Chemicals DIY Beauty

The frustration about “Natural” or “Organic” Cosmetics

It’s so hard to get something truly natural or organic in cosmetics or in perfumes. Yes, they might say they are but reading the ingredients paints a different picture.

I really don’t know how to even start to look into Cosmetics. The subject is huge.

We all like to look our best yet it just feels like hard work finding products that we can be happy and safe with. I am fed up looking at the huge lists on the back of the tubes or packaging realising it’s not there to help my skin! The amount of extra chemicals hidden in cosmetics is scary. Looking into all these products, has made me so aware of what my daughters are using on their skin.

There was a recent article on BUSINESS INSIDER which gives a very scary article on Cancer Causing Toxins found in Foundation and Sparkly Makeup. They give a list of 11 chemicals that could be in your lipstick, eye shadows and any lotions that you or your family use.

I was in the supermarket today, and I was just trying to find, a couple of products, for my  daughter to take away with her on a trip. She is a teenager, so I am trying to give her safe products to use. I found some organic products available. My first thought was great! So I read the list of ingredients, and found that even in the Organic product, perfume was listed ( non organic ). Plus other ingredients, that put me off buying  anything for her today.

The Organic part was just listed with an* asterix as part of the ingredients. It could be anything as far as I was concerned! Just the perfume alone, could hide a multitude of chemicals that they don’t have to list.

One area, I foolishly thought would be a safer option, was a baby product. So I picked up one in a rush. We all do this.

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I had bought a baby “Organic” cleansing product just to take off a little stubborn makeup. Even this contained a whole load of ingredients that I wouldn’t want on a baby or anyone else for that matter!

It drives me crazy!

I ended up totally frustrated!

Why can’t it be simple to buy products that are what they say they are? Natural to me  means all natural. Same thing with using the word “Organic”.

Going through the huge amount of cosmetics was quite daunting, so excuse the listings. It was the easiest way for me to start the process.

I came across a highly watched video by TATI who is trying to go green with her makeup.  This video is a really good insight into trying products for the first time, I really learnt a lot from her video.

A website called ANNMARIE has I found a great article with the top 10 Toxic Chemicals in makeup, well worth the read.

She also offers a well informed list of related articles, that you can read further.

She also lists some food products, where they also add chemicals that you would rather not be eating!

I also came across this article on ALLURE , where they explain their CLEAN BEST OF BEAUTY AWARDS and where this industry is going.I think people are waking up to what is actually in their products now. Hopefully with this increase in awareness, these companies will change their they way making these products. If more people buy safer products and ask for transparency in what they are actually buying. Our shopping traits will push for the market to change.

They suggest that by 2024 the CLEAN BEAUTY INDUSTRY will be worth $22 BILLION . Wow ! if that doesn’t make companies sit up and realise that women want more from the companies making these products. The only way they will listen is to make the point with the way you spend your money. Don’t worry, they’ll soon cotton on as the market shifts.

I was recently reading an article on the GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER , the author is a lady called SALI HUGHES , she has recently completed a list of the 40 BEST SUSTAINABLE BEAUTY BRANDS , some were a companies that I have known for many years such as DR Hauschka who have been on the market for around 50 years.A good friend of ours used to work in an Organic shop, they were visited by a representive of Dr Hauschka, she said after seeing their methods, you could totally understand the cost of the their products.

As the article says some of the costs of these were rather expensive.

GOODGUIDE has a search bar, which will show you on a rating system, the type of chemicals in a product and the dangers in each one. I wish These types of sites were around years ago.

They also cover cosmetics, personal products like shampoo, Babies and Household products.


Well ,I thought I had heard it all , but then a headline on a newspaper caught my eye, ASBESTOS in make-up !

WHAT! and apparently this not the first time!

The article that I had glanced at on line, wasn’t available in France, so I started to find more information.

From what I have found so far the Asbestos is linked in with the Talc in a product.

I have found a couple of articles one on CBS NEWS 

Another on BUSINESS INSIDER FRANCE ( not in french)

EWG one of my favourite sites has a long article on the Asbestos found in different makeup and brands. 

DRUG JUSTICE.COM Offer a list of 10 talc free make-up.

Words fail me at times, and I am not lost for words much! This had echos of when they found that other baby talc’s were found to have issues for babies health.

I feel that you should be aware of what is in these products, then you can have an informed opinion, and be able to make your own choices on what you are happy using.

THE TALKO  has a in depth video on what some cosmetics have in them.

this week I was hunting around as you do on the internet, I came across another brand of products including Makeup called HONEST BEAUTY MAKEUP by the founder Jessica Alba.

Yes another one that I hadn’t heard of!

Part of the Honest company is Makeup but they also product product in the Baby line, also cleaning products for the home.

I know that if you are living in the USA you have probably heard of this company. Being based in France, I guess  it takes a bit longer to see the name .

I have seen they are now selling on the website, though the prices are a lot more expensive. Also in NOBICE.FR  which is a chain store for cosmetics in France.

I found a video, not being sponsored by Honest. So at least it gives a different opinion on the product, not from the mouth of the company .

Admittedly it is rather long, but ALLIE GLINES  is very “honest “about the Honest brand and how it works.


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These sticks or bottles look so unassuming, you only need a little, what is the harm?

But again they are filled with chemicals . I find it quite hard to read the small print on the sides of these bottles, how many people would go home and look them up before purchasing a product, not many I would guess. They should come with a really clear readable list of everything it contains.

Our daughter is often asking to use these if she has black under her eyes ( she would be better off getting more sleep! teenagers! )

I need to find a better product, or if there is a way of making our own.

To give us peace of mind.

Of course  cucumbers have been known for helping the skin under the eyes.

This article on HEALTHLINE gives some of the science behind this.

Again as always check the label as a company can call something natural , even if it has just one product, for example olive oil in it.

I believe they call this “Green washing”. It makes your product seem much safer .

You can also be mislead by attractive packaging.

THE CHEMISTRY OF COSMETICS is a real eye opener on exactly what cosmetics are made for, the reasons behind why some of these chemicals can be harmful to us, now or in the future. They give a history of using cosmetics in the past and a really good interactive cosmetic chemical guide, where you can just click on the picture of the type of cosmetics you use, to see how many chemicals are in them. Well worth a look!


Many concealers contain Parabens  ,SLS, BHA (preservative) , Fragrance, BHT ( preservative), there can also be talc and lead products.There are many other chemicals used.( Read about Talc products above and the fact they could contain Asbestos. )

It is best to look for a NON-GMO product too.

For us the stand against animal cruelty is a important, Vegan too , though not everyone is concerned with that.

Somebody I was talking with, about this said” if you can not find a list of the ingredients on the product, then don’t buy it! You have no idea what is in it!” I totally agree with this.

I was looking at a safer nail varnish today, the product said” 85% natural”, what does that mean? and no ingredients listed at all!

Here is a list of some of the companies out there, that seem to have a good ethics and practices.

If you are in the USA there is a company called VAPOUR that produce their own organic makeup there is a list on their Lab notes ( took me a while to realise this was where the list of ingredients that are not allowed in their products).

I did notice they still use Carmine for the red colouring, which is another name for Cochineal an insect which is crushed for their colour.

So this colourant may cause a problem if you are vegan.

Still digging for companies out there, that hopefully have done some of the hard work looking into products.

I have found a site called My Pure which have looked into ingredients in the different ranges that they sell. They are based in the UK .

It is a very comprehensive site, which gives the list of ingredients, also the customer reviews on the products. Maybe a place where you can also research a product you are interested in.


(Info from link) – They have a lot information on their link, also many products where you can see the ingredients. I have put some links on the highlighted ingredients to give more information on each of these.

Mineral Foundation – Free of preservatives, talc, oil, waxes, fragrances, and most of bismuth oxychloride (causes systic acne) and other chemicals that can irritate skin and cause breakouts. Our all natural formula contains Zinc oxide. Ingredients list-Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Mica, Iron Oxides, Ultramarine blue.


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A non- profit organisation, to help you look into what is safe. Again a good resource to hunt for information.

oOlution – A french based company, committed to products without palm oil, using Organic ingredients. They manufacturer their own products.

They produce SKINCARE , and ship worldwide.

A link to their site is above.

( info from their site) To give you a flavour of the company.

oOlution skincare are distinguished by their unique composition and tailor-made efficiency. The multitude of organic plants in each of our facial skincare which are made with 100% of natural origin ingredients, allow each skin to draw the elements that it needs. Discover our face skincare for normal to combination skin, oily skin, dry skin or mature skin, as well as our eye contour to fight dark circles and puffiness under the eyes.

ANNMARIE GIANNI SKINCARE  an Organic skincare range . They use Organic and wild-crafted ingredients. Using Herbs and plants. They have a large skincare range and essential oils. It sounds lovely . 


They have been using CLEAN BEAUTY practices since 1995 . This well written explanation on what the beauty industry are now saying about this brand . They give many examples on different products that they have available too. This a link to some of these too.


They have a list of Organic and Natural and Non Toxic Beauty Brands. They have a guide as to whether these are Vegan, Sustainable and Organic. This was compiled in the Summer.

This Video with Jessica Alba is a great look into a natural look.

Jessica Alba’s Makeup company is called THE HONEST COMPANY

These are also available on this link