Yes to Carrots has struck cosmetic gold once again, proving that it is possible to formulate- not just one- but multiple ranges of superior products at unbeatable prices. This time, the "Yes to [insert preferred produce here]" family tree has branched out into makeup with the introduction of C Me Blush Lip Tint ($4.49) and C Me Shine Lip Gloss ($6.49). Both items are available in six different affectionately dubbed shades, from Chocolate Kiss to Rose Bliss.

Earlier this week, the "Yes to" folks sent us a package of first-peak samples from both of their brand-new lip lines. I pounced on the chance to try the "Carrot Kiss" lip gloss, which sounded too yummy to pass up. Nothing like the orange tinge of the vegetable, the gloss left a lovely rosy glaze just a few shades darker than the natural color of my lips. Between its mild tingle and minty smell, I thought I discerned a healthy dose of peppermint oil, and my refined sense of ingredient detection didn't steer me wrong.

The rest of the ingredients appear to have been plucked from a homegrown garden. Though the six shades of tints and glosses have their own unique spins on ingredients, the base formula is essentially the same for each product. In C Me Shine Lip Gloss, you get moisture replenishment and antioxidant protection from castor seed oil, peppermint oil, sunflower seed oil, vitamin E, and, of course, the obligatory dash of carrot root extract. Beeswax forms a protective barrier over the lips, while mineral pigments from mica, silica, iron oxides, and titanium dioxide contribute a splash of color.

C Me Blush Lip Tint also incorporates peppermint oil, in addition to oils from coconut, olive fruit, jojoba seed, castor seed, and sunflower seed. Beeswax, a natural emollient, is accompanied by shea butter to make the stick glide over the lips with a soothing layer of hydration. Antioxidant-rich vitamin E and carrot root extract make another appearance, as do mineral pigments for rich color.

Both formulas are 95% organic and certified by the Natural Product Association, the largest non-profit organization in the U.S. dedicated to the natural products industry. Any synthetic ingredients included must adhere to strict standards stipulating that they do not have suspected health risks. By displaying this objective association's seal of approval, Yes to Carrots assures consumers that its formulas are free of parabens, phthalates, phenols, and petroleum. It also gives me reason to believe that the silica used in its lip products is not of the crystalline variety (which is carcinogenic).

While the lip tint gives you more long-lasting color, the lip gloss compensates with added shine. They should ideally be layered on top of each other to deliver a one-two punch of intensity and luster. Without further ado, we'd like to share the rest of our Yes to Carrots lip samples with you, dear readers.

All you have to do is take the "Yes to Carrots" challenge in our message boards. Stop by the discussion and share your pick for a worthy rival to a Yes to Carrots/Tomatoes/Cucumbers product. It can be for face, body, hair, hands, or lips. The criteria to note are quality and price, keeping in mind that the product could be a contender for our "Good Buy" category. We'll send the first four participants a C Me Shine Lip Gloss and a C Me Blush Lip Tint. Though we can't make any promises, email us at samples@truthinaging.com if you have a color preference. Let the duels begin!

CHOCOLATE KISS INGREDIENTS: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Beeswax, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Mica, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Iron Oxides, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Titanium Dioxide, Tocopherol, Limonene, Linalool, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract.


NATURAL SMILE INGREDIENTS: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Beeswax, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Mica, Iron Oxides, Tocopherol, Limonene, Linalool, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract.


COTTON CANDY INGREDIENTS: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Beeswax, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Mica, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Titanium Dioxide, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Manganese Violet, Limonene, Iron Oxides, Linalool, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract.


CORAL SUNSHINE INGREDIENTS: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Beeswax, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Mica, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Iron Oxides, Tocopherol, Limonene, Linalool, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract.


Available C Me Shine Lip Glosses


ROSE BLISS INGREDIENTS: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Beeswax, Silica, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Limonene, Manganese Violet, Iron Oxides, Linalool, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract.


FLIRTY PINK INGREDIENTS: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Beeswax, Silica, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Manganese Violet, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Iron Oxides, Limonene, Linalool, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract.


RED HOT INGREDIENTS: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Beeswax, Silica, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Iron Oxides, Mica, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Limonene, Linalool, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract.


COCOA LOCO INGREDIENTS: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Beeswax, Silica, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Mica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Limonene, Linalool, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract.