Ask a Junkie

Posted by: Emily

Last week, a reader wrote in with the following question:

Hi Emily and Jordan,

I am looking for a replacement for my Lancome Juicy Tubes. I love the way they shine, the color lasts forever, and they smell great, but I want to find a more green/healthy alternative. Can you help?

ImageI am not kidding that LATER THAT VERY DAY Jordan brought over a new lipgloss we’d received in the mail from Jane Iredale. Incredible timing, incredible Gloss! Jane Iredale has just launched a brand-new formulation of their best-selling PureGloss LipGloss. Here’s what their website says about it:

Our lip glosses have always been one of our most popular products and now we’ve made them even better. We’ve improved the packaging so you get a flatter, sexier tube with a longer wand and more product. We’ve also improved the formula so it protects and nurtures your lips with state-of-the-art ingredients and a wonderful flavor – berry fresh.

What they don’t mention, which is very important to me, is that this new formulation has removed it’s previous first ingredient, Bis Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate 2, and replaced it with Triisostearyl Citrate, followed by a bunch of nice, natural oils.

I still wish it didn’t have Triisostearyl Citrate, something I wouldn’t find in my kitchen pantry, but I looked it up and there’s no data on it on EWG’s Skin Deep Database, so I asked Jane Iredale’s specialists about this ingredient and got this reply:

Triisostearyl Citrate is a jelly derived from citric acid which gives texture and glide; it is jane iredale’s  natural alternative to the petroleum-based ingredients traditionally used in other lipsticks and balms.

Citric Acid gets a “2” rating on Skin Deep (Low Hazard), so that sounds okay. Here at PJR, we like to provide you with all the info and let you decide what ingredients you feel comfortable with. 


The Jane Iredale PureGloss is amazing. It truly feels, looks, and smells like the glosses of my glory-days using chemical products, but it’s natural! Like our reader’s request, it lasts long, has tons of shine, and has that delicious sticky-glossy feeling that chemical glosses like Juicy Tubes have. I have missed that. I’m now a really big fan of Jane Iredale PureGloss!!! I slather it on constantly.

The shade Jane Iredale sent to us is Spice, and I love it. It’s a my-lips-only-better-and-glossier shade, like Bobbi Brown’s Buff from the old days, or Stila’s Blackberry lip glaze.

I personally like a lot of shimmer in my gloss, so I hope to get to try out Jane Iredale’s Iced Mocha or Sangria soon. Beach Plum looks good too… I want to try all of them!


Just a side note:  I had previously thought that Jane Iredale was like Vapour Organic Beauty or Revolution Organics, where all the products are just totally, unquestionably natural, but not all of Jane’s stuff is. And that’s okay– no judgement here, just education. Just be sure to look at the ingredients and decide what you’re comfort level is. It’s a great company– really wonderful products, and the products that are natural are terrific. (See Jordan’s review of the Just Kissed Lip And Cheek Stain here, a product which I love and use.) I was just surprised to learn that not everything is natural. 

But if you’re looking for a no-brainer gloss with 100% natural ingredients that you don’t have to look up, I still heartily recommend Revolution Organics’ Freedom Gloss (my fave shades are Vibe and Integrity, and the main ingredients are Castor Seed oil, Olive oil, and Shea Butter.)

I also recommend Vapour’s Elixir Lip Gloss in Sultry, a sunkissed brown (I only wish it had shimmer!!), or their Elixir Plumping Gloss (I like Coax). In fact, we are giving away a Vapour Elixir Plumping Lip Gloss in Coax (possibly my favorite Vapour shade ever!) this week! Enter below by telling us your favorite gloss (natural or not, we are not judging!!) in the comments below. For an extra entry, post this blog entry on your Facebook timeline or tweet it. Winners will be announced at the end of the week.

P.S. When I checked back in with our reader who was missing Lancome Juicy Tubes, she said she’s trying (and liking!) Burt’s Bees’ 100% Natural Lip Gloss. Looks good– add that to my list of things to try!



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13 responses to “Ask a Junkie

  1. ginger g.

    Ooo…I like bare mineral moxie glosses!

  2. ginger g.

    I tweeted as well!

  3. Kelly

    I haven’t used a gloss in quite awhile. I have been using hemp organics lip tint in love and and rose. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  4. I have been using 100% pure Natural Juicy Lip Gloss. It is okay, but I wish it had better color payout. I am struggle because I have to look for things that are not only natural, but also gluten free. I checked and the Vapour lip glosses are gluten free, so I will have to give them a try. Also posted on twitter @jessi_glen

  5. Currently loving Vapour’s Elixir Gloss in Enigma. I haven’t tried their plumping glosses yet 🙂

  6. Hallie Kapner

    Great post, thanks!! I’m a recovering Juicy Tubes addict and currently liking the Burt’s Bees gloss mentioned above. It’s great for everyday, but not enough color for evening. Looking forward to trying some of these other glosses!

  7. Hmmm, I use regular chapstick. Clearly I need something better!

  8. Eve

    Hello lovely ladies!
    I love Vapour Elixir Plumping Gloss in Pout for a perfect neutral but I was definitely a former fan of the Juicy Tubes so I will be sure to try the new Jane glosses – thanks!

  9. I absolutely love the new packaging! I just checked out the shade selection and I think I need to buy Tangerine and Red Currant! They look like the perfect shades for warmer weather!

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