Photographed by Sunny Frantz

What gives these three Madison Soap Company lip tints their color?

Mica. Mica is a naturally occurring pigment found in rock. The mica used in cosmetics is chemically identical to that found in rock, but created in a lab to ensure it is free of contaminates like lead. Mankind’s first pigment, mica was used for adorning the body and creating prehistoric art such as cave paintings. It’s also the pigment used for ceremonies and traditions. The color in lip tints is buildable, meaning you can adjust the color by applying more or less balm for some quick moisture or a night on the town.

“The first ingredient in this lip tint is argan oil, sourced from a women’s cooperative in Morocco. The cooperative raises the social status of the women it employs by providing them with a fair wage and education. Every step toward equality counts, no matter where in the world it may be,” explains says Madison Soap Company owner Laura Daly. “Other ingredients include the moisturizing oils of jojoba and avocado, calming calendula extract with an organic beeswax base. Color is added with mica, colorants naturally occurring in earth that are produced in a lab to be identical to substances occurring in earth, but without the nasty lead.”


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