Natural Beauty: Avoid Toxic Make-Up

Posted on February 22nd, 2010 by Tonia 7 Comments

I don’t exactly consider myself a girly-girl. I ride horses {and have no problem mucking stalls}, I go camping {outside in a tent. I know some of you think camping means sleeping in one of these}, and from time to time I make un-ladylike jokes {“that’s what she said.”}

However, I enjoy a good facial/mani-pedi as much as the next girl, and I wear make-up almost every day.  Therein lies a teeny problem: my need {yes dear, it is a need, not a want} for occasional pampering and regular make-up usage conflicts with my ethics.36459As you may know, the majority of cosmetics and toiletries on the market today contain enormous amounts of toxic chemicals which have never been tested for safety by the FDA.  Not only are these toxins sitting on our faces all day long and being absorbed into our bodies, but when we wash them off we are washing them into our water system and the earth.  Some of the most common include:

  • Foaming agents such as sodium laureth sulphate, ammonium lauryl sulphate and 1,4-dioxane.
  • Synthetic colors and fragrances which are not always labeled or identified completely on labels and may be an amalgam of hundreds of chemicals.
  • Parabens, which are often used as preservatives and have been linked to breast cancer.
  • Propylene Glycol which can cause liver and kidney damage

{More information can be found at The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics which has one of the largest databases of products and ingredients online.}

True story: Recently I switched from using department store make-up to using Aveda products.  When I ran out of my Aveda stuff, I had to go back to using the department store brands for a little while, and I noticed that my eyes became red and irritated after wearing it all day long.  I quickly replenished my supply of Aveda make-up and never looked back.  Besides using natural ingredients, Aveda also manufactures using 100% certified wind-power.

{I am not paid/sponsored by Aveda at all.  I’m just sharing a good experience I had with their products.}

Aveda is certainly not the only option. Even Wall-greens carries all-natural brands of cosmetics and toiletries these days.  If you’re a make-up lover like myself, I challenge you to switch to an all-natural brand, and see what kind of difference it makes with your skin/eyes/allergies.  Even if you don’t notice any outward benefits like I did, at least you can feel good that you’re no longer washing those chemicals down the drain every day! If you already use natural cosmetics, please share you experience in the comments!

Check back later this week for more on the subject of natural skincare, including a recipe for a homemade facial!…


  1. mamamouseiam says:

    Did you say homemade facial recipe? Hmmm, that definitely sounds like a pre-wedding, girly event! 😀

  2. […] my healthy summer-glow back.  But most facial products are chocked-full of nasty ingredients (see Natural Beauty: Avoiding Toxic Make-Up).  Knowing that I’m putting toxins on my face and then washing them down the drain takes […]

  3. Dana Leigh says:

    Have you ever heard of Tarte cosmetics? It’s a brand that addresses the issues you struggle with when it comes to makeup. It can be expensive but they sell it online at Sephora and lately it seems to be on sale.;jsessionid=MK0512AMJ5LV0CV0KQLQX0Q?brandId=Tarte

  4. na says:

    Aveda like most is still very toxic and unhealthy. They’re not disclosing all of the ingredients on their website. There are many mineral makeup brands that are truly 100% natural. Usually the best ones are online. Monave Minerals is one of my favorites. There’s too many better products to choose from.

  5. Shari says:

    Which shampoo did you try? I used the WEN Fig and had the same issues you did- greasy feeling, had to wash everyday, etc. Now I use the cucumber and I have the squeaky clean feeling after. (I have it now!!!) I also wash my hair every 2 days now. Love the shampoo, but trying to cut costs so I might be breaking from my fave shampoo right now!

  6. Tonia says:

    Hi Shari! I tried the WEN almond shampoo and then switched to the cucumber as well. I like the cucumber one better for the same reason you stated. The almond one was TOO moisturizing for my hair, didn’t make me feel clean enough for my liking. The cucumber one is still very moisturizing, but also makes me feel clean. Thanks for the input!!

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