There’s no denying that as women we love to look our best as often as possible using the best cosmetics, and in some instances this means at any cost given.

Whilst many of us are extremely conscious when it comes to what we are putting in to our bodies – we tend to lack the same discipline when it comes to what we are putting on to it.

Traditionally women have spent over billions of pounds (or dollars for our US sisters) on beauty supplies and cosmetics. Whilst 1 of every 13 women are exposed to harmful ingredients,  very few of us know exactly what is put into the products we apply to our skin on a daily basis.

As the perception of healthy living is quickly becoming the norm and lifestyles such as veganism are no longer being viewed as trends; natural and organic cosmetics have seen an increase in sales.



By now you’re probably thinking – but how do I know what is harmful and what is not? Below is a list of harmful ingredients to look out for when purchasing your favourite makeup items:

Paragbens –  Although these prevent the growth of mould and bacteria, they contain estrogen-mimicking properties which can be linked to breast cancer. This can be found in makeup, deodorant, and facial cleansers.

Synthetic colouring – FD&C or D&C are artificial colours usually shown on makeup labelling. Synthetic colouring is taken from petroleum tar and coal resources which is thought to be a human carcinogen – a skin irritant linked to ADHD in children.

Lanolin – Is excretion taken from mammals such as sheeps and yaks. Lanolin is often found in most lipsticks make up removers

Squalene – This chemical is taken from sharks livers and applied to eye makeup

Talc – Found in many makeup products, talc is a mineral made up of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. It is often used as powdery substance and found in different cosmetics. Talc has been linked to ovarian cancer. Some talc often includes asbestos which when inhaled can also cause lung cancer.

Fragrance – Fragrant mixes are used in many of our essential items so it can be difficult to clearly identify where harmful chemicals can be found. Harmful fragrances can often be associated with skin irritations, psoriasis, and allergies.

Phathalates – A popular not so popular chemical used in various products often used as an added ingredient to fragrances. Can be found in makeup, sprays, and lotions – Phathalates has also been linked to breast cancer and reproductive damage.

Triclosan – Often found in antibacterial soap, deodorants, and toothepaste. Triclosan  is a endocrine disruptor — especially thyroid and reproductive hormones, and a skin irritant.

Prophylyn glycol – found in makeup products, this chemical substance is a small organic alchohol used as a skin conditioner. The chemical has been linked to causing dermatitis as well as hives in humans.

Sunscreen chemicals – most foundations now commonly contain SP factors to absorb ultraviolet light.  These chemicals are endocrine disruptors and when absorbed in to the body can be a linked to causing cellular damage and cancer in the body. Common names are benzophenone, PABA, avobenzone, homosalate and ethoxycinnmate.

The above list is just a few of the many chemicals included in many of our favourite cosmetic items. The effects by far out way the benefits, it is therefore advised to do as much research as possible in order to educate yourselves on dangers of chemical s in products.


For more infomation on chemicals in products check out the EWG’s datatbase for cosmetics


If you’re unsure of how to ditch your chemical products in favour of healthier alternatives, you can ease your way in by replacing one product at a time. Think of it as a healthier diet, if you don’t want to give up all chocolates why not replace your milk chocolate with dark? 🙂

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