Lip Balm: Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm, $7 O'Connor and Spunt both love this lip balm. Why? First, "It's super pretty. The lip balm reminds me of Clinique's Almost Lipstick -- just a lot less expensive," says O'Connor. Second, the ingredients are great. The first three are plant oils, which are readily absorbed into the skin and are very nourishing -- a lot of lipsticks can cause incredible dryness that this balm doesn't do. And the colors come from mineral-based pigments.
O'Connor adds that some of the reds have carmine in them, which is a red dye that comes from crushed beetles. Carmine, however, is so widely used in both natural and mainstream products, that it would be a difficult ingredient to avoid. She says if you have a moral problem with it, you should avoid all reds; however, it's not harmful for your skin.
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