Pucker Up this Season with the Best Natural Lipsticks

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This past winter was all about rich, dark colors and metallics with a glint of sparkle – thanks to Twilight-mania, naturally. As much as I love my sheer pinks and nudes for summer, I still get excited about wearing bright reds and berry colors during the warmer months, too. Now that I’ve equipped you with some of the best organic eyeliners, it’s time to turn our attention to lipsticks! I recently had the chance to test out three organic makeup lines: Josie Maran Cosmetics, Lavera and NVEY Eco. And what did I find out? That some of the meanest green lips are on this side of She-Hulk.

Did you know that we can eat four to six pounds of lipstick throughout our lives? If you buy standard lipstick, you’re basically chowing down on artificial dyes, lanolin, sodium lauryl sulfates, colors derived from petroleum and even carmine that comes from the shell of a female beetle. Say it with me now – gross.

This can complicate things if you are green-minded and if you like a lipstick that stays. Frankly, a long-lasting lipstick can be hard to find. Sure, there are the decidedly non-organic lip stains that Revlon and MAC have on the market. But using them is like sneaking a Coke Zero once in a while. Yes, I have been known to stain my lips with something that doesn’t have organic jojoba oil as its main component. Why? Cause this green girl likes a lipstick that lasts.

Luckily, things seem to be changing. Check out these organic lines that like to stay on our lips!

Josie Maran Cosmetics

Josie Maran’s line offers a lush lipstick containing organic jojoba seed oil and coconut cream. It goes on light and hydrates. Just one application lasts at least an hour – which is how long it was before I started reaching for my balm.

I love the hue Desirous, which is a rich, berry plum. It feels like a lip balm when it goes on and better yet, it does provide a lasting color. I have the complexion of a snow woman, so anything dark on me looks really dark. But Desirous managed to be colorful without dead washing.

And then there is one of the best glosses on the market. Josie’s Brilliant a Levres in “Joie De Vivre” is a sparkly, deep red that slides on your lips with a cotton candy kick-off. 

Why is it so great?  Anyone with hair longer than their chin knows that lip gloss can be a precarious adventure. A slight wind can mean you have your ponytail instantly attached to your bottom lip. But the “Joie De Vivre” glosses without accessories your hair style to your mouth.

Lavera Naturkosmetic

These lipsticks contain extracts of organic shea butter, jojoba and almond oil.” This German line is certified natural by BDIH, which has one of the strictest standards in Europe. For one, this means that the ingredients are from plants and minerals only come from sources that have been organically grown or wild harvested.

How does Lavera feel? Like Josie Maran, it is extremely hydrating. Their shades are more bold than Maran’s and seem to have an orange base to them. I sampled the peach and felt like I was rocking out a hip, light orange that would kill it on any red carpet.

NVEY Eco

This organic line out of Australia is made from ingredients that include natural beeswax, rose, jojoba oil, chamomile and more. (Click here to check out the various organic awards and certifications this company has racked up.) Their Organic Lip Lustre offers a nice, slick color. Flirt in particular offers up a pretty, fall plumage. For a gloss, it is decidedly unsticky (more props to the organic lines!) and provides a nice, rich color. However, it doesn’t last long, so treat it more like a tint. Would I use this as a moisturizer for my lips? It’s not so hydrating that I’ll retire the lip balm anytime soon.

Katherine Butler

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