The average woman consumes between 481 and 1083 tubes of lipstick in her lifetime. But just what are we eating every time we put on a dash of lippie? While the Elizabethan’s were renown for whitening their skin with lead, even today the same heavy metal has appeared in some popular cosmetics.
The last time I went to an organic trade fair I was overwhelmed by the amount of companies flogging “organic” or “natural” cosmetics, indicating this is a booming market. However on closer inspection of the ingredients the definition or natural and even organic seemed very rubbery. Without recognized certification, for example from peak organic groups such as the Biological Farmers Association, these claims mean little.
The answer? Have you ever thought of making your own, organically grown lip tint? I’ve found a simple homemade recipe using lipstick and glycerin. A little melted beeswax would safely firm up the mixture to turn it into a lovely red lip balm.
Anyone game to try it? Let me know how it goes.
More thoughts on health and cosmetics, including some ingredients to avoid.