Providing you aren’t allergic to beeswax, Burt’s Bees lip balm and tinted lip moisturizers have always been a beloved reprieve for those with sensitive lips. Not only were they nourishing and moisturizing, but the tinted variety allowed you to have a bit of color too if you found most lipstick options irritated your sensitive lips.
I’ll be honest, I didn’t even know Burt’s Bees made a proper lipstick, but when I saw their 100% Natural Moisturizing Lipstick, I decided to try it out.
Let’s just say that was not one of my better life decisions.
With those ominous words put to digital print, let’s start with the good feature of this Burt’s Bees lipstick – its function as lipstick. If you don’t have lip sensitivities, this can be a very pleasing product. While the colors tend to run on the dark side, it does indeed do its function of keeping your lips soft and moisturized all day long. It spreads thickly on your lips, and honestly you wouldn’t even be able to tell it apart from any other highly commercialized tube of lipstick.
….And that’s the problem.
Why does it feel like every other tube of lipstick out there? Because it is made will many of the same irritating ingredients they use. Yes, those ingredients are technically natural, but they are some of the biggest culprits for lip irritation.
So what are you up against? First and least worse of all, the ingredients label sported alcohol. Which kind of baffles me on how that can lend to keeping lips moisturized, but it is not really an issue. The real issue is that every color contains lanolin, and some colors may contain mica and carmine.
It uses beeswax as well as several other types of wax, which is no surprise, but the fact that close to a fourth of the ingredients within this tube of lipstick are irritating to lips while the other three-fourths are natural and nourishing is kind of disappointing. Burt’s Bees is the brand you go to for nourishing, and I’ve loved some of their other products for their natural stance. However, to allow so many irritants in when they could have used something different is just sad.
Mica can be forgiven since it is hard to find makeup without it and many don’t have mica sensitivities, but carmine and lanolin, those can’t be ignored. Although as lipstick, this Burt’s Bees brand works great, if you are considering it as a lipstick for sensitive lips, it stinks. However, every set of lips are different and sensitive to different things. And it can be hard to find options for the best lipstick color for over 60. So if you know alcohol, beeswax, lanolin, carmine, or mica don’t trigger you, by all means check it out.