As Valentine’s Day is approaching, the classic dilemma of what to get for myself comes up. I don’t do heavy makeup, just a simple lip gloss and mascara is enough for me. Recently, I was looking into lip balms and was surprised to find that many products aren’t all-natural and aren’t cruelty-free.
I started to wonder how my personal skin care could be harming me or the environment, and I found that many beauty products contain preservatives that release formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen, skin irritant, an allergen. These preservatives can go by many names, such as quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, Diazolidinyl Urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, and bronopol. I also found parabens, which can act like estrogen and cause breast cancer due to exposure over time.
So, for Valentine’s Day this year, I’m going to get non-toxic products, starting with lip gloss, lip balm, and lipstick, whose ingredients and formulas are not harmful to my health. So love yourself and here is a non-toxic, cruelty-free lip list for you and your friends: