is “going green” this month! In honor of
Mother Nature, we’re slicking our lips with all-natural
glosses only derived from and infused with elements
of the good earth, that means no harmful ingredients
like lead, petroleum, mineral oil, parabens, and absolutely
NO animal testing. And we’ll be waving our wands
high on April 22, Earth Day 2008.
Bring your environmentally friendly pout to countless
Earth Day events (www.earthday.net)
or participate in the nation’s call to action,
“Call for Climate” a weekend full of celebrations
with A-list musicians and environmental awareness events
in cities across the country. Need a little guidance
when it comes to glosses that’ll leave others
green with envy? Leave it to us.
We’ve weeded through a healthy crop of natural
and organic glosses and unearthed these environmentally
friendly lip smackers.
Carol's Daughter Candy Paint, $13.50.
Lisa Price began her homemade, wholesome line
in a kitchen in Brooklyn more than 13 years ago, but
she only recently added a color category to the brand.
Satiny, shiny color glides on without any tacky texture
while castor oil, shea butter, grape seed oil and aloe
vera moisturize, protect and regenerate lips. Plus,
a portion of the sales from every Candy Paint purchase
is donated to the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA).
Our favorite hues are Grown and Sexy (a bright pink
with a flicker of gold) and Bubbling Brown Sugar (a
rosy brown with shimmer) Available online at www.carolsdaughter.com.
To view a list of retail locations, click
Alima Pure Nourishing Lipbalm, $5.25 full size;
$1 sample size.
Alima Pure is the largest cosmetic line in the country
to earn the prestigious European BDIH "Certified
Natural Cosmetics" seal for natural products. But
founder Kate O’Brien has gone a step further in
the fight to protect our skin, body and environment;
she’s educating consumers on the hundreds of toxins
that should be avoided across the beauty board. “These
toxins and potential carcinogens are as common in beauty
products as high fructose corn syrup is in food,”
she says, “which is why they’re banned under
European certification standards.” Back
to the loving lipbalms, in eight yummy colors these
balms pack nourishing safflower oil, beeswax, palm christi
oil, shea butter, organic coconut oil, cocoa butter
and Vitamin E in their small twist-top tubes. And the
$1 sample jar makes it totally tempting to try them
all. We’re partial to Pomegranate (sheer, neutral
red) and Fig (deep red with hints of bronze and plum).
Available online at www.alimapure.com.
To find retail locations in Illinois, New Hampshire
and Oregon, click
Treat Sugar Paint Mineral Lip Glaze, $13.
“Like buttah,” Treat Beauty’s Sugar
Paint Mineral Lip Glaze feels smooth, creamy and decadent
while delivering a sheer gloss with a hint of color.
The innovative botanical formula uses pure mineral pigments
and shea and cocoa butters. But the light cocoa scent
is an unexpected treat thanks to a dose of vitamin-rich
cacao oil, which has a higher antioxidant concentration
than the Vitamin C of an orange. These Lip Glazes come
in four juicy shades packaged in pocket-sized paint
jars – Brown Sugar, Papaya, Fruit Punch and our
favorite rosy pink, Pink Grapefruit. Available at upscale
boutiques and spas across the US, and online at www.treatbeauty.com.
Korres' Cherry Oil Full Color Lip Gloss, $16.
Like the heavenly fruits of the Greek gods,
Korres’ Cherry Oil Lip Gloss is full of pure ingredients
that lovingly hug the lips. But the Athens-based brand’s
history tells like a love story from Greek mythology
that’s worth a read. Almost 20 years ago, George
Korres developed a homeopathic brand of medicine and
healing remedies when he acquired an ancient Greek pharmacy.
Once Lena, a chemical engineer, came aboard to help
create beauty products using the region’s favored
essential oils, herbs and plant extracts, the best of
nature met the best of science, and the rest, as they
say, is history. In ten silky, sheer shades –
our faves are Coral, Light Purple and Red – Korres
Cherry Oil gloss is an organic blend of cherry, passion
fruit and jojoba oils, shea butter, green tea and Vitamins
C and E that both feels and looks natural and earthy. Available at Sephora stores and online at www.sephora.com.
jane iredale, the skin
care makeup PureGloss for Lips, $19.
Using a base of vegetable oils as healthy
as a spinach salad chock full of organic veggies, jane
iredale’s PureGloss for Lips gives
the pucker its recommended daily allowance and then
some. Adding gorgeous color and shimmering shine, antioxidant-rich
grape seed and pomegranate extracts, as well as natural
plumping action from a dash of tingly mint and a pinch
of ginger. A garden full of color choices make PureGloss
a ripe pick all year round. Our favorites of the moment
are Soft Peach, Apricot Fizz and Mimosa. Available online
The gloss•a•ry is PrettyCity’s
monthly roundup of all that glitters from our own wand-toting
shimmer expert, Michelle
Carney. Tune in each month for the latest and greatest
in pout perfecting products utterly devoted to your
sparkly, sexy and oh-so-shiny lips. Please contact
with story ideas or product suggestions