Our skin is our largest organ, and the products we use directly affect our microbiome and subsequently, our gut health. In fact, 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream almost immediately. When I discovered that my favorite mascara, eye shadow, and lipstick were filled with carcinogens, I realized that healthy living encompassed far more than just my approach to food. If I was avoiding gluten, dairy, soy, and processed chemicals in the meals I ate, it didn’t make sense to use personal care products that shared these same ingredients.
I began to investigate a range of brands from Revlon to Chanel, and quickly realized how little the makeup industry is regulated by the government. In fact, manufacturers frequently cut costs by adding multiple chemicals that are linked to hormonal and endocrine disruptions, organ system toxicity, and bio-accumulation.
After a few disastrous attempts at making my own beauty products (raw cacao is for smoothies not eyelids), I began experimenting with several natural makeup lines. I’ve included a list of my favorite products below – all of which score well in the Hazard Assessment Rankings of EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database.
Ecco Bella Flowercolor Mascara: no lacquer, shellac, alcohol, fragrance or parabens. Only natural clay and flower wax coated in iron oxides. Vegan and gluten-free.
Au Naturale Lipstick: no parabens, fragrances, additives, bismuth oxychloride, nano-particles or sulfates. Gluten-free.
Au Naturale Blush: no parabens, fragrances, additives, bismuth oxychloride, nanoparticles or sulfates.
Beeyoutiful Eyeshadow: 100% pure mineral makeup (just mica and iron oxides).
Rejuva Foundation: no toxins, nanoparticles, GMOs, or common skin irritants. Vegan and gluten-free.
Makeup remover: 100% organic extra virgin coconut or jojoba oil.
Badger Broad Spectrum SPF 30: consisting only of sunflower, beeswax, lavender, vitamin E, and seabuckthorn, this wonderful sunscreen is organic, vegan, and gluten-free.
Deodorant: Thai Crystal Deodorant stone (crystalized natural mineral salts) or Simply Fair unscented deodorant (coconut oil, olive oil, baking soda, candelilla wax, arrowroot powder, shea butter, vitamin E).