Did you know that it takes 26 seconds for the chemicals in personal body care products to enter into your bloodstream? Makeup is an essential beauty item used by women to help enhance one’s personal appearance and self esteem. Although you may be enhancing your own personal beauty but the chemicals in conventional makeup are often very harsh on the skin. If you want to protect your body from the harmful ingredients that are used in most commercial brands, you should check out organic skin care products and organic make-up. Start reading labels and asking questions.
Government regulations allow virtually any ingredient to be used in the manufacture of products that we use daily on our skin, hair, and nails, and in the water we drink. It only makes sense to start doing your own research.
The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) establishes the regulations and standards in the United States regarding the manufacture of drugs & food. The problem is that they do not pay as much attention to skin care and make-up as they should, thereby allowing some very harmful chemicals to be used in creating almost every product that is mass marketed.
Have you taken the time to read or google what is in your personal body care products?
Some of the harmful ingredients that are used frequently in manufacturing the most common non-organic skin care and make-up items include:
- Ammonium Laureth Sulfate
- Alcohol, Isopropyl (SD-40)
- Polyethylene Glycol
- Polyethylene eth-
How to Know You’re Buying the Best Organic Makeup Brands
The FDA doesn’t regulate what ingredients go into makeup products or the labels that are placed on them. A lip gloss may be labeled “organic” or “all-natural,” but it could just be a marketing ploy. Manufacturers know that there is a higher demand for natural products these days, so they’ll do anything to convince consumers that what they’re selling is indeed natural. Sometimes these products only contain about 10 percent “natural” ingredients with the rest are those nasty ingredients that are full of toxins – toxins that could be linked to cancer and Alzheimer’s.
In my opinion here is list of some of the top Organic Makeup Brands.
Cocoa butter is one of the leading natural moisturizers out there, providing essential fatty acids for healthy, youthful skin. Organic makeup, especially liquid foundation, may have cocoa butter or various nutrient-rich oils to provide a smoother, more youthful look.
Organic Cocoa Butter By Sky Organics: Unrefined, 100% Pure Raw Cocoa Butter 16oz – Skin Nourishing, Moisturizing & Healing, for Dry Skin, Stretch Marks
This foundation goes on skin effortlessly and provides an instant youthful appearance with its pore perfecting perfection. Eight six percent of those who tried it found fewer lines and smaller pores, something that women with aging skin are sure to appreciate. It’s available in 12 different shades and will beautifully complement a variety of different skin tones. With added SPF 15, it helps to prevent future signs of aging while giving you an all-day finish that makes you feel fabulous and free.
- Light Medium Foundation
- Perfect Matching for Every Skin Color
This easy-to-use lip crayon is perfect for those that want softly colored lips that are perfectly poutable. Available in six different shades, KissZing is made with meadowfoam seed and jojoba oil to nourish lips while Shea butter keeps them soft and supple. These super soft lip crayons glide on smooth and add perfectly blended color. It doesn’t make lips crack and is perfect for all skin types. If you’re looking for soft, smooth lips splashed with delicate color, Origins’ KissZing may just become your new go-to lip color.
- Perfect for All Skin Types
- Available in 6 Different Shades
This amazingly blendable foundation is designed to reveal and enhance healthier looking skin, not just cover it up. It reduces the appearance of pores while rejuvenating the skin and is so lightweight you’ll feel like you’re wearing nothing at all. It can be used as a heavier foundation or as a light concealer depending on the look you’re going for. The coverage it provides turns out even and completely flawless no matter how you decide to wear it, and it will leave skin luminous. It’s available in five different shades to compliment a variety of skin tones.
- Non-Toxic Ingredients
- Created by Celebrity Make-Up Artist Rose-Marie Swift
Not your typical eyeshadow, RMS Eye Polish offers a veil of metallic hues in eight different inspiring shades. They are subtly glossy and offer a dramatic-as-you-wish look while leaving you with a youthful finish. It actually doubles as a fabulous eye cream that moisturizes and nourishes the delicate eye area, making them truly amazing for dry or aging eyes. Apply it sparingly like you would moisturizer and feel the fabulous results of a shimmer that makes eyes pop with a fashion forward finish.
- Works Amazing on Dry & Aging Eyes
- Non-Toxic Ingredients
This full-coverage formula available in four different shades will make it possible for you to start the day in comfort and confidence. It blends right into skin and provides incredible coverage leaving a flawless finish that will let you tackle anything your day brings while looking your best.
- No Parabens, Nanos, Bismuth Oxychloride, Gluten or Talc
- 100% Natural Ingredients
This very blendable powder foundation is one of the best organic makeup foundations out there, and it’s available in 19 different shades that look amazing on any skin type. Yep – even oily skin. It leaves skin soft and moisturized while providing flawless coverage. This is truly a pharmaceutical grade finish using all natural products that contain no chemical-based ingredients. It’s also gluten-free and won’t make you feel “funny” if you’ve got gluten sensitivities. This foundation gives you the coverage you desire without the need to risk your health to do so. If you’re looking for one of the best natural foundations you can find, Afterglow may be just what it is you’re after.
- Infused with Soothing Organic Botanicals
- Available in 19 Wearable Shades for All Skin Types
Available in both black and brown, this is the go-to for natural liquid eyeliners. It is silky smooth and draws on lids, effortlessly making lashes look fuller and eyes pop. Made with neem extract, jojoba and rose, this liquid liner won’t smudge or bleed and is certified free from any synthetic ingredients or preservatives.
- 100% Natural and Non-Toxic
- Makes Lashes Look Fuller and Eyes Pop
This subtly shiny all-natural lip gloss adds just the right amount of shimmer when you’re looking for a glowing smile from luxurious lips. Gloss glides on smooth and can be worn alone or over your regular lipstick. Rich in antioxidants and vitamins, the rose or ruby shades offer lips a glossy finish. Mango butter and apricot kernel oil are added to moisturize lips, while mica adds a gorgeous natural shimmer. This is a must-have for the natural girls who love their gloss.
- Nourishing and Conditioning
- Boosts Flexibility of Lips
Tata Harper’s long-lasting lip and cheek tint is a must-have for ladies who like a splash of color on their cheeks to brighten up their look. Tata Harper has combined natural pigments with the latest natural anti-aging technology to bring a youthful glow by adding a bit of color while filling in age lines. This lip and cheek tint offers a plump appearance to make you feel gorgeous all day long.
- 100% Natural and Non-Toxic
- Adapt to Compliment All Skin Shades
While not technically makeup, Love Potion had to make it onto this list because of just how sweetly this scent stimulates the senses. This blend of ten of the world’s most potent aphrodisiacs automatically inspires a strong sense of inner confidence and sensuality. Jasmine, orange peel, sandalwood and Ylang Ylang are just some of the aromas that will permeate the air as you embrace your inner goddess with this seductively sensual scent.
- Blend of 10 of the World’s Most Potent Aphrodisiac Essential Oils
- An Aromatheraphy of Love to Stimulate The Senses
Dr. Hauschka Skin Care Lip Liner
This collection of lip crayons comes in twelve gorgeous shades, goes on smooth, lasts all day, and is made without parabens, sulfates or phthalates. Whether you like a soft pink, a striking red or a nice nude, you’ll find it in these fabulous matte cream lip crayons. Orange peel wax locks in moisture and color lasts throughout the day, and they’re gluten-free and made with food-grade ingredients. This is the perfect natural lip crayon for whatever color you choose to pucker up with.
- 12 Timeless Matte Shades
- Superior Hydration
This refreshing coconut-based liquid eyeshadow offers an all-natural youthful look. It makes eyes look and feel fresh and also contains argan oil, which only adds to the moisturizing and nourishing benefits of hydrating coconut. If you’re a girl who loves a little color swept over her lids, you’ll find six shimmering shades to brighten up your eyes and make you feel beautiful.
- Up To 14 Hours of Color and Hydration
- Infused with 50 Percent-Pure Coconut Water
A good BB cream can take your look from polished to perfect, and lucky for us ladies that love them, Physician’s Formula has come out with a blendable BB cream made with all-natural ingredients and added vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. While thicker than some BB creams you may be used to, it is easy to spread and doesn’t look at all cakey.
- 10+ Beauty Benefits
- Hypoallergenic; Paraben-Free; Gluten Free; Fragrance Free; Non-Comedogenic; Dermatologist Approved
If you’re like most women, you know that a little mascara goes a long way. Mascara is a makeup essential, and the extensive line that Physician’s Formula is free of chemical solvents and uses natural biopolymers, natural preservatives and 100 percent natural color pigments. You can choose between their assortments of both regular and lash boosting varieties for whatever look you’re going for.
- 100% Free of Harsh Chemicals
- Clump-Free, Smudge-Free, Flake-Free
“Bloom” and “Summer Rain” are both two of their best-selling colors and after using Living Nature’s lipstick you’ll be sure to know why. Whatever color you decide on (and they’ve got quite an array), your lips are sure to stay moist while your color stays on. They don’t taste like anything either, which any woman that loves her lipstick knows is a huge bonus.
- Moisturizing And Nourishing Protect Your Lips
- No Chemicals At All: Ingredients 100% Natural
For all-natural liquid foundation, Living Nature can’t be beat. It goes on smooth, looks natural and offers a beautiful glow to your complexion. This foundation covers brilliantly, leaving you with a flawless finish that can easily be worn during the day or done up more dramatically at night.
- For All Skin Types
- Full Of Vitamins And Natural Oils
|Ingredients to Avoid||Forms Found in Cosmetics and Possible Negative Side Effects|
|Aluminum||Thought to contribute to Alzheimer’s Disease.
Found in almost all antiperspirants.
Works by blocking pores so sweat cannot be released by the skin.
|Artificial colours||FD&C, derived from coal tar.
For example, Azo dyes are a risk to asthmatics, eczema sufferers and people sensitive to aspirin.
Causes hyperactivity in children, severe headaches, blurred vision and itchy/watery eyes and nose (Antczak, 2001).
|Benzoates||Benzoates Benzoic acid, sodium benzoate or parahydroxy benzoate.
Used as a preservative in cosmetics and fizzy drinks.Causes gastric irritation, numbing of the mouth and aggravates asthma (Antczak, 2001).
|Certain essential oils||Rosemary is harmful to epileptics.Sage is not recommended for pregnant women.|
|DEA, MEA, TEA||Causes allergic reactions, irritating to eyes and dries out hair and skin (Fairley, 2001).|
|Dibutyl phthalate||Found in all persons tested by the CDC (Center for Disease Control, USA) in a 2000 Fall study.
Highest levels were found in women of reproductive age.
Causes birth defects in animals, and damaging to the male reproductive system (ABC News, Internet Ventures 2000).
Used in cosmetics to assist the absorption of other ingredients.
Causes skin reactions.
Imidazolidinyl urea is the second most identified preservative causing contact dermatitis ( American Academy of Dermatology: Fairley, 2001).
|Fragrances||Can contain up to 200 undeclared substances (Fairley, 2001).
Major cause, in addition to artificial colours, of skin irritations and allergies (Antczak, 2001).
May cause dizziniess, skin irritation and hyperpigmentation (Fairley, 2001).
|Genetically Modified Organisms||Soy, Corn
Effects still undetermined.
|Isopropyl Alcohol||Drying agent, from petroleum.|
|Keratolytic chemicals||Such as hydroxyl acids, retinoic acid.
Corrosive, used in skin peels.
Dissolves the stratum corneum of the epidermis (outermost layer), making skin more sensitive to sun damage.
Accelerates production of dead skin cells; the skin thickens to repair its surface so that vulnerable skin cells underneath are protected from the effects of skin peeling.(Antczak, 2001).
|Methylisothiazolinone||Causes allergic reactions and irritations (Fairley, 2001).|
Triggers skin irritations and may be an xerestrogen (Fairley, 2001).May play a role in falling sperm counts and rising breast cancer rates (Fairley, 2001).Used in 99% of all cosmetics (Fairley, 2001), and in many so-called ‘natural’ products.
|Parraffin||Derived from petroleum.
In the form of wax, mineral oil or petrolatum.
Comedogenic, i.e.blocks pores.
|Propylene Glycol||When derived from petroleum.
Increases the amount of acid in the body, resulting in metabolic problems.
Large amounts are needed to produce this effect (Agency forToxic Substances and Disease Registry or ATSDR, 2003).
|Sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate||Forms carcinogenic nitrogen compounds when combined with specific ingredients.
Irritating to eyes, skin and lungs (Antczak, 2001).
Harmful if swallowed and may cause damage to eyes (Antczak, 2001).
Not suitable for vegans, and may be a skin irritant.
|Toluene||Found in many nail products and nail polish removers.
Produced during the process of making gasoline and other fuels from crude oil or coal.
Evaporates into the air when products containing toluene are opened.
May affect the nervous system, and/or cause tiredness, confusion, weakness, nausea, or loss of appetite.
Symptoms disappear when exposure is eliminated (ATSDR, 2003).
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