Remember the first makeup you had as a little girl? I’ll bet it tasted like strawberries, fit perfectly in your pocket and triggered a collection (or should I say obsession?) of flavors and colors that took up every free inch of surface space on your dresser—well into your teenage years.
While nothing will ever replace those colorful little tubes of your childhood, you can still enjoy the instant shine and shade of a good gloss. Grown-up versions tend to be longer lasting, have a silkier feel and come in colors that complement many skin tones. You’ll still find fun flavors, though (luckily, some things never change).
Here are my top three picks for luscious, all-natural lip glosses:
Alba Botanica TerraGloss. This glistening gloss adds color and shine without exposing your kisser to chemicals. TerraGloss is not only free of parabens, phthalates and sodium lauryl sulfate, it’s made with shea butter and vitamin E, which naturally soften and moisturize lips. Try it in Dawn for a pinkish-bronze shimmer, or use Garnet for a deep-red shade.
Alba Botanica Clear Lip Gloss. Already set on your lip color? Great. But a light layer of gloss can make it pop or add a sexy shine. Alba’s Hawaiian Coconut Cream Clear Lip Gloss is made from 70% organic ingredients, including tropical fruit extracts, shea butter and beeswax. Warning: If you like coconut, good luck trying not to lick your lips.
HoneyBee Gardens Luscious Lip Gloss. If you can’t stand a “sticky” feel on your lips, this is the gloss for you. Free of pucker-poisoning parabens and enriched with cocoa and shea butters, it offers long-lasting shine without the gummy texture of conventional lip glosses. Choose from five different shades: Glam I Am, Innocence, Viper, Hollywood or Eternity.
The Beauty Boss is written by our staff editors Rebecca Chopin and Katie Kaleita, who work closely with the Vitacost.com beauty department experts to bring you the most relevant, up-to-date information on natural beauty and antiaging tips and trends. Have a beauty question or want to suggest a product for Vitacost.com to carry? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.