Lipstick from Crayons: The Beauty Hack That’s Killing You


You may have seen it listed as the latest beauty hack: How to Make Your Own Lipstick from crayons. Many YouTuber and Blogger alike have harked at its cost-effectiveness and money-saving savviness. But what if I told you that this DIY recipe can lead to some lethal issues that makes saving on expenses pale in comparison?

Amy Legate-Wolfe at CTV News reports that while “crayons are sold as nontoxic, they are designed, tested and approved to be used for drawing and not as makeup.”

What is Crayon Lipstick?

Like any beauty hack or DIY recipe, the idea of crayon lipstick largely emerged from the collaborative boards of Pinterest and surfaced on blogs, digital magazines and YouTube channels alike.

In its basic steps, crayon lipstick is made by melting down colors from a box of crayons, mixing the colored wax with oils, commonly coconut oil, and then hardening the mixture into a solid balm.
The novelty of this project is that crayon lipstick can be made from just two ingredients, melted crayons and coconut oil, making it inexpensive and highly doable.


Crayon Lipstick Toxicity 

Herein lies the problem, crayon lipstick is in fact NOT safe and is toxic because it is made from crayons.

Although many efforts have been made over the years to make crayons more safe and non-toxic, the fact remains that ingesting crayons—which is exactly what you are doing when you apply them to your lips and lick, drink, eat, etc— is a serious danger to your health.

Why is this? Let’s look at the ingredient list of a basic crayon. Crayons similar to other colored art utensils are usually made from the following:

  • Filler (talc, chalk)
  • Colorant (pigment and/or dye)
  • Wax (paraffin, beeswax, carnauba wax
Hidden in this ingredient list is petroleum. Paraffin wax is made from petroleum (coal, oil) and toxic chemicals may come into contact with the wax during processing. Paraffin wax is not purified.

Colorants like dyes can also contain an assortment of chemicals like FD&C Lake colorants, tin oxides, aluminum, and other heavy metals, as well as titanium dioxide. Not to mention the proven dangers of talc, which can cause everything from skin irritation to organ toxicity in the lungs due to asbestos that are carcinogenic.

Safe and Not Sorry

As you select your beauty products especially lipstick, it is important to think about the ingredients. If you feel the need to be creative, try mixing lipstick to create new shades instead of putting your health potentially at risk.


Sources: Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, CTV News “Warns Against Crayons as Makeup,” "Wax Based Drawing Media” by Margaret Holben Ellis and M. Brigitte Yeh, Crayola FAQ.


The Benefits of Beeswax


Beeswax has been described as the “miracle of the beehive.” And for good reason. This amber, holistic wax accelerates blood flow, increases energy for speedy anti-aging properties and is also hypoallergenic. Read below to learn three reasons why we include this healthy wax as an ingredient in our lipsticks.

1. Skin Protectant, Low Pore Clog


Beeswax is a “wonderful skin softener and protector” creating a delicate covering over the skin which effectively locks in moisture and hydration and is moderately low on the non comedogenic rating, scoring a 2/5, which means it has a low ability to clog pores.


2. Triple Anti-Infection


Not forgetting beeswax’s light aromatic, slightly balsamic aroma, when “applied topically this wax contains anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial properties” that protect the skin from bacteria and infection.
Beeswax varies in color depending on when it is harvested and other factors

3. Vitamin A

Vitamin A, which is known for being anti-aging and wrinkle reducing, is also in beeswax and can aid in the healing and “reconstruction of damaged skin cells.”

Some products may add fragrance to beeswax or use a chemical process to alter its natural aroma. In order to avoid this read the ingredient list and look for lip products that do not contain artificial fragrances.


Sources: “Backyard Beekeeper” by Kim Flottum, “Beeswax Alchemy” by Petra Ahnert,
Beeswax Uses by Kristin Collins
Photo credit: One Good Thing

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Why We Don’t Use Fragrance or Essential Oils in Our Lipstick


Cosmetics containing fragrance may cause adverse effects on your health as fragrance is not regulated by the FDA. When creating Hello Beautiful! Lipstick, I decided not to include fragrance of any kind in our lipstick. Here’s why.

Why Vegan and Cruelty-Free Lipstick Is Not Enough (Part 2)


Vegan or cruelty-free does not mean non-toxic, chemical free. In part two of our series, I will explain why.

As we talked about in our previous post if a lipstick claims to be waterproof, smudge-proof, or lasts all-day, there may be questionable chemicals within the ingredients to add these components to the lipstick. What’s more, even if a lipstick is vegan or cruelty-free that does not mean it contains all non-toxic ingredients. Below are some of the toxic ingredients you may find in vegan or cruelty-free lipsticks.


Yellow 5 CI19140 (Not to be confused with Yellow Oxide)

Read the bottom of lipstick ingredient lists and you may find this ingredient tucked in between other long numbers. Yellow 5 though should not be taken lightly. Also known as Tartrazine, Yellow 5 CI19140 is a xenoestrogen and an endocrine disruptor. What does this mean? Tartrazine effects the body’s hormones interfering with its natural functions. It can also cause allergic reactions and adverse “hypersensitive reactions for some people.”


Tin Oxide

One study stated that tin oxide seems to be safe depending on the use and concentration. However another study revealed that tin oxide can in fact cause mild irritation of the skin and “mucous membranes” (Source)

Micas

Shiny lipstick is usually made with micas, a glittery powder that is dust-like. The main issue with micas is when they are inhaled over a period of time they can scar the body’s lungs and damage the respiratory system by causing “shortness of breath and coughing” (Source) Micas can also cause allergic skin reactions for some people.“Micas’ microscopic glittery flakes can contain toxic metals like lead, manganese, chromium, and aluminum” (Source) So even if you are not inhaling the powder form of mica, if you ingest via your lipstick, you are in taking harmful metals.

Several of these ingredients can be found in mineral Vegan or Cruelty-free lipsticks. The issue is that a lipstick can be vegan (does not use beeswax) and cruelty-free (does not test on animals) and still be completely toxic and a danger to your health. You deserve more; demand more from your lipstick.

These are the reasons I decided against using micas and dyes in lipstick for Hello Beautiful Lipstick. If you want a vegan lipstick, contact us at info@hellobeautifullipstick.com to pre-order. We use our organic ingredients but without beeswax and all of potentially toxic additives.

Sources:
https://www.britannica.com/topic/food-additive#ref502234
https://www.britannica.com/science/nutritional-disease/Diabetes-mellitus-and-metabolic-disorders#toc247897
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/16/is-there-danger-lurking-in-your-lipstick/
https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxprofiles/tp55-c3.pdf
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25568164
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/81-123/pdfs/0431.pdf


Why Vegan and Cruelty-Free Lipstick Is Not Enough (Part 1)


Your Lipstick may be vegan or cruelty-free but it still contains toxic dyes and questionable chemicals that can be a danger to your health.

Warning Signs

If a lipstick claims to be waterproof, smudge-proof, or lasts all-day, there may be questionable chemicals within the ingredients to add these components to the lipstick. What’s more, even if a lipstick is vegan or cruelty-free that does not mean it contains all non-toxic ingredients. Below are some of the toxic ingredients you may find in vegan or cruelty-free lipsticks.

D&C FD&C Dyes

Otherwise known as lake colorants, D&C or FD&C are synthetic dyes that add red, yellow, and blue colors to your lipstick. You may see them listed like this on the ingredient list:

  • D&C Red #30 (CI 73360)
  • FD&C Yellow #6 (CI 15985)
  • FD&C Blue #1 (CI 42090)


These dyes are often added to lipsticks because of their staying power; they are able to more readily resist water and can help create waterproof lipstick or lipstick that lasts all-day. The problem with these synthetic dyes is that they contain toxic metals like aluminum and tin oxide which when ingested by licking your lips go into your bloodstream. Once inside the body these metals cause stress on your body’s cells. Our bodies are not meant to intake such a large amount of trace metals.

Manganese Violet

Manganese Violet (manganese ammonium pyrophosphate) is a powdered pigment found in most lipsticks for its purplish, shiny color. While Manganese is a naturally occurring mineral in the Earth’s soil, the Manganese Violet found in cosmetic presents a health issue.
“Although low levels of manganese intake are necessary for human health, exposures to high manganese levels are toxic” (Source).

Although the reports of Manganese Violet having adverse effects on human health have to do with the pigment being inhaled, studies “collectively suggest that ingestion of water and/or foodstuffs containing increased concentrations of manganese may result in adverse neurological effects.” This means that whether you have Manganese Violet in your eyeshadow (a powder which can be inhaled) or in your lipstick (which is ingested when you eat or drink), this chemical poses a health risk.


Flavor/Aroma or Fragrance

If you see this on the lipstick ingredient list, run the other way. Flavor, aroma or otherwise known as fragrance is not regulated by the FDA. This means it can contain anything. That’s right, any chemical can be hidden under the word “fragrance.” Fragrance is an inexpensive way to add a pleasing smell or taste to lipstick. Instead of using an essential oil, which costs more, lipsticks contain an aroma or flavor additive that can be unsafe to ingest regularly.

Talc

Studies about the dangers of inhaling baby powders and eye shadows containing talc with carcinogen asbestos came out in International Agency for Research on Cancer and the 2014 FDA. Talc. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Asbestos are “a mineral substance that can be linked to cancer… The only way for consumers to know if products are free of asbestos is if manufacturers use talc that is tested and certified as asbestos-free. However… this approach is not foolproof” So if talc is a danger to inhale and causes adverse effects just from smelling it, imagine ingesting it in your lipstick!

All these ingredients can be found in several Vegan or Cruelty-free lipsticks. The issue is that a lipstick can be vegan (does not use beeswax) and cruelty-free (does not test on animals) and still be completely toxic and a danger to your health. You deserve more; demand more from your lipstick.

These are the reasons I decided against using toxic ingredients in lipstick for Hello Beautiful Lipstick. If you want a vegan lipstick, contact us to pre-order. We use our organic ingredients but without beeswax and all of potentially toxic additives.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of our series Why Vegan and Cruelty-Free Lipstick Is Not Enough where we will discuss other danger chemicals like Tin Oxide, Dimethicone, and more.


How To Perfect Your Natural Hair Regimen

Chime Edwards gives some much needed advice for perfecting your natural hair regimen in her video. She describes the three typical types of regimens, recommending how you can modify and improve your hair care practices and hair growth using the LOC and LCO methods. This an ideal video for new "newbie" naturals and for those who have been natural for 5 years plus.

LNS notes: Chime uses a plastic bag in the video to deep condition her hair. We would suggest using a plastic shower cap instead, as plastic bags can be made with toxic chemicals.

Learn more about the LOC Method and the LCO Method that Chime mentioned in the video to begin selecting  the best products for your natural hair.