Looking at Lavera’s Mineral Lip Gloss

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Lip gloss – it’s so sticky, it could trap bugs. Seriously, I sometimes feel like I could make like a human fly strip if I just stand very quietly while wearing a good gloss. And forget leaving my hair down in anything less than a shellacked bun – stray wisps are almost magnetically attracted to my newly glossed lips.

So yes, maybe I’m not such a big fan of lip gloss. Not to mention, most traditional brands contain more parabens and fragrances than a makeup counter at the mall. Nonetheless, I recently decided to take a look at what the eco-world offers on organic and/or natural lip shine. And I found Lavera’s Lipgloss.

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Lavera racks up lots of eco points. Its lipgloss contains some certified organic ingredients like Jojoba seed oil, aloe vera extract, shea butter, almond oil and more. Lavera claims this product contains “emollient and non-sticky oils of Vitamin E and Jojoba are repairing moisturizers. [It also contains] crushed Natural Minerals add shimmer and an anti-aging Sun protection.”

Further, Lavera’s products are all BDIH certified natural. This means it carried the certified natural cosmetics seal. The materials are sourced from biological wild collections, are not tested on animals, are allowed to contain inorganic minerals, and do not contain any synthetic fragrances. This product contains minerals, which by designed are not classified as a food ingredient. (There’s also been rumblings about possible dangers of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide — which this product contains. Skin Deep gives these a low to moderate hazard rating, depending on the grade.)

Therefore, they cannot be certified as organic by the USDA. (Confused? You’re not alone. Different organizations have different standards for what is considered organic and/or natural.)

But how does this gloss work? It gives a pleasant tinge of shine – and best of all, it’s not too sticky. (And frankly, I give it major points for this tidbit.) It’s rather like a lip balm in its emollient effect, and it has a lovely berry taste to boot. Does it last? Not really – I was reaching for my reapplication not long after initial application. But all in all, it’s a nice little gloss that can ease your eco-conscious. You can buy it for $16 here.

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Katherine Butler

Katherine Butler is the Beauty Editor of EcoSalon and currently resides in Los Angeles, California.