I had originally thought that Logona's lipstick ($15) was a lucky new find. After all, Logona is a German company that passes that country's sternest organic standards. But having looked more closely at it, I'm afraid it doesn't pass mine.

At first glance Logona has the usual mix of oils and waxes that you'd expect to find in lip color, but without chemicals and nasty preservatives, it lives up to "all natural". But natural doesn't mean that it doesn't do evil.

I was really surprised to see that Logona has made a lipstick with talc. This is an ingredient that is strongly suspected of being carcinogenic and is the subject of a campaign being waged by Senator Edward Kennedy, who wants the FDA to ban it from cosmetics.

For that matter, linalool is a bit dodgy as well. Linalool gradually breaks down when in contact with oxygen, forming an oxidized by-product that may cause allergic reactions such as eczema in susceptible individuals. Between 5-7% of patients undergoing patch testing in Sweden were found to be allergic to the oxidized form of linalool.

Then there is benzyl benzoate. This ingredient has been shown to irritate the skin with some individuals, and should be avoided by those with a perfume allergy. The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) has restricted its use in fragrances because of the potential dermal sensitization. In Europe, it is listed as an “allergenic” substance and the European Cosmetics Directive requires OTC leave-on products to indicate its presence, even at concentrations of .001%.

Even without these misgivings, no one would give Logona prizes for imagination in the color department. A disappointment on every level.

Ingredients

Ricinus communis (Castor Seed Oil), Lanolin, Euphorbia cerifera (Candelilla Wax), Cera alba (Beeswax), Mica, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba Oil)*, Brassica campestris/Aleurites fordi Oil Copolymer, Copernica cerifera (Carnauba Wax), Passiflora incarnata (Passion Flower Seed Oil) Tocopherol, Talc, Aroma (Flavor), Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate, *from certified organic sources