Think your expensive make-up is better for your skin? Think again…
Today I’m researching the luxury brand Chanel. This brand embodies opulence and poise, sophistication and timelessness. Which makes this information that much harder to digest. (I’m sorry Danielle!) (My best girlfriend has been using Chanel makeup for years, so I know she’ll not be happy to read this!) I’m going to specifically highlight the Chanel pressed powder, which contains many harmful and highly toxic chemicals. Many of the chemicals have existing FDA Warnings and lab studies proving harmful effects. Below is a breakdown of the dirty ingredients; after reading this, I hope you think twice before spending a high premium on this makeup which is supposed to help you feel more beautiful but are hiding very ugly evidence. Below I have a few suggestions of safe, natural and organic products that you could use to replace this dirty one.
CHANEL HEALTHY GLOW SHEER POWDER
*rates a 10 on the Dirty List
ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE – also known as Octinoxate
- Usage: used in cosmetics to protect against UVB radiation.
- Health impacts: It is a known and studied endocrine disruptor, effecting estrogenic and thyroid activity, affecting several body functions including development, brain and metabolism. Estrogenic disruption has been linked to breast cancer. Avoid use whenever possible. Possible Carcinogen. Organ system toxicity. Estrogenic effects were noted in laboratory animals, links to Breast Cancer.
- Usage: used as abrasive, film forming and viscosity controlling agent
- Health impacts: Non biodegradable. Microplastic pollution. Allergenic for some individuals. Carcinogenic in lab studies. *This is the same ingredient used to make those scrubbing microbeads in exfoliating body washes, they are extremely harmful to the plant.
- Explanation: Polyethylene is the most common plastic. Currently being proposed to be banned in New York, California, Illinois, Minnesota. The accumulation of plastic in the marine environment is today recognized as a serious, global environmental issue. Read more HERE: Beat the Microbead International Campaign Against Microbeads in Cosmetics.
PARFUM – also known as Almond Fragrance, Aroma, Baby Powder Fragrance, Coconut Lime Verbena Fragrance, Cucumber Melon Fragrance + more
- Usage: a combination of nearly 3000 fragrant ingredients is added to most personal care products to mask odors or add a pleasant scent
- Health impacts: Hormone disruptor. Allergen.
- Explanation: The major concern with fragrance is that is is not required by law to disclose the individual ingredients used to produce it. Therefore, many fragrance ingredients which are harmful can be omitted from the label. While is is often a mix of synthetic and natural ingredients, fragrance commonly consists of harmful constituents such as phthalates. (read more about Phthalates below). *Please note: our favorite perfumes and colognes are also extremely harmful to us! Links to Cancer! So scary.
From the Breast Cancer Fund website: THE GIST: Phthalates, pronounced THAL-ates, soften plastics and are known to disrupt the body’s hormones. A 2012 study found that women working in the automotive and food-canning industries have nearly a fivefold increase in risk for premenopausal breast cancer, likely because of their exposure to phthalates, BPA and flame-retardants. Phthalates have also been linked to birth defects, asthma, neurodevelopmental problems in newborns, fertility issues and obesity. Though phthalates are banned in children’s toys, they can still be found in school supplies, cosmetics and personal care products such as nail polish and shampoo. Read more HERE.
- Usage: used in a wide array of personal care products as an antioxidant and to mask unpleasant flavors or scents. It is also used as a preservative in personal care and food products.
- Health impacts: Possible Endocrine Disruptor. Mild irritation, itchiness, redness when contact with eyes and skin from some individuals.
- Explanation: BHT has been linked to a number of adverse health effects (endocrine dysfunction, tumor promotion and organ system toxicity).
- Usage: used as an antimicrobial and preservative.
- Health impacts: Allergen. FDA Warning.
- Explanation: This compound is a known muscle relaxant. FDA issued a warning for this compound in 2008, stating that oral consumption by infants may cause nervous and respiratory system depression. (A muscle relaxant?!? And Chanel uses it for makeup that you use on your face? WTF.)
- Usage: known as hydrated magnesium silicate, used as abrasive, absorbent, anti-caking, bulking and skin protecting agent in cosmetics. Avoid use of the chemical around mouth and nose, especially for children. (Mother’s please note: use TALC-FREE baby powder on your little ones).
- Health impacts: Respiratory and skin irritation. Possible Ovarian Caner Carcinogen. FDA Warning.
USE THESE PRODUCTS INSTEAD! All these companies have high quality organic and natural makeup, your skin will thank you! I highly recommend any of these below:
W3ll People Mineral Foundation (*rated 0 on the Dirty List)
Elate Clean Cosmetics Veiled Elation (*rated 0 on the Dirty List)
La Mav Mattifying Powder (*rated 1 on the Dirty List)
W3ll People Bio Brightener Powder (*rated 1 on the Dirty List)
RMS Beauty Tinted “un” Powder (*rated 1 on the Dirty List)
100% Pure Healthy Flawless Skin Foundation (*rated 1 on the Dirty List)