- Cosmetic companies are some of the worst when it comes to nasty chemicals in their products….and in our opinion are at the BOTTOM of our list since they don’t disclose anything that is in their products! You have no idea what you are slathering all over your lips, your eyes, what kind of chemicals in the powders and creams. It is important to be aware that ingredients in cosmetics surprisingly are NOT REGULATED BY LAW, there are no safety requirements and they do not have to report to anyone. In fact, because of Major gaps in public health laws, cosmetics companies are allowed to use almost any ingredient— even proven toxins like lead, and mercury. Hundreds and hundreds of pounds of substances that are recognized as toxic by environmental law are added to cosmetics. If you were to dump just 10 pounds of these chemicals into the environment you would have to get permission but not if you were going to make a foundation from it! Crazy isn’t it!
Just to give you a quick overview of what you are likely exposing yourself to if you are using the popular cheap AND expensive brands of makeups:
Lead- A known neurotoxin even in the smallest amounts. There is no “safe” amount of lead. Crosses the placenta and passes through breastmilk
Mercury- A known neurotoxin even in the smallest amounts. Crosses the placenta and passes through breastmilk
PAH- Chemical common in petroleum jelly or Vaseline called PAH- (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) are found in 1 of every 14 products on the market. 15% of all lipsticks and 40% of baby oils and lotion have been found to contain this product.
Parabens- Suspected carcinogen. Found in breast cancer cells.
Phthalates- “fragrance” chemicals. Linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders, and a long list of other issues.
And the list goes on and on! Hundreds of ingredients are found in these products. This is why it is critical to purchase safer cosmetics, lotions and soaps. Not only to reduce your exposure to these chemicals, particularly during pregnancy, but to support companies who are doing the right thing! Companies are driven by profits…if we only purchase safer products, companies will make safer products …not for our health but for their bottom line!
Here at Organic Baby University, we are super excited to talk about another of our favorite natural makeup companies! The two companies we recommend both bring such different products so you know that you can find whatever you need between on or the other.
Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques has a HUGE amazing line of organic, natural and gluten free products! They have every type of foundation you can think of ….just like the toxic popular brands…pressed powder, loose powder, mineral foundation, cream foundation, they have it all! As I have mentioned before, makeup is one of the toughest products to buy safe AND that WORKS! These work! I tried the cream foundation even though I haven’t used that stuff in YEARS and LOVED it! I am a mineral powder makeup convert! LOVE IT! Lauren Brooke has blushes, eye shadows, eye liners, mascara, lip glosses and more, all made from ingredients like organic raspberry extract and organic olive extract to name a few. Her line also allows you to still be fun with makeup.
No longer do you have to have dull, thin coverage and colors in order to be non-toxic. The eye shadows have shimmers, sparkles and mystics as options. They carry a line of body glitters too! They have lip glosses, and lipsticks and glazes made with organic coconut oils, shea butter and jojoba oils…and they are edible! (as all lipstick should be since you do eat it without meaning to!)
So we recommend you checking out their makeups if you are looking for non-toxic choices that really work! There are so many choices we can’t even list every single one…but there is really something for everyone! And safe too! Yay!
To learn more about where these chemicals are found and how to avoid them visit http://www.organicbabyuniversity.com to watch fun, animated videos in their Organic Pregnancy Class and Organic Baby Class! They also have guides and checklists, safe product recommendations, exclusive coupons and more!
About the Author (Author Profile)
Jennifer Hankey is the President of Organic Baby University. Organic Baby University is a site dedicated to teaching pregnant women and moms how and why to avoid the common, harmful chemicals in everyday products.
To learn more about where these chemicals are found and how to avoid them visit http://www.organicbabyuniversity.com to watch fun, animated videos in their Organic Pregnancy Class and Organic Baby Class! They also have guides and checklists, exclusive coupons and more!
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