Is it Ever OK to Eat Lipstick?

Photo: Experiment in Lipstick
No, I don't think it's ever OK to eat lipstick.

I don't open my purse while running errands and think "I only have time for a bite of my Aveda". It's been a long time since I bought lip product for its scent and/or taste... although cherry-flavoured lip balm still makes me smile.

But I know I still end up eating it... while eating my tasty poached eggs, drinking my cups of green tea, smooching with Roomie...

In fact, the average woman eats over 6 pounds of lipstick in her lifetime (that's over 500 tubes!)... so maybe we should be buying lipstick based on its edibility.

In Cindy Mortimer's article in the November 2007 Issue of Alive Magazine, many ingredients in drugstore lipsticks are known to cause irritation and UV sensitivity, are known pollutants, and are known to be carcinogenic. Yum..

For truly yummy lipstick, reach for the natural stuff containing Vitamin E as a preservative, ingredients like cinnamon or shea butter as antiseptics, and emollients such as cocoa butter or beeswax.

Is your lipstick harmful or healthy? Find out at:

Roomie just suggested that the next post should be "Is it Ever OK to Eat Glue?" Good grief...


  1. Thank goodness I'm not your typical woman (don't wear lipstick) because the thought of eating 6 pounds of the stuff in my life kinda grosses me out. :)

  2. Yeah, thinking of it in terms of "6 pounds of lipstick" is gross! Blech! :)

  3. Eat your lipstick? The first thing that brought to mind was this old John Waters movie, Eat Your Makeup:

    I haven't seen it so I don't know how it ends, but I'll bet that eating it is not good for you.

    Six pounds sounds like a lot, but if you
    think about how much other unintended things we eat maybe it's just noise... I'm thinking of soap, shampoo, fertilizer, pesticides, wax on fruit and vegetables, other debris in our food, the detergent that wasn't properly rinsed out of the Slurpee machine, etc...

  4. ... and don't forget the Morning Meest... that stuff builds up, you know...

  5. Oh gross (yes, that shows my age, lol). And i LOVE that video!!!

  6. hmm, maybe my laziness is paying off! I rarely bother with lipstick, and when I do I put it on once and forget to reapply.

  7. The question I want to ask is, "How many calories are in 6 pounds of lipstick?"

    G.E. makes some very good points. Remember TSS or Toxic Shock Syndrome? Many women became deathly ill from their reaction to a chemical substance in their tampons. Slightly different delivery system, but my point is that there are chemicals used in our cosmetics that could make us ill.

    I think it is wise to be aware and question what you put on your skin, as well what you ingest. What food group does a Slurpee fall under?

  8. @g.e. -
    Did Roomie tell you that he thought the Slurpees at the Corydon 7-11 tasted "wrong" compared to the Stafford one? I told him that it was because of some sort of "additive" that wasn't detergent. Meh, maybe it was detergent... :)

    @bionic -
    Funny, eh?! :) You should watch the rest of her videos... it's like having a hidden camera at my aunts' houses. LOL

    @myrtle -
    Yeah, I'm usually the same way. I apply then forget... until I go to the bathroom, see my reflexion and go 'ugh!'. :)

    @jen -
    I think it needs its own food group. The Slurpee group... according to Roomie, an essential. :)