Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Should You Buy Organic and Natural Makeup?

Millions of women across the world wear makeup, but few seem to know about the harsh and dangerous chemicals that are used in some of the most popular makeup brands.  Here are just a few of the chemicals that can be found in most makeup products:

Parabens. Parabens can come in the form of butylparaben, ethylparaben, isobutylparaben, methylparaben, or propylparaben.  Parabens are chemicals which have been used since the 1950s to prevent bacteria and act as a preservative in deodorants, lotions, lipsticks, shampoos, scrubs, and many more products.  You can also find them in food and pharmaceutical products.  Studies have shown that some parabens can mimic the activity of the hormone oestrogen in the body’s cells, and while estrogenic activity is associated with certain forms of breast cancer, parabens have been found present in breast tumours.
Synthetic colours. These synthetic colors are derived from petroleum or coal tar sources. Synthetic colors are suspected to be a human carcinogen, a skin irritant and are linked to ADHD in children. The European Classification and Labeling considers it a human carcinogen and the European Union has banned it.
Fragrance. As the consumer you could be putting on a concoction that contains tons of chemicals that are hazardous to your health. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Skin Deep Database, fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system. It can be found in many products such as perfume, cologne, conditioner, shampoo, body wash and moisturizers.
Phthalates. A group of chemicals used in hundreds of products to increase the flexibility and softness of plastics. The main phthalates in cosmetics and personal care products are dibutyl phthalate in nail polish, diethyl phthalate in perfumes and lotions, and dimethyl phthalate in hair spray. They are known to be endocrine disruptors and have been linked to increased risk of breast cancer, early breast development in girls, and reproductive birth defects in males and females. It is not disclosed on every product as it’s added to fragrances.  They can be found in deodorants, perfumes/colognes, hair sprays and moisturizers.
Triclosan. Tricolson is widely used antimicrobial chemical that’s a known endocrine disruptor — especially thyroid and reproductive hormones, and a skin irritant. Studies raise concerns that triclosan contributes to making bacteria antibiotic-resistant. There also wasn’t enough supporting evidence that washing with antibacterial soaps containing triclosan provides any benefit over washing with regular soap and water. Tricolson can be found in toothpastes, antibacterial soaps and deodorants.
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES). This surfactant can be found in more than 90 percent of personal care and cleaning products (especially foaming products). SLS’s are known to be skin, lung, and eye irritants. A major concern about SLS is its potential to interact and combine with other chemicals to form nitrosamines, a carcinogen. These combinations can lead to a host of other issues like kidney and respiratory damage. They can be found in shampoo, body wash/cleanser, mascara and acne treatment.
Formaldehyde. Formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (FRP’s) preservatives are used in many cosmetic products to help prevent bacteria growth. This chemical was deemed as a human carcinogen by The International Agency for Research on Carcinogens (IARC) and has been linked to occupational related cancers: nasal and nasopharyngeal. It is known to cause allergic skin reactions and it may also be harmful to the immune system. It can be found in nail polish, body washes, conditioners, shampoos, cleansers, eye shadows, nail polish treatments, e.c.t. 
And you have to remember that these are just a few harmful chemicals.  They use many more like Arsenic, Cadmium, Chromium, Cobalt, Lead, Mercury, and Nickel Content.  And this is why we should buy organic and natural makeup.  We should be supporting the small companies who actually care about what is going on your skin and not the big makeup brands who just care about using the cheapest chemicals to make the most money.  And that is why you should buy organic and natural makeup.


  1. Yes! We should support organic and natural makeup companies.

  2. I totally agree that we should buy organic products, I rarely wear makeup but whenever I do I always get natural stuff - and to be honest after reading this post I'm definitely never using beauty products that aren't natural! It seems crazy that so many of these products that loads of people use every day contain chemicals that are so dangerous. It shouldn't be allowed!


    1. I very rarely wear makeup either, but all the makeup I have is very chemically, so I really need to get some natural/organic pieces. I don't think I'll get anymore products that aren't natural. I don't think these chemicals should be allowed at all!

    2. Exactly, it shouldn't even be legal to sell products with these chemicals! And organic products should be much easier to find than they are, it's quite hard to find organic makeup in shops.

    3. I completely agree!


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