Lipsticks without Titanium Dioxide – Here is what we found
The search for lipsticks without titanium dioxide was fueled in Europe in October 2021 when German “Stiftung Warentest” did not appoint a test winner among the lipsticks tested.
The problem: All lipsticks, including those from well-known natural cosmetics manufacturers such as Benecos, Dr. Hauschka or Lavera, contained titanium dioxide. And this substance is now classified as a pollutant.
We did research too in the English speaking markets and it’s really difficult to find all-natural lipsticks without titanium dioxide.
Here are the products we found:
Which lipsticks DO NOT contain Titanium Dioxide?
The cosmetic brand from Californium does without Titanium in its lipsticks. Here is a look at the ingredients of the Fruit Pigmented® Cocoa Butter Matte Lipstick Blood Orange.
Theobroma Cacao (Organic Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Extracts of Prunus Cerasus (Cherry) Fruit, Prunus Domestica (Plum) Fruit, Vitis Vinifera (Cabernet Grape) Fruit, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit, Vaccinium Angustifolium ( Blueberry) Fruit, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Fruit, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit / Leaf / Stem, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Cacao (Chocolate), Rosa Centifolia ( Rose Petals) Flower, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower / Leaf / Stem, Oryza Sativa (Rice Starch), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Silica, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract
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Omiana offers a whole range of Titanium and Mica free cosmetic products including Foundations, Concealers, Mascara, Lipgloss and more. Their mission is to provide safe makeup for people with sensitivities.
Their mineral lipstick line is made without talc, parabens, bismuth oxychloride, yet also without mica, titanium dioxide, even zinc oxide and clay.
Ingredients of Omiana Creamy Mineral Lipstick
Castor Seed Oil, Octyl Palmitate, Ozokerite, Hydrogenated Polycyclopentadiene, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Candelilla Wax, Beeswax, Olive Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Cupuacu Seed Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sweet Almond Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Vitamin A, and Iron Oxides
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MG Naturals Organic Lipstick
MG Naturals from Australia also offer a Titanium Dioxide free Lipstick. Their organic and vegan lipsticks are moisturising with Cocoa Butter, Jojoba and Castor Oil. They are free of parabens, dyes, artificial colourants or Mica. They are available in 8 different shades.
Organic Castor Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Candelila wax, Organic Carnauba wax, iron oxides +/-, Zinc Oxide, Organic Sweet Orange
What is Titanium Dioxide used for in Lipsticks?
Titanium dioxide is used as a lightening color pigment in lipsticks. Titanium dioxide is used to ensure the consistency and matting of the lipstick. It also gives the product a light sun protection.
The substance is of mineral origin and is classified as harmless in natural cosmetic products, provided it is not used in nano size, especially in sun protection products.
The nano-sized substance has already not been allowed in certified natural cosmetics for some time because it can be inhaled in this size.
Is Titanium Dioxide harmful in lipstick? Is it good for you Lips?
Let’s look to Europe. Since May 2021, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has rated titanium dioxide as “not safe”. From the point of view of the authorities, a mutagenic effect cannot be ruled out when ingested via the mouth.
It should be noted, however, that the EFSA assessment refers to titanium dioxide as a food additive and not as a color pigment for cosmetics, especially lipsticks.
Is Titanium Dioxide in a Lipstick? How do I know?
On the list of ingredients, titanium dioxide is identified as “CI 77891” or “Titanium Dioxide”. Not all shades of a product contain the substance. If you want to do without the substance, you should check whether other color variants of your favorite lipstick are free of it.
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