Is Your Lipstick Toxic?

By Eluxe Magazine

t’s the one item of makeup many women won’t leave their home without. It has the power to transform a makeup look from day to night, from plain to sexy, from bland to powerful, all with just a slash of color. But could your lipstick be full of hidden toxins?

The short answer is, unless you’re using an organic brand, yes. Most lipsticks contain several heavy metals including cadmium, aluminium and even lead, researchers have shown.

In America, although the FDA insists that the level of metals found in lipsticks is inconsequential, they did admit in this article entitled “Lipstick and Lead: Questions and Answers” that there is currently no set limit for the amount of lead used in cosmetics. If that is the case, why is the government not regulating what goes into lipstick more stringently?

Indeed, other scientists have raised the alarm. They believe that long term, daily exposure could pose a serious risk: heavy metals accumulate in the body, and over time, their presence can result in a wide range of health problems. The University of California at Berkeley found traces of cadmium, cobalt, aluminium, titanium, manganese, chromium, copper and nickel in 24 lip glosses and eight mainstream lipstick brands

So, what can we do? Firstly, reduce your exposure. Studies show that many women apply lipstick or gloss up to 24 times per day–obviously, reducing this to 2-3 times a day would greatly reduce your risk. Secondly, choosing softer hues of lipsticks and glosses can also decrease your exposure. Apparently, the darker the color, the more heavy the concentration of metals.

Finally, you should switch to a non- toxic lipstick brand, of course. With awareness of the dangers of lipstick growing, there is an increasing number of natural brands coming out, with incredible quality.

We’ve tried and tested several, and here are some of the best we’ve found:

1. Ilia

For those who like their lipsticks highly pigmented, this brand is practically a miracle. Ilia produces bright shades of pink, red and orange that stay on for ages yet are not derived from heavy metal sources. It all comes in a sleek, minimalist silver tube.


2. Axiology

If the luxuriously heavy gold tube doesn’t impress you, the contents will: these lippies are amongst the best we’ve tried. Creamy, rich and bursting with colour, the brand bases its lipsticks on Organic Candelilla Wax and nourishing Organic Avocado Oil, so not only are their ingredients all-natural, they’re also mainly organic!


3. Lisa Noto

Formulated by a model who knows which lipstick shades work on most skin types, Lisa Noto’s creations are made with glamour in mind. Using organic Shea and Cacao butters, these not only look super chic, but keep your lips moist and kissable all day. Our favourite shade is Inammorato, which is a classic scarlet red, but there’s a variety of highly pigmented lip colours to choose from.


4. Neal’s Yard 

There are some excellent points about this brand’s lipsticks: first, they smell refreshingly citrusy and come in a recyclable aluminium tube. They’re also infused with a range of organic ingredients, and soften and moisturise the lips. The problem is, they only come in a limited range of shades, which are pretty much represented in the picture below. Our favourite is Pomegranate, first on the left, which looks dark but goes on in a shade that makes you look as though someone just gently pinched your lip.



5. Zuii Organics

Zuii Flora Lipstick is a rich, creamy Certified Organic lipstick range with a wide variety of brighly pigmented shades to choose from. Soothing and nourishing, these lippies are also long lasting, and pack Vitamins A and E to protect and moisturise the skin.





Eluxe Magazine is the world's first print and digital publication devoted to sustainable, high-end luxury fashion, beauty and lifestyles. 

Eluxe was launched in 2013 by Chere Di Boscio, a former glossy magazine editor with a passion for all things naturally beautiful. After just over a year of operation, Eluxe has already received the support of top writers, celebrities and photographers, and continues to spread its message of sophisticated sustainability to refined readers around the globe.


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