A while back, I had gone home to visit my family. I slept over, and while getting ready in my mom’s bathroom, my mom walked in while I was putting my mascara on. She asked me what kind of mascara I was using, adding, “because that goes right into your bloodstream, so if it’s toxic you could be poisoning yourself with it.”
I stared at it for a minute and realized I had never considered that. How foolish! Of course it made sense (thank you, Mom!), because you’re not only what you eat, BUT you’re also what you absorb! Your skin is largest organ in your body and much of what you put on it ends up in your body.
From that day forward, I became much more aware of my everyday makeup. I don’t drive myself crazy with it, but I look at it like food— if it’s something I am going to be eating every day, I want to make sure it’s the right stuff! It’s the same with my makeup— if I am going to be using it every day, I want to make sure it’s not doing me more harm than good.
I reached out to beauty and lifestyle blogger Desiree Savo on how to navigate your way through the organic makeup aisles, as well as her product recommendations at all different price ranges. Here’s what she had to say!
What are organic/natural/toxin-free products?
When you buy beauty products that are organic or natural, you are purchasing products that are made and manufactured without toxins or harmful pesticides. The term “organic” is a grey area with cosmetics, because companies often misuse the term and label their products as such without being true. They do this so they can charge more being the fact they are claiming to be natural and toxin-free. That’s exactly why reading the labels and looking for harmful ingredients is very important! Knowing what ingredients to look for can really tell you if the product is truly organic or not.
What ingredients should you avoid when buying beauty products?
Some of the many products you should avoid while purchasing beauty products are: parabens, BHA and BHT, and DEA and TEA, and formaldehyde. These are just few of many products that are harmful and are contributors to specific health issues in women and men. If you are shopping for products, don’t always believe the sales person who is telling you it’s an all-natural product; research is very important!
A few key ingredients to avoid: diethanolamine, monoethanolamine, triethanolamine, imidazolidinyl, aluminum, parabens, para-aminobenzoic acid, phenoxyethanol.
What are some cosmetic brands that are natural?
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These are just some of the products I know to be wonderful brands! The trendiest brand would be Tarte Cosmetics, which is my favorite! Tarte’s products are unlike any other natural product I have used before.
Here’s a scenario; it’s kind of like food if you think about it. Let’s say, organic makeup would be the equivalent to eating a salad. Non-organic makeup would be the equivalent to eating a cupcake. The junky stuff is what makes the cupcake taste good, just like the junky stuff in makeup is what makes it super pigmented, creamy and everything we love about cosmetics. The cupcake tastes delicious, right? But, is it good for you and your body? Not even a little bit. That’s why Tarte Cosmetics is my favorite because it’s the best of both worlds. The other brands are amazing as well. I have used them and heard great things about them!
Below is a list of some great products from each brand and their prices:
Tarte – Amazonian Clay Palette, $45
Living Nature – Mineral Eyeshadow, $24
Physicians Formula – Matte Collection Quad Palette, $8
Tarte Cosmetics – Lights, Camera, Lashes 4 in 1, $21
Physicians Formula – Organic Wear Jumbo, $9
Sephora Collection – Full Action Extreme Effect, $21
Bare Minerals – Longwear Liner, $16
ILIA – Rebel Rebel Eyeliner, $24
Sephora Collection – Matte Gel Waterproof, $14
Tarte Cosmetics – Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer, $36
Josie Maran – Argan Tinted Moisturizer, $38
Physicians Formula – 100% Natural Origin Moisturizer, $12
Josie Maran – Argan Creamy Concealer, $20
Bare Minerals – Correction Concealer, $20
Tarte Cosmetics – Maracuja Creaseless Concealer, $25
Tarte Cosmetics – Amazonian 12-hour full coverage, $39
Living Nature Foundation, $55
Sephora Collection – 10-hour Wear, $20
Tarte Cosmetics – Smooth Operator Amazonian Tinted Pressed Powder, $34
Bare Minerals – Bareskin Perfecting Veil, $26
Physicians Formula – Argan Wear 100% Natural Origin Loose Powder, $14
Tarte Cosmetics – Lipsurgence gloss, $19
Physicians Formula – Illusion Gloss, $22
Sephora Collection – Ultra Shine, $7-$14
Josie Maran – Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing wand, $28
ILIA – Polka Dots & Moonbeams, $34
Physicians Formula – Nude Wear Over Glow, $14
Josie Maran – Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter, $12-$35
Origins – GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer, $28
Pure & True – Infuse Nourishing Multi-Vitamin Moisturizer, $62
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