I’m slathering what on my lips now? Crushed cochineal insects or in other words, bugs?! Gross.
70,000 female cochineal insects are crushed to make just 1 lb of red dye which are then used in cosmetics and even in some food products. The ingredient is called Carmine and is usually used as an ingredient in lipsticks and blushes.
Most brands won’t explicitly state which shades of their lipsticks contain carmine so sometimes it can be a bit of a guessing game. Especially when Carmine is under the “May Contain” ingredient category list.
To eliminate all that fuss, here’s a list of 100% vegan lipsticks where all shades are vegan, carmine-free, and do not contain beeswax, which is also another animal ingredient commonly found in conventional lipsticks.
Kat Von D is slaying the lipstick game when it comes to finding a shade beyond your wildest imaginations and I’m talking about anything and everything from black glitter to shimmering sea-foam green! you name it, Kat Von D has it!
Au Naturale’s lipsticks are truly all-natural! All of their lipsticks do not contain gluten, parabens, fillers, animal by-products, synthetic preservatives or toxins!
Not only is the gold packaging of Axiology’s lipsticks just absolutely stunning but their shades of lipsticks are equally stunning and perfect for any occasion!
A lipstick that has anti-aging properties? YES PLEASE, Sign me up! These 100% Pure fruit pigmented lipsticks are packed with antioxidants and vitamins to help keep your lips soft and youthful!
For a budget friendly vegan alternative, e.l.f.’s moisturizing lipsticks are only $3 and can be found at most drugstores.
For a cruelty-free, vegan, and organic lipstick alternative, INIKA is the top recommended choice! Made with certified organic ingredients, INIKA’s lipsticks will keep your lips looking luscious and healthy!
Mineral Fusion lipsticks are one of my faves with their decent price point at $15 each and their nourishing and smooth formula!
A lipstick that you can find at most natural health food stores, including Whole Foods Market, Gabriel Lipsticks are moisturizing and come in an array of shades, all naturally vegan of course!
Take it from someone who has had their lips sunburnt before, it’s no fun and it can happen to just about anyone. If you plan on being outside for most of the day, make sure you’re using a lip balm or lipstick with some SPF. Suntegrity lipsticks all contain SPF 30.
If you’re looking for a no-fuss lipstick, try Pacifica’s Devocean lipsticks. They’re super easy to apply yet refreshingly pigmented.
What are some of your favorite cruelty-free and vegan lipsticks?
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