Cosmetics: Beauty Doesn’t Need Ugly Ingredients


I’ve never been one to wear a whole lot of makeup, but I do like to pretty up once in a while. I extensively researched many types of cosmetics, like foundations (especially with SPF) and lip gloss, but it wasn’t until my husband and I took a prenatal class, that I really questioned the mineral powders we put on our face. I remember the lady saying “DO NOT use baby powder on your infant! If your baby inhales the small particles that are floating in the air, it is REALLY bad for their little lungs.” Wait a minute (!!!). Don’t they use similar powders in blush, minerals, bronzers and eye shadows? I put that on my FACE! I MUST inhale some while getting all dolled up! I had to research the subject further. This is what I found when I looked at the powders and other cosmetics I had at home.

 

The top of the line translucent powder I had been using for years to set my makeup was hypo-allergenic, perfume free and dermatologist tested. Plus, it was made in Canada! It can’t be that bad, can it? First ingredient, talc. The very ingredient why baby powder is not recommended for infants (or anyone for that matter – a few lawsuits suggested a link between talc and ovarian cancer, and won). What were the other ingredients you might wonder? Talc, paraffinum liquidum, mineral oil, imidazolidinyl urea, methylparaben, propylparaben, BHA, titanium dioxide, iron oxides, methicone, ultramarines. That cannot be good. It only took a quick look in EWG database (Environmental Working Group) to determine I had been using really bad stuff!

 

Then, I went on to looking at the ingredients in my bronzer. A bronzer doesn’t have to absorb moisture. Plus, I bought a very expensive one that said “natural” and it was also made in Canada. I started reading the ingredients: Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica, Allantoin, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben and may contain CI 77019, CI 77891, CI 77742, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499. What does that even mean? What’s natural about these ingredients? I was at a loss for words… and trust me! That doesn’t happen often!
When I researched these ingredients in the EWG database, I was furious! For example, Methylparaben, which is found in both of the above products, is in the paraben family of preservatives used by the food, pharmaceutical, and personal care product industries. Parabens mimic estrogen and can act as potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptors.

 

What REALLY complicates trying to eliminate this ingredient from your life, is the fact that it has SEVERAL synonyms in the industry. Here are some synonym listed by EWG-Skin Deep : Synonym(s): 4-HYDROXY- METHYL ESTER BENZOIC ACID; 4-HYDROXYBENZOIC ACID, METHYL ESTER; 4-HYDROXYBENZOIC ACID, METHYL ESTER, POTASSIUM SALT; BENZOIC ACID, 4-HYDROXY-, METHYL ESTER; BENZOIC ACID, 4-HYDROXY-, METHYL ESTER, POTASSIUM SALT; BENZOIC ACID, 4-HYDROXY-, METHYL ESTER, SODIUM SALT; BENZOIC ACID, 4HYDROXY, METHYL ESTER; BENZOIC ACID, 4HYDROXY, METHYL ESTER, SODIUM SALT; METHYL 4-HYDROXYBENZOATE; METHYL ESTER 4-HYDROXYBENZOIC ACID; METHYL ESTER BENZOIC ACID, 4-HYDROXY-. Talk about the perfect way to confuse consumers!

 

That’s all I needed to know. I decided to start over with my cosmetic choices. Yes, even after reading those ingredients, learning about their possible side effects, a woman still wants and like to pretty up! We just can’t help it. Some women are so faithful to their brand, they will stick with it even if they know it might be harmful.

 

If you care about your health, the health of your teenage daughter or other people in your life, here are some tools for you. If you would like to learn more about toxins and chemical, check out

1) EWG database http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

2) Download the Skin Deep app on your smart device

3) Do the FREE toxic test on my website (you will receive an email with a list of toxins and chemicals to avoid in products and a chance to win a quarterly Miessence giveaway). http://www.miorganicmovement.com/healthyways/?inf_contact_key=88e6fd9cbf7d7f2d4a3b1893690c5c1a006ca00977893839ba585cad63e7f788

4) The Chemical Maze is also a great book, or you can download the app for your smart device (for a small fee). On the app, you can search symptoms you’ve been having (for example, headache) and it will give you a list of toxins and chemicals that could be the root of your symptoms. The author of The Chemical Maze, Bill Stathan, has work closely with Narelle Chenery, Director of Miessence products.

 

Luckily, I found Miessence. I haven’t tried all the cosmetics (yet!!), but I would like to share a few of my favourites with you. All the products from Miessence are toxin free, chemical free with no fillers or preservatives! They are made fresh every month in a strictly controlled environment. What I LOVE about Miessence? I FULLY TRUST the company and every product they sell! Here’s a list of my favourite cosmetics and their ingredients:

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Vanilla Translucent Foundation (fair skin):

This is the perfect colour for my skin. It evens out the complexion. Imparts a soft, matte finish with translucent coverage. Protects against pollution, UV rays and free radicals. Looks natural in any light. Keeps skin hydrated and protected throughout the day. Contains the added benefits of organic, nourishing seed and fruit oils.

Ingredients:
certified organic aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice
certified organic helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil
certified organic simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil
zinc oxide
certified organic butyrospermum parkii (shea) fruit butter
certified organic zea mays (corn) starch
certified organic ethanol (sugar cane)
non-gmo lecithin
organic glycerin
may Contain: +/- iron oxides
aroma (proprietary blend)
sclerotium rolfsii gum
certified organic lavandula angustifolia (lavender) essential oil
olea europaea (olive) leaf extract

 

Concealer – Fair:
The concealer hides all the imperfections. It is used for correcting skin flaw including dark eye circles, blemishes and age spots, whilst providing uv-protective properties.

Ingredients:
certified organic simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil
zinc oxide
certified organic unrefined cera alba (beeswax)
avena sativa (oat) kernel flour
Certified organic rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) C02 extract
may Contain: +/- iron oxides

 

Bronzing Dust:
I LOVE using bronzing dust since I am so pale! This is a bronzing powder that can be worn alone or over foundation to give the face a sun-kissed radiance with a touch of shimmer. It is delicately scented with pure organic rose essential oil.

Ingredients:
certified organic zea mays (corn) starch
mica
certified organic rosa damascena (rose) essential oil
may Contain: +/- iron oxides

 

Mineral Foundation Powder – Fair :
Using only pure, refined minerals, Miessence loose Mineral Foundation Powders provides silky, lightweight, breathable coverage whilst offering natural sun protection. Sericite mica reflects light, reducing the appearance of pores and wrinkles and provides a matte coverage. Delicately scented with pure organic rose otto.

Ingredients:
sericite
zinc oxide
certified organic rosa damascena (rose) essential oil
may Contain: +/- iron oxides

 

Jaffa Lip Balm:
I have one in my purse, my desk, at work and beside the bed – of course I have to send one with the kids on cold winter days to prevent chapped lips. It is great for the whole family. For soft, kissable lips use this protective balm day and night. Nutritious shea butter, avocado and sunflower oils soften and smooth rough, chapped lips, while organic orange and vanilla taste delicious!

Ingredients:
certified organic helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil
certified organic butyrospermum parkii (shea) fruit butter
certified organic unrefined cera alba (beeswax)
certified organic persea gratissima (avocado) fruit oil
certified organic citrus dulcis (sweet orange) essential oil
certified organic vanilla planifolia CO2 extract
certified organic rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) C02 extract

 

Lip Creme – Nutmeg:
This is my favourite colour for a casual daily glow. Cool beige. A creamy matt formula with intense natural colour blends of pure mineral pigments (iron oxides). Comes in a convenient clasp compact for fingertip or brush application. Infused with the delicate aromas of vanilla and honey.

Ingredients:
certified organic simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil
certified organic unrefined cera alba (beeswax)
certified organic rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract
certified organic vanilla planifolia CO2 extract
may Contain: +/- iron oxides

 

Mineral Blush Powder – Desert Rose:
This is a perfect addition to the bronzer for my pale complexion. Desert Rose Mineral Blush Powder is a cool pinky mauve colour. Using only pure, refined minerals, Miessence Mineral Blush Powders provide buildable colour. Delicately scented with pure organic rose essential oil. Translucent mica reflects light, reducing the appearance of pores, whilst allowing your natural skin tone to show through.

Ingredients:
mica
sericite
certified organic rosa damascena (rose) essential oil
may Contain: +/- iron oxides

 

Here’s Narelle, Director of Miessence, talking about the cosmetics.