Did you know that during a recession, lipstick sales rise? Apparently it’s a small luxury that acts as the perfect pick-me-up during trying times. Unfortunately, that little boost might just be toxic.
On Friday, Canada declared two chemicals, known as D4 and D5 siloxanes, toxic to people and the environment. I applaud Canada for making sure these chemicals, common in lipstick and thousands of other personal care and household items, will be dealt with.
If only the U.S. Food and Drug Administration were as rigorous. We’ve all probably heard about cancer-causing lead being found in lipsticks. And the dangerous ingredients in cosmetics are piling up, with no regulation in sight.
Imagine you’re at the drugstore and you pick out a tube of Maybelline Moisture Extreme Lip color in Mocha Ice. This is what you get for your $7. Scary, right? I’m not picking on Maybelline–they aren’t even the worst offenders. My point is this: Know what you’re buying and use www.cosmeticsdatabase.com as a resource.
Now I’m a lip balm girl myself, and favor Juice Beauty SPF 8 Lip Moisturizer. Natural Solutions magazine compiled a list of the best natural beauty products and chose Earth’s Beauty Lipstick for its “vibrant color and smooth-as-silk texture.”
And if you really want to be safe, you can make your own. Like this cranberry lip gloss formula that sounds positively yummy.
Whatever you choose to put on your lips, make sure you only pucker up for the natural and organic stuff.