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This week's Lipstick League question re: green/natural/organic hits a hot button for me.
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The Lipstick League wonders whether a beauty product is green, natural or organic is a main factor in its joining your skincare or makeup rituals. Longtime regular Beautygeeks visitors and close friends know what's coming...

If by "green" you mean the brand has found sound ways to reduce its environmental footprint, I'd say big bonus. If I were choosing between a product that made earth-friendly claims vs not, then it would be the deciding factor: I'd choose the green-leaning product.

Natural and organic both hit my Irritation Hot Button. I abhor the way natural beauty brands position themselves vs anything with synthetics. Most completely misuse the word "toxic," and most simply regurgitate the "natural is always better" rhetoric online. Too few really know anything about ingredients, whether natural or synthetic, irritants, and the difference between anecdotal data and clinical studies.

And sorry, folks, natural is not always better, as anyone with allergies or sensitivities to botanical ingredients will tell you.

However that doesn't mean I won't buy something that isn't natural or organic. I've already declared great love for Consonant's all-natural Come Clean wipes and 2-ingredient HydrExtreme serum. I adore Weleda. I've stocked up on FarmacyTata Harper's Resurfacing Mask is amazing, as is RMS Living Luminizer. Bite Beauty does fabulous lip shades and textures. Leaves of Trees makes a good, effective natural deodorant. Dr. Roebucks and Drunk Elephant know which natural ingredients to avoid. And I'm smitten with some Yves Rocher items for sensitive skin that I'll tell you about soon.

I just have a really difficult time getting past all that natural-brand fearmongering. The minute I see certain words littering a press release or brand messaging or packaging, I shut down, and the chances that I'll ever look at the products themselves are slim.

Here's what the Lipstick League is talking about right now

Here's what the Lipstick League is talking about right now

EauMG  Victoria's log has something to tell you: House of Matriarch has launched a limited edition collection of perfumes inspired by Twin Peaks.

Gouldylox  Sure, your summer started out cute and perfect, but now that’s it’s half over, skip the fussy products and go for these beauty quickies.

My Beauty Bunny  has swatches of all the Urban Decay pink Vice lipsticks. Thinking about buying? Check the review first!

Phyrra  This guide will make you an expert with all the Cruelty Free Drugstore Brands! It’s now easy to shop cruelty free at the drugstore!

Prime Beauty is fanning the flames of the new Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette and has a tutorial to show you how to use it!

we heart this found a dry lip slayer…a pout saviour! She’ll never be without Dermalogica Nightly Lip Treatment again.

Beautygeeks has four easy steps to decoding Deciem, the renegade Canadian beauty company that names its products after the key active ingredients that are in them.

Beauty Junkies Unite Not only is Amber’s blog turning 9 this week (yes, NINE years!), she cares about your skin being protected from harmful UV rays. To celebrate her bloggy-versary go on over and enter her Avène Sunscreen Prize Pack Giveaway, valued at $140 USD. 3 winners!

Blushing Noir The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale preview days have arrived! The best in beauty exclusives, major deals and Fall trends right at your fingertips!

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)


EauMG is Currently Craving: Victoria told herself that she's not buying anymore eyeshadow palettes for the year, but then Marc Jacobs dropped six new Eye-Conic Palettes that are absolutely gorgeous. How can she resist?

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So. What about green/natural/organic labelling as a selling point for you?