You might think your bubblegum pink or fire engine red lippie-wearing-days are over when you choose to live green, but fret not. There’s a pretty great selection of colours and lipstick brands that’ll make your transition to a vegan lifestyle way organic.
Not-so-fun fact? It turns out, most red lipsticks are made from a red dye called Carmine (a combination of crushed and boiled female Cochineal insects – and you said you didn’t like ‘creepy crawlies’). Other ingredients include beeswax and wool wax (a wax secreted by the sebaceous glands of wool-bearing animals). Granted that’s some and not all lipsticks, but it’s a definite ick-factor to be considered.
The truth is, until now, many of us probably didn’t give the ingredients of cosmetics a second thought. After all, you’re only applying it to your face… and finding the perfect colour to suit your skin tone is hard enough! To be honest, if it’s a perfectly packaged, well-known brand that lasts way after eating second breakfast, we’re usually sold.
Luckily, now that beauties are being more #woke and beauty with a conscience is trending, brands are taking note and stepping up. And if you’re interested in a more conscious lifestyle, it’s good to know there are options out there.
Vegan lipsticks you can feel good about using
Brands like Lush, Wet ‘n Wild and Smith & Cult offer vegan lipsticks that will allow you to live green and still enjoy a hint of colour and a pep in your step thanks to their colours that pop – without the whole endangering species aspect.
We’ve been adding greener alternatives into our beauty routine and Lush is a pretty great go-to. Besides the array of cruelty-free lotions and scrubs, the vegan lipsticks and balms are pretty nourishing too. They contain ingredients like candelilla wax, organic Jojoba oil and rose wax – and you’ll be spoiled for choice with the matte, long-lasting and glossy finishes.
Smith & Cult is more of a splurge buy, but the lippies look ultra glam and you’ll no doubt feel like a celeb who just-so-happens to be saving the planet one lipstick at a time. Smith & Cult is vegan, gluten and paraben-free, and also 8-free (formulated without bad guys like Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, Xylene, Ethyl Tosylamide or Triphenyl Phosphate). Shop these fab lippies, here.
If you’re searching for a more budget-friendly option, Wet ‘n Wild is a trusted beauty brand that’s vegan and cruelty-free, and it’s also good for the environment and your wallet. Score! Easily accessible and available at Clicks stores, they have a wide selection of on-trend shades, finishes and nourishing balms to choose from.