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Petrolatum in my favorite lipstick... unfortunately? [Jul. 24th, 2012|02:54 pm]
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I am in a bit of a conundrum. I recently discovered a lipcolor that is the exact shade of red I've been searching for, plus it contains various botanical oils and butters and peptides for hydration and moisture: Revlon Lip Butter in Red Velvet. The part I'm iffy on is that it also contains petrolatum. I emailed Revlon's customer support to ask them why, and they told me that petrolatum gives the product slip and smoothness... although the coconut oil and shea butter would do that anyway, I think.

What do you guys think of petroleum in lipstick that also contains natural oils and butters? Do you care? Would the petroleum be harmful? Would it even matter? I hate the feel of petroleum on my face, although if it's on my lips I'm neutral about it as long as it contains other oils and butters. I could certainly use a host of other red lipcolors that are the same shade, but this particular product is highly moisturizing and gorgeous and affordable, so I'm a bit torn.

[User Picture]From: fee_parisienne
2012-07-25 12:45 am (UTC)
What's your conundrum? Obviously Revlon lipstick is not going to be what you'd call an all-natural product. There are probably other ingredients in a bright-colored lipstick that are more potentially toxic than petrolatum. I don't personally have a problem with using Vaseline or regular Chapstick on my lips, so I wouldn't feel too offended by seeing that particular ingredient on a tube of lipstick.

If you are committed to using natural products in your everyday life, and if you wear lipstick most days (rather than once in a while), you might decide that you want to seek out something else. Or you might decide that this lipstick is fine.
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[User Picture]From: brightlotusmoon
2012-07-25 12:53 am (UTC)
The conundrum is whether or not the petroleum actually matters as far as natural lip makeup goes. I don't think I care all that much, but I'm wondering if the ingredient blocks the other ingredients from absorption. If it doesn't, then I'm fine with it.
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[User Picture]From: kanzan
2012-07-25 10:04 pm (UTC)
With a lip balm or moisturizer, the idea is that an emollient ingredient will be used to act as a seal over the lips to keep moisture in. Some people feel strongly about using only natural materials like coconut oil, cocoa butter, etc, however others are fine with petroleum materials. There is a lot of debate over whether mineral oils are harmful, however there's not really any conclusive data indicating that they are. Both the aforementioned oils and petrolatum have the effect of covering the lip skin to block moisture from evaporating. So it's really just about your own feelings and personal choice on the matter.

I like this site for cosmetic questions: http://thebeautybrains.com/

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[User Picture]From: brightlotusmoon
2012-07-25 10:17 pm (UTC)
Ah! Thank you, I certainly appreciate your insight as well as the link. I shall browse that site right now.

As for the lipstick, I've decided to keep using it. It doesn't have the same "slimy/icky" feel that it has on my face, and it does seem to really seal in the moisture of the natural oils.
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From: (Anonymous)
2012-08-28 11:30 pm (UTC)
Your skin looks amazing in your profile pic! May I ask what your skin type is, and what your skincare routine consists of?

I had dry, clear skin before OCM. After OCM, my skin broke out all over, and I'm still dealing with this a couple years after :(
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[User Picture]From: brightlotusmoon
2012-08-29 03:00 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you! My skin type is dry and sensitive. As far as my skin care routine... well, I use all organic or at least almost all organic products.
In the morning, I rinse my face with water and use a toner (no alcohol) on my skin. Then I use serum, thin hydrating moisturizer, and thicker moisturizer with sun protection. If I don't my skin becomes too dry and tight. I usually wear concealer or foundation over that.
At night, I use an organic cleanser and a clay or mud mask. I then apply the same hydrating treatments as the morning routine, usually with different products.

I'm happy to give you the names and websites of everything I currently use and everything I have used. Every few months I switch things up with products. I buy almost all of my current products from a friend of mine, who is moving from Etsy to Artfire and her own site, so I'll let you know when she's done. On Etsy, she was Earths Own Bath And Body, and she'll still use that name. I co-created a couple of lotions and creams. I also use products from another friend, who owns Walks In Beauty, where I co-created a lotion. And I have another friend who owns The Skin Revolution. On Etsy, I co-created a product at Naturallogic. Those are the main brands. Sometimes when I'm at Whole Foods. I buy a product from Andalou Naturals..

I still deal with clogged pores and hormonal breakouts even at age 33, and when that happens, I take supplements like burdock, vitamin C, a B-complex, neem extract, and omega fatty acids. I love sea buckthorn oil, tamanu oil, moringa oil, pomegranate oil, and grapeseed oil topically.
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[User Picture]From: nourish4life
2012-11-28 06:32 am (UTC)
We have an awesome skin care line! We have drinks that are infused with the most nutrient rich botanical on earth called "Moringa Oleifera." We soon found out our skin is just as important as our overall nutrition as it is the largest organ in the body! Nourish you skin :) www.nourish4life.myzija.com
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