Doesn’t your lip gloss make your lips look bigger and your face more youthful? Of course, it would be great if it were organic, too. The truth is, however, that there is no certified organic lip gloss (or makeup for that matter). We may call it “organic” because of its certified ingredients, such as botanical extracts, plant oils and butters. Yet, unless a product has the USDA or the CCOF certification, technically it is not organic. Keep reading to learn which lip gloss ingredients prevent it from being certified organic. Also, find out which non-toxic lip gloss I use and why.
There is no organic lip gloss because of colorants
To begin with, the two types of colorants – mineral and petroleum based – are not agricultural products and, therefore, cannot be certified as organic.
Unfortunately, all colorants may have heavy metal residues because they are a natural part of the earth’s crust. Since petroleum and minerals are raw materials that come from the earth, heavy metals are a given. Read my post to find out what independent tests on cosmetics reveal regarding the issue of heavy metals in makeup.
Specifically, did you know that there may be lead in makeup, even in lip gloss ingredients? For instance, according to the results of lead testing performed on 400 lipsticks, Maybelline and L’Oreal lead levels were 7.19 parts per million (ppm) and 7.0 ppm, respectively (source). To compare, the US limit of lead in drinking water is 15 parts per billion. Please refer to my post about lead in lipstick to learn how you can protect yourself from lead in makeup.
Although both types of colorants may have heavy metal contaminants, I consider mineral pigments, e.g. iron oxides, safer. This is because they do not have contaminants characteristic of petroleum, like benzo[a]pyrene, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and brominated resorcinol. However, it is important that the mineral pigments be NOT manufactured in China. Personally, I do not trust China because of its high background levels of pollution and lenient regulations.
There is no organic lip gloss because of bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2
First of all, bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2 is one of those lip gloss ingredients that the product cannot do without. It is this ingredient that makes it glossy, but it is synthetic and cannot be certified organic. They also use it in hair colors to coat the hair and mask the damage from the hair coloring process. If you dye your hair, you will benefit from reading my post about ammonia-free hair color brands.
The EWG Skin Deep database’ rating of bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2 is 1 on a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 as the most toxic). However, the EWG notes the absence of safety data. Therefore, when you assess the safety of products, know that a rating of 1 does not necessarily mean safe. Rather, an EWG rating of 1 can mean that there are no safety studies of the ingredient. For more information on how to use the Skin Deep database the right way, please read my post.
With this said, the Skin Deep database is actually wrong in this case. Luckily, bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2 has safety data. To clarify, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel issued a final safety report on it in 2013.
Safety studies of bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2 as one of many lip gloss ingredients
Even though bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2 prevents an organic lip gloss from being certified organic, let us see how safe it is as a lip gloss ingredient.
First, per the CIR report, even high oral doses had no negative effects on reproduction, fertility, or development of animals. Additionally, there were no signs of general toxicity, so the researchers found it non-mutagenic and non-genotoxic. Plus, in human patch tests, the researchers found it neither irritating nor sensitizing.
Second, 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). After checking them all, I found that adipic acid is the only one that has some concerns. Specifically, it is a mild irritant and is slightly to moderately toxic to aquatic life (source).
Third, the EU allows bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2 in cosmetics and personal care products (source).
In sum, though synthetic, bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2 is safe enough to belong in a non-toxic lip gloss.
My favorite safe lip gloss
When I need some lip makeup for special occasions, I resort to Crunchi lipstick or their so-called organic lip gloss. Before we look at Crunchi lip gloss ingredients closely, let me tell you some facts about this company.
To start with, Crunchi makes sure that its mineral pigments are not from China.
Next, the company sources iron oxides that have an EcoCert certification which means that mineral pigments are free of synthetic additives. Besides, the EcoCert European agency requires documentation regarding the compliance of heavy metals before it issues a certification.
Alternatively, other companies either do not disclose what country their pigments come from or simply source their pigments from China. Hence, I encourage you to contact your makeup company and ask them this question.
In addition, I was very happy to hear that Crunchi had recently used 3rd party testing for heavy metals. They found insignificant levels, way below European and Canadian limits. You can read more about the results of their heavy metal testing in my Crunchi Non-Toxic Makeup Review post.
Most importantly, the lip gloss packaging is a recyclable glass tube. Only cap and wand are plastic. Read on to learn about its performance and see the color palette I made for you.
Crunchi organic lip gloss ingredients
Let us look at the toxin-free Crunchi lip gloss ingredients which I rearranged into several groups for your convenience.
Ricinus Communis Oil (Castor)*, Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut)*, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil (Sunflower)*, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Jojoba)*
Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter (Cocoa)*, Butyrospermum Parkii Fruit (Shea Butter)*
Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract (Oregano)*, Thymus Vulgaris Extract (Thyme)*, Olea Europaea Leaf Extract (Olive)*, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract (Rosemary)*, Lavandula Angustifolia Flower Extract (Lavender)*, Hydrastis Canadendesis Root Extract (Goldenseal)*, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract (Vanilla)
Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Copernicia Cerifera Wax (Carnauba)
Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)**, Iron Oxides (CI 77499)**, (CI 77491)**, (CI 77492)**
Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Powder, Kaolin (it is a type of clay), Tocopherol (Vitamin E • Non-GMO)
As you can see, most ingredients are certified organic, and the pigments are EcoCert certified. The plant-based ingredients speak for themselves, and the non-organic ingredients have not been found to pose any harm.
For instance, the carnauba wax is sustainably harvested from Brazilian palm leaves and is used in numerous cosmetic applications. It is a food-grade ingredient allowed in or on certified organic foods (as listed at 7 CFR Part 205.605(a)).
First, because bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2 is one of this lip gloss ingredients, it is as glossy as a conventional lip gloss would be.
Then, this organic lip gloss 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 off your lip gloss or lipstick before eating.
Next, the Crunchi toxin-free lip gloss moisturizes my lips, which I certainly love because I often have dry lips. If I do not use lip balm frequently enough, my lips get so dry that they start peeling.
In addition, it helps my lips look bigger naturally without making it obvious that I tried to make them bigger.
As I promised before, I have created a color palette for you. Here are the pictures I took wearing 4 of my favorite shades. From top left to bottom right, they are namaste, date night, genuine, and sangria. Keep in mind that the genuine color is no longer available. My favorite color is date night. Which shade do you like the best on me?
Conclusion about Crunchi safe product
In conclusion, I would like to emphasize why I like Crunchi organic lip gloss available on the Crunchi website.
Not only is it well performing but is also safe and responsibly made. Besides, the lip gloss ingredients are mostly organic, safe, and beneficial for the skin. The toxin-free lip gloss does not expose me to harmful heavy metals. And the packaging is recyclable with minimum plastic.
As always, I welcome you to my shop where you can find multiple options of non-toxic products. If you have any questions about your upcoming purchases, feel free to book a consultation with me. Finally, I encourage you to join the Savvy Consumer Circle to share your experiences with other like-minded people.
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