How many of you have tried to find a lipstick that both lasts all day and feels good on your lips? It’s one that doesn`t end up on your teeth or your glass of water. It’s a lipstick that feels smooth on your lips, not sticky. And of course, it has to be a great colour!
The fact is, there are many products that claim to do all of these things. They usually come with two coats – one with the color and a top coat to seal in the colour. They work reasonably well and they tend to made with all kinds of non-natural products.
One of my friends recently asked me about a new lip colour that she had purchased. When she tried it on, she noticed three sensations that she was not expecting.
- Stinging on her lips
- Stench of the product
- Significant drying of her lips
Yes, the colour stayed on, but she wasn’t too impressed with the unexpected side effects.
After hearing this horrific review, I decided I had to try it as well. (Knowing her experience, I was the only test subject I could identify!). I had the very same experience…stinging, stench and significant drying.
I’ve investigated the ingredient list and, to my surprise, none of the individual ingredients have a high toxicity rating. That really surprised me.
I did learn however, that this product is alcohol based. It is different from other lip colours and lip balms that are based in wax. I`ve also learned that there is a theory that ingesting natural wax (i.e. beeswax) is harmful, even in the small amounts that you would get from a natural lip product. That’s the first that I had heard of this theory. I will certainly be investigating further.
In the meantime, natural or not, any lip product that makes your lips sting when you put it on should not be one that you feel compelled to use.