Ethically Kissable: 4 Lip Products You Need Right Now

Ethically Kissable: 4 Lip Products You Need Right Now

Ethically Kissable: 4 Lip Products You Need Right Now

Call me a late bloomer, but I’ve only started really enjoying lipstick and other lip products in the past three years. For the longest time, I slathered my lips with good ‘ole Vaseline thinking it was the one-stop solution to all my lip-related woes—spoiler alert: it’s not. In fact, as the name so obviously point out, petroleum jelly is a byproduct of petrol (yes, the same one you feed your gasoline tank). And while many beauty bloggers flaunt their teeny tiny blue-capped tubs of delicious crème brûlée or rose-flavoured petroleum jelly, it does nothing to hydrate your lips; the shiny slick it leaves can be truly deceiving as it does not even let moisture through, so please, ditch the stuff.

As I am easing into my thirties, I’ve become more mindful and aware of what goes into my skincare products—especially my lips. I try my best to use products that are sustainable, and yes, before you start raising your eyebrows and give me a lecture on this loosely-thrown around click-baity word, let me define the parameters of what the word “sustainable” means in the context of this article. 

I am working with the awareness that the term “sustainable” goes beyond vegan and cruelty-free. A lot of it has to do with integrity, accountability, and incorporating a principle-forward work ethic throughout the entire process—from the product to the packaging to the message. This conversation can go a long way, so I’ll lay the bedrock of what I deem sustainability to be in this piece—it’s about what goes into the product. Do they have derivatives of existing ingredients that cause harm? Palm oil, for example, is one of the leading causes of deforestation around the world that leads to animal extinction. It’s about thinking one step ahead and being more discerning about the long term-effects of the product. So, I’ve done the research and have narrowed down four lip products that you might want to consider on you next lippie shopping spree.

RMS 

They may be known for their amazing concealers, but one RMS product that I will swear by is their Lip2Cheek multitasker. Sorry, I cheated. I know this article talks about lip products, but this wonder-pot contains a beautiful formula that glides on beautifully as a lip or/and cheek stain. It’s really pretty as an eyeshadow, too! I like the shade Illusive, a matte, burnt rose that’s the perfect everyday colour. If you’re feeling a little bit daring, Diabolique is a sophisticated deep berry that’s great for nights out.

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A quick visit to the RMS website reveals its level of transparency to the world—responsibly-sourced ingredients and packaging materials, wild processes, and clean components. You’ll be glad to know that Sephora Singapore and The Naturally Better Company at Millenia Walk carry RMS! 

ILIA 

“Skincare-powered make-up” is something that appeals to me so much, and of course, responsible packaging. ILIA’s sleek, modern packaging made with recycled aluminum, and their Color Block High Impact Lipstick is a thing of beauty. Again, it’s a brand that is transparent with their ingredients and accountable to them. ILIA is dedicated to creating the purest products for the skin, which is the body’s largest organ, and their lipsticks use a blend of apricot oil, sunflower seed wax, and mango seed butter as their key ingredients. 

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My favorite shade from the bunch is Flame, which is a gorgeous cherry red for a bold look. It adds an instant touch of character for those white-shirt-and-jeans days. Also available at Sephora Singapore!

Farmacy Beauty

Each night, I used to put on a lip mask thinking that it would do the job of repairing my lips overnight and removing their dead skin (I have really dry lips)—until I learned that the lip mask I was using was just a fancier version of petroleum jelly. Since then, I’ve been using Farmacy’s Lip Bloom instead.

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Farmacy advocates for “green clean” with products that are “farma-cultivated and scientist-activated”. I thought it was quite clever of them to ride on the farm-to-table food trend and advocate for a farm-to-face skin movement, which is deeply-ingrained in what the brand stands for. Lip Bloom is a light balm that you can apply at any time of the day. I find it most helpful in the evening when I sleep because the aircondition can dry up my lips pretty bad, but I’ve noticed a significant improvement with Farmacy’s Lip Bloom—get the Starwberry Basil. It’s so yummy! 

I got mine from Sephora New York, but Sephora Singapore carries this product in-store once in a while, too!

Olio E Osso

It may be a mouthful to pronounce this brand (I still get tongue-tied most of the time, but I can guarantee you that their tinted lip balms are fantastic. And again, you can also use these on your cheeks! Handmade in small batches, all-natural ingredients such as olive oil and shea oil are utilised to bring about maximum moisture to your skin. 

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Given Singapore’s humid weather, this light balm is what I sport on my lips most days because it hydarates really well. Use them as a sheer tint or build on the colour—it’s very versatile and has the perfect wash of colour on the skin. I love the French Melon (No. 2) variant because it has the juiciest pink hue that looks like I just sucked on a strawberry lollipop. 

Olio E Osso is also available at The Naturally Better Company at Millenia Walk – I should really write about this store soon.

Hope you enjoy these lip products as much as I do!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mikka Wee made a commitment this year to focus on her health after years of playing it (too) chill. She was the Editor-in-Chief of Pepper.ph, an online food publication in Manila, before she got whisked away to Singapore in 2016, where she worked in advertising and eventually found herself back in the food industry.

She is currently the Marketing Manager of two popular Singaporean dessert brands, while making it a point to hit the gym and eat better. She is also a weekly lifestyle columnist for The Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Preen.ph, whose focus is all about women empowerment. Mikka has always been crazy about travel, food, and her dog Rocket. You can follow her adventures on Instagram at @mikkawee and her food finds at @weegourmand.