How Green Is My Lipgloss?

Posted January 12, 2013 by Katherine Toll in Building Your Brand
Lip-gloss-dietNot very – as a matter of fact one of my all-time favorite glosses evidently contains some pretty nasty ingredients such as mineral oil, which is a by-product of petroleum, otherwise known as crude oil.

I typically avoid ingesting crude oil, but according to many healthcare pundits including Dr. Oz, I swallowed loads off it via my lipgloss. Some of you might remember in 2010, the good doctor caused quite a fuss when his website claimed,

Add up the amount of lip gloss the average woman uses (and consumes) over a decade, and it equals 7 pounds . . . which is essentially the same as drinking gasoline.


Hence, a few weeks ago I decided to move toward a greener approach to my beauty products. Thus far, I discovered a lovely face-oil with a seemingly healthier philosophy, but clearly I needed to tackle my biggest offense – my toxic lipgloss. I’m happy to report scads of options exist on the market. Here are three of my faves:

Tarte LipsSurgence Natural Matte Lipstain

It’s the perfect combination of color, finish, and it wears beautifully. While it’s a matte finish, Tarte claims a 6000% increase in lips’ moisture content in 28 days. I admit, I bounce between formulas, so I haven’t tested this claim, but it feels great on the lips. Check out their ingredient glossary for more information.

Korres Liquid Lipstick

This product feels moister than the Tarte lip color, yet gives a solid wear. When it blots down it leaves a stain on your lips, without drying them. Korres describes the formula as intense pigment combined with guava extract, providing a long-lasting, creamy formula with a matte, yet silky finish.  Korres includes an ingredient glossary on their web site also. Their products pack a botanical wallop.

Bite Beauty Honey Lip Lacquer

This goes on the lip with a much moister feel than the Tarte and Korres formulas. The manuka honey in the lipcolor gives it a glossy feel and look, but you end up sacrificing wear because of it. I use this formula as a touch up during the day, over one of the brands mentioned above. Perfect if you need a rich, hydrating gloss.

Now, if I could just tackle my Diet Pepsi issue… least I go forth this week in healthier gloss!


About the Author

Katherine Toll

Katherine (Kathi) Toll possesses more than 20 years of management and consulting experience within the retail and beauty industry. Her industry experience combined with her special brand of irreverence fuels her mission to find the ‘must-have’ beauty products for Career Girls of all ages. She aspires to remind women the airbrushed perfection of the beauty industry must be tempered with a healthy dose of humor. Kathi holds a general management certification from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, along with an undergraduate degree from Northwestern’s School of Communications.