Burt’s Bees Natural Lipstick Review
Burt’s Bees Natural Lipstick Review
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Finding green beauty options at the drugstore/pharmacy is extremely difficult – especially if you’re looking for dry shampoo or a natural deodorant (Why!? Come on stores, get with the times!) It’s also super hard to find natural makeup like lipsticks. Therefore I rarely frequent brick and mortar shops like Shopper’s Drug Mart because I know that it’s going to be nearly impossible to find what I want. That is, until I saw that Burt’s Bees has added to their lipstick collection.
Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lipstick Review
I ended up picking up two more of their 100% Natural Lipsticks – I already own one colour named “Lily Lake” which I love the colour of… but ended up breaking before I could do a review on it.
The shades I picked up are Blush Basin and Crimson Coast.
A little background on Burt’s Bees:
Burt’s Bees was founded in 1984 and began as a small bee farm where they made beeswax candles, they slowly grew and entered into the cosmetics market with a beeswax lip balm. They pride themselves on having 99-100% natural products, packaging and producing their products in a sustainable way as well as sourcing only the highest quality ingredients. The only downside to Burt’s Bees in my opinion is that they are owned by the Clorox Company, which is inherently not green.
Blush Basin provides a very light pink shade which is a nice touch of colour when you’re aiming for a natural no-makeup look or have decided to make your eyes pop. This shade is versatile enough to wear throughout the year.
Crimson Coast is a nice deep red with a slight berry tone. It’s a great lip colour to wear throughout the cooler months to help pack a punch.
Ingredient Safety Key Safe Ingredient Ingredient to use with Caution Unsafe Ingredient Limited Data Certified Organic Diheptyl succinate is used as a silicone replacement in natural products and acts as a lightweight emollient. Interestingly, the Burt’s Bees website lists Shea Butter as the featured ingredient… but in the ingredient list there’s no mention of Shea Butter nor on the Think Dirty App or EWG’s Skin Deep Website
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Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil is used as an emollient which creates a firm texture in it’s dry form.
Capryloyl glycerin/sebacic acid copolymer is derived from castor and coconut oil. It is used to replace silicone and acts as a film-forming agent.
Cera alba [beeswax] derived from the honeycombs from honey bees. It is used as an emollient – and may not be considered cruelty-free.
Candelilla cera [euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax] derived from a shrub native to Mexico, it is used as a conditioning ingredient.
Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil is used as a moisturizing ingredient in skincare products – great for dry skin!
Behenyl alcohol can be plant-derived or synthetically produced and is used as an emulsifying ingredient.
Oleic/linoleic/linolenic polyglycerides have multiple uses including viscosity controlling, binding, emulsifying and as an emollient. Limited data on this ingredient.
C12-18 acid triglyceride is mainly used as an emollient and as a texture enhancing ingredient (through binding and viscosity controlling.)
Lanolin is derived from the wool shaved off of sheep. It is used as a moisturizing ingredient. May not be considered cruelty-free.
Hydrogenated vegetable oil acts as a skin-conditioning agent by blocking moisture loss after application.
Cera carnauba [copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax] is used in lipstick to help thicken the product and helps to control viscosity/texture.
Moringa oleifera seed oil is used as a moisturizing ingredient.
Rubus idaeus (raspberry) seed oil is used for skin-conditioning and moisturizing.
Sorbitan Tristearate is an emulsifying ingredient derived from olive oil.
Glyceryl caprylate is used as a skin conditioning, emollient and emulsifying ingredient.
Aroma [flavor] is used for fragrance/flavour. Could be any blend of ingredients.
Tocopherol (different from Tocopherol Acetate.) It is used as a skin-conditioning agent and masking ingredient.
Glycine soja (soybean) oil is primarily used as a skin conditioning and emollient ingredient.
Lauroyl lysine is used for product stability and as a skin conditioning ingredient.
Citric acid is used to help adjust the pH of a product. There is limitations on concentration (as it is a very strong and potentially skin-irritating ingredient.)
Linalool is a fragrance ingredient that may be derived synthetically and occurs naturally in essential oils.
May contain [+/-]: mica, CI 77891 [titanium dioxide], CI 75470 [carmine], CI 77491•CI 77492 •CI 77499 [iron oxides]
Ingredient Safety Key
Ingredient to use with Caution
Diheptyl succinate is used as a silicone replacement in natural products and acts as a lightweight emollient.
Interestingly, the Burt’s Bees website lists Shea Butter as the featured ingredient… but in the ingredient list there’s no mention of Shea Butter nor on the Think Dirty App or EWG’s Skin Deep Website
How does the Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lipstick Wear?
Overall, the texture is definitely very moisturizing (which is one think I really liked about the Lily Lake colour that I was using…before it broke.) I am nervous about the mixture being a bit fragile due to my previous experience.
However the lipstick wears relatively well throughout the day on lips that have been exfoliated properly. If you have any dry spots on your lips you will notice that the lipstick application becomes patchy (which makes sense.) I found it was necessary to touch up after a few hours of wear or after a meal. Again, another thing that is expected when you’re wearing a normal lipstick compared to a liquid lipstick.
Comparing this product to the Dr. Hauschka Natural Lipstick which I reviewed, this is a much more sensible product if you are searching for a natural lipstick. Price wise and for wear time.
This is a product I can definitely see myself repurchasing – even though the company is owned by Clorox (which sucks.) Their ingredients seem to be directly in line with their values and for the price point it wears well.