When trying to liven up your lips with some color or gloss, you probably don't consider how much of it you'll end up ingesting.  Though I have yet to see proof of the claim that the average woman consumes around four pounds of lipstick in her lifetime (which would be the equivalent of sixty-four 1 oz. tubes), I am sure that we all swallow our fair share.  Who knows what effects all those chemicals will have on our health?

If you're seeking something for your lips that does not contain any chemicals whatsoever (including parabens, sulfates, petroleum, mineral oil, dimethicone, paraffin, phthalates, and other toxins that typically rear their ugly heads on an ingredients list), look no farther than von Natur's new line of organic lip glosses. On top of protecting your own health, you will be helping to fight cancer since von Natur is donating 10% of sales of its lip glosses to the National Breast Cancer Foundation in October.

For the past week, I have been treating my lips to von Natur's St. John's Bridge Lip Gloss.  The subtle soft pink hue works with any complexion, and the texture is neither too sticky nor too wet.  Though it may not have the longest staying power, it has the ideal amount of shine for daytime use.  For extra moisture, I apply it over my regular lip balm with SPF.

Von Natur's lip gloss is packed with a splendid blend of botanicals and nutrients.  Rather than the common beeswax, von Natur uses wax derived from the small candililla plant.  To bind the wax and serve as an emollient, oils from sources such as the castor plant bean, apricot kernel, and meadowfoam seed, make up the three base ingredients.  While tocopherol forms a barrier in the skin against moisture evaporation, vitamin E also helps prevent free radical damage in the skin's tissues.  Moreover, titanium dioxide protects the delicate skin on the lips from sun damage by absorbing ultraviolet light.  The one ingredient that I was disappointed to find is carmine, which should raise a red flag if you have any allergies or sensitivities to bug bites, since it is drawn from ground insects (which doesn't sound very vegan-friendly to me.)

Besides its vegan-certified skincare line, von Natur also produces mineral cosmetics, which are likewise derived from nature.  Mineral cosmetics are manufactured without the use of chemical coloring agents, since their color comes from natural minerals, such as iron oxides.  This natural approach to cosmetics will help you avoid allergic reactions or more serious health risks.   As for von Natur's lip gloss, the best part is knowing that you are doing good for both your own body and for others.

Ingredients

Ricinus communis (Castor) Oil, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Limnanthes alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Euphorbia anisyphilitica (Candelilla) Wax, Butyrospermun parkii (Shea) Oil, Brassica Campestris/Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Carmine, Iron Oxide, Daucus carota (Carrot) Oil