The Ultimate Guide to Palm Oil Free Lip Color

Karla is wearing Hanami Cosmetics Lipstick in Great Expectations.

Karla is wearing Hanami Cosmetics Lipstick in Great Expectations.

There are few lipsticks that rival the beauty of Yves Saint Laurent’s Rouge Volupté. The world-renowned gold tube is likely to be found in at least a few of the clutches and mini bags jostling about NYFW this year. However, if you look a little closer — past its luxe design and cult following — you’ll see something not-so-haute: conflict palm oil, petroleum derivatives, and carmine. Yep, this luxury lippy is painting the planet red.

Lipstick, like many cosmetic products, contains questionable ingredients — you probably heard about the lead, which the FDA says can be present in less than 10 ppm per product. What is immediately obvious, when reading their rationale, is that we — women especially — pile on multiple products per day, every day. Lead aside, lip color at all price ranges often contains scores of harmful ingredients to avoid. Now here we are telling you to be concerned about rainforests, too! But, of course, we wouldn’t pay lip service (pun intended) to this cause without a helpful list to guide you to the best palm oil free lip color.

👀  *Ingredients to look for  👀
Ascorbyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Cetyl Palmitate, Elaeis Guineensis Oil, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Glycerin, Magnesium Myristate, Palmitic Acid, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Sorbitan Oleate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Stearic Acid, Tribehenin

Lipsticks

* Except Claret Rose, Mauve Rose, Napa Grape, Pink Rose, Primrose, Tuscany Rose and REDvelation which are colored with carmine


 
Karla is wearing Au Naturale’s High Lustre Lip Gloss in Poppy.

Karla is wearing Au Naturale’s High Lustre Lip Gloss in Poppy.

 

Lip Glosses & Glazes

* Except for Lip Pencils and Su/Stain Lip Stains


Tinted Lip Balms & Crayons

* Except the color Strut which contains beeswax


Know more palm oil free lipstick brands? Let us know in the comments.

Featuring Karla Boone, photographed by Magdalena Antuña for Selva Beat Issue 04. Styling by Meggie Copeland. Jewelry provided by Lele Bombe.