Giving Toxins The Boot: Week 3 Make-up

3     I’m from the south and around here, you don’t leave the house without your make-up on, unless you are working out or going to the beach (and sometimes not even then!).  That means continuously soaking toxins into our skin if we’re not using natural products.  

     Women use up to 12 products with up to 168 different chemicals on their skin each day!  Yikes!  These products often contain endocrine disrupting chemicals that cause our hormones to go haywire.  There may even be cancer causing chemicals in them as well.  Beware of chemicals in your cosmetics such as, formaldehyde (used in eyeshadow, mascara and more), mineral oils (derived from crude oil and used in lipgloss and lipstick, eww!), cadmium (banned in Japan and Europe), silica, arsenic and more listed in this article at  

     You wouldn’t knowingly put these ingredients in your body or even on your skin most likely.  (I mean, would you put crude oil on your lips if you knew that’s what was in your lipgloss! Uh NO!) That’s why they are hidden in the ingredients list.  

     Thank goodness for the EWG (Environmental Working Group)!  They’ve done all the testing that the federal government refuses to do and regulate.  Did you know that the European Union bans 1,328 chemicals that are known to cause cancer and in the U.S., the FDA only bans 11?  If this makes you angry, just go to the EWG’s site to find out how you can help them fight for getting some of these things banned in the United States too.  

     Ok, on to make-up that is a better choice.  I researched a few for you.  I have not tried these yet, because during my research, I found out the make-up I use, (that I thought was not toxic) actually has a 6 or 7 rating on the EWG!  I would rather use something with a 1 or 2 rating.  So, here are some that I would like to try. 


Au Naturale Lipstick – This one is rated a 1 on EWG’s site and comes in several colors.

Afterglow Cosmetics Organic Infused Lip Love– Also rated a 1.

Beautycounter Lipgloss– This has a 1 rating and is sold by independent representatives, so it’s a great way to support a friend or community member that is running her own business from home. (Heck, maybe you want to start your own business!)


Physicians Formula Organic Wear Jumbo Lash Mascara – gluten free and made with organic ingredients. Make sure it’s the organic formula. It has a 1 rating.

Ecco Bella Flowercolor Mascara– Rated a 1.  


Ecco Bella Natural Soft Eyeliner Pencil – gluten free and rated 1 on EWG’s Skindeep site.

Beautycounter color outline pencil– Rated a 1!


e.l.f. Flawless Eyeshadow– Rated a 1 and a bargain to boot!  It’s $3.80 on Amazon at this time.

Beautycounter Color Shade Eye Duo– Has a 1 rating. 



Afterglow Infused Foundation–  I use a mineral foundation powder, but this one is rated a 1 and the one I use is rated a 6.  This will be my next purchase.  

Au Naturale Creme Foundation– This is a stick foundation and it also has a 1 rating.  

e.l.f. Studio Flawless Finish Foundation– This liquid foundation is only $6 and has a 1 rating.

e.l.f. Tone Correcting Powder Palette–  This powder goes on sheer while it corrects skin tone and absorbs excess oil.  It is rated a 1 and again, cheap at $7.00.



e.l.f. Studio Blush– I love that e.l.f has a lot of high ratings and is very cost effective, however, not all of their products have a high rating, so do your research.  There is a Skin Deep app that you can check while your shopping.  This blush is rated a 2, which is still really good!

Universalist Luminous Multiuse Colorstick Creamy Pink by W3ll People– This blush is made with organic ingredients.  It is chemical and petroleum free.  It can be used on cheeks, lips or eyes.  

     This post really enlightened me on my make-up routine.  I guess many of us just go along believing that the large iconic companies that advertise in magazines and on TV, with all of the big name celebrities, have our best interests in mind.  Some of the big name companies have ratings on their cosmetics anywhere from a 1 to a 10.  The best strategy for us is to check the Skin Deep website from the Environmental Working Group for any product we are considering.  The other option is to choose a company that has most of its products in the 1-2 rating, such as e.l.f. Studio, W3LL People,  or Beautycounter. 

     Hope this helps and let me know what you find out about your favorite make-up.



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