Love those Lead-Free Lips

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Time for seasonal makeup overhaul. And whether you’re into nearly nude or ruby red, make sure to color your pout with a lead-free, lip-loving formula.

Lead in lipstick? Indeed. According to a 2007 FDA study, the neurotoxin—in varying levels—showed up in more than 400 lipsticks tested.

And while the FDA claims the level of exposure is low enough to be deemed safe, given the fact that lead accumulates in our bodies over time, we’ll follow guidelines established by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics: Steer clear when you can.

Lead isn’t the only lipstick ingredient to eschew. Also commonly found in many conventional formulas are artificial fragrances, parabens, and retinyl palmitate, all of which have high risk—five to eight—ratings on EWG’s Cosmetics Database.

So what’s a girl looking for a little color to do? Opt for natural options with clean ingredients, such as Alicia Silverstone for Juice Beauty’s new Purely Kissable Lip Color. In a universally flattering pale pinky-mauve, it goes on smooth with great shine. And of course, as all things Alicia, it’s vegan.

Two other amazing faves with cult-like followings are Primitive MakeUp and Ilia, both with hues and wearability to rival any top-tier tube. We’re obsessed with Primitive’s vegan Lip Treatments, especially Juneau, a sheer pearl that adds a beautiful shimmer over matte lip pencil or stick.

Pucker up.

Alicia Silverstone for Juice Beauty Purely Kissable Lip Color ($16)

About Rachel Sarnoff

The blog is the brainchild of Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff, a former CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World who was editor of Children magazine—before she had three of her own. Rachel was featured in Los Angeles and Lucky magazines and has appeared on “Today,” “Access Hollywood” and “CNN Headline News,” among others. She is a writer, consultant and pre/postnatal yoga teacher, who also helps families with Healthy Home Assessments. Rachel can also be found on HuffPo Parents, at www.MommyGreenest.com, https://www.facebook.com/MommyGreenest on Facebook, at YouTube.com/RachelSarnoff and tweeting regularly as @RachelLSarnoff.

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