What is lipstick and where does it come from?


Red lipstick is a common make-up product of almost every woman. The color of red lips looks irresistible and emphasizes the lips. Red color in cosmetics is ubiquitous, whether it is make-up for eyes, lips or cheeks. Usually, unfortunately, the source of this pigment comes from animals, more precisely from insects. Below we open a Pandora's box and discover all about one of the common ingredients in cosmetics - lipstick.

Except in cosmetics, lipstick can be also found in food. Foods like yogurt, candy, toppings, jams that are red in color may contain lipstick (E120). Discount drinks of various juices, also contain lipstick to get the desired color of the product. Carmine can be found and in dyed fabric. When it comes to cosmetics lipstick is found in lipsticks, lip glosses, lip balms, eye shadows, blushes, nail polishes, nail polishes and care products - shampoos.


What is lipstick?

Carmine is a well-known composition in cosmetics that gives red pigment to the final product. The base of red pigment in decorative cosmetics is carminic acid which derived from insects. These are female insects called cochineal (Dactylopius coccus). Why only a female? Because only females have red pigment in them, and fertilized females have it more than unfertilized ones. This species of insect lives as a parasite on cacti and their origin is Mexican.


How do you get red?

Trigger Warning: This is not pleasant and there is no easy way to say it. Carmine is produced by drying, crushing, and then cooking the body of pupae. Usually, insect-loving cacti are swept away from their cacti and killed by immersion in hot water, excessive exposure to sunlight, steam or oven heat. Unfortunately, about 70,000 insects must be killed to only one pound of this red dye was produced. The small red insects are native to Latin America and are bred mainly in Peru.

Since most pigments are carried by fertilized females, breeders take the females before they lay eggs, then dry them and crushed to get red powder. This process of obtaining red color in cosmetics is partly considered natural, but to obtain different shades of color is used chemical compound aluminum or calcium-aluminum.

Makeup manufacturers use this ingredient because they believe that it is the best ingredient to achieve the best results in shades of pink and red in cosmetics, and thus the product is still declared natural.

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What is lipstick usually used for?

Lipstick is a common color found in many foods, beverages, clothing and cosmetics.

Everything from yogurt from strawberries and red lollipops to lipsticks and blushes. Basically, the red color of any product could be obtained from lipstick. In the cosmetics industry, lipstick is commonly used for adding vibrant red, pink or orange pigment to lipstick, blush, eyeshadow and nail polish. Lipstick is the third most common color used in natural and traditional makeup lines (oil-based). Just because something is said to be natural doesn’t mean it doesn’t contain lipstick - we are aware of many natural and supposedly cruel lipstick products.


What are other names for lipstick?

Labels on lipstick products are:

Carmine, Carmine (Coccus Cactil), Carmine 5297, Carmine Ultra-Fine, Carminic Acid, Carminic Acid Lake, Cochineal, Cochineal Extract, Natural Red 4, B Rose Liquid, Natural Dyes, Natural Pigments, Crimson Lake, C.I. 75470 ili E120. It may even sneak into your makeup under the label “natural color”.



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Is lipstick vegan?

In cosmetic products, this ingredient is not considered vegan, but in a cruel way which gives the desired product. If the product is declared as organic or natural, it does not mean that it does not contain lipstick! Many cosmetics manufacturers will write that product may contain lipstick, which means that most cosmetic products contain lipstick.

Also, this ingredient can cause allergic reactions. For example, if there is irritation in the area around the eyes or dermatitis on the cheeks using the product, it is possible that it is an allergic reaction to lipstick.


What are the alternatives to lipstick?

Alternatives to lipstick are herbs! Could it be better? Namely, cycle is one of the alternatives that gives color to cosmetic products such as lipsticks, powder products or eye shadows and blushes or care products, more precisely shampoos. In addition to beets, the root of the plant is often used volujak (engl.alkanet - Alkanna tinctoria). Other alternatives are grapes, beets, turmeric, saffron, carrots, chlorophyll, annatto (extract of the outer layer of the seeds of the tropical shrub Bixa).

Lipstick-free products may be less bright red or lighter shades, but they are not irritating and are more attractive because provide a natural look.

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Another alternative is synthetic dyes. But they can be obtained from tar or oil. There are also mineral pigmentand - color additives used for quality cosmetic products. Mineral pigments are highly effective color additives used to color quality cosmetic products. These additives are mixed with other colors to create opacity, color effect and unique shades that resonate with consumers.

Today we can find more and more cosmetics that are mineral. The ingredients that make up pure mineral decorative cosmetics are:

  • Titanium oxide
  • Zinc oxide
  • Liskun
  • Iron oxide

Mineral pigments are considered non-toxic and safe for use in cosmetics. If the cosmetics contain some of these ingredients, the product can be called mineral. But this does not mean that there is no possibility that the product contains chemicals.

To avoid lipstick in cosmetics, read the ingredients of the product. In our store you can find cosmetics that do not contain lipstick. Lipstick-free cosmetics are cosmetics without cruelty to living beings and even beetles. An alternative to red pigment in cosmetics is a mineral pigment that is safe for the skin. Its shade is natural and will highlight your natural beauty.

How can I avoid lipstick?

The next time you buy cosmetics, just check the ingredients.

If you find the above names in the list, discard any product you hold and go. Look for a vegan product instead!



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