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Greening your Cosmetic Bag

When cosmetics giant Sephora starts carrying natural cosmetics, you know that the quality and colour range of the products have made it to the beauty big league.

These days, it’s very easy to make the switch from expensive name brands to green brands without sacrificing quality or colour. If you put both types side by side, it might be hard to tell the difference. 


Here’s a breakdown of ingredient differences by beauty product between natural (or organic) and conventional big-name brands.

In order for a beauty product to be labeled organic, only one percent of the formula has to be made of organic ingredients. That’s why it’s important to read labels and not be swayed by slick marketing and packaging.


Methylparaben is a preservative that’s been banned in many European countries because of its cancer and endocrine system disruptor links. It has a high toxic hazard rating from the Cosmetics Database.

Allergic Reactions & Lip Products?

Chances are it’s the Propylparaben that’s causing the itching and irritation. Rated as a moderate hazard, it still has toxic properties and cancer and endocrine disruptor properties. 

Retinyl Palmitate

Even though Retinyl Palmitate is a synthetic form of vitamin A, it doesn’t mean it’s completely safe, especially for pregnant women because of its toxicity.

If you knew a beauty product you were using caused itching, burning, hives, burning and skin blistering, would you continue to use it?

Well, you probably are unless you read the labels on your skincare products. Tocopheryl Acetate unbelievably has a moderate rating on the Cosmetic Database, but if you have sensitive skin, the rating should probably be upped to high!

What Should You Say Yes To?

If you look at the ingredients list of natural or organic cosmetics, you’ll see a lot of familiar items, some you could even eat! These are some to ingredients to say yes to! 

Coconut oil, avocado butter and oil, orange oil, elderberry extract, aloe and agar are only some of the few. What natural products don’t contain, though, are parabens, sulfates, phthalates. If they are cruelty-free and vegan that is an extra bonus usually indicating the manufacturers care about quality ingredients. 

Natural Cosmetics Have Come A Long Way

Gone are the days when natural makeup was cakey, thick, and greasy and had no staying power.

Today’s women demand more of their cosmetics more than ever before, after all, it’s expensive!

Eyeshadows blend well and are less likely to cause itching, redness and irritation. Lipsticks glide on easily and have great colour pay off.

According to five-star ratings on Sephora, customers are pleasantly surprised by the quality and results of natural concealers and primers. 

Ease Into It 

If you’re still on the fence about natural makeup and are resistant to parting with your holy grail conventional products, ease yourself into the transition one product at a time. 

You’ll get a good feel for the quality natural and organic beauty products have and you might find some new favourites that are better for your skin, your body, and the environment too!


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