Non-toxic Make-Up

Saturday, January 15, 2011 Anya 0 Comments

I wanted to post about a book that I just finished reading and that I believe is very educational and a must-read if you care about your health like I do. If you know me, you know that I'm a health-nut and I love Make-Up, so when I heard about this book I was very interested. I hadn't spent much time thinking about the chemicals in the Make-Up, Shampoos and plain old soaps that we are using which is interesting since I spent so much time reading ingredient labels on groceries and care highly about organic and healthy food. I must have assumed that the several health agencies and government officials will make sure that no company can sell me hygiene products of any kind that could seriously harm me or mess with my health. As a European I'm used to regulation and supervision of harmful ingredients in food and hygiene products and didn't have a clue that there could be more harmful stuff in products sold in the States. This is not to say that you don't have to be careful what you buy in Germany for example, there is still stuff that messes with your hormones for example but overall there are a lot of chemicals and ingredients that have long been banned in the EU and even in Japan that are still sold to us here.

I learned from the book that there is not much of any regulation about ingredients that can or cannot be contained in make-up, especially in scents/perfume.

The book is called "No More Dirty Looks" and it's 10 Dollars you will never regret to have spent. It really is a shame that our elected officials don't make sure that we can't be harmed by the products that are sold to us, but if necessary - hey - I'll learn about chemicals. I want to know what I put on my skin - as the book so nicely explains - it matters - if chemicals wouldn't be absorbed by the skin like a sponge and transported into your blood then why would the nicotine free patch work? Granted, this new information doesn't make me happy - I'm deeply in love with my favorite make-up products. Needless to say that I checked each and every product that I'm currently using online for harmful ingredients. The first products that I changed were tooth paste, mouth wash, shampoo and deodorant. Stuff that is directly absorbed by the body.

If you would like to check your products, I highly recommend this link:

If you are in Germany and would like to check your products, this works:

I was happy to learn that my Aloe Face Wash from the BodyShop is clean and not harmful whatsoever. About some other discoveries I was less than amused and I still have to find new blush apparently. Turns out paying more for a product doesn't necessarily make it non-toxic. ;)

Ladies, if you use a lot of products and you don't yet know what's in it and what each ingredient means for your body - you need to read this!

Big Thank you to Siobhan O'Connor and Alexandra Spunt for publishing this and for the tips and product recommendations to detox my regimen. Highly appreciated!