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What is Green Makeup?

Those of you who have been interested in our on-going conversation about  “Cruelty Free’ makeup may also have come across  some cosmetics, which claim to be “Green” . In addition, you may have seen cosmetics advertised as ‘organic’ and “certified organic”.  Below are some descriptions on what these terms mean.  As always, click on the source links for detailed descriptions.

Cosmetics that don’t have any chemical emulsifiers, binders, synthetics, fillers, or paraben preservatives and that use botanicals and minerals, says Jessa Blades, a professional green-makeup artist, based in New York City.

“Green makeup does not have the chemical ingredients that make mascara waterproof or lipstick last all day, so you’ll have to reapply more often,” she says. “Long-wear products are a red flag.”
Source: https://www.organicspamagazine.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-green-makeup/

Green cosmetics, also known as bio cosmetics or eco-friendly makeup, are cosmetics that are generally manufactured using all-natural, non-toxic ingredients. Many green cosmetics use naturally occurring mineral ingredients for coloring and sun protection purposes. Source: https://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-green-cosmetics.htm

The list is quite long for cosmetics that claim to be organic.  Below is a link to a detailed description of certification which is 100 percent organic, versus just organic. Also included are logos indicating “organic” from various countries:
US, France, Germany, Canada to name a few.
Organic Certification of Cosmetics

Cruelty Free Cosmetics for Holiday Beauties!

Since my post about Governor Jerry Brown’s  signing of the  Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act in California scheduled to go into effect January, 2020, I’ve been pleasantly introduced to a whole cosmetics world I was not in touch with. And, I must admit that I am so happy to continue my voyage towards  being aware of what this could mean for many of us who are looking to support the environment, be kind to animals, and feel gratified that the products we are purchasing guide us toward a more healthful way of conducting our beauty regimen. Because I think this is important for us to be aware of, I will continue in the New Year (2019) to report on my findings and introduce you to many more options for making this choice in the future.

Recently, CoverGirl announced that they will join the Cruelty-Free cosmetics industry.  In order to do this, they had to choose not to sell their products in China.   You may recall that American and European companies that sell their products in China are subject to compulsory animal testing.  However, Cruelty Free International has launched a pilot for Leaping Bunny certified cosmetics to sell in China.  This could have a huge impact on cosmetics companies around the world.

Take a look at the CoverGirl  collections  just in time to makeup for the parties this holiday season and in the New Year   Stay beautiful!
https://www.covergirl.com/en_us/collection-makeup/

Source documents: 
https://www.crueltyfreekitty.com/news/is-covergirl-cruelty-free/
https://crueltyfreeinternational.org/

Holiday Gifts & Makeup Transitions

I am always excited to share with you holiday ideas for make-up and gift giving, especially when I think those ideas can be useful and fun.  As you know, I have been having a conversation with you about cruelty-free products.  I think it is a way for us to get in touch with a future that is coming for some of us very soon.  Millennials  are way ahead on this issue.  Some consider themselves Vegan! I am sure you are wondering what is the difference.  Well, I checked.

Vegan products do not contain any animal ingredients or animal derived ingredients (such as, honey, beeswax).  Often vegan products are free from animal testing too.  However, the ‘vegan’ term is not regulated. And, a vegan product is not guaranteed to be cruelty-free.  Also, a cruelty-free product may not be ‘vegan’. Are you following me

One way to be somewhat more confident about what is vegan and what is cruelty-free is to buy your makeup from cruelty-free companies with vegan items.  Those companies will often tell you what the ingredients are for your specific needs. source:
https://logicalharmony

Below are companies I found that I think you will enjoy looking up and buying ‘transition‘ cosmetic gifts for yourself and  for those on your gift list.  Some of the items can be found at Target, for example. 🙂

Charlotte Tilbury – Vegan company https://www.charlottetilbury.com/us/pretty-glowing-skin-palette.html
100% Pure – I was mostly attracted to the presentation on this website.  You will enjoy browsing and learning about how they create their cosmetics. They also have gift cards.
https://www.100percentpure.com/products/online-gift-card

Logical Harmony has a full list, which states the products are cruelty-free and vegan. Click the link below.
https://logicalharmony.net/cruelty-free-vegan-brand-list/

Healthwise Cosmetics

cosmetics-packaging-353541_1920I must admit when I go into ANY store with cosmetics counters, all those pretty jars, lipsticks, smells and mostly promises, I just can’t help myself with ‘trusting’ what the Brand says it can do. How about you? Are you certain that the cosmetics you’re using on that delicate, beautiful skin of yours is safe?  Do you know where you can find out?  Well, as usual there is an APP for that :). Take a moment to read the post below then use the links to get yourself one of these APPs: Apple users   ****  Android users.  FYI – when I used the APP I found it easier to click the Browse button, browse_ewgwhich  gave a listing of EWG verified products, for example: Sally B’s Skin Yummies.  Sally B’s sells non toxic, organic and cruelty free beauty products.

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If you assume that any moisturizer, cleanser, shampoo or makeup product you buy at the drugstore or supermarket is safe to use, you’re assuming too much.   According to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), it’s the “responsibility of the manufacturer” to test the safety of its products. Additionally, cosmetic products and their ingredients don’t need to be approved before they hit the market. Source: 6 Skin Care Ingredients to Avoid! | LIVESTRONG.COM