Like many women, I would love to have big, pouty lips...yet, I would never succumb to the temptation of getting botox injections. Health and safety trump my desire to acheive physical beauty, but I was pretty excited when I was given the opportunity to try EnvyDerm's Lip Plumper.
What I Love About This Product
Besides the EnvyDerm Lip Volumizing and Conditioning Plumper being made in the USA and not tested on animals, the product contains over 15 different organic oils and fruit extracts to help moisturize lips. At the same time, the peptides and tripeptides boost micro-circulation, in turn, boosting collagen levels to achieve plumper (up to 37%!) and softer lips in less than 30 days.
Unlike many cosmetics, the EnvyDerm Lip Volumizing and Conditioning Plumper is :
* Free of synthetic fragrances
* Free of mineral oils and animal products
Immediately after application, my lips started to tingle and smelled like fresh wintergreen. Unlike most of my lip products the smell was not at all offensive. In a matter of minutes, my lips appeared much fuller and I loved the non-sticky texture. The gloss also stayed on longer than most of the others that I own, and I only had to reapply a few times per day. When I used the product daily, I noticed that my lips were fuller, even when not wearing the product.
What I Did Not Like
While all of the qualities above are simply amazing and would easily convince me to buy this "natural" product, I do have a couple of concerns.
First, lets take a look at the ingredients :
Polybutens, Octyl Palmitate (Palm), Organic Ricinus communis (Castor) Oil, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil, Organic Argan Oil, Oraganic Punica Granatum (Pomergranate seed) oil, Organic Persea Armeniaca (Avocado) oil, Silica, PVP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Organic Euterpe Oleracea (Acai Berry) Extract, Organic Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Extract, Organic Vitis Vinifera (Grape) seed Extract, Organic Lycium Barbarum (Goji Berry), Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (and) Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Marine collagen, Menthyl ethylamido oxalate, caprylic/capric triglyceride (and) Dictyopteris Membranacea (Agae) extract, Isohexadecane BIS-PEG/PPG-14/14 *Dimethicone, Ethylene/ Propylene/Styrene copolymer butylene/ethyllene/Styrene Copolymer, Cyclopentasiloxane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Tripeptide-1, *Phenoxyethanol, *Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Acetate (Vitamin A), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Phytonadione (Vitamin K), Menthol, Mentha Spicata (Spearmint) Oil, Gaultheria Fragrantissima (Wintergreen) oil, Capsaisin.
Depending on the color, the product may contain mica, *titanium dioxide, iron oxide, ultramarines, carmine, *red 6, *red 7 lake, and manganese violet. Some concerns that I do have is that some colors, such as red 6 can (possibly not all) be contaminated with arsenic. Additionally, when metals such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are micronized into nano-particles, they may be toxic when inhaled or absorbed the skin. There is very little research on the safety of nano-particles...but the general consensus is : the smaller they are, the more harmful they are (safecosmetics.org). This particular product is not yet listed on the EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetic Database (the source on which I base my cosmetic purchases), but it contains many of the same ingredients as it's eye enhancement counterpart, which ranked a 3 on their 0-10 toxicity scale (low-moderate range).
Would I Recommend This Product?
To be honest, yes and no. I LOVE the results, but any ingredient that might point to a health risk concerns me. Compared to many other lip enhancers on the market, this one is closer to the "safer end" of the toxicity spectrum (some rank as high as a 9 in the EWG database!). If this product could be formulated with the ingredients that I had marked with an asterisk above, I would purchase it in a heartbeat. EnvyDerm, if you are listening...I would love to see your products be completely toxin free in the future, because you truly have an amazing product here!
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.