Caked Up in Harmful Makeup

This is my first blog.

I’ve never thought of myself as someone who would blog. But as I sit here, late at night alone in my apartment I find myself infuriated, so much so that I need to write it down and not just write it down but share this frustration with my friends, family, and loved ones. Share it with the world.

I’ve recently become aware of the harm we surround ourselves with on a daily basis. The cleaning supplies, plastic, furniture, and makeup we use in our everyday lives are contributing to the increase in cancer, infertility, and autism. Why is it widely known that BPA causes cancer? Why did every water bottle company have to alter their production to rid their products of BPA? Because BPA is a carcinogen. It’s a proven fact and therefore has been taken care of. Makes sense right?

I have a lot of makeup lying around that I have yet to use. My roommate Annie and I are moving and downsizing a bit, at least in terms of storage space. I mentioned to her that I am probably going to throw away all that makeup that is taking up unnecessary space in the bathroom. If I haven’t used it in 2 years, why would I start using it now? Good news for Annie: she’s got dibs! She needs new blush, I have two unused new Mally brand blushes (retail value of $18 and $35). With my new found knowledge of harmful substances I am curious about these luxurious blushes and check my handy-dandy carcinogen list:

Ingredients of Mally Blush Single, Pink Glow:

Blush Ingredients: Talc, Methicone, Zinc Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Methylparaben, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Propylparaben, Tocopherol, Butylparaben, Ascorbyl Palmitate.

May Contain: Mica (CI 77019), Silica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ultramarines (CI 77007).

Of those ingredients: Talc, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, and the Lakes (Yellow 5 Lake etc.) ARE CARCINOGENS!

Ingredients that are proven to be direct carcinogens or have been associated with cancer.

These are ingredients that I willingly put on my face everyday. I am so ashamed and sad. How are companies getting away with this? Why are some harmful substances like BPA brought to the limelight while others are not?

I’m not saying to throw away all of your makeup and waste hundreds of dollars to start from square one. But please check your makeup ingredients and if it contains any harmful substances do not purchase it again.

This is just a small example of an enormous problem. There are so many of these chemicals right in front of our faces.

P.S. Just because the company labels themselves as “all natural” and “healthy” and “bare” (cough cough Bare Minerals), doesn’t mean it is natural and healthy and bare (cough cough the Bare Minerals’ toxic ingredient: bismuth oxychloride)

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