Did you know that the average woman puts over 500 chemicals per day on her body?
The skin is the largest organ of the body. It is also the gateway, for the varied toxins we come in contact with, to get inside. It’s not just what we eat, but what we put on our body, that impacts our health. It is believed that our skin absorbs 60-70% of any topical products we use.
5 Toxic Reasons your Make-Up Bag Needs a Make-Over
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.
The information I share below are the toxic ingredients found in not just one, but ALL OF THE COSMETICS I had been using for years.
- Parabens – Parabens are estrogen-mimicking preservatives, found in breast cancer tumors of 19 of 20 women studied. The CDC has detected parabens in virtually all Americans surveyed. According to the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Products, longer chain parabens like propyl and butyl paraben and their branched counterparts, isopropyl and isobutylparabens, may disrupt the endocrine system and cause reproductive and developmental disorders.
- Quaternium-15 – This ingredient is a quaternary ammonium salt used as a preservative; it acts as a formaldehyde releaser. The European Union has determined that this ingredient ‘may not be safe’ in cosmetics. It is a known human skin sensitizer toxicant and/or allergen.
- Fragrance – Federal law doesn’t require companies to list on product labels any of the chemicals in their fragrance mixture. Recent research from EWG and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found an average of 14 chemicals in 17 name brand fragrance products, none of them listed on the label. Fragrances can contain hormone disruptors and are among the top 5 allergens in the world.
- Butylated hydroxyanisole – The National Toxicology Program classifies butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” It can cause skin depigmentation. In animal studies, BHA produces liver damage and causes stomach cancers such as papillomas and carcinomas and interferes with normal reproductive system development and thyroid hormone levels. The European Union considers it unsafe in fragrance. It is found in food, food packaging, and personal care products sold in the U.S.
- Talc Talc – is a powdered native, hydrous magnesium silicate sometimes containing a small portion of aluminum silicate. Talc can be contaminated with asbestos fibers, posing risks for respiratory toxicity and cancer. Studies by the National Toxicology Panel demonstrated that cosmetic-grade talc free of asbestos is a form of magnesium silicate that also can be toxic and carcinogenic.
My Natural Make-Up Make-Over
After doing my research and running my cosmetics through the EWG’s cosmetics database, I was left with a decision to make. I could continue to use my toxic cosmetics or source make-up that was safe to use.
I did some asking around for recommendations, and at the advice of my #nametwin Hayley Mason at Primal Palate (who isn’t just a paleo loving/real foodie, she’s also does make up professionally, so she really knows her stuff!), I made the leap to Jane Iredale Cosmetics.
Ditching the makeup you have is overwhelming. Of course the main concern is always that you’ll have to suffer through trying out multiple products that just don’t work the way you are used to. And ultimately you’ll end up wasting a bunch of money on products you hate.
Some people make the transition gradually, over time, swapping out products ever few weeks. I, however, went cold turkey. Of all the things I read, in addition to Hayley’s glowing endorsement, people were more than happy with Jane Iredale products.
And after exclusively using Jane Iredale cosmetics for the past 6 months, I too can give them a glowing endorsement!
I started out with these 3 Jane Iredale products (which I’m also giving away, see below!):
- Color Sample Kit in Medium – The kit includes: Golden Glow PurePressed Base, Whisper PurePressed Blush, Cream, Supernova and Dark Suede PurePressed Eye Shadow, Circle\Delete 2 Concelaer, Lily PureMoist Lipstick, Beach Plum PureGloss Lip Gloss, Blush Brush, Dual Ended Eye Brush.
- Eye Pencil in Basic Black – A mineral-based eye pencil with a soft formula that will not tug at delicate skin
- Lengthening Mascara in Jet Black – Designed to make lashes look longer naturally. Formulated with a proprietary blend of Seaweed Lipids to condition and curl lashes and triple-length cellulose fibers to add extra length and thickness. Conditioning and protecting to reduce splitting and breaking. Free of lacquers, shellac and petroleum-based ingredients.
For just $63 I completely made over my makeup bag with natural cosmetics! These 3 items are the PERFECT way to try out their products and Make-Over your Make-Up Bag, Naturally.. They provide you with all the basics you need: Foundation, bush, concealer, eye shadows, lip stick, lip gloss, eye liner and mascara.
Now I’m not going to lie to you, because that’s just not me… I’ve also purchased TONS of other Jane Iredale Make-up over the past few months because I really wanted to be able to share with you my experience beyond these 3 products… however I am being honest when I say that most often these are still my favorite 3 go-to products.
Many of you don’t know that I have Vitiligo. Most of you will be familiar with it as the disease that Michael Jackson had that caused him to have white patches of skin on his body. My vitiligo is limited to my right side and concentrated on my arm (armpit is the worst, elbow and wrist), however I do have 1 small patch on the right underside of my chin and 1 very large patch on my right cheek that although it hasn’t lost all of it’s pigment, when I get sun-tanned it becomes bright pink and very obvious. Through supplementation and a healthy diet, I have stopped the spreading and most spots are regimenting, I don’t think it will every completely go away but I’m comfortable knowing that it’s not getting worse.
I purchased the Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream to use for special occasions when I want to ensure my cheek is blended in well (photos, weddings, etc). While on vacation I gave it the ultimate test, after being in the Mexico sun the large spot on my cheek was neon pink (picture a bad sunburn in the shape of an amoeba on my cheek). I anticipated it performing like any other foundation I tried, where it made it less obvious but you could see that there was discoloration… but it worked so much better. Amazingly better actually. My pink spot became completely invisible.. not just with make-up but with NATURAL MAKE-UP that wasn’t flooding my body with toxins!
Here’s few other Jane Iredale Products that I really love:
- Balance Hydration Spray that you spritz on to set mineral makeup for a long lasting, smooth finish.
- Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain is a non-drying, long-lasting, all natural stain adjusts to your own chemistry for an irresistible shade that will flatter your skin’s undertone.
- Smooth Affair Facial Primer and Brightener – A skin-quenching primer that prepares the skin so makeup goes on more easily and lasts longer. It also helps to minimize pores and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
I also want to speak for a moment about Jane Iredale as a company. They offer FREE SHIPPING on all orders and try to ship orders placed by 1 pm the same day, I’m totally cheap and impatient so that matters a lot to me. When you receive your order it’s beautifully wrapped in tissue paper with a soothing sprig of dried lavender. When I inquired about doing a giveaway of their products they were so generous and great to work with.
There was an issue with one of my orders, I received the wrong product. I ordered their My Steps Make Up Kit (cool) but received an Eye Steps (cool) instead. I was like OMG, what am I going to do with a set of purple eyeshadow.. I sent them a quick email and without question they sent me the correct product and told me to keep the Eye Steps too. And the funny part is that those OMG purple eyeshadows are actually very flattering on me and I kind of love them… I would have never bought them but I’m now so grateful for their mistake!
Enter to win my Jane Iredale Make-Over your Make-Up Bag, Naturally Giveaway!
My friends at Jane Iredale, will generously supply one lucky winner with my 3 favorite products to help them make over their make-up bag with natural cosmetics.
Winner will choose the colors that best compliment their skin tone.