An ingredient might be natural or organic, but that doesn’t mean that there’s no chance you’ll have an adverse or allergic reaction to it, so it’s important to be aware of what you’re using and how your body responds. Ingredients aside, one of the benefits of using natural products is that many, if not all, ingredients are ethically sourced and cruelty-free. These days there’s a clean option to switch out every product in your makeup routine, so it’s never been easier to avoid controversial ingredients.
10 lipsticks, lip tints, and lip glosses ahead are our new non-toxic go-tos. They have all of the shine, feel, and long-lasting wear of a typical formula, and — bonus! — none of the neurotoxins.
The formula is infused with the brand’s organic Beauty Oil (which, side note, you should definitely put on your face). The color payoff is huge, the finish is just shiny enough, and the staying power is real.
Despite the name, you do not need to be brave to wear this orange-red. In fact, it’s just about one of the most wearable scarlet-coral blends we’ve seen. The stick is made of nourishing nutrients, vitamins, and omega oils for healthy, hydrated lips.
This shade makes my lips look like I just finished a very big glass of pinot noir, minus the purple tongue. But what’s better than lipstick? The metal tube is refillable, and therefore, sustainable. And each refills saves me $20.
A rich texture in a totally vibrant shade: What more could you want? This cranberry is the perfect blend of red with deep purple undertones: It’s just a shade deeper than a poppy cherry red, so it reads more sophisticated—a little mysterious even.
This lip color is creamy but doesn’t bleed past my lip line, ever. It does fade, but at least it fades evenly — after a few hours of wear, it’s more of a lip stain than a lipstick.
This literal lip stick — essentially, a crayon for adults — so much. The color is sheer, but what it lacks in pigment, it makes up for in moisture-boosting power.
This brand is known for their products that pack pigment—most notably, their decadent lipsticks. Legend is a bold red with brown undertones that’s made with a blend of jojoba and sunflower oils—and flavored with natural fruit extracts.
High Voltage Lipstick in Legend, Vapour Beauty ($35)
This glossy balm from Kari Gran is my go-to for jeans-and-a-t-shirt days. I’m all about a subtle wash of color, especially when it comes from natural cinnamon (and yes, it tastes delish, too).
A clean beauty editor favorite, BeautyCounter makes some seriously good lip products. This dark plum is a statement maker, even though it really goes on much more subtle than it looks in the tube. Upon application, the color dilutes a bit, and the purple and pink undertones shine through.
Color Intense Lipstick in Twilight, BeautyCounter ($34)
One, it cuts down on clutter in my makeup bag, since it functions as a lip stain and cream blush. Two, it’s the longest-lasting cream formula in existence.
If a lipstick and a lip balm had a baby, it would be ILIA’s Tinted Lip Conditioner — the perfect blend of creamy color, botanical oils, and hydration-locking beeswax.
This pot from Akar has everything I need: skincare-grade Omega-9 fatty acids care of castor oil, plus an all-natural, ruby red tint.
My New Year’s resolution: to work out more. (As a writer, I sit all day, every day, and my glutes are very upset with me.) When I do, I’ll glide on Kosas’ Kosasport LipFuel Hyaluronic Lip Balm, a plant-based balm meant “to transport you to a sporty state of mind.” I can’t wait to find out what that means.
This collection is named after strong, inspiring women—and we guarantee that you’ll feel that way when wearing it. Ella is a vibrant, charismatic mauve, and given that mauves are typically one of your more soft varieties, it’s a nice change of pace for the hue.
Triple Luxe Long Lasting Naturally Moisturizing Lipstick in Ella, Jane Iredale ($35)
Non-toxic brand Rituel de Fille makes maybe the best natural concealer of all time (you need it), and its lipstick is next on my must-try list. I’m pretty sure the shade Fortune Teller was made for me.