Wearing of lip colors dates back to the ancient Egyptian era where both men and women would colour their lips using crushed gemstones and bugs. After the invention of solid lipsticks few decades ago, only women of upper class and actors wore lip colors and it was seen as a social status during that period. Fast forward to the present, millions of people sport a lip color everyday whether it’s a special day or just a casual day. The reason being the introduction of a humongous range of colors that makes even the non-lipstick lover curious to try them. With lot many people using this infamous cosmetic, is it really safe to use them on a daily basis? If you are lipstick user, here are some much needed facts that you ought to know before using them.
1.Firstly, How are lipsticks made?
Lipsticks are commonly made with waxes to gives the solid structure, pigments to give color and oils & emollients to aid in application and provide desirable finish and moisture to the lips. Domestically, the preparation is simple, the ingredients are usually grinded and heated and then poured into molds to form a solid lipstick.
2.What is this most talked lead in lipsticks?
Lead, a heavy metal, is a neurotoxic and carcinogen that causes serious health problems when over exposed. Recently lead was found in almost all leading brands lipsticks that too in highly toxic amounts. Not all the Lead that is found in lipsticks are deliberately added, but some of them are contaminants that occurs naturally during the making process. Some lead containing lipsticks don’t even have Lead in their ingredient list.
3.How to find them in lipsticks?
There is a popularly known test on how to find lead in lipsticks at home which is by rubbing a gold metal on the lip color. If it turns black, it contains lead, if not it is free of lead. BUT there is no valid proof to back up this test. The only way you can test for lead is in Labs. Or if brands have done tests and explicitly mention that their lipsticks do not contain lead.
4.What happens when you wear these lipsticks in the long run?
Our lips having a very thin skin in nature are more susceptible to harmful effects. Have you ever seen whenever there is an environmental change, you could notice a change in the condition of your lips. The ingredients used in the lip colors can easily get absorbed into the skin and cross the bloodstream. Also it is a given that we ingest some lip color undeliberately over long hours of application which over time, can get accumulated in the body and can increase the level of toxicity thereby causing some serious damage in the long run.
5.How can we prevent these harmful effects?
- By limiting the use of lipsticks. You can reserve them for special occasions and on other days, you can use tinted organic lip balms that are safe enough to eat.
- By limiting reapplication throughout the day. The more you re-apply, the more you ingest, hence the more damage.
- By choosing lighter shades as they tend to have lesser lead content. The darker the shade, it is likely to have more lead.
- Go for brands that offer lead free lipsticks or try organic lipsticks. Most organic brands that have genuine care for their customers make chemical free lipsticks that would be safe enough to eat and not harm us in anyway. But such brands are very small in number and we are left only with few options to try in India.
So here are the Best Natural Lipstick available in India that are very safe for our lips.
Organistick lipsticks are one of its kind that are made with all natural and organic ingredients devoid of toxic chemicals. These are vegetarian lipsticks that they do not even contain animal fat. Coming in a variety of 24 shades, Organistick lipsticks are creamy lipsticks, some of which containing a teeny tiny bit of non bothering shimmer. Giving a opaque color pay off in just two swipes, these lipsticks have a commendable staying power. Also excess usage of Organistick won’t cause you any harm, so even teenagers can use these without compromising on their health. Furthermore this has to be the most affordable organic lipstick available in India. Where to buy? Amazon.in
2.Soultree Ayurvedic Lipsticks
Free from lead, carmine and parabens, Soultree Ayurvedic Lipsticks are made with pure natural pigments that enhances the beauty of your natural lips. Soultree is a brand certified by BDIH, Germany which adds a special value to their products. You can read more about them on my post about Certified Organic Brands. They add no synthetic colors and never conduct test on animals. These creamy lipsticks are enriched with organic sweet almond oil, wild honey and organic ghee, which makes it rich in moisture and good for your lips. They come in a variety of 24 shades that would cater to a lot of skin tones. Where to buy? Amazon.com or Amazon.in
3.Iba Halal Pure Lips Moisture Rich Lipstick
Iba Halal Pure Lips Moisture Rich Lipsticks are purely vegan and halal lipsticks that they do not contain alcohol, pork or animal ingredients and are not tested on animals either. These lipsticks are available in 22 gorgeous shades ranging from reds to plums to pinks. These natural, paraben and sulphate free lipsticks have a smooth formula that are moisture rich and color rich in just two strokes. Their affordable price makes it a hit among college goers. Where to buy? Amazon.com or Amazon.in
4.Barva Skin Therapie Lipsticks
Barva Skin Therapie Lipsticks, made with 100% natural base, is a lipstick that takes care of your lips and prevents aging, cracking and blackening of your lips. The creamy formulation of these lipsticks locks in moisture of your lips instantly and keeps them soft and supple throughout the day. These are enriched with the goodness of certified organic clarified butter, kokum butter, beex wax and honey. Furthermore, these are lead free, chemical free, paraben free and cruelty free. Where to buy? Amazon.in
5.Quinta Essentia Organic Lipsticks
Quinta Essentia Organic Lipsticks are gentle, handmade lipsticks containing natural plant waxes and pure lavender healing extract to moisturize while providing intensely rich and lustrous color. Every lip color is used in its raw, organic state which allows its natural living attributes to rejuvenate and refresh your lips. You’ll adore the all natural, contemporary color palettes of these long lasting lip products. These are absolutely free of parabens, ethyl alcohol, ethanol, methylisothiazolinone, Methychloroisothiazolinone, pthalates, artificial perfumes, petrochemicals, SLS, SLES, artificial colorants, making them absolutely safe for you and earth. Quinta Essentia Organic Lipsticks are also Vegan and Cruelty Free. Where to buy? Amazon.in
6.Vivah Store Melted Lipsticks
Vilvah Melted lipsticks goes on like a lip gloss and dries to a matte, velvety finish about one minute after application. These liquid lipsticks formula is truly unique as it has a light weight formula that gives a comfortable, non-drying matte lip. These lipsticks are formulated from scratch, handcrafted and are made with the finest raw materials. Since it is a natural lipstick, go ahead and apply it even for little girls without worrying. These are formulated without parabens, phthalates, gluten, triclosan, silicones, mineral oil or sodium lauryl sulphate. Vilvah Melted Lipsticks retails for 580 INR and are available in 6 shades. You can buy them from Qtrove.com.
7. Ruby’s Organics Lipstick
Coming from India’s first Organic Makeup Brand, this unique baby carries all the benefits of a lip balm but wears and stays like a lipstick. The semi-matte finish of these colors are made to suit everybody. It has the moisturizing butter of Mango and Shea which helps to soften lips and are combined with a rich blend of antioxidant and oils of Almond and Castor. Ruby’s Organics lipsticks are 100% vegetarian and contains no parabens, petroleum, alcohol, artificial fragrance, chemical preservatives and heavy metal. Above all, they are Cruelty-free and conduct no animal testing. Avaible in 9 shades. Where to buy? Amazon.in.
8. BON Organics Lip Stain
Want to flaunt your pout with a natural looking color and keep others curious? Then this is for you. Available in Red (Strawberry) and Pink (Rose), BON Organics lip stain is super pigmented and can be worn as a glossy as well as matte finish. Made with strawberries and beetroots, the lip stain is handmade and 100% chemical free. The best part? this doubles up as cheek stain to give you the best looking natural flush to your cheeks. Available on bonorganics.com
9.Ecoberry Homemade Natural Lip Gloss
Ecoberry is a Bangalore Based Handmade Skincare Brand that I came across recently through Instagram. I have personally tried few of their skincare products abd loved them a lot. The brand has few makeup products in its kitty which includes these natural lip balms. Ecoberry has launched its handmade lip glosses in 7 exciting shades ranging from pinks to reds. These lip balms are made from nourishing oils like Coconut, Castor,A rgan & Jojoba and butters like Shea and Cocoa. Thecolors used in these lip glosses are FDA approved and naturally mined micas which are safe. Available at Ecoberry.in
10. Island Kiss Lip Balms
So why lip balms are added to this list? Because these are tinted and gives you the most beautiful colors to your lips. sland Kiss is an exclusive lip care brand formulating lip balms and lip moisturizers that can be ingested and safe enough for children. These lip balms are 100% natural and organic, made with Avocado, Kokum and Mango Butters and are non-toxic, which means they are free of petroleum derivates, parabens, phthalates, dioxides and conatin absolutely no artificial fragrance and color. They also come with an SPF of 15 which is an added benefit. Island Kiss Organic Lip Balms are available in 5 variants among which thePuerto Berry Blush and Black Rose & Grenade Rouge are the ones I would recommend. Where to buy? Amazon.in
The list ends here! I truly wish more Indian Brands come forward to make natural lipstick rather than us looking into international brands. Nevertheless, if you have access to international brands, here are some Organic and Vegan Lipsticks you might want to try.
- Zuii Organic Flora Lipsticks
- Ecco Bella Flower Color Lipsticks
- Au Naturale Lipsticks
- Lippy Girl Organic Vegan Lipsticks
- Pacifica Devocean Natural Lipsticks
- Emani Minerals Hydrating Lip Colors
- Inika Vegan Lipsticks
- Gabriel cosmetics Lipsticks