Vegan Mineral Lipstick: Ditch the Methylparaben.

Lipstick has become one of my favorite make-up products in the last five years.  It can totally make or break an outfit, look, or style.  Reds have easily become my ultimate favorite because they really “pop” with my fair skin.  When I wear it, I automatically feel more confident and glamorous.

The sad truth about most lipsticks on the market is that they contain harmful chemicals and synthetics; many of which have been banned in other countries!!!  This bothers me for a number of reasons, but the main one is pretty simple.  Lipstick is the one product in my make up routine that I know I will unintentionally get in my mouth.

Think of the food, drinks, utensils, and other things that go into your mouth and how you end up getting your lipstick on them.  Believe me, I’ve eaten a cupcake before and watched how every bite contained a slight red pigmentation on it and just continued scarfing it down.  No big deal, right?  Wrong.  Some of these chemicals are truly harmful especially for women who are pregnant or nursing.

The following information is actually from Harper’s Bazaar:

Hidden Lipstick Ingredients:

 Methylparaben is a preservative used in many beauty products … at least in the U.S. Use of these chemicals is restricted in the European Union because they’ve been linked to cancer, may disrupt the endocrine system, or be toxic in other ways. The Cosmetics Database labels them a “high hazard.”

Propylparaben is a frequently used cosmetics ingredient that can irritate skin and eyes or cause reactions in those who are allergic. Some studies have also raised concerns about endocrine disruption, cancer and other toxic effects. It is rated a “moderate hazard” by the Cosmetics Database.

Retinyl Palmitate is a synthetic form of vitamin A that may be toxic to pregnant women. It is rated a “moderate hazard” by the Cosmetics Database because limited evidence links exposure to a range of health problems, from cancer to reproductive effects.

Colorants, such as D&C Red 36 (rated “low hazard”), and D&C Red 22 Aluminum Lake(rated “moderate hazard”) are typically tested on animals, and have raised concerns because some research has linked exposure to nervous system damage and other health concerns.

Tocopheryl Acetate, also known as vitamin E acetate, is used in a variety of products, including lipstick, moisturizer and foundation. The Cosmetics Database rates it as a “moderate hazard” because it may cause itching, burning, scaling, hives and skin blistering, and may be toxic.

That is all super alarming to me.  These ingredients could cause cancer??  They test them on animals???  

I decided to make the switch to vegan and mineral lipsticks.  I have used tinted lips balms and glosses, but I wanted to try natural lipsticks to replace my radiant reds.

Etherealle is an Etsy shop that specializes in vegan natural make up.  I decided to give these lipsticks a try because many of the reviews described the lipsticks having good coverage and color.  I decided to try Darling which is a pinky red and Carnelian which is a deeper, richer red.  Both have nice coverage although they do need to be reapplied often throughout the day.  Take a look at them below!

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Not only do I feel better using this on myself but I know that this is not being tested on animals somewhere. Really, it’s all about making more conscious choices about what use and put back into our environment.  Check out Etherealle’s shop and I’m sure you could find a sample of eyeshadows or lipsticks to try for a SUPER reasonable price.


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