7 Natural and Organic Lipsticks for 7 Sustainable Minutes in Heaven
Roses are red, violets are blue, kissing is great, so here are some organic lipsticks for you.
That goes doubly for makeup near our mouths.
Unfortunately, harmful, petroleum-based toxic chemicals (like methylparaben, polyparaben, retinyl palmitate, and synthetic dyes) commonly find their way into our favorite splashes of lip color.
It should come as no surprise that we favor natural and organic lipstick alternatives. Which is exactly what these seven brands provide, one for each of those heart-fluttering minutes in heaven.
If we could only pick a handful of the best natural lipstick brands for some sustainable smooching, we’d go with Axiology’s lipsticks—which contain ten or fewer ingredients. We also love the purely plant-based lipstick from Dab Herb Makeup and the organic lipstick from Clean-Faced Cosmetics.
Okay, okay, we’ll zip our lips so you can pucker up for these natural lipstick brands.
Head to the bottom to see how they were chosen.
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Axiology’s Natural and Organic Lipstick
As makers of the “most ethical lipstick on the planet”, Axiology is definitely one of the best organic lipstick brands—and this is because around 70% of their ingredients are organic!
Instead of parabens and toxic chemicals, you’ll see organic lipstick ingredients like coconut and grapeseed oils, orange essential oil, and organic elderberry extract.
They’re all vegan, clean, cruelty-free, and made with just ten ingredients!
Their lipsticks are unfortunately not refillable, but they are made from post-consumer recycled plastic. Additionally, the compostable boxes are handmade with recycled trash by women in Bali!.
For totally zero-waste options, we LOVE their Balmies zero waste lip crayons that can also be used as eyeshadow.
All these lip color options are cruelty-free, vegan, soy free, fragrance free, gluten free, and palm oil free. They do contain minimal amounts of mineral ingredients, like Titanium Dioxide and Iron Oxide.
Axiology is one of our favorite sustainable beauty brands for a few reasons: their products contain ten ingredients or less, they’re certified by PETA as being cruelty-free, and they want to the beauty industry to follow suit:
“For all its progress, the beauty industry still has a ways to go. Animal testing and palm oil are still a thing and knowing what’s “clean” versus “natural” is still pretty darn confusing.”
Axiology was founded by Ericka Rodriguez in her own kitchen! When she realized that most cosmetic brands, even natural ones, weren’t actually as cruelty-free or natural as consumers think, she was committed to starting one that was.
They support the Indonesian women-owned collective from which they get their recycled boxes and source as many ingredients as possible through fair trade channels.
2. DAB HERB
Dab Herb’s Natural and Organic Lipstick
Finish it off with their glossy hydrating Lip Topper to prevent cracked and chapped lips this winter.
Everything is made from 100% non-toxic food-grade ingredients.
Expect to find ingredients like hemp seed oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, shea and cocoa butters, beetroot, rosehips, and other plant-based pigments.
The only preservative here is natural non-GMO Vitamin E that’s certified Kosher.
These organic vegan lipstick-like paints come in recyclable or reusable containers. Most in glass pots or dropper vials, save for the Lip Stains, which are available either in a recyclable plastic tube or, far better, a recyclable metal screw cap tin.
The metal and glass containers can be sent back to Dab Herb’s California HQ to be refilled!
About Dab Herb
With a focus on “Nature to Nurture,” Dab Herb Makeup is one of the best clean beauty brands that combines wellness with consciousness, even for something as small as lip balm and organic lipstick.
In an effort to quell woes over chemical-ridden cosmetics, Dab Herb seeks out the best cruelty-free, organic, food-grade, and vegan ingredients available in the world.
Founder Crissy is committed to creating her “medicinal makeup” using responsible sourcing practices. They use fair trade-equivalent standards and don’t use palm oil or its derivatives.
They also support Made in the Free World, a human trafficking organization.
You’ll receive your natural lipstick and any other Dab Herb creation in a plastic-free shipping package, some of which might be reused shipping materials.
3. CLEAN-FACED COSMETICS
*Note: We have attempted to confirm the policies directly with this brand with no response to date
Clean-Faced Cosmetics’ Natural and Organic Lipstick
If you’re looking for the best organic lipstick in any color under the sun, you should get ready to pucker up for the zero waste lipstick from Clean-Faced Cosmetics.
The sustainable organic lipstick is 100% vegan and cruelty-free, made with all organic ingredients (coconut oil, shea butter, candelilla wax, and vitamin E), and comes in many unique shades, like Orange Turmeric, Soft Black, Purple, and Green.
However, some CFC cosmetics are not 100% plant-based.
You may see synthetic colors like Red No. 40 Lake and Yellow No. 5 FD&C Lake on the ingredient list for some, but rest assured they’re FDA batch certified, non-toxic, and derived from organic iron oxide pigments.
These are chosen instead of plant pigments because of their predictability. Botanical makeup can also cause skin reactions, especially for people with seasonal allergies—which is why they opted for synthetic mineral-based colors after years of experimentation.
The lipstick comes in a metal tin which can be mailed back and refilled.
About Clean-Faced Cosmetics
Founded by Laura and based in Michigan, USA, Clean-Faced Cosmetics have more than 14,300 sales. It’s safe to say they’re globally-loved. And no wonder with the following brand ethos: “No shady stuff. All made by yours truly.”
Local, transparent supply chains are kind of a big deal for us, too. We love hearing about CFCs production facility (ahem, ahem, Lauren’s kitchen), as well as what steps they’re taking to keep the space clean.
Aside from offering container refills, Laura also offers refills of powder products in biodegradable cello bags. No wonder CFC is one of our favorite zero waste makeup brands.
Elate’s Natural and Organic Lipstick
Not only are they vegan and cruelty-free, but the affordable organic lipstick from Elate is some of the best natural lipstick we could find—although they have amazing LipColour Pencils, Better Balm, and Lip Gloss, too!
The lipsticks alone come in 16 different shades (we’re licking our lips for Vivacious), all of which are made with ingredients like organic castor seed oil, organic mango seed butter, organic meadowfoam seed oil, and iron oxides and ethically-sourced mica.
The lipstick tube is recyclable and contains some sustainable bamboo, which is fully compostable if separated.
They do use some palm oil derivatives and their supplier states that this is derived from RSPO certified palm.
Conscious beauty is everything for Elate Cosmetics, which is why they incorporate these five principles into their affordable organic makeup: impact, ethics, community, future, and mission.
Authenticity and transparency form the foundation of their conscious beauty offerings. Not only are 90% of their ingredients organic, but many are fair trade, too.
This Canadian company is a member of the Green Business Association, a member of the Surfrider Foundation, and a Certified B Corp!
We love that they provide refill options and only use recyclable and compostable packaging — like their adorable seed paper envelopes that grow into wildflowers!
5. 100% PURE
100% Pure’s Natural and Organic Lipstick
Any kiss is possible with 100% Pure, because they’ve got some in all colors and forms: organic matte lipstick (in 24 colors), organic liquid lipstick (in 10 colors), and natural looking lipstick (in 16 colors).
Made of entirely natural ingredients and plant pigments, you’ll see things like cacao, rose petals, rosemary leaf extract, and pomegranate seed oil in these antioxidant-rich lipsticks to keep lips soft and supple.
They even have a pretty handy ingredient glossary that explains each of the awesome natural lipstick ingredients.
While their lipstick tubes aren’t zero-waste, this is one of the best organic lipstick brands.
About 100% Pure
100% Pure takes care of all of our natural makeup needs.
For everything from vegan makeup brushes to all natural lipstick, you’ll see the brand’s commitment to “producing the purest, healthiest products.”
The founders use strict standards to ensure that their products never contain toxic or harsh ingredients.
They also only use natural ingredients for pigment, so instead of FD&C colorants and heavy metal dyes, they use vegetable, tea, cocoa, and fruit derived pigments.
All products are made in the USA.
They’re also completely cruelty-free and painstakingly ensure none of their ingredients are animal tested or derived. Beyond doing no animals harm, they do extra good by donating one bowl of vegan dog food to a shelter dog in China for every order.
Available: 100% Pure
*Note: ILIA uses only RSPO and sustainable sourced palm oil. Some, but not all, lipsticks are vegan.
ILIA’s Natural and Organic Lipstick
Whether you’re looking for organic red lipstick or organic pink lipstick you’ll find the right color for you with the 15 shade options in ILIA’s Color Block High Impact Lipstick.
Ingredients like organic castor seed oil and apricot oil provide moisturization and pigmentation since this brand views skincare and makeup as one and the same. However, not all ingredients are strictly speaking natural as they include titanium dioxide, iron oxide, and artificial colors.
This vegan lipstick is long-wear tested and water and spit resistant thanks to the Candelilla Carnauba wax.
Combine with Balmy Gloss Tinted Lip Oil, Tinted Lip Conditioner, or the Multi-Stick cheek + lip stick and you can really kiss boring lips goodbye! The latter is especially sustainable because multi-use makeup products make for a minimal makeup routine that Mother Earth loves, too!
Note the Tinted Lip Conditioner and Multi Stick are not vegan as they contain beeswax.
ILIA wants to protect and revive our skin. They also want to challenge the conventions of clean beauty through transparency and their safe, potent formulas.
The brand started when founder and Vancouverite, Sasha, discovered what was in her favorite lip balm. The lip balm may have been pretty but the ingredients weren’t.
On a mission to re-create this lip balm with safe and natural ingredients, she put her beauty branding experience to work and recruited her younger brother as a business partner.
Now, ILIA is changing the clean beauty world. They’re Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free and don’t use parabens, phthalates, sulfates, GMOs, synthetic fragrances, talc, and gluten.
All ingredients are sourced from ethical suppliers with certifications like Fair Trade, Eco-Cert, and COSMOS to ensure no child-labor, deforestation, environmental pollution, or animal experimentation is involved.
We’re super impressed with their recycling program, which allows customers to send in up to five makeup containers (from any brand!) each month to be properly recycled via TerraCycle’s Zero Waste Box platform.
This service is available in the U.S. only.
ILA does use palm oil derivatives but these are 100% confirm that it is RSPO certified, and they require suppliers to present documentation as such.
They donate regularly, like their most recent partnerships with Donate Beauty + Feed America and NAACP Legal Defense.
7. RMS BEAUTY
*Note: RMS’ only non-vegan ingredient is beeswax.
RMS Beauty’s Natural and Organic Lipstick
RMS Beauty’s Wild With Desire Lipstick leaves nothing to be desired. Their long lasting natural lipstick comes in 16 shades, and as a bold and richly pigmented lipstick, is best for anyone who wants a splash of color.
Plus, it won’t feather or bleed and it contains healing antioxidants.
Instead of chemicals, you’ll find ingredients like organic castor seed oil, organic candelilla wax, and organic cocoa seed butter. These ingredient lists are a little longer than the others on our list, so know it also contains iron oxides, titanium dioxide, mica, and artificial colors.
These lipsticks are not vegan (as they contain beeswax). They do contain buriti oil, pressed from nuts of Brazilian moriche palm trees (not to be confused with the massively destructive palm oil industry)
While some other ingredients can be palm oil derivatives (e.g. isostearyl palmitate), they confirmed with us they are indeed palm oil free.
About RMS Beauty
A Clean-at-Sephora brand, RMS Beauty aims to make conscious makeup more mainstream and create healthy luxurious beauty products using the highest-quality clean ingredients.
They source and test for complete purity and have one main message for customers: #seeyourselfincleanbeauty.
Founder and renowned makeup artist with 36 years of experience, Rose-Marie Swift (the RMS of the name) developed this clean beauty brand in response to her own health problems caused by heavy metals in her body.
RMS beauty uses organic and non-toxic ingredients instead. Check out the whole list because “[they] have nothing to hide”. All products are formulated with raw, organic, and food-grade ingredients in their natural state.
They’re all non-GMO, non-nano, soy-free, cruelty-free, silicone-free, and paraben-free.
Some ingredients are organic and wildcrafted and ALL are personally verified by Rose-Marie herself.
They also only use packaging that is reusable, recyclable, or minimal, like recycled glass pots. Their shipping boxes are 80% post-consumer recycled cardboard and are manufactured using 100% wind power.
Lastly, they aim to make the world a more beautiful place by givign to a variety of organizations like the Environmental defense fund, SeaShepard, and Doors to Freedom (a local organization which helps victims of Sex trafficking).
Available: RMS Beauty
HOW WE FOUND THESE NATURAL AND ORGANIC LIPSTICKS
For this article, we wanted to find the best long lasting organic lipstick that is also suitable for a long lasting planet.
Plus, no one wants to have toxic chemicals, known carcinogens, and dangerous synthetics in or around their mouth, so we went with natural lipstick brands that had ingredients so close-to-nature you could nearly eat them*.
*We are not endorsing the consumption of any of these products.
Here’s how we found the best natural organic lipstick based on our main considerations for all sustainable and ethical beauty. We don’t always get every one, but we do try. For those where we couldn’t, we prioritized non-toxic ingredients for this particular list.
- Non-toxic: This is the most important consideration for us when it comes to the most natural lipstick on this specific list. We wanted organic and GMO-free ingredients, as well as those that are sustainably sourced and from the earth (i.e. mango seed butter, coconut oil, fruit and vegetable tints).
- Cruelty-free: When looking for organic lipstick online, we prioritized those that didn’t use animal testing.
- Vegan: Cruelty-free doesn’t necessarily mean vegan, so we also had tightly pursed lips for animal byproducts in our makeup. Ethically-sourced beeswax, honey, and goat milk are the exception—carmine (i.e. crushed up bugs) is not.
- Ethical ingredient sourcing policies: A splash of color on our lips is great, greenwashing is not, so we want to know from where and how a brand gets their ingredients (especially since minerals like mica in makeup can have some ethically questionable components). Certifications are best, but if a brand is transparent about where they get their ingredients and how they process them, we’re more inclined to pop on some lipstick—even if it’s just for a Zoom meeting in our ethical pajamas.
- Zero-waste packaging: Recyclable or compostable packaging, refills are even better. We’re so happy we could kiss these brands because most of them have options to refill their natural color lipstick!
FINAL THOUGHTS ON NATURAL AND ORGANIC LIPSTICK
Puckering up for the planet has never been so much fun. And that’s saying a lot, because, well, kissing was already fun!
We don’t want our makeup routines to end up being the kiss of death for this planet, so we’re filling our makeup bags with products made with natural and organic ingredients that would make Mother Earth proud.
Fortunately, this list of natural & organic lipsticks goes to show there are many brands just as excited about using earth-friendly ingredients to get that perfect pout.
As always, we’d recommend waiting to buy a new color until it’s absolutely necessary.
Use what you have already, if you can, unless you’re really concerned about the potential health effects of the ingredients (totally understandable!).
Is sustainable snogging something you think about?
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When it comes to spreading the word about sustainable lipstick, we want our lips to be anything but sealed!