By now you're probably somewhat aware that ingredients in mainstream cosmetics are under suspicion of being not so good for us. So, what's the easiest way to go about avoiding the most dubious ingredients without taking a magnifying glass and chemistry set with you when you go shopping for products to prettify your pucker? This is where we can help. Here's a beginners primer on the top 3 offenders to avoid when looking for lip products in particular.
BHA and BHT
Standing for butylated hydroxyanisole and butylated hydroxytoluene, these are preservatives that can be used not only in lip products but also in food and food packaging. Learn more from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics http://www.safecosmetics.org/chemical/lead-and-other-heavy-metals/
A petroleum by-product otherwise known as Mineral Oil/Jelly or Petroleum Jelly, this ingredient is used to moisturize and give a nice shiny gloss to the lips (its also found in moisturizers and hair care products). The concern with this fella is that it could be contaminated with PAH (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons). Learn more from David Suzuki http://davidsuzuki.org/issues/health/science/toxics/chemicals-in-your-cosme…
This is a synthetic preservative widely used in cosmetics and body care products. It's fairly controversial as some camps believe it is used in such small doses and has been used for such a long time as to not be beyond suspicion. While others (us included) feel that the correlation between parabens, breast cancer and endocrine disruption is too dubious to use them with 100% comfort. Learn more and decide for yourself if you're comfortable using products that contain parabens. http://davidsuzuki.org/issues/health/science/toxics/chemicals-in-your-cosme…