Thursday, September 6, 2012

A Few Make-Up Options for my Ladies

While I was hoping for my next post to be about my tomato canning project, I sort of picked, um, 80 to 100 POUNDS of tomatoes.  And needless to say, the project is taking its good ole time.  On top of that I have been inspired to try pasta sauce and salsa beyond my original plan to only can diced and pureed tomatoes.  So as not to keep you waiting on that topic, in the meantime I thought I would share a few suggestions for make-up (sorry guys!), as I have had a few ladies asking what alternatives I have used for make-up.

This was definitely a lot of trial and error for me, and of course a lot of checking things with Skin Deep.  Ladies I know you feel me here - we find our favorite mascara or lip gloss or whatever, and it is difficult to give that up.  But with a little digging, there are some goodies out there!  And some places will sell smaller samples of items, so that you can try out their products without a huge financial commitment.

The first company I purchased from was Maia's Minerals.  They have a GIGANTIC selection of products - mineral eye shadows, mascara, blush, foundation, lip gloss, lipstick, eyeliner, lip liner, brow pencils, skin care, hair care, bronzer, etc.  Overall, their prices are reasonable and of good quality, plus they all rate excellently on Skin Deep at 0-1 out of 10 only!!!  I really liked that they sell samples for their foundation, lip color, blush, and eye shadow for $1.50-$3.00.  I don't wear a ton of make-up, so I am still using the samples of the eye shadows that I purchased over a year ago - which is a stellar deal for me!  Their mascara was the first I tried, and I found it to smudge easily without me even touching my eyes.  HOWEVER, they have changed their formula  and the reviews on their site are positive.  They also have 3 colors to choose from , which is another plus.  I use their powder foundation which gives a nice matte finish and good coverage.  I also use their blush in Delicious Peach and Sweet Pink, their mineral glow in Divine, and their lip gloss in Purity and Mauve Touch.  The mineral colors are beautiful and reflective. The lip glosses go on super smooth!  I also really like the homemade feel of their products and the very reasonable shipping prices.  And the owner usually adds a little personal note and a free sample to try, too :-).  The only product I really didn't like was their eyeliner - the colors and choice of colors was great, but I found the application to not be very smooth, and it didn't last very long.

The second company I purchased from was Rejuva Minerals.  Their products also have a good safety rating, 0-1 out of 10, on Skin Deep.  They offer a variety of make-up and skin care products. Everything I have tried I have been happy with, but I have not tried many of their products as they do not have as wide a color selection, and they do not offer samples.  I have really enjoyed their mascara.  It is available only in black, but stays on without smudging (unless of course you physically rub your eyes) and is nice and smooth, no clumps!  Their lip gloss is equally beautiful and smooth in its application.  I have additionally tried their Ultra Hydration Moisturizer, and was very happy with it.  

I recently discovered another site called Saffron Rouge.  They have a big selection because they sell products from multiple companies, like  Living Nature, Inika, Badger, Dr. Bronner's, MOOM, and many others that I have not yet tried.  They have face care, skin care, make-up, body, bath, hair, baby,  men, and aromatherapy products.  Some of the products are a little upper-end in price, but I found the shipping to be very reasonable, and I got to choose some free samples at check-out.  They also list all the ingredients for you to look at for each product. I ordered Living Nature's Illuminating Tint and Inika's eyeliner.  I took a chance on the Inika eyeliner as I could not find it on Skin Deep; most of the ingredients were organic and some I didn't recognize - but I was desperate for finding an eyeliner again, so I have been giving it a try.  The ingredients I could find on Skin Deep didn't rate higher than a 3 out of 10.  Anyway, I like the way it applies, but I am still looking for an eyeliner to use on a more permanent basis (something that I have more data to go on).  The Living Nature illuminating tint is really great and I love the way it smells (it has Manuka Honey in it from New Zealand, which has a special place in my heart because I volunteered/traveled there for a month back in 2004).  It gives light coverage and a nice glow to your skin.  The price was fair ($37), which isn't too much more of what you might pay for something like Clinique or Estee Lauder or something along those lines.  The illuminating tint wasn't on Skin Deep, but other Living Nature products were, and they were all rated between 0-3.  Plus I was pretty familiar with the ingredient list, so I felt comfortable buying this product.  If you use this site, please double check the products or ingredients on Skin Deep!

Mostly I buy my make-up online.  In the grocery store I have purchased Badger products (hand cream and lip glass) and some Kiss my Face tinted lip gloss.  With anything, it is good to check the products (or ingredients) on Skin Deep.  While one product from a company may be great, some of their other products may be not so safe.  So just be careful.  For example, Kiss My Face products range 0-8 in safety, and Burt's Bees range 0-7 in safety - as you can see, the range is pretty broad.

The last company I want to share with you is a little harder to find, and definitely a splurge:  Terre D'Oc.  This company offers certified organic products and is based in France; there is also a store in New York City. I stumbled upon this during a weekend in the city with my Mom and my Aunts, and was so excited to find an actual store in which to buy some good make-up!  They totally lured me in with a sample and I ended up splurging on their Anti-pollution Foundation (~ $50) which naturally blended so nicely with my complexion and gave my skin a beautiful glow.  I also love their Nourishing Hand Cream with Shea Butter.  They gave me a sample of the Radiant Face Scrub made from pomegranates (~ $30) - it was gentle and smooth and exfoliating all at the same time!  Unfortunately you cannot order online, and prices are not listed (their NY site is under construction right now, too, so you have to get the info about the products from the French site).  But you can call the store and they will ship to you (but the shipping costs are high).  Their telephone number is 347-380-7482 and they are located at 55 West 49th St, New York, NY, 10112 (in Rockefeller Center).  If you are in the city, definitely go check them out!  They have teas and home fragrances in addition to their make-up, face/skin-care, and body care products.  Totally worth at least a visit!

OK, ladies!  I hope that this information is helpful for you to get started on finding some safer alternatives for your usual make-up products!  Good luck, and please share the knowledge if you try anything I have not!  I would love to hear your thoughts!

UPDATE, 10/22/12:  So I was recently in NYC and the Terre D'Oc store has closed, MAJOR BUMMER!  I am in process of getting in touch with distributors to find a way to purchase and have items shipped in the US.  Will update this information as soon as I get it!!

8 comments:

  1. the thing is I do not believe Carnuaba wax and many mineral makeups are safe. I research beyond cosmetic safety boards. Myself, and many other people are allergic to certain palm and rubber tree foods and items made from these. Carnuaba wax (in many cosmetics and mascaras) is from a type of palm tree. Also because waxes cannot be digested by the body, I believe they build up in tissues. And mineral makeups do not equal safety. There are many minerals that can cause problems inside the body. There is a big misconception that just because a makeup is made of minerals it is safe. I used mineral makeup for 10 years so I have some experience with this topic. Thus I did check out Terre D'oc and while I am happy to see better alternatives, still am not satisfied with the makeup industry. I am ok with out makeup but the one thing that I miss the most is mascara. For instance I looked at Terre D'oc's mascara and they use carnuaba wax. I just do not feel that the makeup industry cares about women. There needs to be a significant shift in the industry, but I feel we are still going to be waiting on this for several years until WOMEN DEMAND it. Just like we should have real food and NO GMOs, we MUST DEMAND real food. And since skin is our largest organ, we should not be puttin anything on our body that is unsafe. I feel someone could make LOTS of money if they actually revolutionized cosmetics. Perhaps we would have to refridgerate them and buy small containers and more often, perhaps using colors from beets, and real foods, etc. My grandma used to dye her hair with beet color. This is a serious issue, and people look at their skin everyday, but I dont think understand that our skin is under siege from the toxins in our environment. By putting additional toxins directly on it, it cannot keep up. Hence why we have skin cancer, NOT THE SUN. That is such a fallacy. And why our livers are failing. There are too many toxins. We have been irresponsible for too long. We must demand a change, or it will never come. Sorry for my rant...I'm just ticked off. :)

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    1. Brandi...I looked real quick for mascara...what do you think of the ingredients in this mascara by Dr. Haushka? http://www.saffronrouge.com/dr-hauschka/dr-hauschka-mascara?green=858A59B7-FFDC-5D83-AFC7-8A8FF64872E7

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    2. I am reposting this because I just realized I put it in the comments and not as a reply to your comment, so I don't know if you got it the first time:

      Hi Brandi...that is really interesting, I have never heard anything about the minerals or the carnuaba was being unsafe. I will have to look into that a little more, and specifically look for a mascara without the carnuaba wax. Do you know which specific minerals are unsafe? I love that your grandma used to dye her hair with beet color. I have never dyed my hair or treated it other than shampoo/conditioner, and I am thankful that is at least one thing I avoided before knowing the things I know now! And I agree hands down about things building up in the body...the body can only process and detoxify so much before it becomes overloaded (though it is amazing how much our bodies compensate and so many of us are overloaded without knowing it)...have you read anything on Gerson Therapy? I find it interesting the basis of his treatment for cancer (and other diseases) begins with there being too much edema in our cells (because of way too much sodium resulting in sodium/potassium imbalance) which causes our cells to become sluggish and not able to function to their full capacity. Very good stuff. If I ever do end up with cancer, that will be my treatment of choice. Anyway, I love your passion and appreciate your feedback! Thank you for following my blog!

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  2. Hi Brandi...that is really interesting, I have never heard anything about the minerals or the carnuaba was being unsafe. I will have to look into that a little more, and specifically look for a mascara without the carnuaba wax. Do you know which specific minerals are unsafe? I love that your grandma used to dye her hair with beet color. I have never dyed my hair or treated it other than shampoo/conditioner, and I am thankful that is at least one thing I avoided before knowing the things I know now! And I agree hands down about things building up in the body...the body can only process and detoxify so much before it becomes overloaded (though it is amazing how much our bodies compensate and so many of us are overloaded without knowing it)...have you read anything on Gerson Therapy? I find it interesting the basis of his treatment for cancer (and other diseases) begins with there being too much edema in our cells (because of way too much sodium resulting in sodium/potassium imbalance) which causes our cells to become sluggish and not able to function to their full capacity. Very good stuff. If I ever do end up with cancer, that will be my treatment of choice. Anyway, I love your passion and appreciate your feedback! Thank you for following my blog!

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  3. I will have to look in to Dr. Haushka. I have heard of them, but haven't done a lot of research into them. My grandma was very sensitive to environmental toxins. She had severe lymphedema and was in a wheelchair because of it. I also have it in my body, with legs being the worst. I soak my feet nightly which helps some. Yes, I am wellversed in greens/juice healing. I used to live near Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, FL and it was one of the leaders in Green Juice, Wheatgrass healing, and they use wheatgrass enemas. There are people from all over the world who come there to heal, and also just to get healthier if they are not sick as well. Then I read about pH Miracle who's founder is Dr. Young, and also about Gerson healing and Gerson Institute, which uses coffee enemas. There is a great deal of sickness now and it is because of our toxic environment and toxic air and toxic food and water. We must change, or it will continue to get worse. People need to start caring.

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  4. Bare Minerals, which claims to be 100% natural and it has only 5 ingredients: Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Mica, Iron Oxide, and Bismuth Oxychloride. In continued research on the ingredients, here is what I found:

    Titanium Dioxide
    Titanium dioxide is a white pigment with a high reflective quality. Its opacity, or whiteness, is important to many industries and applications such as paint, plastics, paper products, sunblock, food, cosmetics, skincare and toothpaste. Artists will recognize this substance as the main ingredient in titanium white pigment. Continued exposure to high concentrations of ultra-fine particles of titanium dust are considered by some to be a health hazard. HS = 1-4

    Zinc Oxide
    Zinc oxide is a mineral compound, white in color. It has anti-bacterial, UV-protection, and binding properties as well as a high refractive index. Often used as a source of zinc in the food industry, it can also be found in plastics, rubber, paints, batteries and glass. This is an FDA-approved additive and considered non-toxic unless it is burned and its fumes are inhaled. HS = 1-6

    Mica
    Mica has a metallic quality that is highly prized. The largest deposits of mica are found in India, but mica can be found in smaller deposits all over the world. Its heat-resistant quality makes it useful as a replacement for glass when fire resistance is necessary. Mica, crushed into a fine powder, has been used for centuries as a pigment. There are concerns about mica having respiratory toxicity, but as of this writing there is limited evidence of this. HS = 3

    Iron Oxide
    Iron oxides used in the cosmetic industry are actually synthetically created. This is a safety measure because it insures that ferric oxides and other impurities found in naturally occurring iron oxides are not included in the final product. These synthetically created oxides are non-toxic and moisture-resistant. Other types of iron oxides are used in ceramics and pigments and labeled as raw and burnt sienna and umber. These are often referred to as ochers. HS = 2

    Bismuth Oxychloride
    Bismuth oxychloride is a compound of bismuth and generally used in the cosmetic industry. Bismuth is a metal considered a safer alternative to lead. Bismuth is usually found as a byproduct of processing other metals and ores such as tin and copper but it must be refined several times before it is safe for human use. Of all the ingredients used in bareMinerals, this is the one that is a potential irritant to the skin and eyes if it is not manufactured properly. A poorly manufactured product is particularly problematic for those suffering with rosacea and other skin issues. HS = 1
    http://www.essortment.com/articles/ingredients-bare-minerals_103951.htm

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  5. It did bother me that they are considered safe by the FDA, yet still have Hazardous Scores up to a 6. Then when you look at Bare Minerals products on Cosmeticsdatabase.com, they have a list of their products and other chemicals that they use, which are toxic up to a Hazardous Score of 8. You can click on the products and see exactly which ones have the additional chemicals beyond the 5 listed above. For example Bare Minerals On the Spot Makeup Remover contains Methylparben, which has a Hazardous Score of 8. Then if you look at Bare Minerals Glimmer of Brilliance True Gold or Fired Up Glimmers Foiling Kit, both contain Silica, which has a Hazardous Score of 7. Now, I think it is rather fraudulent to promote their line of products as 100% natural when they actually contain quite a few known toxins beyond the original 5 ingredients that are known toxins. Going down the list of toxic chemicals we see they continue to use other toxins such as propylparaben, phenoxyethanol, Cl 77499, Cl77492, and FD&C Yellow 5. The list goes on and on and leaves me trying to understand just what I’ve been wearing all this time. Here I thought I was doing a good thing by wearing mineral makeup and listening to a company that promoted all-natural products, when in reality they use the same harmful chemicals that all of the other companies use. I thought I was paying the higher price for something better; it turns out I wasn’t.

    What I can’t believe is that Zinc and Titanium both are linked to cancer, along with several of the other toxins, and the company promotes the fact that the American Cancer Society has approved their products.

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    1. Hi Brandi...thanks for the extensive info. That is neat that you lived near the Hippocrates Health Institute, I have not heard of them. I am more familiar with Gerson (and I can testify that the coffee enemas aren't that bad ;-) ). I looked up Dr. Hauschka on SkinDeep...their products range from 1-6, with the mascara rated a 4/10 for safety. I agree that bare minerals isn't all it's cracked up to be...on SkinDeep their products were rated 1-7. So you do have to be choosy about which products you may try, just because one product of a specific brand doesn't mean that all their products are ok.

      I also looked up the ingredients you mentioned on SkinDeep: Iron Oxide - 2 (fair data), Bismuth Oxychloride - 0 (limited data), Mica - 2 (fair data), Zinc Oxide - 2-3 depending on usage (Good data), and Titanium Dioxide - 1-3 depending on usage (Good data). There are links to PubMed so that you can take a look at the articles that they included in determining their scores if you want more info (of course not all are available for free, but at least you can see some hard data!). Anyway, thanks again for the input and the helpful info! Definitely good info to consider in making decisions about cosmetics!!

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