I have never worn much makeup compared to most American women, but in January I quit cosmetics almost completely (for a few weeks). The number of known carcinogens in mainstream makeup is shocking. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised considering that cosmetics aren’t regulated by the FDA.
I used to wear Clinique. Then I discovered the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database and started to read about the ingredients in my favorite mascara, which has a high hazard rating. Ugh.
Most of the toxic chemicals in cosmetics are found in many other body products, which I discussed here. If you’d like to read more about which ingredients to avoid first, check out this list from The Daily Green.
My makeup free weeks in January were a great detox, but I do enjoy funky colored eyeliners, so I decided to hunt for some new makeup and settled on Coastal Classic Creations, touted as the lowest (safest) rated cosmetic company on Skin Deep. Continue reading