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The cosmetic industry is capitalizing on the health trend, and the fact that women and cosmetic users are becoming health conscious. When buying organic cosmetics beware that there are some companies which add the words “derived from” to make an impression that the ingredients are natural and safe.

So, is all organic makeup safe? The answer is no.

Plants can have toxins and carcinogens which can produce harmful effects to the body. This would be the same for mineral makeup. To a certain level, minerals can contain high toxic content. Japanese geisha used white powder to make their faces pasty white, but unfortunately it had high lead content which led to poisoning. When choosing organic makeup, it is necessary to know if they contain any toxins and/or carcinogens.

It’s most important that you read the labels, and here are some ingredients that you do not want to see in your organic makeup:

Sodium laurel sulfate – This can lead to skin allergies.

Paraben- This is a common preservative used in traditional makeup.

Hydrosols – Contains water which is often unpurified and can contain chemicals.

Diethanolamine (DEA), cocamide and triethanolamine (TEA)- These chemicals or cosmetic ingredients are known to cause cancer.

Also be careful when using mineral makeup in loose powder form, make sure that the vanity or sink area for the makeup is dust free. If the makeup area has the mineral makeup scattered the dust can still be an irritant.

So if organic is unsafe why recommend it? Because most organic makeup is made from minerals and plant materials which have not been exposed to pesticides. They display protection, healing, and nurturing benefits which should be taken advantage of by women and cosmetic users. They also list a host of benefits which are good for your body and health:

• Mineral foundation evens out the tone of your skin and covers the facial flaws while letting the skin to breathe.

• There are no oil fillers which can block or clog your pores leading to a variety of skin problems.

• They use no talc, which can lead to dryness of your skin and even emphasize the face’s fine lines. Talc is also believed to

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1 Natalie March 13, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Good article! I agree that not all organic make up is safe. Have you heard of NYR Organic? They leave the junk out and their products are “certified organic” and approved by the soil association…providing a higher quality and safer product than the typical “organic” product found in the U.S.


2 Janet Zappala March 30, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Hi Natalie,
Until hearing from you I was not familiar with NYR Organic, but I am now. I’ve visited their website and it certainly has sparked my interest. I’m going to look into it further, and thank you for sharing.
Two of their products that sound especially interesting are the Rejuvenating Frankincense Collection – “reduces the signs of aging – Defy your age naturally, with the potent, regenerating, firming and nourishing properties of frankincense and myrrh.” And the White Tea Facial Mist – “A gentle facial mist to calm, refresh and rehydrate the skin. Infused with antioxidant white tea, calming organic aloe vera, aromatherapeutic organic essential oils and soothing Bach Flower Remedies.” Anything that provides natural anti-aging benefits, and provides a calming sensation is worth looking into. Thanks!


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