Maven Moment: Makeup – Toxic Ingredients & Packaging Waste

Maven Moment: Makeup – Toxic Ingredients & Packaging Waste

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Back within the early 1900s when Grandma Jennie was younger, “respectable” ladies by no means wore make-up. She was not even allowed to put on lipstick at her wedding ceremony. The solely ladies who wore rouge, face powder, or lipstick had been “flappers.” My mother sometimes wore lipstick. She would rub some into her cheeks, too for a bit of shade. But the one tube was all that she wanted; she by no means wore eye make-up.

I’m extra like Mom in my fashion of sporting make-up, with one distinction. I wish to outline my brows and eyes with a bit of eyeliner pencil. Every day I put on make-up to work to “brighten my face.”

Because I’m involved about publicity to poisonous substances, I attempted the DYI route. I bought natural makeup recipes from the web utilizing substances like cocoa and beetroot powder, beeswax, honey, and even charcoal powder for eyebrows. Unfortunately, I discovered it messy and the ensuing merchandise inconsistent in high quality, utility, and storage.

My answer to the issue of being uncovered to toxins is to take a look at the EWG Skin Deep Database, which charges merchandise on ingredient hazards like most cancers, reproductive toxicity, and allergic reactions. I can normally discover a vary of EWG verified merchandise that go well with my wants.

I bought two merchandise: Anastasia Eye Pencil (a nearly waste-free product) and an ILIA multi-stick, which is a blush and lip shade multi functional (similar to Mom: one tube for 2 functions!). They also have a recycling program for U.S. prospects – as much as 5 empty containers per thirty days. It’s at all times well worth the time to seek out safer makeup products and examine recycling choices.

I haven’t given up on DIY make-up but, however it’s undoubtedly a weekend challenge! If it by no means pans out, I can at all times add the beetroot powder to my soup and use the cocoa powder in scorching cocoa, so I received’t waste the substances.