Love Your Lips

Want a side-by-side comparison of what’s in a natural lip product vs. a synthetic one?

Check out the ingredients in Juice Beauty’s Reflecting Lip Gloss or ZuZu Luxe’s Lipstick (available on their website).

Ingredients of many common drugstore brands can only be found at EWG’s

If you’re concerned about what you’re putting on your skin, make sure the ingredients in your lip products get extra special attention. According to, we absorb 60 percent of what we put on our skin—and may ingest an even higher percentage of our lip products.

Pharmaca is proud to offer only the best cosmetics, ones that are packed with skin-nourishing ingredients instead of synthetic chemicals. Here are a few ingredients we love in our lip products—and a few to stay away from. (Read more about Pharmaca’s position as the trusted editor of your skin care.)

Ingredients we love

  • Plant extracts rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids, such as acai, goji berry and raspberry seed oils. Find them in Juice Beauty’s Reflecting Lip Gloss.
  • Mica or iron oxides provide rich, natural color. Find them in ZuZu Luxe Lipstick (gluten free, too!)
  • Plant-based oils like jojoba and sweet almond absorb quickly and lock in moisture. Find them in lipsticks by Dr. Hauschka.

Ingredients to avoid

The lipsticks with the worst rating on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database include some of the following ingredients:

  • BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole): Used as a preservative and stabilizer. The National Institutes of Health have classified BHA as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen” based on evidence of carcinogenicity in experimental animals.
  • Members of the paraben family: Used as preservatives. Parabens mimic estrogen and can act as potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptors.
  • Oxybenzone: A chemical often used as a sunscreen ingredient. Oxybenzone gets absorbed through the skin in significant amounts.
  • Fragrance: When you see this one, it’s usually an undisclosed mixture of various chemicals that create a certain scent. According to the EWG, fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system.
  • Lead has long been a concern in lipsticks, and a study done by the FDA in 2007 confirmed that lead is present in many common lipstick brands. Though the lead levels (0.09-3.06 parts per million) tested lower than the FDA’s official limits (20 ppm), Pharmaca offers plenty of lipsticks that are guaranteed lead free.

Visit Pharmaca today to swap out your old lipstick for one that actually feeds your skin.  

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