January Rising: Lip Tar With A Purpose

Stef’s Team Pick:

January Hunt is an employee at Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, an all-vegan, 100% cruelty-free makeup company based out of a small store in the Lower East Side of New York City.  You also might remember her from this Rolling Stone article as the Against Me! fan who helped inspire Laura Jane Grace to begin her own transition.  January’s been saving up for gender affirming surgeries, and because they are an amazing, compassionate company, OCC are helping her do it.  They’ve teamed up to make a gorgeous hot pink lip tar called January Rising, with the proceeds going towards January’s medical bills.


As crowdsourcing becomes more and more ubiquitous, some days it’s hard to decide which of my friends’ projects I can afford to give money to.  I’m impressed with this model because January is offering a single compassionately-made product for a compassionate cause.  On her Indiegogo page, January explains what led her to this stage in her transition, and why she believes that for her, surgery is the next necessary step.  Beyond her own monetary goal, she hopes to increase awareness and visibility for other trans* people who might find themselves considering the same sort of process.


January Rising is available with a $25 donation, but other denominations are also accepted – all while supporting both a great vegan business and a wonderful cause.  January Rising can be purchased at the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics store at 174 Ludlow Street, or online via January’s Indiegogo.

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  1. I am absolutely OBSESSED with OCC lip tars! Next time I’m in the LES I’ll stop buy and pick one up! That shade is perfect for S/S 13 :)

    • see this was my question too, and then i realized that it doesn’t really matter what lip tar is, i want it anyway. lip tar could be grass flavored super glue and i’d still want it bc TAR.

    • It’s a super pigmented liquid lipstick! You apply it with a brush, you only need to use the tiniest drop to cover your lips so the tube will last forever. I am not affiliated with OCC, just a makeup nerd who owns a bunch of their products :)

    • Absolutely not like lip gloss! It’s an incredibly pigmented and pretty opaque liquid lipstick. The tiniest amount will cover both lips and it’s definitely something to be applied with a lip brush. If you’re not into opaque lip colors, mix it with a mix of vaseline or your fav clear lipgloss to change the texture & opacity.

      Here is a newish HD youtube video on a handful of colors: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IqsLAmal84

  2. I read this the other day and I was so impressed! More companies need to love their employees like this. (IF I were a pink person that lived in NYC I would be there)

  3. i have been meaning to try occ’s lip tars for a while now and this is the perfect reason to start! thanks stef!

    • i looooove obsessive compulsive honestly, this was a good excuse to write about it. i am not much of a lip accessory person (i donated minus the lip tar) but i swear by their eyeshadow. GET ALL THE THINGS.

  4. Great cause and I’m glad to contribute towards a fellow sister living authentically (and I look forward to receiving the lip tar as well)! :)

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