Kosher For Passover Cosmetics Are A Thing

Look fabulous while eating your matzah.

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If you thought Passover was just about matzah, you were wrong.

Each year when Passover rolls around you may see your local supermarket stock up on Kosher for Passover food items. Many of those who do not know the meaning of Passover think of this holiday as one where Jewish people swap bread for matzah for eight days, but that's not quite the whole picture.They also stop eating food products that contain unleavened wheat, yeast, oats, grains, corn and beans – even rice in some parts of the world. Different people practice different depths of their religion, and for some the diet really is that simple. For others, they have to look out for the Kosher for Passover seal on any packaged foods purchased from the grocery store, which verifies that all hametz (unleavened products) have been removed. 

Now, you might be asking yourself how different Kosher for Passover products are to the regular kosher options available to Jewish people for throughout the year. For those of you who have not seen the 1995 Rugrats Passover Special, here's a breakdown of everything you need to know to brush up on your biblical knowledge: Passover is the Jewish holiday that celebrates the freeing of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt in around 1300 BCE. It was at that time that Moses came down from the mountain with the famed Ten Commandments and did the whole "let my people go" routine until, eventually, the Pharaoh did exactly that. The newly freed population packed up their belongings and hastily prepared food for the journey ahead. But they were in such a rush that they didn't have any time to allow their bread to rise – or leaven – when they baked it. And so, to commemorate the 40-odd years that the Israelites spent wandering around the dessert, during Passover, people who practice modern-day Judaism do not consume anything containing products that rise when baked. As for the bread supplement, we call this matzah — a delicious, flat cracker that comes in all sorts of different flavors. Note: there is a lot more to the story of Passover, but that's the bit you need to know to understand why kosher for Passover cosmetics are such a win. 

Traditionally, Jewish people rid their entire home of unleavened products ahead of the holiday, but not just in the kitchen: they also clean out their medicine cabinets, toiletries and cosmetics kits, too. As far as kosher and Passover law is concerned, even lipstick and perfume count as digestible products. And so, to save face (quite literally) throughout the festivities, Kosher for Passover cosmetics were created. 

For many women, wearing lip products as part of their daily routine is commonplace. But when changing a diet for strict religious traditions, everything must be taken into account, and there are a surprising number of beauty products and fragrances that have ingredients derived from and containing wheat, barley, oats and alcohol. But there's no reason that NJGs (Nice Jewish Girls) should have to sacrifice looking and feeling their best in their favorite sparkly shade of pucker-up pink lipstick or intoxicating perfume during Passover — it's great to know that some of your favorite beauty brands, including MAC, Revlon, Chloe, Max Factor, Clinique and more make cosmetics without hametz.

So we've pulled together a selection of the best designer lip shades and fragrances to keep your beauty routine hametz-free while you sit at the Seder table and celebrate all week long. Because after all, you'd want to be looking your finest just in case your cousin's handsome best friend decides to make an appearance for desert and asks if you want to share a piece of chocolate-coated matzah. 

Shop our favorite selection of kosher cosmetics, just in time for Passover:
Clinique Almost Lipstick - $17
Max Factor Lipfinity Lipstick from 
MAC Lipglass - $17
MAC Lip Erase Lip Balm - $21
MAC Matte Lipstick - $17
REVLON Colorstay Overtime Lipcolor - In Bare Maximum - $7
Beauty Without Cruelty Infusion Lipstick - $24
Chloé - from $75
Christian Dior Hypnotic Poison - from $100
Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Kiss - $78
Christian Dior Poison Girl - from $60
Chanel Coco - from $72
Estee Lauder Pure White Linen - $85
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