So we’ve gone over deodorant, sunscreen, body butter, and toothpaste, and now I think it’s time to address one of my favourite things…lipstick!! I just love lipstick and lip gloss, I always have a few in my bag and lots at home. I’m not perfect and I still stick with my MAC when I want a good bright red or deep plum, etc. but it’s good to be conscious of what you’re wearing and make an effort to use natural the majority of the time.
After reading There’s Lead in Your Lipstick, I learned a lot about just what kinds of chemicals we are ingesting when using standard lipsticks and lip glosses. It’s a bit scary!!
I’ve had the chance in recent weeks to test out a few all-natural brands of lipstick and I wanted to share them with you here. I bought a lipstick from Karen Murrell and got two free along with it! What an awesome deal, with each lipstick being worth $30 NZD. Rhys’s mom got me a beautiful set of products from Living Nature for my birthday, including a lipstick!
I’ll start with the Karen Murrell lipsticks. An excerpt from their website says, “Karen Murrell natural lipsticks use only the finest of organic, natural and proven safe chemical ingredients. Honesty is a promise: the traceability of all ingredients, materials, packaging and manufacturing can be provided at any stage to give confidence that they are from ethical and/or renewable sources.“
These products do not contain any mineral oils, animal-based material, parabens, or preservatives.
They come in really cute packaging that happens to be eco-friendly as well, as it’s 100% recyclable and printed with soya ink. The canisters are made from a corn resin-based material that will start to dissolve back into Mother Earth within 100 days. How cool is that!! It’s also green house gas neutral, which means it helps minimize those bad emissions that contribute to global warming.
I just love how each little lipstick says on it “nothing nasty touches my lips“, and it’s so true with these lipsticks. The ingredients vary but include oils like avocado oil, castor oil, and evening primrose oil, jojoba seed oil, shea butter, and cinnamon oil. All the lipsticks have a super sweet cinnamon scent!
Like I said, I tried three colours- carnation mist, lavender laughter, and scarlet blaze (my fav!). I hope the colours come through okay on here, as I find sometimes wordpress takes the saturation out of my photos….
This is the carnation mist, a soft, warm, pink colour and I have been wearing it every day. It goes on really nice, although you do have to reapply it a couple times throughout the day as it’s natural and won’t have that 24-hour long-last effect.
The Lavender Laughter is a bit pale for me but I thought I would show it anyway. This one is probably my least favourite of the three as I found that because it’s so light it goes on a bit too opaque for the colour that it is.
Lastly, my favourite, scarlet blaze. It’s a rich scarlet colour and it’s great to find a natural lipstick with more dark pigment like this. You’ll never find a bright red or neon pink when it comes to natural lipstick, as the ingredients that make those colours are not natural. So I was really happy with the darker tone this lipstick has!
Now I will move on to my new Living Nature products. I got a super lovely lip active manuka honey lip balm, and a Coral Sea lipstick.
Living Nature is an amazing company. The kind that really cares about every ingredient they put in to their products. They are very careful about what they use, and if an ingredient they source changes or is altered in any way that goes against their guidelines, they will change it, going so far as to reformulate entire products! Their line is 100% certified natural, and that includes all ingredients, preservatives, and fragrances. Their packaging is recyclable and BPA-free.
The lip balm was a miracle to receive for my birthday. I don’t know why but my lips have been sooo dry here! Nothing was helping, until I got this. I put it on every morning now and my lips are so much better now. Love it!
The Coral Sea is a beautiful colour. It has orange, pink, and red hues to it. I really love it and it’s quite different for me, but such a nice change!! I’ve worn this out on weekends several times now. To be totally honest with you, I like the coverage that this Living Nature lipstick provides more than the Karen Murrell ones, it seems to go on a bit smoother.
Do you use natural lipstick? What is your favourite company? Which of these colours would you like to wear most!?