4 Ingredients You Won’t Find in Axiology Lipstick

When it comes to cosmetics, a higher price tag doesn’t always mean higher quality. Though your favorite luxury brands may have better ingredient lists than drugstore hits, even the most revered beauty houses fall prey to cheap synthetic fillers and additives. This is why it’s important to find a brand you can stand behind, both ethically and environmentally. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the transition to organic and cruelty-free beauty, here’s just four ingredients to dump right away:

 

Ozokerite

This exotic-sounding mineral wax is used for both strength and stability. Basically, it ensures that your lipstick keeps its form, never crumbling or breaking in half. It's basic function is innocent enough, so what’s the catch? Ozokerite is a fossil wax, harvested from coal and shale. It must be mined, primarily in Eastern Europe, and can be black in its purest form. Dark wax doesn’t exactly suit pale pinks and nudes, so most often it is heavily refined to become white or yellow for cosmetics. Be on the look out for its alias, paraffin wax. Though hygienically safe to use, ozokerite is still a heavily processed material that highly impacts the Earth when it is extracted.


What do we use instead?

Axiology uses organic candelilla wax, which is a fantastic cruelty-free and eco-friendly alternative to both bee and mineral waxes. This natural, vegan ingredient is harvested from  candelilla shrubs, grown natively in Mexico and Southwestern United States. It also creates a strong stick that won’t buckle under the  pressure of everyday use.

 

 

Lanolin Oil

Also known as wool fat, this greasy secretion helps sheep protect themselves against inclement weather. Lanolin is harvested by washing sheared wool in hot water and treating it with detergent. This process is repeated until the wax is stripped of bacteria or impurities, like sweat salts or grease. In this new era of plant-based beauty, one has to wonder why we’re still relying on such an arcane and intensive process. Ditching this animal by-product as a moisturizer means that we can instead use ingredients which don’t need so much refining or processing to be safe for human use.


What do we use instead?

Axiology utilizes organic coconut oil for its smoothing and emollient properties instead. It’s softening, conditioning, and naturally antibacterial, barring the need for synthetic preservatives.

 

Fragrance

High-end brands often add fragrance to make lipsticks seem more luxe. This vague ingredient can also go by terms like flavor, aroma, or even perfum. Be wary of the word vanillin, as well, which is a cheaper additive that mimics vanilla. These scents are often synthetically manufactured in labs and unverifiable to the public, with companies staying mum on their exact chemical make up. If there isn’t a way for you to confirm whether or not something is hypoallergenic, cruelty-free, or vegan - it’s time to move on. Transparency is key!


What do we use instead?

Axiology scents and uplifts with sweet orange oil, giving a surprisingly subtle boost of citrus to every tube. It’s great for calming both the mind and chapped lips.

 

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Dimethicone

The final and most controversial item on this list is a silicon-based polymer. It is a man-made material derived silica, often confused with sand and most commonly found in quartz. In the beauty industry, it acts as a lubricant, helping lipsticks glide across your lips more easily. Oddly enough, this chemical can also be found in caulking, silly putty, and even McDonald’s chicken nuggets. While dimethicone isn’t toxic to your pout, it isn’t necessarily the best thing for it either. Artificially, it forms a moisture barrier that makes lips feel soft and supple. But dimethicone isn’t discriminatory and will also trap bacteria, sweat, and the like under that barrier, too. Over time, your lips might feel dry or irritated and you’ll keep reaching for that particular tube of lipstick to no avail.


What do we use instead?

Axiology glides on smoothly with the aid of organic avocado butter. This nutrient dense ingredient will leave your lips (genuinely) hydrated for the long haul, even protecting them from pollution and smog.


A majority of the items on this list are used, not because they are superior to their plant-based counterparts, but because they are cheaper instead. Decoding the ingredients of your favorite winter red shouldn’t feel like taking a mid-term. If you’re still looking for an affordable tube with easy-to-read organic ingredients, choose Axiology Beauty. When in doubt, nix products that utilize the four ingredients listed above; your lips will thank you!



2 Responses

Puja
Puja

December 12, 2016

I am loving the ingredients list here, all except orange essential oil. This is not something I would use on skin that gets exposed to the sun due to phototoxicity. Using citrus essential oils on my lips have led to them darkening over time. However I love the rest of your philosophy. Is there any chance that you may have a version that does not contain the orange oil?

Jennifer
Jennifer

June 21, 2016

Love this post and love Axiology Lipsticks!!!

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