3 Things to Get Rid of in Your Makeup Drawer

Quite obviously, I try and make as many reasonable swaps as I can when it comes to lessening my toxic chemical load in my personal care products., but makeup has always been a really tough one for me. It just seems like there is always one ingredient or another that is questionable and I just figure "why bother" and keep on using my Cover Girl. (I know, I know.) 

Half the problem is that I'm not following my own advice, and I'm letting perfect be the enemy of good here. Its always better to get rid of some toxic yuck than to sit around and wait for something perfect to come out. My bad.

The other problem is that even some of the makeup that claims to be safe is really not as clean as it pretends to be (greenwashing, anyone??) and that's super unfortunate. There are still things like bismuth put into these "clean" brands that can be irritating to your skin, especially with mineral makeups.


What other things should you be looking out for? Here are 3:

1. Bismuth: Bismuth Oxychloride is a naturally occurring heavy element found in nickel, tin and silver that’s primarily used to manufacture metal by-products. It’s used in cosmetics because it has a distinct shimmery, pearlescent appearance and a fine white powder texture that adheres well to the skin.

Many cosmetic companies use bismuth because it hides flaws, adds a radiant glow to the face and is a dirt-cheap filler! It also has binding qualities, so the make-up will “stick” to your skin and last all day.

What may surprise you even more is that bismuth resembles arsenic chemically, yet it is commonly found in many cosmetics.

Many women will experience itchiness when wearing products containing bismuth, most noticeably when they sweat. This can often lead to nasty rashes and severe acne. Also, we can’t forget Bismuth is also akin to arsenic.  If you’ve been wearing mineral makeup, you may be experiencing irritation or breakouts due to the Bismuth in this makeup!

2. Talc: Talc is a mineral substance made up of mainly magnesium, silicon and oxygen used in a variety of cosmetic and personal care products such as baby powder, body and shower products, lotions, feminine hygiene products, eyeshadow, foundation, lipstick, deodorants and face masks.

Some talc may contain the known carcinogen asbestos, therefore it should be avoided in powders and other personal care products. 

3. Mineral Oil: Mineral Oil (also called “liquid petroleum”) is any of various colorless, odorless, light mixtures of higher alkanes from a mineral source, particularly a distillate of petroleum. Most often, mineral oil is a liquid by-product of refining crude oil to make gasoline and other petroleum products. 

Mineral oil is a common ingredient in baby lotions, cold creams, ointments and cosmetics. 
Researchers stated, “There is strong evidence that Mineral Oil hydrocarbons are the greatest contaminant of the human body.” 

There was a scientific study that removed fat specimens from women who underwent cesarean sections, and also collected milk samples from the women after delivery. They found that both fat and milk samples were contaminated with Mineral Oil saturated hydrocarbons—and stated that these compounds likely accumulated over time from repeated exposure. 

Want more info on the toxic ingredients found in our makeup (and other things we use daily?) Check out my brand new Facebook group all about safe skincare and beauty!  We'll educate everyone about the dangers of the toxic chemicals lurking in our personal care products, while also offering up solutions via DIY recipes and sourcing products responsibly. Can't wait to see you in there!