12/15/2010 06:39 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Is Marilyn Monroe's Lipstick Making Us Sick?

Marilyn Monroe wore red lipstick in the most memorable way. Even until today, there are so many references to her image and her red lips. Madonna, Lady Gaga, Gwen Stefani and many seductive ad campaigns are influential in our love of lipstick.

Lipstick is a female rite of passage. I remember my mom putting on red lipstick, the sounds of the cap closing on the tube and the way she stretched her lips to apply it. Then she patted her lips on a white tissue leaving an imprint behind. I followed in her footsteps and wore red lipstick for many years and it was always considered part of my style.

My interest in wellness has opened me up to information I would not have known existed. How could so many lipstick ads exist if people knew that lipstick was toxic or that it could make us sick?

Horst Rechelbacher, the founder of Aveda, tells an amazing story about the amount of lipstick we consume, I mean that we "eat" each year, and what is in the lipstick.

As a result of his research, I decided to no longer wear lipstick. That's a big statement for somebody in the fashion industry. Now I chose to wear organic lip balm and I look forward to any lip color developments that are plant-based.

I really believe that the new luxury is good health.