If you have ever read the ingredients list on your favorite red lipstick or lip gloss then you are fully aware that many companies use a lot of "unnatural" ingredients. One of those ingredients is called Carmine, and actually comes from beetles. Believe it or not some people may also be allergic to Carmine. This is why we came up with a list of 10 must-haves, so you can still wear your favorite shade of red without worrying about the dried creepy crawlies inside.
Mukha Essentials and Custom Cosmetics in Columbus, OH is a state-of-the-art cosmetic boutique and spa where they hand make natural ingredient cosmetics, among other things. Mukha doesn't use any unnatural ingredients, including carmine, to make their fabulous lipstick and lip gloss pots. My two fave red tones are Starlet (a vivid red) and Marlena (a more subdued earthy red), but they can also custom make or even duplicate your favorite lipstick or gloss. So if you have an all time favorite red lipstick but it contains bad ingredients, including carmine, then Mukha can re-make the shade for you by using natural ingredients and minerals instead. Custom blends are around $20 but are definitely worth it.
Cargo came up with a really great high organic content lipstick that celebrities in Hollywood just love to wear. Their PlantLove formula doesn't contain any synthetic dyes, including carmine, and is housed in a wonderful eco-friendly packaging. The formula is silky, creamy, conditioning to your lips, and adds the perfect amount of color to any pucker. Cargo PlantLove Botanical Lipstick is priced around $20, but it's available in over 20 shades so they offer a nice variety of red to choose from.
Mikamy Meadows is a local company in Ohio that makes a variety of homemade and natural beauty products. Their Barely Blush lip gloss is phenomenal, doesn't contain carmine, and is very affordable at only $8. They feel light and creamy on your lips, instead of thick and goopy.
Korres Guava Lipstick is packed full of good things like antioxidants, vitamin C, and guava extract. What it doesn't contain is carmine, parabens, petro-chemicals, or sulfates. The formula is long-wearing and goes on extremely smooth while giving you a great medium color. Korres Guava Lipstick is available in 8 fabulous shades, many of which have a red tone, for $22.
Kiss My Face produces many natural and affordable products, and their Sheer Organic Shimmer and Sheer Organic Shine lip products are equally as wonderful as well as affordable. These lip products are made from natural minerals, which means no carmine or other ingredients that you may find unfriendly. Both are infused with good-for-you vitamins and are flavored with natural mint and vanilla. They are available in a very wide assortment of colors, and the price averages $5-$7.
Aveda's Uruku collection was inspired by the Yawanawa people of the Brazilian Amazon. The Yawanawa use the urukum palm for face and body paint, and it just so happens that it also makes a great ingredient in retail makeup. The Uruku Lip Pigment is chocked full of natural ingredients and oil, and absolutely no carmine. The feel is fabulous and the all natural oils give it a nice scent and taste, so no more worrying about "eating" your lipstick. This all natural lipstick is available in 6 outstanding colors for around $15 each.
Alba TerraGloss is chocked full of vitamins and minerals, but not full of parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, or carmine. For those that do not use products with any kind of animal ingredient then this one may not be the perfect match for you since they use beeswax. Alba's TerraGloss is wonderful long-lasting, moisturizing, and beautiful line of glosses that feel great on your lips throughout the day. As a bonus they also add a slight hint of vanilla for flavoring. Alba TerraGloss is available in 6 fantastic shades and will run you approximately $6.
Josie Maran Lipstick is free of all of the bad things that may harm you or cause an allergic reaction, such as carmine, parabens, sulfates, and synthetics. It is packed full of 100% pure organic Argon Oil, however, which will help to replenish and repair the skin cells on your lips. If you throw in the fact that the it's a lipstick and conditioner in one, plus the packaging is recyclable then you have a keeper in a lipstick. Josie Maran Lipstick is available in 9 fab shades including Devious, their true and vibrant red, and each tube averages around $20.
If you are vegan or just want to eliminate all unnatural products from your lip products then Perfect Organics is, well, perfect. This lip product gives you a double whammy as a cheek shimmer as well, and each is made with only certified organic ingredients, which means no carmine. The lip and cheek shimmer gives your lips the perfect amount of color while adding a light hint to your cheeks with a touch of shimmer on both. It is available in 7 fab shades and cost around $18.99 each.
DuWop really did it this time with their Private Red Lipstick. Not only do they use a line of more natural ingredients, but this lipstick is colored with things like Henna instead of carmine. This lipstick actually color changes to give each woman her own personal shade of red. And even though it sounds like a great red lipstick, I am still a little on the fence about this one since they don't disclose all of their ingredients due to "trade secrets". But considering they list natural oils, beeswax, and henna leads me to believe that this one is also free of carmine. DuWop Private Red Lipstick only comes in one shade since it morphs colors, and will cost around $22.