Most of us can't help our perpetual collection of lip colors and glosses. Some of us even have an unhealthy obsession. Part of being a natural company is to inspire others to look good and feel even better. But we also have a role as a consumer to know what we are buying.
An article from Dr. Oz says:
What could be more harmless than a little shine on your rosy lips? Well, as it turns out, lots of things, because the shine in lip gloss comes from petroleum jelly. Petroleum jelly is a byproduct of oil drilling, and when you spread it on your lips, you end up eating it, which is essentially the same as drinking gasoline. Add up the amount of lip gloss the average woman uses (and consumes) over a decade, and it equals 7 pounds. The European Union has banned many petroleum jelly products, and experts are concerned they could be linked to cancer. Women with breast cancer have twice the levels of hydrocarbons (substances found in petroleum jelly) in their breasts than women who haven't had breast cancer.
Now, I can't say that I think the 7 pounds in a decade is an accurate number. But the point is where does the lip stick and lip gloss go that you re-apply all day. Some goes of the coffee mug, on the granola bar, but really a majority of it is consumed by it users. It is not just petroleum jelly that we need to watch out for, Huffington Post writes:
Lipsticks and glosses may contain potentially troubling levels of metals, according to a preliminary new study. Prior research has raised some concerns over the presence of lead in lipstick, but the new study is the first to suggest that many popular lip products also contain cadmium, chromium, aluminum and other metals -- some at levels that may be harmful.
Knowing all of this, I can't help but think of the half dozen colors I have in my beauty bag. A few of them can go, but I might not be ready to part with all of them yet. My advice if your not ready to go all natural all the time, replace the products you use most often with the natural variety. Your smile can still sparkle without compromising your health.