Ah! Lipstick! The most stolen item from the rays of cosmetics! Who could imagine Greta Garbo without lipstick? What would Elisabeth I and Cleopatra have been without lipstick? Symbol of sexuality, sensuality and eroticism, lipstick has surmounted all the obstacles of History, from the Inquisition to the Middle Ages to the Act of the British Parliament of 1770 which envisaged the judgement for sorcery of any woman having used lipstick or make-up. Thorough archaeological studies revealed that the first use of lipstick goes back 5000 years, to the territory of Mesopotamia (nowadays Iraq, Syria and the south of Turkey).
Regarded as a weapon of seduction lipstick became invaluable, in the true meaning of the term, because one mixed with beewax precious stones of colour, finely crushed, which gave a particular glare to the lips.
Lipstick was my first contact with cosmetics. One of my mother’s sisters, my aunt Aneta, was particularly elegant. Each summer she kept me for a week or two in her house in the countryside where it pleased me well to go because, since she did not have children, she spoiled me much. One day, being all by myself in the house, I got the idea to put on lipstick just like my aunt. I took a chair and I climbed on it because I could not reach the shelf where the tube was lying among other coveted items like the powder and the Eau de Cologne. It was a tube made out of paperboard (no plastic yet!), worn, of a rather dark-brown colour wherein there remained perhaps only one quarter of lipstick. I tested it in front of the mirror with a lot of curiosity, mistrust and pleasure promising tons of them to myself when I finally would be grown-up! It was a red garnet-Burgundy, matt, of which one could not complain as for its holding, because when I heard the entrance door and the steps of my aunt returning from her shopping, I hopelessly tried in vain to wipe it off with the side of my dress, it remained indelible on my lips! I had barely time enough to come down from my chair and when my aunt asked me what had happened to my mouth, I answered – “nothing”- and took an unspecified direction to avoid other questions. Tactfully, given her elegance, she did not make any other remarks and I took this as a connivence, a complicity and a tacit understanding between two elegant women. It was in 1969 and I still remember it because that same summer we had watched together, my aunt and I and many other neighbours, the first steps of man on the Moon.
Nanoparticles are prohibited in the composition of certified organic products since 2012. To read more about nanoparticles see the chapter on “ Non-Toxic Sunscreens ”.
Seven new glosses by Zorah Biocosmetics are available on the market. I tried Bea, one single word: exquisite!
Ingredients posted on the company website.
|Lavera Lipstick with oils and vegetable waxes are excellent products, with a good texture and a good holding in my opinion. I’ve tested several of them and I was satisfied. It doesn’t hold as long as the one of certain conventional lipsticks but, once again, what matters is the content because, whether one wants it or not, lipstick, one ends up eating it! Moreover, as for the contour of the eyes, the skin of the lips is extremely thin and the blood vessels are very close to the skin which makes them fast conduits towards the blood stream of all the substances applied on this area. Lavera lipsticks can have several certifications, BDIH, NaTrue, look at the tube when you buy it. Only disadvantage, the price (around 20$) and the rather restricted range of colours in the brand and on the market.|
|Lavera lip glosses, BDIH certified, are also very pleasant, holding well and safe, products available in Transparent, Orange, Berry and Burgundy.|
|Ingredients : Castor Oil*, Silica, Carnauba Wax, Candelilla Wax, Jojoba Seed Oil*, Vitamin E, Almond Oil*, Aloe Vera Extract*, Shea Butter*, Soybean Oil*, Grain Alcohol, Vitamin C, Essential Oils*. Natural Oils: Citral, Coumarin, Eugenol, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool. Natural Mineral: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Zinc Oxide, Ultramarines, Carmine.|
| Couleur Caramel, which is characterized by the use of recycled materials and which can be recycled, is available in several boutiques of natural products, 21$. The lipsticks “long holding,” manufactured by the conventional industry, contain synthetic ingredients which are connected with silicones. However, these substances are prohibited in the certified organic lipsticks whose “holding” remains normal.Certified Cosmetique Bio Versions 103 – 107 – 109 – 201 – 203 – 204 -205 – 206 – 207 – 209 – 210 – 211 -212 – 217 – 218 – 221 – 223 – 224 -226 – 229 – 234 – 236 – 237 – 238 -239 – 240 – 241 – 242 – 243 – 244 -245 I tested the 203, dark pearly pink, a perfect lipstick! Hydrating, good holding, colour tendency, and before and above everything else: safe! 16 gloss tints available also in Couleur Caramel, some certified organics, others not.
Ingredients (they can vary from one colour to another): Ricinus communis (Castor) oil, Oleic/Linoleic/Linoleic polyglycerides, Sucrose acetate isobutyrate, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) kernel oil unsaponifiables, Silica, Aspalathus linearis leaf extract, Pongamia glabra seed oil, Tocopherol, Aroma, [+/- May contain : Alumina, CI 77019 (Mica), CI 77891 (Titanium dioxide), CI 77491 (Red iron oxide), CI 77492 (Yellow iron oxide), CI 77499 (Black iron oxide), Lactoflavine, CI 75470 (Carmine), CI 77007 (Ultramarine), CI 77510 (Ferric ferrocyanide).]
|Lipstick Zuii, certified organic by USDA ORGANIC and OFC (Australia), 23.99 $, beautiful colours, varied choices (18), no difference with the conventional lipsticks, texture, flavour, everything is there.I tested “Copper” and I was very satisfied.|
|Ingredients: Sunflower Oil 0 , Castor Oil 2 , Jojoba Seed Oil 0 , Carnauba Wax 0 , Natural Beeswax 1 , Soribtan Olivate 0 , Honeysuckle Flower Extract 0 , Candelilla Wax 0 , Tocopheryl 2 , Ascorbyl Palmitate 1 , Aloe Vera 1 , St. Johns Wort Extract 0 , Palmarosa Oil 1 , Geranium Flower Oil 1 , Orange Peel Oil 1 , May Contain – Ci 77491 2 , Ci 77492 0 , Ci 77499 2 , Ci 77742 1 , Ci 77019 2 , Ci 77891 1 – 3 , Ci 75470 1 .|
|Recently arrived on the market, the brand Naturkosmetik Health offers us the whole range of make-up, eye shadows, powders, make-up foundations, pencils and lipsticks, all products being BDIH certified. I think that Naturkosmetik Health offers very competitive products but the prices are too high. There are some product analyses of this brand on the site of Rita Stiens.|
|Once again, the Miessence products are on top of the list for their harmlessness as much on Skin Deep (rated 1) as on GoodGuide (8/10 for health).
Miessence Shimmer creme – Peach blush, bronzer/highlighter, lipstick; Messene Shimmer creme – Berryblush, lipstick; Miessence Shimmer creme – Cocoablush, lipstick; Vapour Organic Beauty Siren Lipstick.
Miessence Lip Balms also classified 1 aussi: Miessence Lip creme – Grape lip balm,Miessence Lip creme – Melon lip balm, Miessence Lip creme – Grapelip balm, Miessence Lip creme – Plum Miessence Lip creme – Cinnamon lip balm, Miessence Lip creme – Paprika lip balm.
| Green Beaver lip balm, a perfect lip balm and lipstick hybrid, available in six different shimmering shades: Passion, Amour, Mocha, Rose, Bordeaux, Lustre (Clear), 5.80 $
Certified organic, vegan (beeswax and carmine free), biodegradable, gluten free, mint free, homeopathic friendly.Green Beaver are good non-toxic options for teenagers or for ‘petites’coquetish girls. The range is elaborate starting from organic ingredients to which carrot extracts and cranberries cultivated in Canadian soil were added.
|100% PURE Canada, a Canadian range that I did not know and which is not sold yet in the boutiques in my area. It is recommended by Gillian Deacon whose history is very similar to mine  .The pencils for lipsticks are coloured with natural fruit pigments and are formulated to be of long duration. If you want more shine, apply the brilliance to lips after having used these unctuous pencils. These formulas are entirely natural lead-free, free of chemicals of synthesis, artificial flavours and chemical preservatives. Price: 20 $.|
|Ingredients: Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Beeswax, Coconut Stearic Acid, Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Rosehip Oil, May contain all or some of the following fruit pigments: Cherry, Cocoa, Strawberry, Plum, Blueberry, Blackberry, Peach, Apricot, Tomato, Pomegranate, Acai, Raspberry, Chokeberry and Cranberry, Rice Strach Powder.|
|100% Pure Canada, Cosmopolitan Lip Gloss, a 100% natural lip gloss, containing vitamin E 83%, from organic rice oats and beautiful colours from fruit pigments. Price 16 $.|
|Ingredients: Vitamin E (a-tocopherol), contains all or some of the following Fruit Pigments: Organic Cherry*, Organic Pomegranate*, Organic Red Wine**, Organic Cranberry*, Organic Blackberry*, Organic Raspberry*, Organic Peach*, Organic Cocoa Bean* and Organic Plum*, Organic Rosehip Oil***, Organic Cocoa Butter*, Vitamin C (ascorbyl palmitate), Organic Strawberry Flavor*.
* certified organic by Organic Certifiers.
** certified organic by Soil Association Certification Limited.
*** certified organic by Baystate Organic Certifiers.
|100% Pure Canada Lipstick (Fruit Pigmented Lip Glaze Boysenberry), obtained from an avocado butter base, cocoa butter, and pigment dyes derived from fruits. Price: 19 $.|
|Ingredients :Organic Avocado Butter*, Organic Cocoa Butter*, Contains all or some of the following Fruit Pigments: Organic Cherry**, Organic Plum**, Cabernet Grape, Organic Raspberry**, Organic Blueberry**, Organic Blackberry**, Organic Peach**, Organic Apricot**, Organic Tomato***, Organic Pomegranate**, Organic Cacao (chocolate)**, Organic Rose Petals*, Organic Lavender Flower* and Organic Cinnamon***, Organic Shea Butter****, Organic Rosehip Oil*****, Organic Mango Butter*, Vitamin E (a-tocopherol), Vitamin C (ascorbyl palmitate), May contain Mica (natural shimmery mineral).* certified organic by Oregon Tilth Cerfitied Organic.
** certified organic by Organic Certifiers.
*** certified organic by QAI.
**** certified organic by Soil Association Certification Limited.
***** certified organic by Baystate Organic Certifiers.
|Another great find available in Quebec City, Ghislaine’s contribution, is the lipstick Lakhsimi certified by Ecocert. There are some product analyses of this brand on the site of Rita Stiens .|
At the pharmacy
|Revlon More than 25 lipsticks Revlon are graded 2 and 3 on Skin Deep, about ten Color Science are graded 2.Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick, Platinum Petal 005 Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick, Maximum Mocha 080Revlon ColorStay Overtime Lip Color Glossy TopcoatRevlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick, Premium Pink 010 Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick, Iconic Iris 035 Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick, Prized Peach 065 Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick, Grand Garnet 055 Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick, Brilliant Bordeaux 040The other numbers are available on Skin Deep. Be very vigilant with the choice of the number, because other versions of Revlon are in the red, classified 7 and 8 on Skin Deep and some “glosses” have a grade 4/10 on GoodGuide.|
To avoid in lipsticks: azoic colours, paraffin oils, lead, aluminum, mercury and parabens. It was recently shown ( study 2007, in French), that even with low doses, lead has a cytotoxic effect on the stem cells of the central nervous system.
In 2009, Canada was the first country to prohibit two ingredients largely used in the manufacture of lipsticks: D4 and D5 siloxane because of their toxicity for humans and the environment. Moreover, they were added to the list of the toxic substances of the Chemicals Management Plan of the Government of Canada. These two substances are connected to uterine tumours and other damage to the reproductive system in animals. They accumulate in the food chains, the environment and the human body. 
Several lipsticks: Avon , Sally Hansen , Elisabeth Arden , Meybelline , CoverGirl , L’Oréal are in the red, on Skin Deep, between 7 and 10 !
|And the proof that price does not guarantee safety, the “repulpor” Givenchy Pulp Lady, graded 8 on Skin Deep, with an impressive card of 51 ingredients including 4 that are not identified! A real aluminum treat!|
Two other “anti-age” creams of the same Company are graded 9 .
Ingredients : Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cyclopentasiloxane, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Trisocetyl Citrate, Diisostearyl Malate, Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Dextrin Palmitate, Ozokerite , Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone , Disteardimonium Hectorite, Silica, Lauryl PCA, Propylene Carbonate, Parfum (Fragrance) , Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Tribehenin, Linalool , Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone , Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Limonene , Sorbitan Isostearate, Propyl Gallate, BHT , Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Geraniol , Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Methylparaben , Propylparaben , Sorbic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Dehydroacetate. [+/- May Contain: Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Aluminium Hydroxide, CI 12085 (Red 36), CI 15985 (Yellow 6 Lake), CI 17200 (Red 33 Lake), CI 19140 ( Yellow 5 Lake ), CI 42090 ( Blue 1 Lake ), CI 45380 (Red 21 - Red 22 Lake ), CI 45410 ( Red 28 Lake ), CI 73360 (Red 30 - Red 30 Lake), CI 75470 (Carmine), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), CI 77491 - CI 77492 - CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Mica].]
Scores of lipsticks and “gloss” of the Avon Company have the terrifying grade of 1/10 for health on GoodGuide !
Small trick : to pass from time to time a disinfecting wipe for babies on your lipstick to eliminate the microbial risks.
NON-TOXIC LIP BALMS
INCI: Apis mellifera (Natural Beeswax), Argania Spinoza oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Fruit oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Vitellaria paradoxa (shea butter), Maris Sal, Alpha Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Tepezchouite (Mimosa Tenuiflora Bark Extract), Kaolinite (Moroccan red clay), Calendula Officinalis Flower Water, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract/Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract/Oil, Origanum vulgare Flower Extract/Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Oil, Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantum Bergamia (Bergamot) Oil.
At the pharmacy (Pharmaprix):
|Kibio Lip Balm, 15 ml, 19 $, certified organic (ECOCERT and Cosmetic bio), with orange, spreads out well and hydrates in-depth by leaving a pretty brilliance on the lips.|
|Ingredients : RicinusCommunis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Silica, Cera Carnauba/Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax.Cire De Carnauba, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil*, Tocopherol, Calendulaofficinalis Flower Extract*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Limonene, Linalool.* Ingredients resulting from Organic Agriculture|
|Badger Lip Balm certified organic USDA not scented, graded 0 on Skin Deep.|
|Ingredients: *Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, *Golden Yellow Beeswax, and *Castor Oil.* = Certified Organic Ingredient|
|Penny Lane Tahitian Vanilla – 100% Natural Lip Balm With Carabiner, 5 $.|
|Ingredients: Castor Seed oil (Ricinus communis) , Cocoa (Theobroma Cacao) Seed Butter , Beeswax (Cera Alba) , Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii) , Almond (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) Oil , Calendula (Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract) Oil , Vitamin E (Tocopherol) , Natural Vanilla (Vanilla Planifolia) Oleoresin.
* made with Unbleached Beeswax
* the flavor is natural and comes from vanilla beans
* carabiner allows you to clip the tube on your knapsack, gym bag, golf bag, etc. thus keeping your balm always on hand.
|Nuxe Baume Prodigieux Levres Nutri-Protecting Lip Care – SPF 15, Shimmering Chocolate , (03) classified 7 on Skin Deep , (40 ingredients in the formula!!).|
If you use the Avon balsams, they should be checked because many of them are graded 8 on Skin Deep .
Guide of non-toxic hygiene, beauty and cosmetic products
 ↑ Wikipedia: Lipstick, Health, and the Environment (in French: Rouge à lèvres, santé et environnement)
 ↑ Affected breast cancer, Gillian Deacon publishes a book, There is Lead in Your Lipstick, in which she explains how one can reduce the number of chemical substances dangerous for health in cosmetic products
 ↑ Gillian Deacon, There’s Lead in Your Lipstick .