5 Toxic Makeup Ingredients


You do your make-up every day to look good and feel more confident. But, many of us just assume our makeup is safe and non-toxic, which actually couldn’t be further from the truth. A lot of makeup contains toxic ingredients, here are some of the worst offenders to look for on the label:

  1. Parabens

Found in makeup, moisturizers, and a variety of other personal beauty products. Parabens mimic the effect of estrogen in the body which can lead to a variety of cancers and reproductive problems, as it disrupts the hormonal system of the body. Look for products that say “paraben free” on the label.

  1. Polyethylene/PEGs

Found in body wash, make-up, toothpaste. These are plastic beads found in many exfoliating products that may contain a carcinogen called 1,4-dioxane that easily penetrates the skin. They can also be highly irritating to the skin and cause plastic pollution in our oceans.

  1. Retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, or retinoic acid

Found in moisturizer and many anti-aging products. This is a form of vitamin A, which when exposed to the sun makes it a carcinogen. Therefore, it is best to either avoid these products or use them only at night.

  1. Petroleum

Found in mascara. Petroleum can cause skin irritation and may be contaminated with carcinogens.

  1. “Fragrance”

Found in a variety of personal beauty products. There is no regulation by law to disclose any of the chemicals in a “fragrance”, therefore it is impossible to know. The Environmental Working Group has one of these products and found an average of 14 different chemicals including allergens and hormone-disruptors.

Want to learn more about potential harmful ingredients in your make-up and personal care products? Check out the Environmental Working Group’s website dedicated to evaluating the ingredients in a variety of cosmetics. 

Additionally, check out our line of Beauty and Personal Care Items  - all made with natural, organic and cruelty-free ingredients. 


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