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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 petroleum, paraben and toxin-free than the conventional beauty aisle brands. Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer
Call ‘em a sell-out if you wish, but one fact remains. Burt's Bees make a darn good tinted lip shimmer. Unlike most lipsticks, this one doesn’t dry out lips creating that feathered effect. It glides on smooth and prevents chapping with ingredients like vitamin E and coconut and sunflower oil. The tingly, peppermint oil-derived flavor also makes for a perfect pre-smooch breath freshener. No mints required! Choose from shades like: Champagne, Raisin, Merlot, Rhubarb, Watermelon, Nutmeg, Fig, Cocoa, Toffee, Guava and Papaya.
Vegans, beware. It may contain traces of carmine.
One tube costs $5. ::Burt’s Bees
Aveda’s Nourish-Mint Smoothing Lip Color
We’re always blogging about the green goodness from Aveda so it doesn’t surprise us that they put the eco-money where their mouth is. One of the most innovative features about their Nourish-Mint Smoothing Lip Color are their refillable lipstick cases—made with 96 percent post-consumer recycled resin.
Skip Botox and let ingredients like coconut protein, pomegranate seed oil and bilberry boost your lip’s natural collagen production—visibly plumping up lips—or so they claim. How’s that for the perfect kisser?
Well, maybe not completely perfect. Petroleum-based dyes like Orange 5 and Blue 1 and palmitate, a palm oil-derived product, were spotted on the full ingredients list. (They claim the palm oil is procured from sustainable sources.)
One tube costs $14. ::Aveda
Josie Maran Lipstick
Feel as sexy as Josie Maran sporting the actress and model’s very own lipstick from her all-natural makeup line. Just like Josie, the lipstick proves that it’s possible to be sustainable and sexy, packaged in an aluminum tube that’s not only chic but recyclable. The ultra-luxe and creamy formula is made with paraben and fragrance-free ingredients like organic Jojoba and coconut oil.
A few of the dyes listed under the ingredients may however, raise an eyebrow or two.
One tube costs $20. ::Josie Maran Cosmetics
Hemp Organics Lipstick
TreeHugger loves hemp—in smoothies, salads, milk, clothing, shoes, textiles and more. In fact, we love it so much for its reputation as a fast growing, renewable resource, we figure—why not smear it all over our smacker? Made with omega-rich hemp seed oil and organic beeswax, Hemp Organics Lipstick is wheat, gluten and soy free. Choose from 32 different colors—19 of which are vegan-friendly.
One tube costs $14.99. ::Vashon Organics
Terra Firma’s Longevity Lip Stain
Your lover will thank you when you wear Terra Firma’s Longevity Lip Stain. The long lasting color won’t bleed, fade or transfer when you lovingly lock lips. And even if a little did, they’ll be happy to know it’s made with an 88 percent organic formula of aloe vera and natural vegetable and fruit colorants.
Another green perk? It’s versatile. The lip stain can streamline your makeup kit—serving double-duty as a cheek and nail stain.
One tube costs $14.99. ::Terra Firma Cosmetics
What to do once you're all dolled up? Partake in one of the several Valentine's Day ideas listed in this year's gift guide. Then get your smooch on!
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