You buy the latest and hottest makeup to keep you looking fresh and sexy. But look a little deeper, past the allure and the effect. Have you ever asked if your makeup is healthy and safe?
You should. Some of what we put on us becomes us – eg. we may be eating, absorbing or inhaling about 0.06 g/day (21.9 g/year) of lipstick, which is about the weight of a toothbrush!
BUT, CAN YOU GET THE HOTTEST PRODUCTS AND STILL HAVE THEM WORK WELL, BE SAFE AND HEALTHY?
Yes! Gone are the days of your tea-totin’ hippy grandma, sworn off modern make up for nightly wheatgrass facials. Today, there are so many healthy, cool, chic, sexy and effective makeup products that grandma’s wheatgrass regimen is an unnecessary thing of the past – and that’s fine by me!
Ever read the labels of beauty products and found yourself raising an eyebrow, bamboozled by the long-winded names and the sheer amount of ingredients? I don’t know about you, but I had NO IDEA what I was putting all over my skin and in my hair! After a TONNE of research, I was flabbergasted by what I found!
I get it, though. These ingredients are easy to combine for the manufacturers and they do the job very well, but that doesn’t mean they are safe. For example, some of the ingredients (like BHA or BHT) are suspected to mess with our hormones and cause cancer (anything labeled ‘fragrance’). The prevalence of ‘fragrance’ is particularly shocking, found as it is in so many products. According to the European Commission’s Health and Consumers Scientific Committees (and Europe is known to have more stringent regulations than North America) ‘fragrance’ can be any one – or combination of – 2,500 chemicals! (See end article for further references.)
I’m pretty sure no one really wants to be using products that contain all these chemicals, and today it’s not necessary either. Healthy and safe products are no longer poor quality. There are some fantastic and safe products out there now – even grandma would be impressed!
But how to tell between the safe and healthy products from the rest? Most simply don’t have the time to do the research and naturally turn a blind eye, sticking to the products they like.
But I have done the research on these products, and so I’m able to provide you with a solution: a super simple way to find makeup and skin care products that are not just safe and healthy, but effective, luxurious and super-fun!
So, you can rest assured that all the makeup and skin care products that I post on this site will be healthy and safe. I include all the hottest colors on the market and products from a variety of different brands – all to make you the most beautiful and confident you can be!
So get excited because below is a list of some of my favorite products which I’m ecstatic to be sharing with you!
(A final BTW, NONE of these products contain carmine, which is a nice word for insects. Yup, you read that right. Insects, in lipstick!)
Here is a comparison chart of the different brands and some of my top favorite and fabulous lipsticks for summer 2015:
Want to know about more variables? Post in the comments below and let us know which ones you would like to see in the chart!
Data gathered in this chart is from the following sources, unless otherwise noted:
(1) Direct communication with the companies or
(2) Companies websites
Thirsty for more? Here are 2 simple things you can do right now!
- Leave a reply below by letting me know what you think about my favorite lipsticks. You can also post and let me know what lipstick you just LOVE and can’t live without.
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Stay beautiful and healthy.
Nancy Niklis~BSc, MSc
Director of Melayla Inc.
More on titanium dioxide, iron oxide and mica (sometimes in lipstick):
The quick and dirty is that overall the studies show that these are safe if they are not in nanoparticle form and/or inhaled. Of course, there’s usually a small percentage of the population that has allergic reactions to products, so please keep this in mind.
I like the way that Karen Behnke, Founder of Juice Beauty, refers to these ingredients in her podcasts in the context of sunscreen. She says that it’s like “putting a rock between you and the sun”. Cool
(References: http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/chemicals-of-concern/titanium-dioxide-2/;http://ec.europa.eu/health/scientific_committees/docs/citizens_titaniumnano_en.pdf;http://hazmap.nlm.nih.gov/category-details?id=5311&table=copytblagents;http://nj.gov/health/eoh/rtkweb/documents/fs/1036.pdf;http://www.ccohs.ca/products/Supplements/NPG/appendixc.html; http://hazmap.nlm.nih.gov/category-details?id=621&table=copytblagents).
- EWG Skin Deep: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/
- International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC): http://www.iarc.fr
- PubMed: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed
- Environment Canada: http://www.ec.gc.ca/lcpe-cepa/eng/substance/chemicals_polymers.cfm
- Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety: http://www.ccohs.ca/
- Occupational Safety USA: http://hazmap.nlm.nih.gov/index.php
- EU Commission on Health & Consumers Cosmetics:http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/cosmetics/cosing/
- Personal Care Product Council: http://www.personalcarecouncil.org/
- Cosmetics Ingredient Review (CIR): http://www.cir-safety.org/ingredients
- Cosmetics Info: http://cosmeticsinfo.org/
- Paula’s Choice: http://www.paulaschoice.com/
- Campaign for Safe Cosmetics: http://www.safecosmetics.org/
- IARC Monographs 47 & 93:http://monographs.iarc.fr/ENG/Classification/ClassificationsAlphaOrder.pdf