Thursday, 8 August 2013

Lippy Girl's Friends and Family Event!

Lippy Girl wants to reach out and hug and thank everyone who has supported us in the last year! MUAH!  But because of personal space issues, the cost of travel, and just overall weirdness, we have decided to just have an awesome sale for Friends and Family!

Sooo.... Maybe you are thinking back to school or time to get ready for Fall fashion.  Or maybe you want to get your hands on a retired original line Organic Lipstick before they sell out!  Either way get 15% plus free shipping over $50 on everything at with the code FF15 until August 12th!

Think of it as a virtual hug! Thank you so much for being a Lippy Girl!

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Cosmetic Chemistry 101: Aluminum in Antiperspirants versus Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate

I hate scares.  I absolutely hate them.  Especially when they are inflammatory, incomplete and fear provoking to the point of terror.

We have all heard of the Aluminum scare in antiperspirant.  In that case the Aluminum compounds (referred to in the junk email sent about Aluminum in antiperspirant) are a distinct set of Aluminum salts used specifically in antiperspirants.  The names of these compounds are terrifying in themselves so they are not referred to as anything but "Aluminum", you know to keep things simple.  I am not going to argue 1 way or another about this scare, if you want to read more about it here is a link to the website describing it.

Its unfortunate that the scare does not name the compounds used in antiperspirants.  But for your reading pleasure, I list them below so you can see why they simply say "Aluminum" or Aluminum based compound:
  • Aluminum Chlorohydrate
  • Aluminum Chlorohydrex Polyethylene Glycol Complex
  • Aluminum Chlorohydrex Propylene Glycol Complex
  • Aluminum Dichlorohydrate
  • Aluminum Dichlorohydrex Polyethylene Glycol Complex
  • Aluminum Dichlorohydrex Propylene Glycol Complex
  • Aluminum Sesquichlorohydrate
  • Aluminum Sesquichlorohydrex Polyethlene Glycol Complex
  • Aluminum Sesquichlorohydrex Propylene Glycol Complex
  • Aluminum Sulfate Buffered
  • Aluminum Zirconium Octachlorohydrate
  • Aluminum Zirconium Octachlorohydrex Glycine Complex
  • Aluminum Zirconium Pentachlorohydrate
  • Aluminum Zirconium Pentachlorohydrex Glycine Complex
  • Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrate
  • Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex Glycine Complex
  • Aluminum Zirconium Trichlorhydrate
  • Aluminum Zirconium Trichlorohydrex Glycine Complex
  • Aluminum Zirconium Trichlorohydrex Glycine Complex
  • Aluminum Sulfate Buffered With Sodium Aluminum Lactate
Using the description of "Aluminum linked to cancer" is inflammatory for a number of reasons, but because women do not know which Aluminum products are actually implicated its even more infuriating for me.

Lippy Girl Vegocentric lipsticks contain a mineral known to increase colour and shine, called Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate.  Its rated a safety concern of 0-1 on the EWG database.  In summary its safety concern is nill, except that there is "Limited evidence of toxicity (only for products that may be aerosolized (airborne))".  To give you something to gauge this against, it has the same safety rating as jojoba oil.  This compound is not used in antiperspirants and not connected to any cancer research at all, but has the unfortunate chemical name containing "Aluminum".  Le sigh.  Its like a prejudice of an entire element and its compounds on the periodic table, and yet we know this element is safe for water bottles, recyclables, food containers etc.  Only certain compounds are implicated in antiperspirants.

So I do get the occasional email, and probably even more ladies who never email, wondering if its linked to the Antiperspirant scare.

To clear this up, I will actually describe how the aluminum products in antiperspirants work, and why chemically they are completely different to Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate.

Aluminum complexes used in antiperspirants MUST be soluble to work, in other words they must dissolve into water (like simple table salt or sugar in water).  They dissolve in water and move into your skin cells.  Interestingly enough the pH change of moving into a cell causes the complex to solidify or crystallize and that's how they plog your sweat glands... but I digress.  The "scare" was  that breaks or cuts in the armpit may allow the complexes to collect in the lymph nodes by breast tissue and affect estrogen receptors (refer to page above).

Calcium Aluminum Borosilicates are solid minerals that like all silica complexes have a shiny, glass-like sheen and reflectiveness to them.  They never dissolve in water (ever seen sand dissolve in water, it never happens). 

This is why antiperspirants are said to cross the "skin barrier", because they can move with water into your skin.  The reason Calcium Aluminum Borosilicates are useful in lipsticks is because they do not move into skin and are not mobile.  The same qualities that help minerals produce a long wearing, non-bleeding lipstick also prevent them from being absorbed and entering into lymph system.

I hope this helps clear up the "Aluminum" prejudice that exists out there.  And I always suggest, if you don't know an ingredient and its potential risks always use the EWG Skindeep Cosmetic Database, I find it provides unbiased ratings and information in an easy to decode manner.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

A new online retailer will be carrying Lippy Girl's Vegocentric and Lip treat lines in North America.  White Apothecary was founded by a Naturopathic Doctor, Sarah D'Alessio, N.D.  Sarah values products and services that promote optimal health for both the mind and body, as well as being environmentally conscious.  After struggling to find products like this for herself she decided to start a website to make the search easier for others.

Stay tuned for the amazing launch for this e-tailer at

Monday, 22 July 2013

2014 New Shade Names!

Earlier this summer I introduced you to 2 limited edition new shades soon to be launched in the Vegocentric line: Hot-Diggity-Yam and Abraca-BAM.  The launch of those 2 colors is likely delayed until 2014.  But 2014 will see 2 other shades launch as well if thats any compensation.  The 2 other shades are Coral Me Maybe and Rosie Posie.  Stay tuned for swatches and details... but just a hint they are a Coral and a Rose shade! xox

Thursday, 27 June 2013

The Original line of Organic Lipsticks is retiring!

As Lippy Girl expanded some important decisions had to me made.  I could no longer do everything myself, and I needed a team to help me.  I chose carefully and teamed with an amazing distributor Integral Sense Brands. 

Other decisions had to be made, namely with which lines continued and expanded, and which lines retired to be re-vamped.  I made the decision that the Vegocentric vegan lipsticks were a product I was most proud of, with packaging and colours that were superior to the first line.  So I made the decision to discontinue the original organic lipstick line as I could only support the growth of one line of lipsticks.

A lot of response has come from this decision!  At this time I am not sure if Lippy Girl will re-instate a beeswax line, or simply add colours to the Vegocentric Vegan line.  But what the plan is now is to simply sell out of existing stock of the original line and continue to grow Lippy Girl and the Vegocentric Line.

So do you have a favorite original Organic Lipstick from Lippy Girl?  Stock up soon before its too late!

Mother Pucker and the original Organic Lipstick line are being retired!

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

New Vegocentric Displays coming to a store near you!!!

Things have been so busy for Lippy Girl and there have been a lot of transitions and changes!  Lippy Girl just started working with an amazing US distributor called Integral Sense Brands! Which means, soon we will grace the shelves of American stockists!

In preparation for this Lippy Girl needed some displays.  I used to build all the displays with train boxes, glue and satin.  But this is just not possible anymore.  We needed professional, clean and custom displays.  So, we partnered with a company in the Vancouver Lower mainland to develop 100% recyclable corrugated cardboard displays both printed and manufactured locally!  We wanted our new displays to be eco-friendly, re-useable and recyclable (not like other acrylic or plastic displays)

Heres a peek at what you will see on shelves near you soon (hopefully!).  What do you think?


Thursday, 2 May 2013

Coming soon! Limited Edition Lippy Girl T-shirts

Has your Lippy Girl Love reached the point that you want to express it constantly with say... a t-shirt!  Well you are in luck.  As Lippy Girl prepares to launch a major fundraising campaign to fund the production of our new Lip and Eye pencils, we have commissioned some fancy limited edition t-shirts from Adam Block Design :)  Adam Block Design was recommended to me by my way cooler, hipper and younger step sister who is president of a sorority at UBC.

The T-shirts are Women's V-necks and will come in sizes XS to XXL (they are slim fitting).  Take a look at the design and let me know what you think!

Stay tuned for details about the t-shirts and our upcoming fundraising campaign! xox

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