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.
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?
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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