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Spring Nails (SS16)

Spring is finally here with temperatures finally increasing and stabilizing.  Out with Fall/Winter vampy shades and in with bright, vibrant, pastel colors for spring.

(Clockwise from Top) Zoya Daisy, China Glaze Light as Air, Zoya Bevin, China Glaze Peachy Keen, China Glaze For Audrey, Zoya Blu, China Glaze Mimosas Before Mani’s, China Glaze Refresh Mint, Formula X Law of Attraction

Zoya Daisy+ (Creme with Glitter)– A pale yellow with light blue shimmer.

China Glaze Light as Air* (Creme) – A light lavender.

Zoya Bevin+ (Creme) – A muted light blueish green .

China Glaze Peachy Keen* (Creme) – A light peachy orange color.

China Glaze For Audrey* (Creme) – A classic and long time fave.  Similar to Tiffany & Co.’s signature blue boxes. 

Zoya Blu+ (Creme) – Pale light blue, similar to a robin’s egg.

China Glaze Mimosas Before Mani’s* (Creme with Glitter)- Bright Orange/Pink with subtle pink glitter.

China Glaze Refresh Mint* (Creme) – Beautiful Mint Green.

Formula X Law of Attraction (Metallic Gitter)- Ever just sit and stare at your nails as the light reflects on it?  Yes, this polish will have you doing that.  Gorgeous blue contrasts a yellow gold tone.

What are your favorite polishes for summer this year?

Review: Kiss My Face Ginger Mango Lip Balm

Kiss My Face Ginger Mango Lip Balm

This product was purchased by Nature’s Pulchritude. All opinions are that of Nature’s Pulchritude and have not be influenced in any way, shape, or form.


My lip balm search has yielded yet another great lip balm! Read about my lip balm ‘incident’ and my first great lip balm find. This product moisturizes and keeps my lips soft and supple as I reapply throughout the day!


Certified organic, great supple scent, and it keeps my lips moisturized. Fabulous product! I have not experienced any allergic reactions.

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The ginger in this product is so subtle it is almost non existent. The mango is the dominant scent. The overall scent is light and does not linger longer than 2-3 minutes. The product is flavored organically, no synthetic fragrances!

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This lip balm is smooth and buttery. The castor oil combined with beeswax is a great pair and it makes the lip balm feel substantial on the lips. It is heavy enough to know it is there, but it melts into your lips after several minutes.

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This product has 8 ingredients, all of which are USDA certified organic. For more detailed information about the ingredients read its Label Poise. I’m not too sure what “flavor” means but it may be proprietary essential oils? That is my major gripe with this product.

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4/4 Globes

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Major Retailers are Leading the Push Make Over Make Up

As you loyal readers already know (Thank you for reading :)), the mission of Nature’s Pulchritude is to educate consumers on the ingredients in their beauty, cosmetic, and personal care products so that they can make informed decisions and in turn shift the market towards effective and safe products for everyone.  This article is just a glimpse of a wave of evidence that shows that more and more customers care about what is in their products and that retailers are investing in making sure they sell what customers want.  YOU as a CONSUMER hold the POWER!  Do NOT forget that!  If you want to learn how to pick the appropriate beauty products without the unwanted chemicals, visit Label Poise!

(Heather Clancy, 12/10/2015)–More consumers than ever are inquiring about the makeup of cosmetics and other personal care products. The best anecdotal evidence? The pressure giant retailers Target and Walmart have put on their suppliers — especially over the past year — not just to disclose their use of “ingredients of concern” but to phase them out entirely.

For the most part, the retailers’ past efforts have been very company-specific. Both companies have published lists of chemicals they’d like to see go, such as triclosan, diethyl phthalate and preservative compounds that release formaldehyde.

Now, however, Walmart and Target are taking this cause industry-wide in collaboration with non-profit Forum for the Future.  All three are encouraging other retailers, consumer products companies and other interested parties to participate in the forum’s Beauty and Personal Care Products Sustainability Project.

The goal: clarify priorities for products such as makeup, hair products and other personal care goods and share best practices that accelerate the availability of greener chemical alternatives.

“You wouldn’t have the retailers pushing as hard if the consumer pressure wasn’t there,” said Helen Clarkson, director of Forum for the Future U.S. “Retailers are seeing more rapid growth in product categories with natural or safe on the label. … We want more products like this, and we want to be more sure about what the labels mean, because more manufacturers are making these claims.”

Many details, including specific membership requirements, have yet to be finalized.  What’s clear, however, is that the new leadership group will focus on coordinating the work of existing initiatives, such as the Green Chemistry & Commerce Council. One of the first things it plans to tackle is the development of sustainable preservatives. “We want them to be ambitious,” Clarkson said.

Walmart began asking for disclosures about chemicals from its suppliers way back in 2006. Its initiative, the Sustainable Chemistry Policy, prioritizes action around 10 chemicals of concern.

Target updated its own chemicals list earlier this year as part of broader update to its Product Sustainability Index.  Its “Made to Matter” brand, which features natural, organic and sustainable brands selected by Target, should generate $1 billion in sales this year, according to the company. In fact, human wellness is officially part of its corporate social responsibility platform.

“It is a critical time for collaboration; we need the supply chain to come together to truly move the need and make the greatest impact,” Target spokeswoman Angie Thompson told GreenBiz.

Early recommendations

Forum for the Future has collaborated closely with Walmart and Target over the past year to document what’s working and what’s not. In preparation for the leadership group’s first meeting this month, in October it published a think piece” identifying potential barriers as well as frameworks that could inform a systemic approach.

Aside from the retailers, other companies involved in the research were BASF, CVS, Dow Chemical Company, Eastman Chemical, the Environmental Defense Fund, Henkel, Johnson & Johnson, Method, Procter & Gamble and Unilever.

Among the report’s recommendations are a push for more cross-initiative communications among the groups already working on solutions. The authors note: “To ensure a systems approach and lay the groundwork for greater alignment, we recommend creating a short-term, overarching organizational structure that provides an umbrella for the various sustainability initiatives in the beauty and persona care industry and combines their influence. This body should support holistic thinking over the coming months, until alignment and collaboration among the various existing initiatives has build up enough momentum to continue independently.”

Forum for the Future also advocates a collaborative research and development initiative centered on sustainable preservatives.  Among the issues that the industry needs to address are the sharing of intellectual property and safety information, as well as the framework for forward-thinking procurement policies that help bring these new products to market.

The latter is already a focus for GC3, according to the Forum’s analysis. Other groups, such as the Sustainability Consortium, have made progress in prioritizing ingredients.

“We see more and more retailers developing sustainable product indices, as well as evolving their policies beyond just chemicals, to now include ingredients, animal testing, safety and packaging,” Sarah Lewis, a TSC managing director, told GreenBiz. “We are also seeing convergence around key certifications and standards in this space.”

There’s also a policy-related twist that could inform the sustainable chemicals movement, in the form of proposed reforms to the nearly 40-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act. Two bills are circulating in Congress, both of which would require more testing and more disclosure.

“Americans are exposed to a toxic soup of more than 80,000 different chemicals, but we have no idea what the impact of those chemicals is on our bodies — or those of our children,” said New Mexico senator Tom Udall when in March he proposed the Senate’s version of the bill (named for the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg).

Right now, however, it doesn’t look like the legislation will be addressed this year.

(via GreenBiz)


Beware of Halloween Makeup Hazards

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By Devon Kelley

If costume makeup is on your agenda this Halloween, you may want to reconsider your getup or at least be cautious with your cosmetic choices. Side effects of toxic costume makeup can be extreme, so take some tips from the pros this Halloween and be thoughtful when you’re dressing up. We spoke with New York City dermatologist Dr. Sejal Shah, an expert in skin conditions and diseases such as acne and rosacea, as well as those affecting hair and nails. Shah filled us in on the hazards you might encounter through your Halloween costume — it turns out the scariest part of your costume might be what’s in your makeup. Here’s what to look for, and how to avoid the risks.

Colorful makeup and dyes
“Besides color additives, makeup contains a number of base ingredients, such as fillers, fragrances, binders, emollients, and preservatives, to name a few,” says Shah. “In cheap Halloween makeup, it’s usually these base ingredients that are lower quality and likely to cause skin problems. Halloween makeup has also been found to contain detectable levels of heavy metals that can cause problems.” As far as reactions go, Shah says that the heavy texture of Halloween makeup makes it more likely to cause acne. But a few pimples should be the least of your worries. “The FDA does not require cosmetic products and ingredients to be FDA-approved before going to market,” she warns. “The exception to this is color additives, which do require FDA approval, but it is possible to have reactions to dyes.” Shah advises checking the FDA-approved list of color additives. She says red dye is known for causing reactions (it’s also found in other colors) as is PPD (paraphenylenediamine), found in black and dark colored cosmetics and dye.

Masks, prosthetics, plasticizers, and adhesives
Even if you’re not wearing makeup, you may be putting your skin at risk with low-quality masks, plasticizers, or prosthetics when worn for an extended period of time. “Absorption of these plasticizers through the skin from wearing a mask for a short time is low, but the risk is still there,” says Shah. “A poorly fitting mask can [also] cause skin irritation.” Another risky Halloween add-on may be your faux eyelashes or nails. “Glue can damage the nails or cause loss of the eyelashes, either due to pulling and traction [or cause a] skin reaction at the lash line or eyelids,” says Shah.

Be on the look out for heavy metal
And no, we don’t mean the loud music. “The scariest and most concerning substances found in Halloween makeup are heavy metals, which can be toxic,” says Shah. “For example, lead has been found in these makeups, and although lead poisoning doesn’t commonly occur via the skin, it can be absorbed through the skin.”

How to be safe this Halloween

Do a patch test
Shah suggests doing a patch test any time you are using a new product or have sensitive skin. “I recommend applying a small amount to your inner arm — the inner elbow or inner wrist work well — to see if you develop a reaction,” she says. “Some people may develop a reaction immediately; whereas in others it might take a few days, so it’s a good idea to test it out for a few days, even up to a week.”

Check your ingredients
There is a list of approved color additives on the FDA’s website, so check your makeup’s ingredient list against this list,” says Shah. Be sure to bring the list with you when shopping for costume makeup, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Don’t be too frugal
If you spend more money on face paint or Halloween makeup, you can expect better quality ingredients. “If your regular makeup isn’t going to complete your Halloween costume, try to go for high quality theater makeup,” says Shah. Look for natural-based makeup to be safe.

Treat your skin right
Be mindful of the instructions on your costume makeup — they’re there for a reason. “If you must use inexpensive low quality makeup, don’t use it around your eyes or mouth, especially if it’s not meant for that area,” says Shah. For example, certain dyes are only FDA approved for certain areas. When it comes to removal, wash your makeup off as soon as possible. “You may need to double up on the cleansing (such as a makeup wipe or remover followed by cleanser) to ensure all the makeup is off, and apply a gentle moisturizer with calming ingredients to reduce any mild irritation or dryness. If you have a more significant reaction you may need to see your dermatologist.”

via Yahoo!


First Impression: Honest Beauty

Honest Beauty officially launched their product lines last week.  These are my first impression of the products!

Marketing & Branding

  • The color scheme for the product line is neutral, which is quite different from how many other beauty brands are marketed
  • I am glad the company is showcasing various ethnicities
  • They only offer skin and makeup products.  Hair is the big ‘beauty’ segment that is missing, which will likely follow if the initial product lines are successful.
  • Honest Beauty is really showcasing Jessica Alba in the marketing as she is featured in 80% of the marketing on the site.  Most lines hire models, however, featuring her is clearly strategic and a part of branding.

Our Story

Honest Beauty’s tag line is “…doing beauty differently.  We’re proud to create a comprehensive line of skincare and makeup that celebrates diverse beauty and brings out your best.” 

They are definitely taking a step in the right direction, but their foundation offerings are limited.  I do not have a shade match, but that can somewhat be chalked up to them being new.  Hopefully, a wider variety of colors will launch if this venture is a success.

“Effective as it is safe.”  This is a meaningful statement.  All of the top beauty brands are effective but most are not “safe.”  This is the goal for most brands within the natural/safe/healthy beauty niche. 

Social Goodness

It is commendable that a portion of their proceeds goes to helping young women pursue their dreams.  Unfortunately, it does not disclose what percentage, inclined to believe it is less than 1%.

Beauty Bundle

Customized products?  Up to a 50% discount?  Yes and Yes!  However 3 products for $50?  No thanks!  My only question is how customized are the bundles?  Is it a “skin type, skin tone” auto selected bundle or can customers select which products they want in their bundle?  This is the model they have for their free trial.  However, this seems like a good deal if a customer likes their products and doesn’t mind the price!

Skin Care

Price points are too high.  There are certified organic products that are not as expensive for the same size.

Powder cleanser is very different, it looks like it may be an add water scrub?

Interesting that SPF moisturizers are included considering the scandal over the Honest Company sunscreens not actually providing sun protection.  It is also interesting that they contain non-nano zinc oxide which can leave a white hue on medium to dark skin tones.

Just to reiterate on the prices.  1.7 ounces for $22?  1 ounce of $34 and the product contains Dimethicone?


Makeup has a wider offering of products, face, eyes, cheeks, and lips.  The price points of the makeup is also too high.  The price is on par with established prestige beauty brands who have a broader following.  The pricing is presumably because Honest Beauty wants to be held in the same regard as those prestige brands, but those other brands are proven to be effective.

The ingredients of the lip pencil and blush look pretty good.  The colors are the typical variation of pink and red for lip and blush.  The ingredients of the lip gloss are a little concerning.


What are your thoughts on Honest Beauty’s product launch?

How to Read Cosmetic Ingredient Labels XLIV

It’s been a while!  What’s new?  Expect to see more post more regularly in the near future! 🙂 Any content you want to see?  Let me know in the comments!

Many of my long time readers will remember my story about finding a good lip balm after an unfortunate experience with a lip balm from a very well known brand. Well, I have been trying various lip balms that I purchased after looking at the ingredients, being sure to avoid linalool and high beeswax products. Did my own strategy work? This is Label Poise–how to walk the walk, talk the talk, and buy products that meet YOUR standards, whether natural, organic, or safe enough.  For instructions on Label Poise visit our Label Poise page.

The Label


The Ingredients

Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*:  Safe!  This oil contains Vitamin E and contains antioxidants.

Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*:   Safe!  This ‘oil’ is a liquid wax and has a moderate fatty acid content

Beeswax*:  Safe!   This ingredient is derived from worker honeybees within a bee hive.  It is used as a thickener and skin barrier.

Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil*+: Safe!  Also known as hemp oil, this oil is extracted from the seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant and is used as an emollient and skin conditioning agent. (MSDS, MSDS)

Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil:  Safe!  Orange Peel Oil is used as a skin conditioning agent and fragrant.

Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil: Safe!  This oil can be extracted from fresh or dried ginger root, typically via steam distillation. This ingredient can be an eye , lung, and skin (dermatitis) irritant in high concentrations (pure form). Ginger Root Oil is typically used as a fragrant or masking agent and is likely used in low concentrations, similar to other essential oils. (MSDS)

Tocopherol: Safe!   Also known as Vitamin E, Tocopherol is a is a fat soluble alcohol with antioxidant properties.  This ingredient is not known to have carcinogenic or toxic effects.  It can also be used as a preservative for oils. (MSDS)


Nature’s Pulchritude’s Verdict:  My strategy worked!  I selected this product based on the ingredients the my familiarity with products from the maker of this product. The ingredients are simple. The primary ingredients are “moisturizing” oils or to be scientifically correct oils that penetrate the skin with beeswax used as a thickener and binder. Interested in learning more about this product? Check back TOMORROW for the first ever Label Poise-Pulchritude Critique REVEAL!

Is Your Eyeliner Safe?

Have you every wondered about the effect your eyeliner is having on your vision health?  This report is not too surprising, especially when you consider the chemicals used!

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You might want to think twice before layering on your eyeliner at your lower lash line. A new study in the Eye and Contact Lens journal found that using eyeliner on your inner lash line may put you at risk for infection and vision trouble.

The study was conducted by Dr. Alison Ng, a post-doctoral fellow in the School of Optometry and Vision Science in the Faculty of Science at Waterloo, who used video recordings to track the migration of eyeliner particles into the eye depending on the makeup application. Participants in the study applied a glitter liner to their outer lash line and then to their waterline. “We noticed the makeup migration happened quicker and was greater when the eyeliner was put on the inner lid,” says Ng.

When the liner was applied to the inner lash line, 15-30 percent more particles entered the tear film—the thin protective coating on the eye—than when liner was applied outside the lash line. The problems with liner entering the tear film ranges from minor discomfort for those with dry or sensitive eyes to more serious infections and blurred vision. “People who wear contact lenses are most likely to notice some problems,” says Ng. “If they have eyeliner stuck to their lenses, increasing deposits might cause vision disruption as the lens becomes cloudier.”

Not ready to give up inner liner? New York City-based makeup artist Lisa Aharon says there are ways to get the look and minimize your risk for infection. “When using eyeliner on your waterline, look for a cream pencil as opposed to a kohl,” says Aharon. “Kohl contains heavy metals like lead that could be harmful to the health of your eye.” Aharon also recommends avoiding glitter or metallic liners on the waterline, as the flecks are more likely to cause irritation.

When it comes to keeping your eyeliner clean of bacteria, Aharon says it’s important to sharpen your pencil before each use. “If your sharpener isn’t handy, sterilize it by spraying it with a little rubbing alcohol and clean of the tip with a tissue before application,” she says. “As long as you’re properly sanitizing your eyeliner, it should keep fresh for a year or even two.”


How to Read Cosmetic Ingredient Labels XXXVII

Let’s talk makeup!  You picking up some pressed powder in a bind after running out recently.  You go for a pressed powder from a brand you have used in the past.  You know to check the ingredients on your hair and skin products, but never really though about your makeup!  You look at the ingredients and seen some familiar ingredients, yet several that you do not recognize.  Should you be more concerned about what is in your makeup?  Remember, I am teaching you Label Poise–how to walk the walk, talk the talk, and buy products that meet YOUR standards, whether natural, organic, or safe enough.  For instructions on Label Poise visit our Label Poise page.

The Label


The Ingredients

Talc:  Safe!/Beware!  This ingredient is a hydrated magnesium silicate that is formed via the hydration and carbonation of magniesium containing minerals such as pyroxene, olivine, amphibole, and serpentine. Mg3Si4O10(OH)2 is the chemical formula of talc. Talc is commonly used in cosmetics as an absorbent and anti-caking agent. There have been concerns about Talc being contaminated with Asbestos, however, when tested properly the present of asbestos can be detected. Contaminated talc should not be used in cosmetics. There are also concerns about links of Talc to lung and ovarian cancer, though they have not been conclusively supported by existing scientific literature. Asbestos free Talc is not considered to be a carcinogen to humans (Classified as Group 4 “probably not carcinogenic to humans” by International Agency for Research on Cancer [IARC], and A4 “not classifiable as a human carcinogen” by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists [ACGIH]). Talc is an eye, skin, and lung irritant in pure form and is suspected to be toxic to lungs. (MSDS)

Mica:  Safe!  Mica is a mineral that is often ground and used for its reflective and refracting properties in various cosmetics, including moisturizing lotions. In pure form it can be a slight skin and eye irritant, as well as act as a toxin to the lungs and mucous membranes. Information on carcinogenicity, teratogenicity, mutagenicity, and developmental toxicity are not available. (MSDS; MSDS)

Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate: Safe!/Beware! This ingredient is an ester derived from stearic acid and is a synthetic skin conditioning agent. Stearic acid is a fatty acid found in animal and vegetable fat. Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate is often found in foundations, eye shadows, blush, and other face makeup. It can also be used as a non aqueous viscosity increasing agent and emollient. It is not known to be a mutagen, though it can be a skin irritant. A safety study conducted by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review found that Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate was able to penetrate the skin, but not to deep layers. As of 2001, if was used on in concentrations of 2-15% (CIR). It can be a mild skin irritant.

Dimethicone: Beware!  Dimethicone is a synthetic chemical polymer siloxane derived from silica.   They are used as a skin conditioning agent and form a protective barrier on the skin that prevents moisture from leaving or entering, which can be harmful to skin.  Dimethicone is the 5th ingredient in this product indicating its (quantity) in the formula.   (MSDS)

Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides:  Beware! This ingredient is derived from hydrogenated coconut oil and is a mixture of mono-, di-, and tri- glycerides. This ingredient is used as an emollient and skin conditioning agent. It is used in concentrations of 0.04-10% in face powders, though its concentration of use ranges from 0.01-31% in cosmetics (CIR). There is limited toxicological information available on Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, though the safety of Coconut Oil was extrapolated to define this ingredient as safe under current usage standards. No Individual MSDS.  (CIR)

PTFE:  Beware!/Avoid! Also known as polytetrafluroethylene, this ingredient is a synthetic fluropolymer of tetrafluroethylene. This ingredient is very similar to Teflon. This ingredient is used as a slip modifier, binder, bulking agent, and skin conditioning agent. This ingredient has not been reviewed for safety by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review. PTFE is listed as non-irritating and non-absorbing on skin, though it can be toxic to lungs (Editor’s Note: It should be noted that PTFE is more commonly used for industrial purposes and use on skin in cosmetics is not well studied). (MSDS; MSDS; MSDS)

Lecithin:  Safe!  Lecithin is a lipid found naturally in animals and vegetables. Lecithin contains 4 phospholipids (phosphatidyl ethanolamine, phosphatidyl choline, phosphatidyl inositol, and phosphatidic acid. Lecithin is typically derived from soybeans, which are likely genetically modified, though sunflower (oil) or eggs can be used. Lecithin is used as an emulsifier, water binding agent, emollient, and viscosity controlling agent. It is typically used in concentrations of 0.5 to 5% by weight of a formula. This ingredient should not be paired with strong oxidizing agents. In pure form, Lecithin can be a slight skin, eye, and lung irritant. It is not known to be a carcinogen. Lecithin is considered safe in rinse off products and leave on products in concentrations of less than or equal to 15% (CIR).  Beware!  if you are averse to GMOS.  (MSDS; MSDS; CIR)

Methicone:  Beware!  This ingredient is a silicone polymer. It is typically used as a emollient, skin conditioning agent, antistatic agent, and occlusive. Like other silicones it creates a film on the skin and hair. No MSDS found. This ingredient is considered safe for use by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review. (CIR)

Sodium Dehydroacetate:  This ingredient is used as a preservative, and is an antimicrobial agent. Sodium Dehydroacetate is a sodium salt of dehydroacetic acid. This ingredient is an eye, skin, and lung irritant in pure form. There is limited knowledge of additional toxicological information.  (MSDS)

Methylparaben:  Beware!  This ingredient is synthetic and acts as a preservative with anti-fungal properties.  It is naturally occurring in fruits such as blueberries as p-hydroxybenzoic acid.  This ingredient is readily absorbed into skin and it along with other parabens have been at the center of controversy about its role in causing cancerous cells in breast tissue being that parabens are xenoestrogens (mimic estrogen).  There is not conclusive proof that states that use of personal care products containing parabens causes cancer.  Methylparaben is suspected to cause DNA damage and increased skin aging when it reacts to UVB rays.  It can be a skin allergen (dermatitis) in a paraben mix.  (MSDS)

Propylparaben:  Beware!  Propylparaben is used as an anti-fungal preservative, typically in concentrations less than 1%. It is commonly synthetically produced though it is produced naturally in fruits as p-hydroxybenzoic acid.  It is readily absorbed into the skin and metabolized, and has been found in urine in limited tests.  This ingredient is readily absorbed into skin and it along with other parabens have been at the center of controversy about its role in causing cancerous cells in breast tissue being that parabens are xenoestrogens (mimic estrogen).  There is not conclusive proof that demonstrates that use of personal care products containing parabens causes cancer.  It can be a skin allergen (dermatitis) in a paraben mix. (MSDS)

May Contain:
Iron Oxides:  Safe! There are 16 known Iron Oxides, which are chemical compounds composed of iron and oxygen. They are typically used in cosmetics as pigments, though this ingredient may be in this product as a contaminant. In pure form, Iron Oxides can be irritants to eyes, skin, and lungs. It is not known to be a carcinogen. (MSDS)

Titanium Dioxide: Safe!  Also known as CI 77891, this is a white pigment used for various applications. In pure form Titanium Dioxide is a potential human carcinogen when inhaled. Its health impacts are dependent on size (i.e. nanoparticles), based on the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). It should be fine to use in this topical product.  (MSDS)



Nature’s Pulchritude’s Verdict:  Makeup is a new realm we have not delved much into, but expect more on makeup in the future!  There are multiple ingredients in this product that are questionable.  Some ingredients are not my favorite in hair and skin products but are allowable, however, products you apply to your face and leave on your skin should be reviewed more carefully.  This product contains 2 types of silicones and parabens, which is not ideal, however, the shocker in this product is “PTFE.”  Most people will not recognize PTFE on a label, but they would recognize TEFLON.  Teflon?  Teflon?!  In makeup?!  Though none of the MSDS said it was a hazard on skin, something about teflon in makeup is problematic.  Pass on this pressed powder, just make sure what you buy doesn’t have similar ingredients!

How to Read Cosmetic Ingredient Labels XVII

Today you picked up a facial cleanser and makeup remover that caught your eye in a local drug store.  It is a natural product made by a mainstream brand that drew your attention.  You liked many of the environmentally friendly attributes on the bottle, as well as the logo of a known environmental organization.  Did you make a selection that meets your Label Poise?  Remember, I am teaching you Label Poise–how to walk the walk, talk the talk, and buy products that meet YOUR standards, whether natural, organic, or safe enough.

Here are the tips I gave you in my first sixteen posts on how to read cosmetic ingredient labels:

  1. Ingredients are listed by quantity in the formula, from greatest to least, based on standards by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
  2. Ingredients are listed using the International Nomenclature of Cosmetics Ingredients (INCI), therefore they are listed using scientific nomenclature, or    binomial nomenclature (latin; taxonomy) for ingredients derived from plants.
  3. How ingredients are derived is seldom listed on the label (the same chemical can be derived synthetically or naturally).
  4. Fragrances are generically listed because they are considered trade secrets; typically naturally derived fragrances do not use “Fragrance (Parfum)” but a specific naming system.
  5. If it looks like a “chemical” it probably is, if you don’t want chemicals don’t buy it!  **Everything is a chemical, I’m referring to ‘bad’ chemicals here

Quick Tip:  Aside from avoiding synthetic chemicals as much as possible, have an idea of what ingredients do not work as well for you.  Pay attention to the ingredients in the products you use.  If you notice every time you use a product with [insert ingredient here] you get an allergic reaction or your hair/skin responds negatively, make a note and steer clear!

The Label


The Ingredients

Water:  Safe!  Water is the ultimate moisturizer and is a key ingredient in many moisturizing products.

Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine:  Beware!  This ingredient is a mild amphoteric (reacts as a base and an acid) synthetic surfactant, and the bottle indicates this product is derived from coconut/palm. This ingredient is not believed to be an eye or skin irritant, though an additional study found it to be a skin allergen in a patch test. It is not believed to be a carcinogen, mutagen, teratogen, or reproductive toxin, though there is limited information available. (MSDS)

Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate:  Beware!  Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate is a mild ionic surfactant that is a sodium salt of lauroyl sarcosine, which was derived from coconut and palm kernel. It is also used as a foaming and hair conditioning. It is considered safe when used in concentrations less than 5%, though there is concern over contamination with nitrosamine, a carcinogen. It is considered a skin and eye irritant in pure form. There is no information available on carcinogenicity, mutagenicity, developmental toxicity, or teratogenicity. (MSDS;MSDS)

Cocamidopropyl Betaine:  Beware!  This ingredient is a synthetic surfactant derived from coconut oil and dimethylamonipropylamine.    This ingredient can be a skin allergen and irritant and was voted Allergen of the Year in 2004 by the American Contact Dermatitis Society. It is also an eye and lung irritant, though it is not known to be carcinogenic or mutagenic.  (MSDS)

Glycerin:  Safe! Glycerin is a humectant that attracts moisture in the skin.  The Glycerin in this product is vegetable derived.   (MSDS)

Hydrolyzed Caesalpina Spinosa Gum:  Beware!/Avoid!  This ingredient is derived from the Peruvian Tara Seed. It is used as a an absorbent, emollient, and skin conditioning agent. It is considered safe by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review in concentrations between 0.002-0.4%, which is the current usage range. There is very limited information about this ingredient. No MSDS.

Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum:  Beware!/Avoid!  This ingredient is derived from the Peruvian Tara Seed. It is used as a an emulsion stabilizer and skin conditioning agent. It is considered safe by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review in concentrations in its current usage range. No MSDS.

Coco-Glucoside:  Safe!  This ingredient is a non-ionic surfactant that can be used as a foaming agent, emulsifier, or conditioner.  It is typically derived from coconut oil, corn (GMO?), or fruit sugars, though it is dependent on the supplier.  The label of this product just says it was derived from a ‘vegetable’ source, which is likely one of the aforementioned.  This ingredient is biodegradable and is not known to be carcinogenic, mutagenic, or teratogenic.  In pure form Coco-Glucoside can be a skin irritant or cause inhalation irritation.  (MSDS)

Glyceryl Oleate:  Safe!  This ingredient consists of oleic acid and glycerin both from vegetable sources as indicated on the bottle.  It is used as an emollient, emulsifier, and fragrance ingredient.  (MSDS)

Glycol Distearate:  Beware!  This ingredient is used as an emollient. It is the diester of ethylene glycol and stearic acid, which is vegetable derived. It is typically used in concentrations of 0.5 – 4%. There is no data available about hazards, caricnogenicity, or mutagenicity.  (MSDS)

Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride: Beware! This ingredient is quaternary ammonium derivative of guar gum, which is made from the guar bean indicated on the bottle. It acts as a skin conditioning and viscosity controlling agent, and detangler.  It can be an eye irritant in pure form though it is not expected to be a skin irritant.  It is not believed to be a carcinogen, however, there is not information on mutagenicity.  (MSDSMSDS)

Caprylyl Glycol: Beware! Caprylyl Glycol is used as a humectant, emollient, and wetting agent that also has anti-microbial properties. This ingredient can be synthetic or naturally derived though that information is not indicated on the bottle. It is not believed to be a skin or eye irritant, nor is it considered a mutagen. (MSDS)

Acrylates Copolymer:  Beware!  This ingredient is used as a binding, film forming, and antistatic agent. It can be found in a variety of products including nail polish, hair sprays, sunscreen and mascara. It is not known to be carcinogenic or mutagenic, thought it may be a skin or eye irritant. (MSDS)

Potassium Sorbate:  Safe!/Beware!  This ingredient is the potassium salt of sorbic acid, which is likely synthetically derived though it is naturally occurring in some berry species. It is widely used as a preservative in food, wine, and personal care products. It is known to be a skin, eye, and lung irritant in pure form, though it is not generally considered to be a carcinogen, mutagen or teratogen in humans, however, additional research suggests that is is mutagenic and genotoxic in human blood cells (in vitro). It is typically not used in concentration above 0.2%, so it should be fine in this product.  (MSDS)

Benzyl Alcohol: Beware! This ingredient is made naturally by many plants or can be synthetically derived. It is typically used as a preservative and based on its placement on the list is in low concentration. Benzyl Alcohol is not known to be a carcinogen or teratogen, though it is a mutagen in bacteria and yeast, and may be toxic to the liver and central nervous system in pure form. Benzyl Alcohol can be slightly hazardous with skin contact, but due to its concentration it should be okay. (MSDS)

Fragrance:  Beware! Fragrances are often synthetic. Though they are low in concentration in the product, here is still a small chance of having an allergic reaction.


Nature’s Pulchritude’s Verdict:   I would consider purchasing this product.  While several of the ingredients are labeled Beware! , it is more so because of a lack of information than known hazards.  An issue with this product is the listing of the origin of the ingredients.  Some ingredients have the word derived while others do not.  The primary reason for this is because some ingredients, such as Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, may have used a component derived from a natural source though the overall ingredient is synthetic and has been significantly altered chemically to create the final product.  This product may list the origin as coconut derived, which is true, thought it may be misleading a customer to think it is not synthetic or completely naturally derived.  The ingredients are better than many other cleansers and makeup removers on the market, and also boasts a bottle made from 50% post consumer recycled material.  How they list their ingredients is really commendable and appreciated because a vast majority of other companies do not.


Would you purchase this product?