Kiesha Adinkra Hello Beautiful Lipstick Review Cinnabar

We love Keisha's lovely review of the Hello Beautiful! nude, brown lipstick Cinnabar. Watch as she swatches Cinnabar, talks about the new Hello Beautiful! packaging, and organic ingredients. Keisha Adinkra is a green beauty advocate for holistic wellness and an eco-friendly, sustainable lifestyle.

Natural Hair Regrowth with Alopecia Hair Recovery Series Part 2

It is time to regrow your natural hair. Continuing our hair recovery regrowth series, we are talking today about three simple strategies you can start today to help regrow your natural hair. This steps are in particular for those who have suffered from or are experiencing alopecia like CCCA alopecia. Read on to learn more.

1. Reduce inflammation

Step one: Reduce inflammation. Inflammation as defined by Merriam Webster Dictionary means “a bodily response to injury or disease in which heat, redness, and swelling are present.” It is important to say that reducing inflammation begins largely from the inside out. What this means is that the best way to combat inflammation is internally through eating, drinking, and taking supplements.

Some ways to reduce inflammation internally include eating dark leafy greens (spinach, chard, kale, and broccoli), fatty fish (sardines, tuna, salmon), whole grains, nuts (almonds, walnuts), peppers, tomatoes, beets, berries (raspberries), and turmeric or ginger.

Turmeric supplements can also be taken, although make sure that the supplements are of the highest purity standards and made without “fillers.” Read the ingredient label to see what other additives or ingredients the supplements contain. Always consult your doctor before trying a new supplement or vitamin.

2. Clean scalp and hair

Step two: Clean scalp and hair. The order of this is important. The scalp of the hair must be cleaned regularly (once a week or twice a month for natural hair) to prevent buildup of bacteria.
Especially for those wearing protective hairstyles like wigs and extensions, it is an absolute necessity that the scalp be cleaned with a gentle cleansing, low-chemical shampoo that clarifies the scalp.

Along with a cleansing shampoo, other options to use with a shampoo are apple cider vinegar diluted in water, or a mixture containing cleansing clays like bentonite. Tea tree essential oil is known for being anti-bacterial, but should be diluted before use.

Caution: if your scalp is already suffering from…

  • open soars, bleeding bumps
  • itchy red patches
  • hot burning sensations

... be especially cautious about applying a harsh cleanser to the scalp. Instead use a gentle Calendula and Ginger spray or Manuka Honey (medicinal grade) with an High-Active of 12-15+. Liquid Black Soap is a mild scalp/hair cleanser (the soap bar is not the best because it can carry bacteria between washes).

3. Assess and Solve

Step three: Assess and solve. It is important to understand what is the cause behind the inflammation of the scalp. Inflammation can be caused by hair styling techniques like tight braids or extensions, glue in of weaves, wig caps, braided tracks under weaves, or hot combing.
In order to know what is causing the inflammation assess recent hairstyle choices. Next, begin to eliminate these hair styling techniques and replace them with healthier ones.
It is also greatly recommended that you consult a dermatologist who can examine your scalp and determine the underlying cause and the proper solutions.

All three of these steps are significant in preparing the hair for new hair growth and for ensuring future hair health.

Source: 14 Foods That Fight Inflammation

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)


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 to pre-order. We use our organic ingredients but without beeswax and all of potentially toxic additives.