Mineral Makeup on Etsy

According to ewg.org‘s Skin Deep:

…the [U.S.] government cannot mandate safety studies of cosmetics, and only 11 percent of the 10,500 ingredients FDA has documented in products have been assessed for safety by the cosmetic industry’s review panel.

To help consumers better understand what they’re putting on (and ultimately into) their bodies, Skin Deep has created a searchable database of cosmetics, rated for health and safety, based on known and suspected toxic ingredients.

No surprise: the mega-retail brands don’t fare well. Among the worst rated brands are those marketed as fresh and healthy: Philosophy, Prescriptives, even Physicians Formula scores moderately-high on the warning scale.

But indie has a happy answer: mineral makeup. These products are completely free of the cosmetic industry’s top ten offending ingredients. The most common ingredients in handmade mineral makeup, as rated by Skin Deep, are: Iron oxide and titanium dioxide, which have a low toxicity rating, and zinc oxide and mica, rated low-moderate.

These Etsy sellers seem worth checking out; unlike the large cosmetic corporations, they actually seem to care about their customers’ health. Products include powder, foundation, eyeshadow and bronzer, among other things, and many sellers offer sample sizes so you can find your best shade.

Divine Nature

Have you tried these? Other indie brands? Has your skin improved since switching? If so, please leave a comment and let us know!

For more information on the healthy beauty movement, visit: http://www.safecosmetics.org/