natural version of Clinique's Black Honey

I didn’t even blink when I didn’t repurchase my sulfate-ridden shampoos. No whining from me when I switched to 5-free polishes.

But wait, Nars Orgasm Blush is off the table? My trusty Lorac Wet/Dry Powder that I tell myself was formulated just for my tan/freckled olive skin is now considered UNCLEAN? I’ve worked so hard to find the shades that suit my complexion and now I have to go through it all AGAIN?

Yes, friends. These were my reactions after reading things like this. Oh, and this frightening piece of literature about some of the most ubiquitous cosmetic brands.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. The natural beauty product market has exploded in the past few years and I’ve found clean replacements for most of my products that are comparable in efficacy, and most of the time, surpass the performance of the ‘dirty’ products.

But then there are those holy grail items. They are the staples in your beauty regimen for which you seemingly can’t find a natural, clean replacement. I’m in the throes of this struggle, y’all.

Vapour's 'Torrid' on the left, Clinique 'Black Honey' on the right

Vapour’s ‘Torrid’ on the left, Clinique ‘Black Honey’ on the right

Wearing Vapour's Siren Lipstick in Torrid

Wearing Vapour’s Siren Lipstick in Torrid

The first time I tried Clinuqe’s Almost Lipstick in Black Honey was in the Century City Sephora in 2009. Yes, I was late to join the cult following that this little lipstick touts. I recall trying it on and feeling glamorously adult; sophisticated with just one swipe of that rich, sultry, deep-berry shade. Fellow cult-members understand how flattering and unique it looks on all types of skin. I purchsed it and have always had one in my makeup kit until a few months ago when my last tube ran out and I didn’t repurchase becuase holy shit, I found that Black Honey, and dozens of other Clinique products, tested positive for led. LED! I believe they have reformulated, but the brand’s lipsticks still rate an average of 4 out of 10, a medium level of concern on EWG’s Good Guide. Overall, I would not consider Clinique anywhere near a clean cosmetics brand.

I’ve tested samples of all sorts in the past few months, with the goal of finding a similar replacement for the shade. Hold on to your socks becuase I’ve found IT.

I have now joined the cult of Vapour’s  Siren Lipstick in ‘Torrid‘, where members are slightly less crazed due to the lack of led in their brains and have bushier eyebrows…or something.

While the consistency of the Siren line is lipstick-y, I have found that applying lip balm as a base then applying Torrid with a light hand gives almost the same shade as one swipe of Black Honey, a dark plumb glisten. This shade is buildable if you’re wanting to achieve a striking, bold look (also great if you happen to be a professional witch, ha ha).

Buy on Vapour’s website or, if you’re in the L.A. area, try it and buy at The Detox Market.