What can come from a lipstick line launched to FULLY benefit a passion fruit farming community in Davao? Only the good :).
What’s marvelous about Human Nature’s Love Minerals lipsticks is that the colors available are the prettiest and most suitable shades I’ve seen for Filipina women so far and I already have a favorite, and I think I might have one more. I was invited by Human Nature to a blogger gathering in Makati and they gifted me with two of their four lovely lipstick shades.
I was given Coral Kiss and Pink Skies, by default I was not supposed to have Pink Skies, everyone was being given Sweet Nectar, a warmer neutral that’s equally pretty, but when I swatched Pink Skies and spied a subtle hint of mauve pink in the beige I had to beg the Human Nature team for a swap LOL. The lipsticks have a satin mineral finish that’s not shimmery, only slightly pearly, which I love. You’ll see how pretty these lipsticks look on me in a moment.
LoveMinerals lipsticks are made with a formulation based on passion fruit seed oil, a product that by demand will create a continuous sustainable source of livelihood for Gawad Kalinga Community Village Pueblo Antonio in Catigan, Davao. The standard retail price for a LoveMinerals lipstick stands at Php225.00, a fairly competitive price. The Love Minerals cosmetics line as well as selected Human Nature skincare items will soon be available (soon meaning like next week) at local Beauty Bar stores in addition to Human Nature’s online store and branch outlets. The online store delivers exceptionally fast, I know because I ordered from them last time, it took them about a day or two to deliver straight to the address at a flat rate of Php50.00. The nearest Human Nature outlet for those in Southern Metro Manila is the one in Santana Grove commercial center, Sucat. Passion fruit seed oil is the locally grown organic alternative to mineral oil as a base for lipsticks and the Pueblo Antonio Passion Fruit farming community in Davao supply Human Nature with that resource. Continue reading to see the lipsticks up close and see me try them on!
My favorite of these two is Pink Skies.
This is how it wears on me 🙂 Pardon the dry lips, I didn’t exfoliate/scrub them enough before application, I did but just a bit.
While there is a bit of creasing because of my dry skin the color Pink Skies is simply lovely. It’s actually ALMOST too light for me…almost, but not quite. It’s great for when I want a nude/neutral lip but still have a kiss of pink in the shade. Pink Skies is essentially a pink beige and would typically flatter medium to fair Asian skintones. Next is Coral Kiss.
Coral Kiss is a pretty warm earthy red, it’s the closest shade to red that Human Nature carries at the moment because they are still trying to find sustainable environmentally friendly ingredients that will provide a vivid red hue. The wear on these lipsticks is hydrating and while they wouldn’t last as long as a product like Revlon Colorstay lipstick they are comparable to Maybelline’s color sensational lipcolors in terms of hydrating texture and drag. The amount of drag in application is good and is indicative of reasonable longevity. I’m liking the lipstick packaging wherein the deep purple represents the color of the passion fruits grown in Davao for the cosmetic line.
I am appreciating that these aren’t what I would call “slippy lippies” like the NYX Round lipsticks that I’ve tried to love but absolutely detest because after one drink or snack the color is gone, these aren’t like that. Based on today’s experience these will wear well for a good 4-5 hours and will reasonably require a quick touch-up after that length of time, and they don’t flake off, I can’t stand lipsticks that do. The lipstick tubes give a snug twist, snap tightly, and do not feel substandard. They’re cute and ever so slightly smaller than the average drugstore lipstick making this a handy, cruelty-free, beauty kit essential.
We were fed well and that delicious natural iced tea with pandan and lemongrass called Enchantea is actually pretty good! I ate more salsa than I should have, I even ate it with the chicken.
What’s inspiring about Human Nature are the values they prop up behind the products they manufacture. These products have core value and they have a purpose beyond personal profit which is to enrich the country, those in need, and the environment.
It’s about providing livelihood and well-being to slowly eliminate poverty, and the members of the Gawad Kalinga communities are the stars that shine behind every item on the market. The Human Nature product line is for them and by them and therefore the example of Gandang Kalikasan Inc., owned by the family of Tony Meloto, has proven that a sustainable cycle of goodness can infect the planet in a good way and the cornerstone is not just humanity, but Spirituality as well.
That day we opened our blogger gathering with a prayer followed by the national anthem, far from the usual and whilst for some that might be corny I happen to think that’s very powerful, and that’s probably why Human Nature is succeeding not just locally but worldwide as well.