Why would you want to make your own makeup? Not only is it creative and fun, but it’s also super empowering as you have control of exactly what goes into your cosmetics. Here are ten very good reasons why you would want to avoid commercial makeup, and why you should make the shift to natural mineral-based makeup, whether that means purchasing it or making it yourself (and saving lots of $$ while you do so!).
TOP 10 TOXIC LIP MAKEUP INGREDIENTS TO AVOID
Preservative used in many beauty products. Use of this chemical is restricted in the European Union (but not in Australia!) because of links to cancer and endocrine disruption.
Frequently used in cosmetics. Can irritate skin and eyes and cause allergic reactions. Some studies have also raised concerns about endocrine disruption, cancer and other toxic effects.
3. Retinyl Palmitate
Synthetic form of vitamin A used in lipsticks that may be toxic to pregnant women. Exposure linked to cancer and reproductive effects. Shown to speed up skin tumors in presence of sunlight.
4. Synthetic Colorants
May be listed as D&C or FD&C, and can be derived from aluminium, coal tar and petroleum. Many people are allergic to these colourants. Exposure linked to nervous system damage, nausea and headache.
5. Propylene/Butylene Glycol (PG)
The Environmental Protection Agency lists PG as an ingredient in fertiliser, and it is also used in automotive coolant or antifreeze. In lip makeup, it prevents your products from melting or freezing at extreme temperatures. It also acts as a humectant to prevent moisture from evaporating from the skin. Petroleum-based PG is linked to problems with fertility and issues in development. It can irritate the eyes and skin.
A Heavy metal ingredient used to make lipstick last longer. It is usually not listed as an ingredient, however, as it’s usually a contaminant in other ingredients. This heavy metal has been found in harmful amounts in red lipsticks. Lead is very dangerous to pregnant women and children under the age of six. Health problems associated with lead ingestion are brain damage, behavior abnormalities, infertility and anaemia. It is believed that Queen Elizabeth I died due to lead poisoning from the makeup she heavily painted on her face!
7. Mineral Oil
A petroleum-based ingredient, mineral oil acts like a second nonporous skin, blocking the real skin’s pores, and can interfere with skin cell development and proper functioning. There is a possibility that mineral-oil-based products may contain Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons or PAHs which are carcinogens.
8. Coal Tar
Found in some lipsticks and lipglosses, coal tar is considered a carcinogen that is linked to fertility issues, as well as to allergies and skin irritations. Banned in EU and Southeast Asia. Coal tar is also known as FD&C Red No.6.
Many cosmetic companies are using fragrance oils in their formulas. Fragrance oils can have up to 4000 different ingredients — as many as 600 different chemicals in them and can cause allergies. Some of these ingredients produce formaldehyde gases which are known carcinogens. Also linked to dizziness, headache and asthma.
10. BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole)
Preservative and fragrance ingredient. This chemical is used as an antioxidant, masking ingredient and is known as a recognised carcinogen. It wreaks havoc on the environment and wildlife, and has been known to cause chronic urticaria. It is also suspected to have respiratory, liver, endocrine, immune and neuro toxic effects. It has been banned in Europe as a fragrance ingredient.
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If you can’t make our workshop on Friday, but would like to try one our lipsticks in the photo, we’re selling these organic, mineral beauties for a steal of a price of $8 (only while stock lasts). We also sell all the raw ingredients to make your own lip makeup (including a colourful range of iron oxides and micas), as well as lipstick moulds and tubes to make your lipsticks and lip glosses. Pop into our studio on Thursdays 10-5pm or Saturdays 10-1pm to check out our range, or you can purchase online – http://happybiome.com.au/