This article has been updated with current research since it’s original release in 2012. The Washington Post just released an article(2012) featuring FDA results from a study in December 2011 highlighting the top 10 lipsticks that were found to have lead in them. I’ve had many friends asking,
“where can I find healthy lipsticks?” My usual response is to start with www.EWG.org/skindeep/. This site is a non-profit organization that tests the safety of consumer products. It is not an all inclusive site of every product made, but it is pretty comprehensive. Buyer beware, though, just because your brand is not shown on this site does not guarantee it is free of toxins. I’m sure there are also plenty of “green” options that are not included in the EWG database.
I found it interesting that the EWG information did not indicate “LEAD” as a toxin in the ingredients. This is probably because
LEAD is not an individual ingredient, but rather an element of another ingredient, like coloring.
For example, a pink lipstick on EWG.org had toxicity of 7 ” Tickled Pink” (Pink) 165 (7-10 being the most toxic rating) on EWG, not because of the LEAD (which wasn’t even indicated in the list of ingredients) but because of several other ingredients like BHT and Fragrance (this are indicated by names such as geraniol, cinnamyl alchohol, etc. If you want to learn more about deciphering product labels go Here. linked with toxic side effects. Lead in lipstick is becoming less commonplace as consumers have demanded purity in product ingredients, but we have some way to go with synthetic fragrance chemicals. If you want to read the government findings you can find the research here: FDA government study on lead in lipstick
If you’re looking to replace your favorite lipstick because it ranked high in lead or other yucky ingredients, no worries! There are plenty of companies creating “healthy lipsticks”. Here are 15 companies I found that have several lipstick products with a 0-1 rating of toxicity on EWG (on a scale of 0-10 with 10 being the most toxic). If you want to guarantee your product is low in toxins, check out www.EWG.org for your specific manufacturer and color. Even though these “Green” companies have many products in the 0-1 category, they might have some colors or cosmetic categories ranking higher in toxic load so it pays to do a little research.
2. Bella Mari
There are so many healthy options in a range of price points, it should be easy to find some natural lip products that fit your budget. Let me know if you’ve used any of these brands and what you think!