Read-the-Label: O.C.C. Lip Tars!

O.C.C. Liptar

The liptars from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (O.C.C.) are unique: it’s not a lip gloss, it’s not a lipstick and it’s not a lipliner! It is a kind of liquid lipstick, wich goes on like gloss, but after drying, it has a matte/satin finish. PROMAKEUPSTORE sells it at  €10,75 a piece for 8 ml.

On to the ingredientlist
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Oil, Mentha X Peprita (Peppermint) Oil, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E)
May Contain: D&C Red #6, D&C Red #7, D&C Red #27, D&C Red #30, FD&C Blue #1, FD&C Yellow #5, FD&C Yellow #6, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide

Hands down, this is the best ingredientlist I’ve ever seen for a make up product. It is short. I can pronounce it (but on the other hand, my background in chemistry can make me pronounce every other single ingredient – oops.) and it’s vegan. Pro make up + vegan is a win win in my book. The formula of the liptars is based on blends of oils, with some vitamin E in it and the pigment. A little breakdown on the ingredientlist.

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil: Castor oil extracted from the castor bean. The oil is used as an emollient (moisturizer) and lubricant. When dry it forms a solid film. This film can bind water, which may explains the functioning as a emollient. It’s function as a lubricant makes sure that there are no silicones necessary for a easy and smooth application. The fact that it is first on the list, makes it most likely the carrier ingredient in which every other ingredient is dissolved (most carrier ingredients are either water or oils) and it doesn’t need a perservative, in fact, it’s even used as a perservative in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakinstan to preserve food grains.

Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Oil: Yes, hemp. First things first, you don’t get hallucinations from smoking liptar. Or get caught in a drugstest, because the drug Cannabis/Maruijuana is made from leaves that contain 3% or more of the active ingredient (the stuff that makes you hallucinate) delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Hemp grown for cosmetic and industrial purposes contain less then 1% of THC. That, with the fact that the oil of hemp is mixed with other ingredients (the castor oil, pepermintoil, vitamin E and the pigment) makes sure that you don’t get high.

Hemp oil is known for it’s emollient function and said to be good for very dry skin and it’s even proved to relieve exzema (atopic dermatitis –Source: Callaway, JC, Schwab U, Harvimaa I, et al. Efficacy of dietary hempseed oil in patients with atopic dermatitis. Journal of Dermatological Treatment 2005: 16: 87-94.). Hemp oil doesn’t need a perservative.

Mentha X Peprita (Peppermint) Oil: The peppermint oil is also a multifunctional ingredient. Besides adding some flavour and scent to the liptar, it also happens to act antimirobial. That means that it can act as a perservative to fight nasty viruses and bacteria which would love to swim around in your liptar and destroy it (Source: Iscan G, Kirimer N, Kürkcüoglu M. Antimicrobial screening of Mentha piperita essential oils. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 2002: 50: 3943–3946). Better safe than sorry: peppermint oil isn’t safe to use in the immediate eye area. So. Stick with lips and avoid the eyes. And that X in the name? That means that the peppermint used to make this oil derivates from a plant that originates of a cross between Mentha (watermint) and Peprita (spearmint).

Tocopherol Acetate, otherwise know as Vitamin E: Yes. Vitamins have a very unpronouncable name. It can be found in a lot of oils (for instance sunflower oil). It has many, many forms, like alpha, delta and gamma. The most used and researched form is alpha tocopherol acetate, so my guess that this is the form that is used in the liptar. Vitamin E is known as a antioxidant. It can “catch” oxidants (“free radicals”) and thus preserve a product. There is a discussion going in the cosmetic chemistry world whether or not, vitamin E in cosmetics can also be used as anti-aging. This discussion is mostly based on the question of whether or not vitamin E is active (and not being lazy and just lay down under the sun with this gorgeous weather – it’s sunny!) and how many vitamin E is added to a product to achieve an effect. I, personally, don’t bet on it and just see vitamin E as a perservative.

Then over to the pigments (D&C Red #6, D&C Red #7, D&C Red #27, D&C Red #30, FD&C Blue #1, FD&C Yellow #5, FD&C Yellow #6, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide). There is little know about where it comes from (unless you happen to be manufacturing D&C’s and/or FD&C’s, then I would love to hear from you). I assume they are synthetic, whereas the rest of the ingredientlist is natural, a.k.a. derived from plants. D&C means that it’s considered safe for colouring of a product (except for food), and FD&C means that it is safe as a coloring of products and food. Iron Oxides and Titanium Dioxides can provide some SPF, however, since it’s most likely that it isn’t in every liptar, the liptar is not enough to protect your lips from the sun.

Like I said before, the ingredientlist is very nice. It’s short (otherwise I wouldn’t go to far into detail – I’m not writing a book!), it mostly consist of oils (and loads of pigment, of course!). I love the fact that it is vegan and cruelty free!

See you next time!

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