Vapour Siren is the “it girl” of natural lipstick.
Creamy, subtle, and versatile, Vapour’s Siren Lipstick is made with “beautifying organic botanicals”, and claims to be the “industry’s healthiest lipstick”. The packaging reminds one of L’Oreal’s simple and luminescent style; it’s light but not cheap, simple with a glow. The lipstick itself is opaque, and is incredibly lightweight. It gives the wearer a natural luminescence to the lips. The shade worn here is Tempt, which is one of the more sheer colors (good for heavily pigmented lips or if the wearer wants their lips to appear dewey). Once put on, the lipstick feels more like a creamy and rich hydrating chapstick than the classic flakey lipstick many a women are complacent in wearing. It’s a product that feels perfect for the growing market of women wanting to wear minimalist makeup to work, events, and daily life.
Vapour lipsticks are 100% natural, cruelty free, made with biodegradable ingredients, wind power, are recyclable (inner and outer packaging), and made without nano particles, chemicals, or irradiation. While only 70% of the ingredients are organic, the vast majority of the ingredients are recognizable and natural (though “natural” can be a legally broad term).
When looking at the ingredient list, a few products stand out as non-natural or chemicals. Here’s the breakdown:
Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499) – An inorganic compound made from synthetically prepared iron oxides, it’s used to enhance/contribute color in makeup products. According to the FDA, the small amounts of iron oxides in makeup is so small that it “doesn’t pose a risk to human health“.
Carmine (CI 75470) – Derived from an insect that is used as a more natural alternative for red food dye. This is used in food products as well. If you’re interested in seeing how the dye is made, check out this video from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science.
Manganese Violet (CI 77742) – Scoring a strong 1 on EWG’s list (the lowest possible score), manganese violet is an inorganic salt used as a colorant.
Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil
Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax)
Castor Isostearate Beeswax Succinate*
Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil
Organic Prunus Domesticus (Plum) & Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Flavor Oil
Organic Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil
Solanum Lycopersicon (Tomato) Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract
Organic Camelina Sativa Oil
Tocopherol (Non GMO Vitamin E–Soy)
Organic Rosa Damascena (Rose) Buds
Organic Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) Leaf Extract
Wildcrafted Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Gum
Stevia Rebaudiana (Stevia) Leaf Extract
[+/–: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Manganese Violet (CI 77742)]
* Eco Cert Ingredient