Have you heard about clean beauty? Other names – some with slightly different definitions – include eco-beauty, sustainable, or green beauty products. Essentially, the products are void of toxins, fillers, harmful chemicals, or any other ingredients that don’t have the health of the consumer and planet as a top priority. Many clean beauty products also aren’t tested on animals and may be vegan, but be sure to double-check ingredient lists and look for the “Beauty Without Bunnies” stamp on the label if this is important to you.
Switching to clean beauty products, or at least starting to incorporate some into your beauty regime, is good for you, others, and the planet and all its creatures. So why not give it a chance? Follow along as we round up our favorite clean beauty lip products.
Balm: Lipfuel by Kosas
Lipfuel is ultra-hydrating and perfect whether you’re in a dry office or hitting the slopes. One of the main ingredients is hyaluronic acid – a substance your body makes naturally – to help your lips retain moisture. Konjac root is used to create a gel-like barrier that locks in moisture, while other ingredients like vitamin E help nourish and soothe lips, no matter the weather. This balm comes in clear as well as two pink-tinted options. It’s also gluten-free, so those who are celiac or have sensitivities to gluten can safely use this balm.
Gloss: Kopari Coconut Lip Glossy
Glosses can be notoriously drying, despite their shiny appearance, but Kopari delivers one of the most hydrating clean-beauty lip glosses we’ve found. It comes in a clear gloss (which can be layered over your favorite lipstick) and four pink and red tints. High-quality shea butter and coconut oil give the gloss a nice light scent and hydrates without being sticky while antioxidants nourish and smooth the lips. It’s full of good-for-you vegan ingredients and starts with “100% pure, organic coconut oil sustainably sourced from small family farms in the Philippines” according to Kopari’s website, so you can feel good about where your dollar is going.
This multi-tasking product can be used for a pop of color on both lips and cheeks, making it well worth the price tag. The four colors were designed to be universally flattering on all skin tones and contain natural, moisturizing and nourishing ingredients that you can feel good about. Their “non-toxic products will never make you choose between health and results or between natural and high-performance,” according to the Tata Harper website. This lip tint can be applied with your fingertips or a brush to give you a simple youthful glow. It comes in four tints, including Very Popular, Very Naughty, Very Charming, and Very Sweet. Plus, it comes in 100% recyclable packaging – perfect for those who are trying to reduce their household waste.
Lipstick: Clove + Hallow Lip Velvet
Clove + Hallow’s Lip Velvet goes on wet and dries to a beautiful, full coverage, matte without drying out your lips. The award-winning brand is known in the clean beauty world for creating “affordably-priced clean, cruelty-free, and vegan cosmetics that perform like conventional classics.” Though they’re made in the United States, they follow the EU higher formulation standards to ensure consumers are getting the best possible product. This long-lasting lipstick isn’t drying thanks to ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, and vitamin E and will genuinely take you from morning coffee to late-night drinks. Lip Velvet comes in eleven different colors, from an array of nudes to bright pinks and reds.
Exfoliator: Henné Organics Lip Exfoliator
This lip scrub gently buffs away dead skin and leaves behind a light layer of moisturizing oils to leave lips healthy and hydrated. A little product goes a long way – good news since they suggest using it 3 to 4 times a week, especially if the climate is dry or cold and you’re fighting chapped lips. Henné is a USA-made brand with Swedish roots made to bring a little bit of “eco-luxury into the everyday.” It’s made with 100% USDA certified organic ingredients including jojoba oil, shea butter, and coconut oil to soothe and repair skin and comes in three scents: rose, berry, and lavender mint.
Mask lovers, look no further! This lip mask is a soothing, non-sticky jelly made up of Japanese peach extract, three rose extract and Japanese camellia oil to repair, protect, and infuse lips with vitamins A, B, D, and E and omegas 3, 6, and 9. It’s the perfect before-bed mask that you can set and forget, letting the gel do the hard work overnight while you catch some z’s. It’s comparable to the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask, except it’s cruelty-free and void of any not-so-good-for-you ingredients, making it the better clean beauty option.
Serum: Henné Organics Lip Serum
We just couldn’t resist adding another Henné product to this list! This lightly berry scented serum is packed with anti-aging ingredients including arctic cloudberry and lingonberry seed oils, and rosehip, camellia, and argan oils which help to plump and soothe the lips. It comes in a glass bottle outfitted with a gold-plated rollerball, making it easy to roll on a few layers before bed.