Greenest Reds? đź’„9 Natural/ Organic Classic Red Lipsticks for Different Types

Use this article as you need it: either CHOOSE YOUR FAVE colour (plus: how to make/keep your lips luscious & “red-ready”!) – OR GEEK OUT with me about “various grade of green”-ingredients.

9 Natural Lipsticks for Different Colour Preferences or Types

Red lipstick is probably the embodiment of colour cosmetics. However, even if you have figured out what colour palette suits you best, make-up is a different story altogether. Colours and textures behave on our skin in a way that differs from mere fabric – a red dress might make your eyes brighter and clear up your complexion, but the lipstick (in the bullet a perfect colour match to the dress, it seems) suddenly pulls warmer on your lips, or looks much darker than anticipated.

There are colour consultants who suggest that a perfect red, if applied to your wrist, should make your veins disappear. That’s nice thinking because who said Your perfect red is manufactured anyway? It may well be that you’re someone who has to mix colours themselves.

If there is one bit of advice that I can share than it’s this: there are two kinds of “perfect red lipstick”. One variety looks great on your bare face. Literally – no concealer, no powder, nothing there but you’re beaming. The other variety looks great with your “full face” on. For me, this has helped narrow down a few shades that work with a minimal or party make-up and yeah, still searchin’ for the Holy Grail Red. (Being an ingredient geek doesn’t help either.) But let’s see if these nine beauties will help get you covered in that department:

We begin with the brand spanking new, as per June 2017, SANTE Lipstick Matt in ‘Kiss-me Red’. It’s a warm-neutral shade with a lovely, even coverage and a true matt finish that hardly needs any time to set. Applies beautifully straight from the bullet or with a brush.

2016 has marked the year when Kjaer Weis have launched their re-fillable lipsticks. Kjaer Weis lipstick in ‘Adore’ is a saturated, muted, deep red that leans neutral-warm with subtle brown undertones.

A neutral red laced with a warm pink – enter 100% Pure Lip Glaze in ‘Strawberry’. The colour looks much more vibrant in the bullet; on the lips the colour appears more muted. This moisturising lipstick has a very sheen and soft texture that’s still pretty much opaque.

Benecos Lip Gloss in ‘Kiss Me’ looks dark and rich in the packaging but turns a transparent, cool pink-red on the lips.

Ilia Beauty Tinted Lip Conditioner in ‘Bang Bang’ is a cult classic with the green beauty crowd. This neural-cool red is buildable, thus ideal for those who love a versatile product: go from tint to thunder within some five swipes! The finish is juicy/ glossy.

Paul Penders Natural Lip-Stick in ‘Raspberry’ has a very creamy and rich texture that feels pleasantly nourishing on the lips. The colour is a very saturated, medium-dark, hardly muted red with a blue undertone.

RMS Beauty Lip Shine in ‘Sacred’ is a very bright, well-pigmented hot pink that leans true red. The formula is nourishing, the coverage is buildable medium to opaque. The particularly beautifying feat is the shiny finish that makes the intense colour look natural and fresh.

Ilia Beauty Lipstick in ‘Wild Child’ is another all-time favourite. Pure, clear neutral red, ultra-pigmented and true. The finish is semi-matt as in: not ultra-glossy and yet not matt.

And finally, Alva Coleur Creamy Lipstick in ‘Brick Red’ is another beautiful pure, clear red but with a distinct matt finish. The colour is bery similar to Ilia’s ‘Wild Child’ but cooler, pinker than Sante in ‘Kiss-me Red’, and the lipstick smells very gently of sweet rose oil.

Any favourites yet?

9 Natural Lipsticks – 9 Different Formulas, 9 Ways to “Green Lipstick”

If we look at the ingredients and the certifications of each product, it’s actually fascinating to see what certain companies prioritise – and I’ve picked easily some of the MOST green, the most renowned brands that actually care for their formulations, the environment, the non-tox quality. So even if you’re not interested in lipstick, just follow us through a very quick comparative analysis.

What makes the subtle differences in their formulas so particularly interesting, is the fact that all products shown shown here are top quality and part of the “green beauty” or “clean beauty” community-slash-industry. Who chooses to go the vegan-friendly route and who goes for palm-oil free? Who favours carmine and who prefers synthetic colourants? You’re about to find out!

Sante Lipstick Matt ‘04 Kiss-me Red’ (€6)
→ How green?
Certified Gluten-free, Natrue, no ingredients based on palm oil, affordable and easily available both in stores and online
→ Any ingredient compromise?
Sante deploys Carmine, which has some allergenic potential and, other than (organic!) beeswax that is sometimes tolerated by the plant-based customer, is definitely a no-go for most vegan beauties; also recent research suggests to maybe look with caution at Tocopheryl Acetate; and while organic bee-keeping has many benefits (yes, even for the bees), the beeswax used here is not marked as organic. And while the (very, very subtle!) flavour is based on essential oils, there’s always a chance it might not sit well with allergy sufferers.

Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus Hybrid Oil*, Silica, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Talc, Distarch Phosphate, Isoamyl Laurate, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Rhus Verniciflua Peel Wax, Tocopheryl Acetate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil*, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Aroma (Flavor)**, Linalool**, Maltodextrin, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 75470 (Carmine) | * Organic argiculture ** Natural essential oils

Kjaer Weis Lipstick ‘Adore’ (€52)
→ How green?
Certified CCPB Organic Cosmetics (a minimal standard recognised by NaTrue), the sourcing of palm-oil-based ingredients is sustainable, according to founder K. Kjaer Weis
→ Any ingredient compromise?
Carmine and organic beeswax render the product not suitable for vegans; aromatic oils may again not be ideal for allergy sufferers, industry’s favourite Tocopheryl Acetate is used as well.

Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil•, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter•, Cera Alba (Beeswax) •, Mica, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch•, Rosa Rubiginosa (Rose Hip) Seed Oil•, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil•, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil•, Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Limonene*, Dextrin, Citral*, CI 75470 (Carmine), CI 77491 (Iron Oxide), CI 77499 (Iron Oxide).

PAUL PENDERS Natural Lip-Stick ‘Raspberry’ (€20)
→ How green?
Certified Vegan, Halal, the cruelty-free formula includes a proprietary plant-based active ingredient, excellent value for money
→ Any ingredient compromise?
NO. Even the Codecheck rating is a 100% green wheel. However, while plant-based or mineral-based, none of the ingredients is organic.

Ingredients: Ricinus communis (Castor) oil, Organic LevensESSENTIE Gold® {Angelica archangelica (Angelica) extract, Arnica montana (Arnica) flower extract, Calendula officinalis (Calendula) flower extract, Matricaria recutita (Chamomile) flower extract, Sambucus nigra (Elderflower) flower extract, Zingiber officinalis (Ginger) root extract, Panax quinquefolium (Ginseng root) extract, Lonicera japonica (Honey suckle) extract, Humulus lupulus (Hops) extract, Equeisetum hyemale (Horsetail) extract, Juniperus communis (Juniper) fruit extract, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) flower extract, Melissa officinalis (Lemon balm) leaf extract, Urtica dioica (Nettle) extract, Centella asiatica (Penny wort) extract, Mentha piperita (Peppermint) leaf extract, Rosemarinus officinalis (Rosemary) extract, Salvia officinalis (Sage) extract, Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s wort) extract, Curcuma longa (Turmeric) root extract, Hamamelis virginiana (Witch hazel) extract, Archillea millefolium (Yarrow) extract}, Copernicia cerifera (Carnauba) wax, Euphorbia cerifera (Candelilla) was, Pinus Pinaster (Pycnogenol), Tocopherol acetate (Vitamin E), Ceramide III, [ +/- (may contain) Titanium dioxide (CI 77891), Iron oxide red (CI 77491), Iron oxide brown (CI 77492), Iron oxide black (CI 77499), Iron oxide yellow (CI 77492).

ILIA Beauty Tinted Lip Conditioner ‘Bang Bang’ (€28)
→ How green?
Palm oil free, some ingredients are from organic farming, gluten-free
→ Any ingredient compromise?
Organic beeswax (however companies will keep using it for its amazing properties no lab-made ingredient can quite surpass yet, and it’s a win if they invest in organic).
And while the “may contain” field lists toxic synthetic pigments Red 7 CI15850 and Yellow 5 CI19140, ‘Bang Bang’ formula is free from both.

Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Organic Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis) Seed Oil, Organic Beeswax (Cera Alba), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Organic Sesamum Indicum (Seasame) Seed Oil, Organic Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate (Natural Vitamin E), Pomegranate (Punica Granatum) Seed Extract, Grape (Vitis Vinifera) Seed Extract, Citrus Aurantium Ducil (Orange) Fruit Oil, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Oil. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dixoide, Iron Oxide (CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 77491), Red 7 CI15850, Red 28 CI45410, Yellow 5 CI19140.

ILIA Beauty Lipstick ‘Wild Child’ (€28)
→ How green?
Palm oil free, some ingredients are from organic farming, gluten-free
→ Any ingredient compromise?
View above. Again, no Red 7 CI15850 and Yellow 5 CI19140 in ‘Wild Child’s formula.

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis) Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Beeswax (Cera Alba)*, Triisostearyl Citrate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Manihot Esculenta (Tapioca) Starch *, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil, Sage (Salvia Officinalis) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide (CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 77491), Red 7 CI15850, Red 28 CI45410, Yellow 5 CI19140.

100% Pure Lip Glaze ‘Strawberry’ (€20)
→ How green?
Palm oil free, certified Vegan, Cruelty-free, Gluten-free
→ Any ingredient compromise?
There are quite some critical voices out there regarding 100% Pure use of plant-based pigments and the “all natural” claims. Critics point out the potential contamination or even the natural toxin content of some plant-based pigments. However, for this particular product, all ingredients that matter are organic, so I have no problems with that.

Ingredients: Persea Gratissima (Organic Avocado) Butter*, Theobroma Cacao (Organic Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Contains All or Some of The Following Extracts of Prunus Cerasus (Organic Cherry) Fruit*, Prunus Domestica (Organic Plum) Fruit*, Vitis Vinifera (Cabernet Grape) Fruit, Rubus Idaeus (Organic Raspberry) Fruit*, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Organic Blueberry) Fruit*, Rubus Fruticosus (Organic Blackberry) Fruit*, Prunus Persica(Organic Peach) Fruit*, Prunus Armeniaca (Organic Apricot) Fruit*, Punica Granatum (Organic Pomegranate)*, Theobroma Cacao (Organic Cocoa)*, Rosa Damascena (Organic Rose Petal) Flower Powder*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Organic Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem* and Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Organic Cinnamon) Bark*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Organic Shea Butter)*, Rosa Canina (Organic Rosehip Oil) Seed Oil*, Mangifera Indica (Organic Mango) Seed Butter*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E ), Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Mica.

RMS beauty Lip Shine Sacred (€27)
→ How green?
Palm oil free, Gluten-free, no PO, key ingredients from organic farming, 
→ Any ingredient compromise?
If you don’t like organic beeswax, this one has got it.
A bigger compromise however is the use of the synthetic pigment Ci 15850. It would seem that there are two major routees to bright juicy reds: either you’re adding synthetics – or you’re crushing bugs.

*Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Moringa Oleifera (Moringa) Oil, *Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), Centella Asiatica Extract, *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Non-GMO, (CI 77491), (CI 77492), (CI 77499), (CI 77891), (CI 77019) , Red 6 Lake CI 15850 **

BENECOS Natural Lipgloss ‘Kiss Me’ (4€)
→ How green?
Certified BDIH (which also means – no conflict PO ingredients), Cruelty free, widely available and super affordable
→ Any ingredient compromise?
Despite many Benecos products being vegan-friendly, the lipgloss isn’t, with organic beeswax and lanolin in the formula. Lanolin and the undisclosed blend of essential oils are also not fit for those with corresponding allergies.

Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Lanolin, Brassica Campestris/ Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer, Silica, Mica, Beeswax / Cera Alba*, Parfum (Essential Oils), Candellila Cera, Limonene, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil*, Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate (+/- (May Contain) Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), (Ci 77492), (Ci 77499), Talc, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742))

Alva Creamy Lipstick ‘C1 Brick Red’ (10€)
→ How green?
Certified Ecocert, Vegan
→ Any ingredient compromise?
Well, the palm-oil based ingredients (bold) are still a bit of a mystery. The Ecocert certification doesn’t mean anything in regards to PO, and there is still a very different formula listed on Codecheck. I was able to obtain the correct ingredient listing (again, different to the all-green rated on on Codecheck) via Alva press service – but no information regarding PO. Alva released a statement a few years ago, pointing out that all PO derivates were from RSPO sources, so I hope to receive some more recent feedback after this article is up.

Ingredients (according to Alva): Ricinus Communis Seed Oil*, Mica, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil Phytosterol Esters, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Extract, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Stearyl Esters, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides, Candelilla Cera, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter*, Tocopherol, Glyceryl Rosinate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil*, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil*, Yeast Polysaccharide, Parfum (Fragrance), Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene MAY CONTAIN +/-: CI 77891, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77007, CI 77742, CI 77510.

Now that you’re ingredient-savvy and your head is buzzing, are you even ready for red?

2 Tips to Having – and Keeping – a Red-Ready Pout

These are really just two bits of advice.

First, never let your lips become chapped. As soon as a sting of dryness occurs, it’s time for an overnight treatment. A favourite in the BEAUTYCALYPSE house is ILIA beauty Balmy Days, an ultra-rich luxury chapstick capable of healing dry lips overnight and also great as lipstick base.Since its formula contains organic beeswax, it’s not a vegan-friendly product. The very simple alternative to any product is organic cacao butter – the small drops that you can buy in the baking aisle. Just as hydrating, soothing, regnerative and ideal as a night treatment!

Second, always take your red lipstick off with a very rich make-up remover, preferably an oil.My personal favourite is the Double Happiness cleanser, but if you’re sensitive to essential oils, pure virgin coconut oil works just fine. You want to drench a pad, press it to the lips, wait a few seconds, then gently “pull” the colour off without tearing or rubbing. This will absolutely help prevent damage and chapping.


P.S. Because the question arose, here are the shopping links to where I shop my favourites.
> Ilia Beauty, Kjaer Weis, rms beauty: Amazingy
> 100% Pure, Santé, Paul Penders, Benecos: ecco verde
> Double Happiness Skincare: DH online shop
> Organic cacao butter drops, organic virgin coconut oil: Rapunzel Naturkost (in stores)