What you need to know about traditional makeup

Date Posted:12 October 2016 

The most notable difference I saw in my skin when I made the switch to all natural makeup was the incredible improvement in my complexion! My pores were less clogged and in turn I had less imperfections and never any breakouts. This was however, simply a welcomed side effect from the decision to stop putting toxic substances on my face.  


Ever heard of Butylated Hydroxyanisole or Butylayted Hydroxytoluene?

In the previous post, I talked about chemicals and the role they play in affecting your hormones. Butylated hydroxyanisole and butylayted hydroxytoluene (BHA and BHT) are widely used in both the food and beauty industry as a preservative to stop oils becoming rancid. In other words, it’s used as a preservative. As these chemicals are so widely used, research has been conducted on rats (unfortunately) to observe the effects of BHA, BHT and propyl gallate (PG) over a lifetime. One particular study, found that rats that were given BHA, BHT and PG developed marked thickening of the uterine endometrial as well as other hormonal changes. The results concluded that the chemicals had strong endocrine disruptive effects. (Pop et al. 2013) (Kang et al. 2005). I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t need any extra stress on my hormones. The monthly saga is quite enough. Also not to forget that anything that affects your hormones can have an impact on the development of cancers and also infertility.


So what about mineral makeup I hear you ask?

Unfortunately there is no regulation as to what can be called mineral makeup. If a product contains simply one mineral as a primary ingredient, it can be classed in this category despite what other nasty’s might be lurking. Also, most mineral makeups contain nano particles of titanium dioxide, which has been shown in studies to increase respiratory cancers, inflammation and damage to cell DNA. (Trouiller et al. 2009)


What about makeup primers?

And don’t even get me started on makeup primers. Most primers use silicone as the active ingredient that helps to fill in the gaps and create a smooth surface for makeup to glide over and stick to. Yes, that’s the same silicone that goes into peoples breast and butts. Surely you’ve heard the horror stories about silicone implants leaking and causing toxicity? So we can all agree we don’t want silicone in our bodies? Then stop putting it on your skin! As if that wasn’t enough to deter you, silicone clogs the pores even after cleansing, which is why many people find they breakout when using a silicone primer. Instead find a good quality organic primer that will nourish your skin, such as Zuii Organic Foundation Primer or Wotnot Anti-Aging Facial Sunscreen & Primer in one. These organic and vegan foundation primers are not only good for your skin but they do so much for the environment as they don't contain animal ingredients and have certainly not been tested on animals.


Organic Makeup Brands

Ok, so now you’re convinced you want to make the switch to organic makeup?  One of my absolute favourite organic makeup brand is Zuii Organic. This brand makes the most beautiful natural, organic makeup, using real flowers such as rose buds and chamomile and organic oils to hydrate and nourish the skin. The colour pigments used are naturally sourced, unlike commercial makeup brands that use cheap synthetic chemicals. Although, organic makeup or even natural makeup might hold a higher price tag, you really can’t put a price on your health, because if you don’t have your health, then what do you have?  Full range of Zuii Organic makeup can be found HERE. Alternatively, check out Hanami Vegan Makeup & Natural, Vegan Nail Polishes and Neek Vegan Lipsticks in particular Neek Vegan Lipstick 'Sweet About Me' - Sassy Organics top seller.


  1. Kang, H.G. et al., 2005. Evaluation of estrogenic and androgenic activity of butylated hydroxyanisole in immature female and castrated rats. Toxicology, 213(1–2), pp.147–56. Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16023279 [Accessed October 11, 2016].
  3. Trouiller, B. et al., 2009. Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles Induce DNA Damage and Genetic Instability In vivo in Mice. Cancer Research, 69(22).



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