What's In Your Lipstick?
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PINK and RED makeup often contains the color additive cochineal extracts, which is derived from crushed cochineal insects (beetles). Now before you get bugged out, these additives are safe, however, they can be a common allergen. So, if you’ve ever found yourself sensitive to a red lipstick or blush, it could be because of this. The FDA does require manufacturers to list these colors on the labels, but you need to know what to look for. For example, you may see an ingredient listed as carmine or natural red 4, (AKA bugs.)
Although I am not a vegan, and honestly, we could be putting worse things on our lips then bugs. The allergy part intrigued me, as I have been allergic to some makeup colors; and after looking for the ones that bothered me, they all had carmine listed as an ingredient. So, this made me wonder are there any Eco-friendly, carmine free cosmetics I should consider to see if there was a difference? The search was not that easy, but I was able to find Carmine Free sites/products, please see them below.
- Aveda's Uruku Lip Pigment: This collection features products derived from organically grown Uruku Seeds. Click Here To See Product Line
- Alba TerraGloss: This company features a lot of products, including some naturally tinted lip products. Click Here To See Product Line
- All Natural Natural Cosmetics: This website listed all kinds of goodies, including gluten free, fragrance free, carmine free and more! Click Here To See Product Line
- 100% Free: All of their cosmetics are colored from antioxidant rich fruit and
vegetable pigments. Click Here To See Product Line
- Kiss My Face: This company has been around for over 30 years and their products are made from the finest ingredients from mother nature. Click Here To See Product Line
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