Beauty & Bugs! Are there bugs in your lipstick?

by | Oct 26, 2020 | Brooke, Dorm Diaries

It’s your fav girl,  Brooke! I love a cute, red lip gloss! I actually love all kinds of bold lip glosses. You know, the ones that look like lipsticks but aren’t… because my mom won’t let me wear lipstick yet. I found some interesting info today. Check this out! Are  you a “Red Girl”? Do you love red lipsticks, blushes, glosses and eyeshadows? Ok, so, the ingredient in some of your  cosmetics that makes the product red is called Carmine. It is an insect found in Peru and the Canary Islands called Cochineal. The bugs are baked, crushed, ground and placed in an acidic solution to create the red colorant. The ingredient can be listed on your favorite cosmetics, lotions, shampoos and even food as Cochineal Extract, Carminic Acid, Carmine Extract or just plain Carmine. It takes about 70,000 insects to create a pound of red colorant!  It is considered a natural dye rather than synthetic. It can be an allergen, especially to those who are allergic to insect  proteins. If you’re Vegan, I am sure that this isn’t cool. So, have a Little fun today and check out the ingredients in your favorite red qosmedix, body products, candy and even food for this ingredient listed under various names. Actually, Starbucks used this colorant in their Strawberries and Cream Frappuccino until they received scrutiny about it. Soooo, are there bugs in your beauty products? It is highly possible but at least you know now. ❤️💄📚🔬💅🏻

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