Conventional Lipstick? Don’t do it to yourself. Here’s some highly-kissable Alternatives. [Treehugger]

Via Waylon Lewis
on Feb 13, 2009
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Once, I went on a few dates with a girl, she was great, and green-minded (even drove a hybrid), charming, smart (yes, but not smart enough to not go out with me)…problem was, she wore five layers of makeup, and lots of lipstick and perfume.

She didn’t need it. And while I’m sure that, with all that makeup, she’d look sharp from a distance—say, onstage—up close I couldn’t see her skin for her foundation. Worst of all, as an Eco Boy, I didn’t love the idea of kissing a bunch of chemicals. So, halfway between my toxic-dislike and her makeup kit, our relationship peetered out.

Don’t let this happen to you, boys and girls! Get your loved ones to wear eco makeup, it’s non-toxic, not related in any way to cancer, and supports cool green companies!

Excerpt, via Treehugger:

Lipstick or gloss is a cosmetic dream for minimalist green girls. Who needs a heavily makeup-caked face, when all it takes is swab of gloss to feel sexy and put together? Unfortunately, our most simple sidekick—the trusty lipstick—can be laden with chemical nasties and in some cases, lead.

Before you lube up your lips to pucker up this Valentine’s Day, safeguard yourself—and your kissable companion—by glossing on an eco-chic lipstick. These five lip-smacking sticks might not be perfectly green (mineral-based makeup has been show to be questionable and I haven’t pulled a Pablo, crunching carbon footprint numbers), but most come pretty close to being a bit more petroleumparaben and toxin-free than the conventional beauty aisle brands.

Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer…

…for the rest, and all five alternatives, go to Treehugger’s great post.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


8 Responses to “Conventional Lipstick? Don’t do it to yourself. Here’s some highly-kissable Alternatives. [Treehugger]”

  1. sublimekesel says:

    Cool! For anyone who shrugs off the value of seeking out natural body care/makeup alternatives, I have them go grab a couple of their products and type 'em into This awesome resource will tell you what's in everything, and list the research associated with the specific ingredients. Once they see words like "neurotoxicity" or "reproductive failure," it kinda hits home. This site also has a numbered rating system, so you can see how risky each product is, and it lets you search by type of product for the optimal brands on the market. Yay, natural!!

  2. JaBes says:

    I'm kinda sick of Josie Maran Cosmetics being the only organic beauty company that's being heavily promoed here.

    B(io)eauty-diversity can come in many forms.

  3. elephantjournal says:

    Nice! More the merrier.

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