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Please read the previous blogs related to this blog on makeup.

So, what can we safely wear for makeup? Is there anything out there? These are good questions. I really don’t have a great answer for this as everything that I could find that’s considered natural, organic, and meets the E.U. standards still contain traces of toxins that are between 0-5 on the Hazardous Score at To be honest, I am now stumped as to what to use.

I currently use Bare Minerals, which claims to be 100% natural and it has only 5 ingredients: Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Mica, Iron Oxide, and Bismuth Oxychloride. In continued research on the ingredients, here is what I found:

Titanium Dioxide

Titanium dioxide is a white pigment with a high reflective quality. Its opacity, or whiteness, is important to many industries and applications such as paint, plastics, paper products, sunblock, food, cosmetics, skincare and toothpaste. Artists will recognize this substance as the main ingredient in titanium white pigment. Continued exposure to high concentrations of ultra-fine particles of titanium dust are considered by some to be a health hazard. HS = 1-4

Zinc Oxide

Zinc oxide is a mineral compound, white in color. It has anti-bacterial, UV-protection, and binding properties as well as a high refractive index. Often used as a source of zinc in the food industry, it can also be found in plastics, rubber, paints, batteries and glass. This is an FDA-approved additive and considered non-toxic unless it is burned and its fumes are inhaled. HS = 1-6


Mica has a metallic quality that is highly prized. The largest deposits of mica are found in India, but mica can be found in smaller deposits all over the world. Its heat-resistant quality makes it useful as a replacement for glass when fire resistance is necessary. Mica, crushed into a fine powder, has been used for centuries as a pigment. There are concerns about mica having respiratory toxicity, but as of this writing there is limited evidence of this. HS = 3

Iron Oxide

Iron oxides used in the cosmetic industry are actually synthetically created. This is a safety measure because it insures that ferric oxides and other impurities found in naturally occurring iron oxides are not included in the final product. These synthetically created oxides are non-toxic and moisture-resistant. Other types of iron oxides are used in ceramics and pigments and labeled as raw and burnt sienna and umber. These are often referred to as ochers. HS = 2

Bismuth Oxychloride

Bismuth oxychloride is a compound of bismuth and generally used in the cosmetic industry. Bismuth is a metal considered a safer alternative to lead. Bismuth is usually found as a byproduct of processing other metals and ores such as tin and copper but it must be refined several times before it is safe for human use. Of all the ingredients used in bareMinerals, this is the one that is a potential irritant to the skin and eyes if it is not manufactured properly. A poorly manufactured product is particularly problematic for those suffering with rosacea and other skin issues. HS = 1

So, those don’t sound horrible but it did bother me that they are for the most part considered safe by the FDA, yet still have Hazardous Scores up to a 6.  Then when you look at Bare Minerals products on, they have a list of their products and other chemicals that they use, which are toxic up to a Hazardous Score of 8. You can click on the products and see exactly which ones have the additional chemicals beyond the 5 listed above. For example Bare Minerals On the Spot Makeup Remover contains Methylparben, which has a Hazardous Score of 8. Then if you look at Bare Minerals Glimmer of Brilliance True Gold or Fired Up Glimmers Foiling Kit, both contain Silica, which has a Hazardous Score of 7. Now, I think it is rather fraudulent to promote their line of products as 100% natural when they actually contain quite a few known toxins beyond the original 5 ingredients that are known toxins. Going down the list of toxic chemicals we see they continue to use other toxins such as propylparaben, phenoxyethanol, Cl 77499, Cl77492, and FD&C Yellow 5. The list goes on and on and leaves me trying to understand just what I’ve been wearing all this time. Here I thought I was doing a good thing by wearing mineral makeup and listening to a company that promoted all-natural products, when in reality they use the same harmful chemicals that all of the other companies use. I thought I was paying the higher price for something better; it turns out I wasn’t.

What I can’t believe is that Zinc and Titanium both are linked to cancer, along with several of the other toxins, and the company promotes the fact that the American Cancer Society has approved their products.

“It’s actually approved by the American Cancer Society, because it does have an SPF 15. It’s an all natural, physical sunblock. It’s titanium dioxide, and zinc oxide. The makeup is made from 100% pure crushed minerals, so there’s no talc, waxes, fragrance, or dyes in them…’The Bare Minerals is only made out of five ingredients. It’s 100% pure and natural mineral makeup, just made from those five crushed minerals.”

The false advertising is absolutely unreal. I listened to that statement and put a lot of faith into the fact that if the American Cancer Society stood behind them, then the product would surely not contain toxins linked to cancer. How much more contradictory can you be? I was just promoting this product the other day to my sister and telling her how safe it was and that it was one of the few—if not the only—makeup supported by the American Cancer Society. Now, I have to eat my words upon finding out these indiscrepancies and try to make heads or tails of it all.

If you think that was an absurd find, just wait until you hear what I found out about the Origins product line.

To be continued tomorrow…

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