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What is in Your Organic Lip Gloss?

What is in your organic lip gloss?Let me start by saying that there are no certified organic lip gloss products (or makeup products for that matter) to my knowledge.  Sometimes we call a lip gloss “organic” because it has organic ingredients such as botanical extracts, shea butter, and plant oils.  However, if a product is not certified organic by the USDA or CCOF, technically it is not organic.



Reasons a lip gloss can not be organic





One of the main reasons we do not see certified organic lip gloss products is colorants.  There are mainly two types of colorants: mineral and petroleum-based.  Colorants are not agricultural products and, thus, can not be organic.



I use and recommend makeup products made with mineral pigments because they do not have contaminants associated with petroleum.  The most common mineral pigments are iron oxides.  Unfortunately, all colorants may have heavy metals residue.  For that reason, I believe safer makeup products are made of mineral pigments that are NOT manufactured in China where background levels of pollution are high and regulations are lenient.



Crunchi is a company that makes sure that its mineral pigments are not from China.  It even goes so far as to source iron oxides certified to EcoCert standards.  I do not normally use lipstick or lip gloss but when I do, I use Crunchi organic lip gloss.  The EcoCert certification means that mineral pigments are free of synthetic components/additives.  In addition, the EcoCert European agency requires documentation regarding the absence of heavy metals before it issues a certification.



Because of the risk of heavy metal contamination, I try my best to remember to wipe off lip gloss before eating.  You should do the same, even if you use a so-called organic lip gloss.



The difficulty is that most cosmetic companies either do not disclose what country their pigments come from or simply source their pigments from China.  I encourage you to contact your makeup company and ask them this question.



Bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2



Another ingredient that has to be present in any lip gloss, including so-called organic lip glosses, is Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2.  This is a synthetic ingredient and can’t be certified organic.  The reason this ingredient is commonly used in pretty much all lip glosses is to make them glossy.  It can also be used in hair colors to coat the hair and mask the damage the hair coloring process does to the hair.  To learn more about that,  head over here.



The Skin Deep database powered by the Environmental Working Group gives Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2 a rating of 1 (on a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being the least safest) (source).  However, it also states that this ingredient has “no data”.  If you use the Skin Deep database to assess the safety of products you want to use, know that the rating of 1 does not necessarily mean “safe”.  Rather, an EWG rating of 1 can mean that an ingredient has not been studied for safety.  For more information on how to avoid some pitfalls of the Skin Deep database and use it more effectively, please visit here.



With this said, the Skin Deep database is actually wrong in this case.  Luckily, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2 has safety data.  The Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel issued a final safety report on it in 2013.



According to the CIR report, in even high oral doses, it had no negative effects on reproduction, fertility, or development of animals and no signs of general toxicity were found in animals.  Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2 was found to be non-mutagenic and non-genotoxic.  In human patch tests, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2 has been found to be neither irritating nor sensitizing.



Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2 is made by heating diglycerin, adipic acid, isostearic acid, 12-hydroxystearic acid, stearic acid, caprylic acid, and capric acid with catalysts (source).  I checked all these components.  The adipic acid is the only one that has been found to be a mild irritant and to be slightly to moderately toxic to aquatic life (source).



Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2 may be used in cosmetics and personal care products marketed in Europe (source).



Thus, even though Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2 is a synthetic ingredient, it is safe enough to belong in a safer lip gloss.



Crunchi organic lip gloss ingredients



Now let’s look at the ingredients of my favorite toxin-free lip gloss made by Crunchi:



Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil * **, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E • Non-GMO), 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 Canadendesis (Goldenseal) Root Extract*, May Contain: Kaolin, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Fruit Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Powder, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)**, Iron Oxides (CI 77499)**, (CI 77491)**, (CI 77492)**

*Certified Organic Ingredient



For your convenience, I re-arranged the ingredients of Crunchi organic lip gloss into a few groups.



Plant Oils: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*



Waxes: Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax



Crunchi uses Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax that is sustainably harvested from Brazilian palm leaves and which is used in numerous cosmetic applications.  Carnauba wax is a food-grade ingredient and is listed at 7 CFR Part 205.605(a) as one of two waxes allowed in or on certified organic foods.



Plant Butters: Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit*



Botanical Extracts:  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 Canadendesis (Goldenseal) Root Extract*, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Fruit Extract



Mineral Pigments: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)**, Iron Oxides (CI 77499)**, (CI 77491)**, (CI 77492)**



Others: Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Powder, Kaolin (it is a type of clay), Tocopherol (Vitamin E • Non-GMO)



As you can see, most ingredients, with only a few exceptions, are certified organic.  And the non-organic ingredients have not been found to pose any harm.


The performance of Crunchi organic lip gloss



It is as glossy as a typical conventional lip gloss would be.  There are no sacrifices you have to make to use an organic lip gloss.  It is just the right amount of sticky without making it uncomfortable.  In fact, I sometimes forget that I am wearing it and start eating.  I hope you will be better at remembering to wipe it off before eating as you should do with any lip gloss or lipstick.



I personally have dry lips and if I do not use lip balm frequently enough, my lip skin gets so dry that it starts peeling.  The Crunchi toxin-free lip gloss moisturizes my lips, which I certainly love.



And it also makes my lips look bigger naturally, without making it obvious that I tried to make my lips bigger.  Here are pictures I took wearing 4 of my favorite shades.  From top left to bottom right, they are namaste, date night, genuine, and sangria.  Which do you like the best on me?



What is in your organic lip gloss?


Where to buy the Crunchi organic lip gloss?


You can buy it on the Crunchi website


To learn about Crunchi non-toxic lipstick, visit here.


To read my review of Crunchi, head over here.


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14 thoughts on “What is in Your Organic Lip Gloss?”

  1. Thanks, Irina. The only makeup I’m able to wear is lipstick, so I’m excited to try something new and safe. I see on their website they have lip gloss and lipstick. Did you try both? Do you know what the difference is? Judy

  2. No wonder the name looked familiar. I must have read your previous post because I never miss one. I haven’t used lip gloss since back in the 50’s. Being barely tinted, it’s what our parents allowed us to use before we were old enough for the real thing. So please bring me up to date. Is the difference just in the application or is one more moist than the other? Color-wise, are they the same?

    1. 🙂 The shades are different. If you like a glossy look and your lips are dry, I would go for a lip gloss. And if you prefer lipstick, their lipstick is good, too. It is not as moist as lip gloss but it is not drying as some lipstick can be. I have and wear both from time to time. Does it help? ~Irina

  3. Thanks so much for this, review, Irina! I love the Crunchi lipsticks, but I don’t think of myself as a lip gloss wearer. However, your review has me thinking…I also have pretty dry lips most of the time. I haven’t found much to cure it. It sounds like you find the lip gloss very helpful for overly dry lips, is that right? As for colors, is there a neutral one you could recommend? Thanks for your time and always insightful and thoroughly researched information 🙂 🙏

    1. Hi Laurie: I am excited for you to try the lip gloss. I think Namaste would be most neutral… They also carry a transparent lip gloss. Please let us know in the comments here how you like it. Thank you! ~Irina

  4. Hi Irena,

    Do you have any recommendations ( or post that I haven’t seen) regarding tinted lipstick/balm like pacifica/hurraw?
    Preferably one that sells on Amazon or iherb because I do not live in the stats

    1. Hi, Hila: There are many tinted balms that are okay in terms of the safety of non-colorant ingredients. But it is quite a challenge to find pigments that are NOT made in China. Do you care about that? ~Irina

  5. Yes
    I do care about that.
    But as you say,
    How do you know which of the ingredients are made in China if the manufacturer is in the US?
    Do you know the origin of the ingredients of the brands I mentioned or do have a better alternative for balm?

    1. Hila: It seems that I am the only blogger who emails makeup companies ask them about the country origin of their pigments. And the end results of it is that the only brands I can recommend is Crunchi. Have you had a chance to contact companies about the origin of their ingredients? I do not have exclusive rights to email companies. In fact, I strongly believe that if more of us ask questions, the more positive changes we will see. ~Irina

      1. No about the origin of ingredients.
        I did not think about questioning regarding each ingredient.
        What is an acceptable origen in your opinion?

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