Green Beauty

Green Eyed Girl

By Michelle Carney

*RED ALERT* Lead levels in mainstream brand lipsticks are much higher than previously reported! An FDA study conducted last year ( found lead in all 20 lipstick brands tested (it won’t say which ones) at levels 30 times higher than the FDA's own limit of lead for candy!!! Since lead builds up in the body over time, this really is cause for concern. But that doesn’t mean you have to ban them from your makeup bag. Lavera, Europe’s leading natural skincare and cosmetic line has launched in the U.S. at Target and offers dozens of organic, lead-free lipsticks and glosses for the eco-conscious. Lavera Organic Mineral Lipstick ($19) contains organic Shea Butter, Jojoba and Almond Oil to hydrate and soften and vitamins and minerals for anti-aging sun protection.



Long before the term organic became chic, Desert Essence was manufacturing natural and organic health and beauty products and today, the company even uses windmill power to reduce its carbon footprint. Desert Essence Organics is its newest collection and the offerings are 100% vegan. The label’s Desert Essence Organics Lip Tints ($5.99) replenish and hydrate lips with Jojoba and Sunflower oils, strengthen and soothe with Grape Seed Extract and Shea Butter, while Vitamin E defend against the harmful effects of the environment. The four tints, Italian Red Grape, Red Raspberry, Vanilla Chai and Coconut, are also infused with natural pigments for a sheer wash of color and give your pucker a hint of fresh squeezed flavor.




Lisa Françoise founded Sweet Beauty with the hope that her natural skin care line would make consumers feel beautiful, inside and out. Products contain rich organic ingredients and nature’s super food oils like Beeswax, Grape Seed Oil, Avocado Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Acai Oil, Blueberry Seed Oil, Pomegranate Oil, a Vitamin E blend and the centerpiece of the line, Organic Fair trade-certified Chocolate packed with powerful antioxidants. Sweet Beauty Lip Confection Lip Balm ($5.50) is sure to bring a smile to your lips without the extra calories. The seven tasty yet subtle flavors include Taste (light chocolate), Crave (dark chocolate), Inspire (rich mocha), Berry Pretty (triple berries and chocolate), Mojito (lime, mint and white chocolate), Tangerine Truffle (tangerine, honey and white chocolate) and Tropical Treat (coconut, pineapple and white chocolate). All  are paraben free, fragrance free, nuts and milk-free and give lips a natural hue that’s equally delicious.


I may not be able to pronounce it, but I still worship it. Waliwa Piudali Amazonian Lip Balm ($16.16) is a sacred find not only for its nourishing capabilities but for its origins. This hydrating lip balm is derived from Amazon fruit butters harvested from the Andean Nogal nut. Every year, only a certain number of these nuts are handpicked in the Amazon by local women-in-need. Inside the nut is an all-natural balm that provides intense hydration and protection. The cork cap and stick applicator remind you of the product’s history every time you apply.





Herban Renewal’s earth-friendly beauty products are as socially conscious as they are eco-conscious. Made by mentally and physically challenged adults in Abilene, Texas where the company is located, the brand offers four collections of bath, body and skin care for women, teens and babies. Its Arcelia line for the young and chic offers a sassy lip balm that’s as tasty as it is healthy. In Mojito Lime, Hibiscus Tea, Sassy Sangria, Mucho Mango and Beer:30, Arcelia Lip Balms ($5) contain nourishing, all-natural oils and butters that heal, hydrate and protect lips for ultimate pout perfection.




For lips that need serious need rescue, call the 911 of skin care aids – Rescue Balm ($5.95). Dr. Bach’s other stress-relieving products Rescue Remedy, Sleep, Cream, Energy and Gel are renowned around the world for their natural healing properties for the body, mind and skin. Now the label offers the same treatment for stressed lips. Sunflower seed oil, Beeswax, Soybean Oil, Calendula Flower Oil and Vitamin E come to the rescue of lips prone to roughness, cracking and splitting.





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