Today's blog post answers the question I regularly get from my readers…what cosmetics do you use?
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.
Personal care products are manufactured with 10,500 unique chemical ingredients, some of which are known or suspected carcinogens, toxic to the reproductive system or known to disrupt the endocrine system. Though some companies make products that are safe to eat, others choose to use dangerous ingredients like coal tar and formaldehyde, both human carcinogens, and lead acetate, a developmental toxin.” EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database
The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database is a FREE resource available to all. The database has the facts on over 79,000 cosmetics and personal care products and reveals the toxicity of each one. Each product is given a safety rating along with details about the toxicity of each ingredient.
When I decided to give my make-up a make-over and eliminate unnecessary toxins from my beauty routine, I asked for recommendations from a few holistic skin care experts I trust. Jane Iredale was the brand that was recommended. So, I gave it a try. First, by getting a make-up lesson at a spa that carried the products. I fell in love with how they felt on my skin.
I then got to work with research, reading about the brand, the ingredients used and one-by-one looked up the different products in the database before purchasing. All of the cosmetics I chose got the green light, most scored a 1 and a few scored a 2.
I did not purchase everything at once, but slowly replaced my yucky toxic cosmetics a few pieces at a time.
This is a complete list of what's in my make-up bag:
I have a policy to never recommend or endorse products that I don’t personally use. Bloggers are also advised to never mention brand names on their blogs, as that is essentially free advertising, for the brand. However, in this case, I am making an exception. I was not paid to endorse these products. They are simply what I use and love.
If you have questions about your own cosmetics, I encourage you to look them up in the EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database.
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