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.

Superior Ways to Moisture Natural Hair in Dry, Hot Weather


Fall may be on its way, but a heat wave is still raising the temperatures into the 90s. When hot weather starts up it can cause our natural hair to become dry, brittle or puffy and frizzy with humidity. Below are four ways to combat the heat and save your hair from the sun.

1. Hydrate
Drink at least 24 ounces of water; 32 ounces is better. The more water our bodies consume, the more moisture our natural hair is able to maintain throughout the day. Avoid water with additives like sodium/salt or flavoring and instead drink purified drinking water. Read your ingredient list to see what is listed.

2. Omega 3 Fish Oil
Take an Omega 3 Fish Oil tablet daily. Omega 3 Fish Oil, found naturally in fish like salmon and sardines as well as in flaxseeds, can replenish your natural hair of much need nutrients. The fish oil will help your hair as well as your skin stay moisturized when outside in the sun (source).
“What’s more, omega-3s can boost your hair’s shine, prevent your strands from drying out, and keep your scalp from flaking. “The recommended dose to reap the benefits is 600 mg of DHA per day,” Soheil Simzar, MD, a clinical instructor of dermatology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a dermatologist in Santa Monica, Calif. says. “However, if you have a history of mood disorders, fish allergies, diabetes, or high blood pressure, check with your doctor first, he advises” (source).
Invest in high quality Omega 3 tablets that have been certified as being free of environmental toxins or metals. Start will a small amount of mg; always consult your doctor before taking a vitamin. Make sure you drink lot of water when taking any vitamins in order to move the nutrients throughout your system adequately.

3. Flax seed Gel
Make your own Homemade Flax Seed Gel following a recipe. Flax Seed Gel coats your natural hair shaft on the outside, creating a “protective” coating that will help your hair resist the heat of the sun’s rays. Flax seed gel will also keep your hair stay spongy, soft, as well as define your natural curl pattern. Use Flax seed gel with a butter or natural styling foam mouse for flat twists, bantu knot, and twist out hairstyles.

4. Humectants
Avoid humectants as much as possible in order to maintain a healthy hair moisture/protein balance. Humectants are ingredients in products that draw moisture into natural hair similar to how a sponge soaks up water. Humectants can have adverse effects for people with high porosity natural hair (draws moisture in easily, lets moisture out easily) because the hair becomes puffy or frizzy when too much moisture enters the hair shaft.  Below are humectants you may find listed in natural hair care products; look for products without chemicals first in the ingredient lists.

Humectants 
  • Honey
  • Vegetable glycerin 
  • Aloe Vera Gel
  • Propylene Glycol (chemical)
  • Capryl glycol (chemical)
  • Panthenol

How do you keep your hair moisturized in dry, hot weather?

How to Apply Our Lipstick


When I created Hello Beautiful! Lipstick I chose not to include dyes or lake colorants. Dyes are often used in lipstick with other unsafe chemicals to make lipstick water proof, smudge proof, and able to stay on the lips for hours at a time. Here’s the problem: hidden in those dyes are toxic metals like aluminum and tin oxide that can cause adverse health effects including neurodegenerative diseases (Parkinson's and Alzheimer's) and inflammatory diseases (source).

Here’s how you apply our dye-free lipstick.

Hello Beautiful! on Indy Style Lip Scrub Recipe


I was on Indy Style again this time explaining how to make your own natural lip scrub. I love this recipe because it consist of only 3 ingredients: brown sugar, honey, and hot cocoa powder.

This scrub is perfect to use before applying my Hello Beautiful! Lipstick because it cleanses dead skin off of your lips, for a smooth pout.



Interested in purchasing your own Hello Beautiful! Lipstick? Click here to shop our lipsticks.

Hair Recovery Series Part 1

As part of our hair loss series in 2015, we discussed common forms of hair loss especially among African American women. These types of hair loss included CCCA Alopecia (a scalp scarring type of hair loss), Traction Alopecia (a type of hair loss due to strain from braids, etc), and Female Pattern Baldness (a type of hair loss caused by hormones). We also shared a personal CCCA Alopecia hair loss and recovery journey story.

We are starting a new series in 2016 to focus on hair recovery options and hair growth practices; in short solutions. Today, Vlogger Jasmine Rose shares her story of hair restoration surgery with a dermatologist.

Disclaimer: Love Natural Sunshine does not in any way or form endorse Jasmine Rose or her dermatologist Dr. Osei Tutu and/or hair restoration surgery. This is not a paid advertisement.

via Hair and Health, as seen on BGLH

Losing Her Edges to Overdone Loc Retwisting


The loss of Jasmine’s edges was gradual, and she attributes it to overdone retwisting.  She began her loc journey in 2007 and twisted frequently (and tightly) to maintain a manicured appearance.  It was in 2010 that Jasmine noticed “a drastic change in her hairline area” and learned that she had traction alopecia. She stopped retwisting as frequently and consulted with two dermatologists (both white and male) who gave her regular cortisone shots to no avail and did not seem to understand her hair and insecurity.

She then tried numerous natural remedies, including emu oil and castor oil, to regrow her edges, but nothing worked.  Jasmine eventually resigned herself to concealing her hairline with black eye makeup while feeling like an ‘imposter’ YouTube hair guru.  Essentially, she went into hiding while in front of the camera.

Finding a Solution in a Dermatologist 


In 2013, Jasmine decided to find a dermatologist who looked like her — black and female — in hopes of finding one that truly cared to understand her problem; this was when she found real help.  After another round of unsuccessful cortisone shots, her new doctor performed a hair restoration procedure to bring back her edges earlier this year.

Jasmine could have kept this entire experience to herself, but she chose to be transparent to her viewers.  Since revealing her story, some women have voiced, not only their support, but how much she has helped them.

Watch Jasmine with her dermatologist talk about her hair restoration surgery.



What solutions have you found for your alopecia hair loss? Share in the comments below.


More from the Hair Loss Series:

CCCA Alopecia - Hair Loss Series Part 1
Traction Alopecia - Hair Loss Series Part 2
Female Pattern Baldness (Alopecia) – Hair Loss Series 3
Guest Blogger: My Journey With CCCA Alopecia And My Recovery (Part 1)
Guest Blogger: My Journey With CCCA Alopecia And My Recovery (Part 2)

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