I wrote this for an English class last semester and I figured I might as well post it here. Feel free to debate on the subject but please don't be mean. ;)





When we think about Make up what comes to mind? Possibly different brands? All the different kinds we have collected in our bathroom basket for ages.


Have you ever stopped to think about what is in those products? Why eyes get itchy when you accidentally sleep with makeup still on? Why do we react so badly to some products and not others? We all own some kind of makeup at some point in our lives.


(At least most girls do, not so sure about many men <3)


Even though it may be harder to find, organic make up could be a lot better for your health and more regulated than conventional make up, USDA has much stronger regulations as well as stricter labeling rules.


There is no Federal standard or definition that governs the use of the term “hypoallergenic” They say that the term can mean whatever that particular company wants it to mean. No wonder when I put some of these things on my body I suddenly break out the next day! 


Wouldn't it be nice to know what were actually putting in and on our bodies. We all know that our body absorbs an amount of what we put on our skin right? Did you know that the average woman absorbs 30 pounds of the ingredients contained in moisturizers over sixty year and if she is not using organic products can you imagine how much of that is horrible chemicals?! 


The FDA does not require an expiration date on the products, yet research shows that mascara expires after two to three months, Lipstick only one year foundation one year and blushes and eye shadows two years.


Common ingredients to find in cosmetics these days are artificial coloring, like Azo dyes that are a risk to asthmatics, eczema sufferers and people sensitive to aspirin. They can also cause hyperactivity in children, severe headache, blurred vision and itchy or watery eyes and nose. There are many other ingredients you wouldn't even recognize because they don't always label exactly what these ingredients are from or are they just use what seems like a made up language. FDA banned only 8 ingredients and restricted only 3 however the European Union has just banned over 1373 ingredients from their cosmetics as well as banned animal testing. 


So why are organic products different from ‘natural’ or ‘hypoallergenic’? natural and hypoallergenic are not terms monitored by the FDA, They can simply be slapped on a product to “prove” that it is better for you. However organic is monitored by both the FDA and the USDA. Companies that wish to put the organic USDA seal on their products are held by stricter rules, they much comply to the FDA bans and restrictions as well as the USDA’s bans and restrictions. USDA requires companies to stay within certified packages, colors, farms and USDA/FDA certified labs. Its a much stricter guideline to produce an organic product. It can be much better if you just make your own cosmetics, There are so many ideas and recipes out there if you just search for them. obviously it might take some trial and error but it may be worth it especially if you have uber sensitive skin. I have noticed that most organic things I buy don't have crazy code-names all over the back on the label they actually tell you what is going on your face. 




So the next time you are going to the store to buy makeup try looking at the ingredients label and looking them up. You could even go in your own makeup collection and look up ingredient from those products. Some may have nicknames and that may confuse you but it is okay. Write them down or take a picture and look the whole name up online. You may be surprised what that “code name” stands for. It’s always good to know what you are putting into (or onto) your body because it could have some serious complications. Is cheaper make-up worth the long term risks?


In no way am I an expert, also this is completely my own opinion. 

Where i found my info: 
USDA Cosmetics info
USDA Website

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