Of everything I hoard, lip products are without a doubt the top offender.
I am constantly buying new ones every single time I go to the store. I should really learn to control myself better and work through the ones I have. But lip products are just one of those things for me, like shoes. If I see them, I have to take a look and will usually end up buying something.
It doesn’t help any that lipsticks last for years without going bad. I’m pretty sure my mom still has lipsticks from before she was married. However, this past month I finally decided to do a deep clean of my lipstick drawer and get rid of tons of products using my three simple questions for cleaning out.
DO I EVEN LIKE THE COLOR ON?
It’s important to actually try on lipsticks because although something might look amazing on your skin or in the tube, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will look good on your lips. Fair Warning: If you do these tests all at once, you will have to keep removing the lip color with a makeup remover and this can be very drying and harmful to your lips, so take your time with testing them out and DO NOT do it in one sitting. Trust me when I say it will take you about a week to get your lips back to their normal state, especially in winter.
WHEN WAS IT LAST USED?
Highschool? Middle school? Can you even remember the last time you wore that color? If not, toss it. But if you do struggle with the ever-present sentimental value of every product you own, try using the tape method. Put a small piece of tape on the end of each of your lip products. When you actually wear the color, peel off the tape. If the tape is still there by the end of the season or end of the year, get rid of it. I change my colors with the change of season. And still, manage to have a full drawer of colors. I really need to stop buying products.
DOES IT PASS THE CLEAN TEST?
This is a newer addition to my cleaning method. I am not talking about if the container is clean as the day you first bought it, mine certainly aren’t. I am talking about if there are clean ingredients inside those tubes. A lot of products out there, especially makeup products, have loads of harsh chemicals and allergens cramped into their tiny packaging. Over the past couple of years, I have become aware of this and started doing my research on products before I buy them. Which has helped a bit with my impulse buying.
Two of my favorite apps for this are:
EWG’s Healthy Living App
Think Dirty. Shop Clean.
Both are available for iPhones or Androids and are amazingly helpful when you are out in the world looking at products. Each app allows you to scan the barcode of the product and then it will tell you what the ingredients are known for causing. It really makes things clearer when you have the ingredients separated instead of jammed into a very small space on the back of the packaging. In addition to makeup, these apps can be used for other products as well such as cleaning, shampoos, detergents, and so on.
But, to help get you started, some of my favorite clean lip product brands are:
A couple of these brands (Mineral Fusion, Burt’s Bees, Pacifica specifically) have a variety of products including chapsticks, lipsticks, lip tints, and glosses. Mongo Kiss and S.W. Basics currently only have chapsticks out as far as I know of, but are fantastic products I use on the daily and don’t leave your lips feeling like they are coated in a lick layer of wax.
What is your favorite clean lip product you have discovered? Leave a comment below to let me know. I am always on the lookout for new products.