7 Perfect Red Lip Colours (Non-tox & Palm-oil-free)

As September goes on, our agendas get filled with events: art week here, trade fair there; openings, launches, dinners. Time to mingle, to socialize and… to rock a classic red pout, green style!


It took me several weeks of research to pick lipsticks (lip tints and lip conditioners) that were:
a. Fabulous red.
b. Toxin-free and vegan/cruelty-free.

c. Free of any palm oil derived ingredient.

(NB: If you wonder why “that palm oil obsession” keeps occurring, you might have missed this post.)

So I searched for different textures: a classic lipstick with great coverage, more transparent lipsticks or lip tints… Not everybody looks good with an exactly contoured red mouth, and a red that works for me might not work for you etc.

Additional obstacle: as I proceeded with my orders, I found out that a lot of colours advertised as “classic red” turned out too brown, too pink, too mauve (?) – and I didn’t really understand why. Is it so hard to describe a colour? Or are red pigments all, I don’t know, toxic? Because when you try to sell a pale, terracotta brown for a red, aren’t you turning off customers? But anyhooo….

Eventually I ended up with two lipsticks, one lips-and-cheeks tint, and four lip conditioners/tints.

Enjoy the clean loot, reviewed in three heaps: classic red, cool red, and warm red!


This is a perfect classic red; not too cool, not too warm; not too light, not too intense. Wear it without contour – and it’s modern; accurately contoured, it’s – …immaculate.

ILIA Beauty: Wild Child. A lipstick to fall in love with! The texture is silky smooth, with a fantastic wear; the scent is fine and barely there; the colour is a saturated, fresh, youthful semi-matte pure red. Will rock everything from a pair of jeans to a LBD. Already a favourite! (I’ve worn a cool, pink coloured foundation for this shot.) Ingredients: Organic Castor Seed Oil, Organic Sesame Seed Oil, Organic Sunflower Seed Oil, Organic Beeswax, Triisostearyl Citrate, Candelilla Wax, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Tapioca Starch, Aloe Juice, Grape Seed Oil, Rose Hip Oil, Sage Leaf Extract, Vitamin E. May contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide (Cl 77499, Cl 77492, Cl 77491), Red 7, Red 28, Yellow 5.


Infused with blue and purple, ideal for cool skin tones – or a great eye-catcher on warm-toned skin.

Paul Penders: Raspberry. It’s a mystery why they’ve called this classic, juicy, intense femme-fatale red “raspberry”. If anything, it’s a “cherry” – with a hint of blue. A bold colour to wear on a big night out! Silky and pleasantly glossy; good wear. (Here I wear the Olive Fair foundation by Everyday Minerals.) Ingredients: Castor Oil, Organic complex called “LevensESSENTIE” (Angelica extract, Arnica flower extract, Calendula flower extract, Chamomile flower extract, Elderflower extract, Ginger root extract, Ginseng root extract, Honey suckle extract, Hops extract, Horsetail extract, Juniper fruit extract, Lavender extract, Lemon balm extract, Nettle extract, Penny wort extract, Peppermint leaf extract, Rosemary extract, Sage extract, St. John’s wort extract, Turmeric root extract, Hamamelis extract, Yarrow extract), Carnauba wax, Candelilla wax, Calendula flower oil, Pycnogenol, Vit E, Ceramide III, May contain: Titanium dioxide, Iron oxide red, Iron oxide brown, Iron oxide black.
ILIA Beauty: Lip Conditioner “Arabian Nights”. A deep berry shade with a transparent texture. Another favourite 😀 (Here I wear a cool pink foundation again.) Ingredients: Organic Castor Oil, Organic Jojoba seed oil, Organic Beeswax, Candelilla Wax, Organic Sesame Seed Oil, Cocoa Seed Butter, Natural Vit E, Pomegranate Seed Extract, Grape Seed Extract, Orange Fruit Oil, Jasmine Oil, Vanilla Plant Oil, May contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Red 7, Red 28, Yellow 5.
ILIA Beauty: Lip Conditioner “Bang Bang”. A classic red – transparent, not too glossy texture; pleasant light scent. Amazing if you want to try a classic red, but don’t want the  creamy killer number. (Ingredients: view above.)


Lovely coppery undertones!

Inika: Crème Colour Rosehip (Vegan). This mousse-like texture is for cheeks and lips, but I only use it as lip colour. “Rosehip” is a very intense, opaque, classic red with deeply warm, tomato-red undertones. Ingredients: Sweet Almond Oil, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Natural Vit E, Magnesium Stearate, Iron Oxides.
Crazy Rumors: Hibiskiss “Sunset” (Vegan). The colour is lovely: a coppery red, highly transparent, with golden shimmer. It’s not described as a gloss, and it doesn’t have a very glossy texture, but it has a somewhat glossy, soothing wear (and a lovely, fruity scent of hibiscus!). Ingredients: Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Macadamia Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Candelilla Wax, Soy Wax, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Jojoba Oil, Carnauba Wax, Organic Fragrance, Vit E, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Natural Stevia.
Badger Balm: Lip Tint & Shimmer “Red Jasper”/”Opal Shimmer” (Fair Trade and Certified Organic ingredients/ Cruelty-free). In the picture, the top photo is “Red Jasper”, a coppery red loaded with shimmer, worn alone, and under it – “Red Jasper” topped with the hardly shimmery, beige “Opal Shimmer” that tones the colour down a bit. Both Tint/Shimmer shades smell heavenly of cocoa! Ingredients: Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic & Fair Trade Cocoa Butter, Organic Castor Oil, Organic Aloe Extract, CO2 Extracts of Organic Rosemary, Seabuckthorn and Rosehip. Mineral tint contains: Iron Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Silica, or Mica.

I hope this has been of any help for those of you looking for a new colour to start off the season!
But wait, have you got a red lipstick you adore but it has been discontinued?
Or found a new, toxin-free lipstick/ lip tint you want to share?
Know of a gorgeous vegan brand?
DO SHARE! xoxo


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  1. […] So what do I carry around? Do I practice what I preach? Admittedly, as the first thing rolling out was hand sanitized, I panicked… 1. Tatcha Blotting Papers. It’s really the brand’s cleanest product; it is also the cleanest blotting paper around – no paraffines, no powders, nothing, just powder and gold flakes. Vegan and gorgeous. I don’t really use/need it after I went moisturiser-free, but apparently forgot to take them out. 2. Small and super-lightweight Smythson featherweight series notebook and a retractable Tiffany purse pen. Conventional luxuries. But stylish and sensible. And blue. I love blue. 3. A japanese “fake eyelashes” brass necklace my honey bought me at Oukan in Berlin and I thought I lost. Hehe. (Phew.) 4. A fiery red business cards etui with my brandnew BEAUTYCALYPSE Moo Mini Cards that I carry inside the beauty bag – because my super large business bag has no pockets other than for the keys. Moo prints in the most eco-friendly way possible. 5. A sewing kit I fetched in a hotel in Switzerland a couple years ago. 6. A dice. 7. The 7 Virtues Afghanistan Orange Blossom EdP from my Custom Kit. Vegan, phthalates-free, paraben-free. 8. Lavera certified organic hand sanitizer. Vegan. 9. Elmex wooden toothpicks. 10. Next one is a real rarity among green beauty fans… Wait for it… RMS Beauty Un-Cover Up. In 11. Didn’t see that coming!? 11. Inika Crème Colour in Rosehip. Better than to pinch your cheeks. Makes for a healthy “winter wonderland walk” glow. Vegan and palm-oil-free. (Review and swatch here.) […]

  2. Anonymous

    Thanks so much for this post! I’ve been looking for palm oil free lipsticks for a while now and your reviews are a great help in choosing the perfect one for me!

  3. Great round-up! I love the look of Paul Penders Raspberry – never heard of it before, but now I’m on the hunt to find it! Also, I know you were reviewing Kjaer Weis – what did you think of that brand/purity of its ingredients?


      1. holidays are the best! which online shop do you love? I’m super curious know about about KW – going to try and get in touch with her and see if I can get any kind of clarity. I’ll be sure to keep you posted!

  4. My favourite is Hibikiss sunset it looks a little less true red than the other. I hope being ‘on the road’ is not too busy and difficult. I empathise with your lack of internet connection as I am without broadband in my new home – something I need to get sorted very soon. 😉

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