This past year, I have dedicated a lot of time and effort to finding great chemical free products—from cleaning products, to facial lotion and body wash, to cosmetics. And slowly, little by little, I'm detoxing our home. My good friend Becky introduced me to Beautycounter, a brand that is dedicated to making facial and cosmetic products without all the toxic ingredients. Beautycounter makes products free from synthetic fragrance and approximately 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals on their “Never List” that they never use to formulate their products. (i.e. perfect beauty products for pregnant ladies and nursing mamas!) Beautycounter is a start-up company out of Santa Monica, CA with the mission of getting safer products into the hands of everyone.
A study conducted back in 2004 found that 28% of lipsticks contained cancer-causing chemicals. Modern lipsticks are formulated from upwards of 10,000 chemicals, 89% of which have never been tested for human safety. The average woman eats 4 to 9 pounds of lipstick in her lifetime, that’s somewhere between 481 and 1083 tubes. Yikes!
Additionally, those who use lipstick for 3 days increase their risk of developing lupus by 40%.
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics tested 33 brand-name lipsticks, like Cover Girl, L'Oreal, and Christian Dior, and reported that "61 percent had detectable lead levels of 0.03 to 0.65 parts per million (ppm)." One-third of the lipsticks tested had levels higher than 0.1 ppm, the FDA's safety limit for lead in candy.
The problem with chemicals in lipstick is not only do they get absorbed through your skin, but they are also ingested when you're eating and drinking.
BUT there is hope for you lip color lovers! I recently tried lip sheers, a Beautycounter best seller. There are ten shades in all and they are formulated to look great on every skin tone. How amazing is that? They are very moisturizing, add a hint of color, and go on like butter. There's no synthetic fragrance, just a sophisticated hint of vanilla planifolia, leaving these lip sheers not tasting or smelling like your average lipstick. They can also double as a blush. Non-toxic and gorgeous... a win-win.
Why not make 2017 the year you change to a non-toxic lip color? Lip sheers are an amazing and beautiful way to start to detox your makeup collection!
Lip sheer colors on me from top left to bottom right (left to right): bare/none, Twig, Terra, Coral, Raisin, and Plum.
Purchase of Beautycounter products can be made through the link: http://www.beautycounter.com/beckypacini
Beautycounter Lip Sheers can be viewed HERE.