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Safe Makeup & Cosmetics: Are you dying to be beautiful?

Updated on April 23, 2016
Photos are my own unless otherwise credited. Article copyright 05/04/2011.
Photos are my own unless otherwise credited. Article copyright 05/04/2011.

Which Makeup and Cosmetic products are actually safe for you to use?

Many individuals wear makeup or other cosmetics every day and in doing so expose themselves to high levels of toxins within products which they believed to be safe.

Do you know how to determine how safe the makeup or cosmetic products are that you use? If not then you may be dying to be beautiful. What you don't know can hurt you.

We hear so much lately on hazardous chemicals, dangerous dyes, lead, and BPA within many common household products which you use every day. This daily influx of these toxic substances into the body may be the reason for very serious health issues, chronic illness, or even cancer.

It is important to know that the cosmetic products you use on a daily basis are safe. Awareness is the key. Know which ingredients should not be in the makeup, cosmetic, lotion, shampoo and conditioner products that you select for you and your family to use.

We read the ingredient list on the foods we eat but we should also be reading it on the products that absorb through our skin as well.

Why would common personal care products, makeup, and cosmetics not be safe?

There are safety concerns and warnings associated with many of the common ingredients within cosmetic, makeup, and other personal care products.

The sad truth on the matter of regulations involving make-up, cosmetics, lotions, shampoos and other personal use products is that legislation is outdated or may not even exist on some of these products.

Within the United States the last legislation passed on the safety of these personal care cosmetic products was back in 1938 and this legislation granted the decision making on these products to be regulated by the cosmetic industry itself.

Now realizing that the safety of entire families is at risk due the harmful ingredients within these commonly used cosmetic products, the US Congress is working on new legislation which will repair the current gaps in the former legislation, and increase consumer safety.

Within Canada many of the current makeup, cosmetics, and personal care products choices available to consumers contain ingredients which currently appear on ingredient lists as being harmful to human health.

Use natural personal care products whenever possible because what you apply to your skin absorbs into your body. Cocoa butter much like natural Shea butter will actually allow your skin to absorb the nutrients within it. Organic natural cocoa butter is one of the healthier options in hand and body skin lotion products.

Shea butter contains ingredients which are absorbed through your skin to make you healthier. Note: that all Shea butters are not equal though and that Grade A Shea butter as it has been tested to insure it's safety and nutrient quality. Cocoa and Shea butter lotions are a more natural alternative.

Be naturally beautiful. Read the ingredient list on the cosmetic and personal care products that you use.

Beauty really isn't just skin deep.
Beauty really isn't just skin deep.

Create your own natural beauty products at home.

Green Beauty Recipes: Easy Homemade Recipes to Make Your Own Natural and Organic Skincare, Hair Care, and Body Care Products
Green Beauty Recipes: Easy Homemade Recipes to Make Your Own Natural and Organic Skincare, Hair Care, and Body Care Products

Going natural feels so good. Personal care products really can be kind to your skin and when you choose your ingredients you know that your products are going to be safe for you and your family to use.


These Ingredients should not be in the products you use.

The Environmental Working Group has recently identified a list of ingredients as being potentially detrimental to human health.

Before you buy, check out the ingredient list on your makeup or cosmetic product choices to insure that they do not contain these potentially dangerous ingredients.

This is the list of dangerous cosmetic and make-up ingredients to avoid. These are the ingredients that the experts want banned from the personal care products that you and your family use:






glycolColourings listed as CI and then followed by a five digit numberIngredients ending in siloxane ie: cyclotetrasiloxaneIngredients ending in methiconeSodium lauryl

sulfate & Sodium laureth sulfateTriclosanParfum or fragrance as this generic title can hide potentially dangerous chemicals within it.

I was shocked when I read that talc powder may cause some forms of lung or breast cancers. Keep talc off your purchase list and switch to healthier cosmetic options instead.

Recipes for natural beauty and personal care products.

Making Natural Beauty Products (Idiot's Guides)
Making Natural Beauty Products (Idiot's Guides)

There are healthier ways to be beautiful and these recipes let you be in control of what goes onto and into your skin. Being beautiful shouldn't have to hurt. Make your own products and know exactly what you are applying to your skin.


Natural personal care products that you will find right in your kitchen:

Green tea: Has antibacterial properties. Can be used for cleansing, soaking, rinsing, or gargling.

Olive Oil: Soothing to use as hand cream or hair conditioner. Great for removing make-up.

Lemon: Will lighten hair color when left on the hair.

Vinegar: Hair rinse to remove greasy buildup.

Baking soda: Natural toothpaste or bath tub soak.

Oatmeal: For washing, soaking.

Cucumber slices: Lay on tired eyes.

There are many more uses for these, and many other, natural safe personal care products that you will find in your kitchen.

Are you concerned with the safety of the makeup and other cosmetic products you use?

Are you concerned with the safety of the makeup and other cosmetic products you use?

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Read the list of ingredients:

You generally read the list of ingredients on the packages of the food products which you consume so also read the list of ingredients on the cosmetic products that you use too.

Your skin absorbs the ingredients that lotions, shampoos, makeup, perfumes, cosmetics, and other personal care products contain within them. Insure that these ingredients are safe to be in your body.

For the safety and health of your family, make healthy choices in the makeup, cosmetic, lotion, shampoo, and other personal care products which you select for your family's personal use.

There are simple ways to lead a healthier lifestyle.

200 Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Natural Beauty
200 Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Natural Beauty

Be a beautiful healthier you. There are many small steps we can take to eliminate toxins from our lifestyle and in our personal care and cosmetic choices the difference is obvious and simple.

Use healthier safer personal care product choices. Beauty should not have to come at a price.


Are you concerned about the safety of your cosmetics?

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      Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      Neither I nor my wife use much in terms of cosmetics and stick to simple body washes. Another great product is coconut oil for skin care and hair.

      It is sold as organic and non (but most is organic by nature of where they grow). It is sold as refined and unrefined. Since we do not know what is used in the refining process it is better to use unrefined for skin care. It is an oil that is a wax at normal room temperature but it liquifies on contact with body heat.

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      Frischy 2 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I don't wear makeup too often, but I do use a lot of lotions. Then there are soaps and shampoos. It is definitely something to think about.

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      seahorse60 3 years ago

      Yes I am and from now on I'll be using your list of ingredients to avoid while shopping. We make sure we eat a healthy diet to look after our bodies so it makes sense to be careful of what we put on them. Thanks for the information!

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Yes, and for that reason, I haven't used traditional cosmetics for years. Not only am I careful about what I put on my body, I'm careful about what I wash down the drain. If it's not good for me and my family, very likely it's not good for Mother Nature either.Thank you for shedding a beacon of light on this important topic. So glad to see it here.

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      Nathalie Roy 4 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      I carefully read every label when I buy something (cosmetic or not). As for cosmetic, I always use natural products anyway

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      Frischy 4 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I don't wear makeup very often. This is one benefit of working at home!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I wear almost no makeup these days and have gone pretty much the natural route. This is an important article for us to review the ingredients...I guess, if you can pronounce it, don't put it on your skin for sure. Very nicely done, well researched and usual!

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 5 years ago from Northern California

      I was looking for information on cosmetic safety. Thank you and blessed.

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      I don't wear much make up any more - sometimes some chap stick or sunscreen but that's about it. I do put moisturizer on my skin though.

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      makeupbrush 6 years ago

      It is a wonderful lens. I am going to print the list out and keep it in my purse.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @pheonix76: It is very frightening to know the chemicals in our cosmetics and other personal care products such as shampoo and hand lotion. What are we doing to our children's health when they use these toxic chemicals on their sensitive skin.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @awakeningwellness: I did not realize that Burts Bees products were that healthy. Thank you and I think that I will check into see if they carry a cosmetic line and pop it on here if they do.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @ChrisDay LM: I saw that on your article. I was hoping that most of that was over but I see now that it still occurs. Will we ever truly be a civilized people?

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      This is so important - there's a ton of evil stuff being absorbed through the skin and being inhaled which is very toxic. Then, of course, there's the unforgivable abuse of animals that goes into so many cosmetic products.

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      awakeningwellness 6 years ago

      I think a good rule of thumb is that if you don't think a product is safe to eat then it isn't safe to put on your skin either...I went to a Burts Bees seminar once and they had you eat the products....they were pretty tasty too! :)

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      pheonix76 6 years ago from WNY

      This does not surprise me. The cosmetic industry has been hiding behind beauty products for years --- and many cosmetics are inhumanely tested on animals. This is an excellent lens, all women should know what is in the beauty products they use everyday.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @JoleneBelmain: Yes, and our makeup and cosmetics are not generally an area that we think may be dangerous to our health. We just presume that regulations are in place to protect our safety where our cosmetics, shampoos, lotions and other personal care products are concerned.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @Ramkitten2000: I was shocked when I checked out the hand creams that I use especially now that I think of how it really is absorbed right into our body. Wow...not too friendly what is in that and our shampoos.

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      Deb Kingsbury 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Wow, that's quite a list of ingredients to look out for and avoid. I honestly never have paid attention to what's in the makeup I use, but I have used pretty much the same few products for years. (With random exceptions) I'll have to look at the labels and see if anything on that list is in them. I'm quite sure there will be.

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      JoleneBelmain 6 years ago

      Yet another absolutely fabulous lens. Very interesting to know how many bad chemicals we put into our body daily, and most people aren't even aware of them. Thumbs up :)