The Best Non-Toxic Lipstick You’ll Love

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Last updated on July 29th, 2018

The Best Non-Toxic LipstickBecause lipstick goes onto our lips and we ingest small amounts of it, I am very picky about which lip products I use.  After reading ingredients and asking questions of numerous manufacturers of makeup products made with natural and organic ingredients, I chose to go for a non-toxic lipstick made by Crunchi.  In this post, I will walk you through the ingredients of the Crunchi Luxe lipstick, tell you about my experience with it, and even help you choose the right color.

 

Crunchi Luxe Lipstick Ingredients

 

To walk you through the ingredients efficiently, I broke them down into the major groups.

 

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Candelilla (Euphorbia Cerifer) Wax*, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Cetyl Alcohol, Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf Extract*, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract*, Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) Root Extract*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E • non-GMO), Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Fruit Extract, May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)** , Iron Oxides (CI 77492)**, (CI 77491)**, (CI 77499)**

*Certified Organic (USDA- NOP), **EcoCert

 

Butters and Oils in Crunchi Luxe Lipstick

 

This non-toxic lipstick is full of natural and organic oils and butters that are beneficial for your skin.  Mainstream lipsticks are normally made with petrolatum and other petroleum-based ingredients instead.

 

Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor Seed) Oil: is not used for cooking but is approved by the FDA as a food additive (source).

 

Organic Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil: a cooking oil with no concerns.

 

Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter): a vegetable fat obtained from the fruit of a tree native to Africa, Butyrospermum parkii.  A quick Google search reveals that you can even eat shea butter, apparently.

 

Organic Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter: a natural, edible fat obtained from the roasted seeds of Theobroma cacao. Cocoa Seed Butter is extracted during the process of making chocolate and cocoa powder (source).

 

Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Seed Oil): a great emollient and used in natural lipsticks as a safer alternative to petrolatum. It is not recommended for oral consumption as it contains toxic erucic acid.  I believe that in this case, the “dose makes the poison” principle applies, meaning that in some instances, small doses are fine. You might want to do as I do and wipe your lipstick off before you eat but you should do that with any lipstick or lip gloss.  All lipstick made with natural and organic ingredients contain jojoba oil.

 

By the way, if you use plastic-free natural food wraps, they contain jojoba oil. Thus, it is either jojoba oil or petrolatum, and I choose jojoba oil.

 

Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil:  another edible and beneficial oil.

 

I like the fact that all these oils are organic and most of them are even edible or used in cooking.

 

Waxes in this non-toxic lipstick

 

All lipsticks made with natural and organic ingredients I have seen have to contain waxes.  There are three types of waxes in this non-toxic lipstick.  These are the safest waxes I have seen in cosmetics.  All three of them are approved for use in food.

 

Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax):  the purified wax from the honeycomb of the bee, Beeswax is used in food as a glazing agent and a carrier for flavorings. In the European Union it is listed as E 901.  I love the fact that it is organic.

 

Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax: sustainably harvested from Brazilian palm leaves and used in numerous cosmetic applications.  Carnauba wax is a food-grade ingredient and listed at 7 CFR Part 205.605(a) as one of two non-synthetic waxes allowed in or on processed products labeled as “organic” or “made with organic.”

 

Organic Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax:  extracted from Euphorbia Cerifera, a shrub native to Mexico.  Candelilla wax (E 902) is authorized in the EU as a food additive as a glazing agent (source), so this ingredient does not raise any red flags.

 

Botanical Extracts in this non-toxic lipstick by Crunchi

 

As you can see, there are lots of beneficial plant extracts in this non-toxic lipstick that have healing, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties.  These include:

 

Organic Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf Extract

Organic Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract

Organic Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract

Organic Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract

Organic Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract

Organic Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) Root Extract

Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Fruit Extract

 

Other Ingredients in the Non-Toxic Lipstick by Crunchi

 

Cetyl Alcohol: a widely used emulsifier in non-toxic natural cosmetics and skincare products.  It has been on my list of approved emulsifiers.  It is rated 1 out 10 (10 being the most toxic) with limited data in the Skin Deep database.

 

While its name implies that it is an alcohol, you might think that it, therefore, might be drying to the skin.  However, in reality, it is a waxy substance that is known to condition and soften the skin.  It is not known to cause any health problems and the FDA allows it as a food additive.  While I would not eat food with it, that gives me assurance that if a tiny bit of it is ingested it is safe.

 

Thus, I believe this cetyl alcohol is a safe ingredient in a lipstick.

 

Tocopherol (Vitamin E non-GMO): a great antioxidant and used as a food additive as well as a supplement, so I do not see a problem with it.  I am so glad to know that it is non-GMO and is wholly extracted from sunflower seeds.

 

Pigments used in this non-toxic lipstick by Crunchi

 

Crunchi uses mineral pigments that are certified by EcoCert.

 

There are three types of colorants: those made from minerals, those derived from petroleum, and hybrids.  The EcoCert certification makes sure that the mineral pigment are truly natural, without any petroleum additives or components.

 

I recommend cosmetics made only with mineral pigments, because while both mineral pigment and petroleum pigments may contain trace amounts of heavy metals as detailed in FDA 21 CFR., in addition, petroleum pigments or dyes may contain traces of contaminants specific to petroleum, including carcinogenic and endocrine disrupting benzo[a]pyrene, and PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons).

 

To read more about how to choose the safest cosmetics colorants, please head over here.

 

Another reason I value the fact that Crunchi’s pigments meet the EcoCert standard is that they have to adhere to European limits for heavy metals, which specifies limits for 12 heavy metals, not just 3 as specified by the FDA here in the U.S.

 

And lastly, Crunchi mineral pigments are NOT made in China or other Asian countries, which is an important factor.  As you might know, background levels of environmental pollution in China are very high, making it easier for products made there to be contaminated.

 

My experience with Crunchi lipstick

 

Out of 8 shades they offer I have tried 3 shades: pure, serendipity, and pomegranate.  You can see my pictures wearing these shades.  From top left to bottom right the shades are pomegranate, serendipity, and pure.

Crunchi Non-Toxic Lipstick Review

I like the texture of this non-toxic lipstick.  It is easy to apply, it is rich and moist, yet not too oily, and it does not smear.  It stays on the lips well.

 

Recently, I recommended Au Naturale lipstick, which some of you found a bit dry.  I suggested using lip balm first before applying the Au Naturale lipstick.  With Crunchi non-toxic lipstick, you do not need to take that extra step – what a relief.

 

In conclusion, I think this lipstick is one of the safest out of the lipsticks I have seen so far and it has the best performance out of the non-toxic lipsticks I have tried before.

 

Where to buy

 

You can buy this non-toxic lipstick on the Crunchi website

 

To read my review of the Crunchi brand and their lip gloss, please visit here.

 

And you can read my review of the Au Naturale lipstick here.

 

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12 Responses

  1. Alex

    Hi Irina. I would like to buy a lipgloss and if I could I would have got the Crunchi one (it’s not possible to have it shipped to the UK). Can you recommend anything else in this matter? thank you

    • Irina Webb

      Hi, Alex: my second choice of makeup is Au Naturale and they ship to the UK and worldwide. Their lipsticks are on a dry side and their lipgloss is more like a lipstick. Let me know if you order. Thank you. ~Irina

  2. Alex

    Thank you Irina. I reached them out, they do ship to the UK but the shipping cost exceeds the worth of the product itself and I would need to pay the duty as well. The same with the Xtrema cookware- I really wanted to get one, as it’s on sale- but the shipping+tax is almost 100$!! I wish we had an easy access to the products you recommend here. Hardly anything is available in England with the reasonable shipping prices. But I’ll keep following your blog- I admire your hard work! Again thank you

    • Irina Webb

      Hi, Alex:

      It hurts to hear it, not the compliment part. 🙂 I would love to figure out a way to help you even though I do not have a lot of UK followers. Are there UK green brands that potentially can meet my standards? Would any of your friends be interested in buying healthy products? Let me know if you have any thoughts on how I can help you. Thank you! And have a great weekend! ~Irina

    • Elena

      Hi Alex! As I leave in Europe too, and it’s difficult for me to find a lot of USA brands, I am just letting you know that I have ordered from Au Naturale site twice. The shipping cost was Usd 20 and I had to pay taxes as well. However, they put their products on sale often and the both times I purchased their products these were on sale. The last time actually the products were 50% off! So it’s good if you subscribe to their emails in order to get notified on their sales! Actually they had 25% off on all their products until yesterday!! Hope this helps!

      • Alex

        Hi Elena. It’s good to know- definitely the discount can compensate for the shipping costs. Thank you so much, Alex

  3. Alex

    Thank you Irina- it seems you care for every single follower 🙂 I recommended your blog to some of my friends (these who are into organic , healthy products). I like reading your posts (even though I find it difficult to get what you recommend)as they give me an idea what to pay attention to. Are here any people from the UK who found a better (less pricey) way of getting Irina’s favorites?Especially cosmetics and kitchenware? I believe because the green brands are a kind of a niche, often family businesses, and the US market is sufficient for them- they don’t expand to Europe. There is my favorite grocery retailer Ocado (they have all the organic food I need and try to stock in “better” cosmetics etc- they could do better though). Maybe they would be interested in adding some of these you recommend to their offer. For the cleaning products I choose greenscents and I really like them and they seem good in terms of ingredients- but I’m not an expert here. Have a lovely weekend too, Alex

    • Irina Webb

      Hi, Alex: thank you for responding. I do care about each of you. I wish I could clone myself – so much I want to do and so little time. I see that Ocado sells Dr. Bronner’s bar soap. Have you tried it? And Greenscents products seem to be okay, at least the ingredients that I saw. Let me figure out if I could somebody link with them. By the way, I am signed up for UK Amazon and if a product is available in the UK, you should be redirected. Please keep trying. But because of low volume, they might discontinue my program soon. ~Irina

  4. Alex

    Oh and Irina, I’ve tried on multiply occasions to make my amazon purchases via your links from the “Amazon” section but it never redirect me to my local Amazon (as it meant to do)- am I doing anything wrong? xx

  5. Alex

    I bet you are busy! And we all admire your comprehensive research. Yes, I use Dr. Bronner’s both- liquid and bar soap thanks to you:) I get it either- Amazon or Ocado. Ocado also stocks up in Weleda baby and Amazon UK has Weleda salt toothpaste. I really wanted to change my make-up stuff- I don’t use much but eyeliner, mascara and lipgloss- would be great to get them locally. If anything on the UK market comes across please let us know:) thank you again, Alex

    • Alex

      Greenscents are good to communicate with- I emailed them couple of times, they always reply so I know they are working on the dishwasher liquid- I can’t get Mamasuds here. I have super dry hands and the only thing that helps me is Lavera all-round cream- have you ever looked up that brand? seems too affordable to be perfect but it makes wonders for me… (probably it’s too much for a comment- I won’t bother you anymore). thank you

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