAKE/CI 15850, YELLOW 5 LAKE/CI 19140, BLUE 1 LAKE/CI 42090, YELLOW 6 LAKE/CI 15985, BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE/CI 77163, CARMINE/CI 75470, MANGANESE VIOLET/CI 77742, ORANGE 5/CI 45370, RED 21/CI 45380, RED 22 LAKE/CI 45380, RED 27 LAKE/CI 45410, RED 28 LAKE/CI 45410, RED 30 LAKE/CI 73360, RED 36/CI 12085, YELLOW 10 LAKE/CI 47005, RED 40 LAKE/CI 16035
- OXYBENZONE – BENZOPHENONE-3
- FRAGRANCE (in the US) – in EU, check for the source of fragrance
- BARIUM SULFATE
- RETINYL PALMITATE (VITAMIN A PALMITATE)
The Gluten Issue
As gluten information and education has spread, many of us are finding that the foods containing gluten may be a problem. It takes a lot of work to figure out what works in terms of gluten free foods and how to change our diets. One thing that we forget to think about in terms of eliminating gluten is the personal care & beauty aisle.
Many shampoos are made with wheat proteins. While this may not be an issue for some people with gluten intolerance, it can cause problems like itchy scalp for others. The best thing to do is to read the ingredients on every label. I’ve done just that with the lipsticks and found a great variety of brands that are sensitive to the Gluten Free folks like me. Here are my picks for Gluten Free lipstick and lip-gloss:
ECCO BELLA: A simple healthy formula of vegetable waxes, oils, and mineral pigments that go on creamy and don’t feather. Like a lip balm, Ecco Bella FlowerColor lipsticks moisturize without flaking or chapping. Gluten-free, FD&C dye free, petroleum-free, preservative-free, fragrance-free. All are vegan except Pink Rose, Mauve Rose, Claret Rose, Tuscany Rose and Napa Grape.
Ingredients: Castor oil, isopropyl palmitate (from palm oil), candelilla wax, 100iu Vitamin E, organic calendula oil, organic chamomile oil, organic jojoba oil, flower wax coated iron oxides. May contain carmine.
AfterGlow Lipstick: Available in 19 matte, shimmer and sheer shades, Moisturizing, nourishing and highly pigmented, Infused with soothing organic botanicals, No parabens, nanos, bismuth oxychloride, gluten or talc, 100% natural ingredients
Gluten Free Beauty: Formulated with pure, natural fruit extracts and oils, brush onto lips or cheeks for a wash of color that’s considered safe even for expectant mothers. Vegetarian. 100% Natural.
Anti-Aging: Rosehip Seed Oil, rich in Vitamins A and E, has been clinically proven to combat aging.
Healing: Antioxidant rich Sea Buckthorn Oil and blueberry fruit help keep lips smooth, hydrated and protected.
Includes one natural lip and cheek tint in mirrored compact.
butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, elaeis guineensis (palm) butter, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, vaccinium angustifolium (blueberry), vitamin e oil (from soy), rosa rubiginosa (rosehip seed oil), hippophae rhamnoides (seabuckthorn oil), beeswax, pearl powder, citrus sinensis (sweet orange) essential oil, kaolin clay, iron oxides. Contains: soy oi
Shades shown from left: Man Eater (opaque nude), Fire Engine (opaque bright red), Plum Crazy (sheer tint of bright color).