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The Makeup that Bonds Us
Today was the day. I was fifteen years old and my mom finally agreed to take me shopping and my stomach twisted and turned with anticipation. It felt like I had waited forever for this day (about two years which, in teen time, is forever).
We walked into the store and I was in awe of all the choices in front of me. Browns, tans, reds, purples, greens. When I thought of make up the only colors that came to mind were brown, beige, and black but there was so much more here.
My mom guided me to the counter and told the lady she wanted to show me some basic tips on how to make makeup look natural. She matched my skin tone, showed me how to apply a touch of eyeliner and mascara, and then slapped on a fluorescent purple lipstick. Just kidding- she stuck to a natural light brown.
It was a great mother-daughter day.
My days of being enthralled with makeup are now behind me but occasionally I still like to throw on a bit of makeup to feel extra pretty so I was sad when I discovered just how bad a lot of conventional cosmetics are.
Did you know safety testing is not required for the industrial chemicals which are added to personal care products. According to the Office of Cosmetics and Colors at the federal Food and Drug Administration, “…a cosmetic manufacturer may use almost any raw material as a cosmetic ingredient and market the product without an approval from FDA.”
Basically, they can use anything because it has never been proven to be harmful. Talk about backwards.
And, since our skin is our biggest organ and absorbs everything around us, that means anything we use gets direct access to our circulatory and lymphatic system day after day, use after use.
Dangerous Ingredients in Cosmetics
There are literally tens of thousands of ingredients used in cosmetics, none of which have been proven to be safe. A lot have side effects including skin and lung irritation (which can both develop into serious problems) however, some of the worst ingredients I have found are listed below.
Kind of scary, right?
Healthier, Greener and Non-Toxic Makeup Alternatives
At this point you are probably wondering “So what the heck can I use without poisoning myself?”
Thankfully, there is now an amazing database developed by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) called Skin Deep. EWG is a non-profit organization who is dedicated to educating the public and the environment about different chemicals in cosmetics, cleaning, food, and our water.
They have put together a database with thousands of cosmetics and have broken them down by their ingredients and then graded them for safety and environmental effect.
If you want to know how safe (or toxic) your current makeup is, you can look it up and see the score it has been assigned with 1 being the least toxic and 10 being the most. You can also simply hover over ‘Makeup’ and then select what you are looking for to get an itemized list of the cleanest makeup available.
The Ultimate List of Non-Toxic Makeup and Green Retailers
I always encourage people to do their own research but, let’s be real, life is often busy and time is short so I decided to do a lot of the work for you.
I created a Non-Toxic Makeup Page which lists a ton of different green makeup brands that are non-toxic and eco-friendly. Many of them even go above and beyond to ensure their ingredients are Cruelty-Free, Vegan, or Gluten free and I have also included Green Retailers who only carry non-toxic brands.
You can go here to view the different makeup brands and retailers.
New to Green Brands?
Sometimes the thought of changing something we are comfortable and familiar with can be scary. I get it, I do. My husband literally had to convince me to get a new bag instead of patching up the one I have had for ten years now. It’s comfortable and familiar and I know all the pockets.
However, changes can also be fun and, here’s a small secret, you don’t have to change everything at once. 1) That would be heck of expensive and 2) it can be a little too scary or even frustrating. Especially with something like makeup which can sometimes require a little trial and error.
Instead of replacing everything at once, just try to look for natural alternatives as you start to run out of things and eventually your makeup will be toxin free.
Have you ever tried any natural brands of makeup that worked well? If so, share them below!