You probably don’t even want to know what’s actually in your favorite drugstore makeup—especially if you want to be able to sleep tonight. Really, we’re not exaggerating. According to the Environmental Working group, as many as one in five cosmetic products sold in the US contains an ingredient that releases formaldehyde as it breaks down—you know, embalming fluid, aka a known human carcinogen. (Check out the 5 most toxic beauty products you’re using, too.)
And that’s not all. Heavy metals known to be carcinogens like cadmium and hexavalent chromium are sometimes used as colorants in eye shadow and lip gloss, according to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, and these heavy metals even turn up as impurities in other ingredients, which means reading the label carefully won’t necessarily keep you safe. And then there are widely-used parabens, of course, those notorious preservatives that have shown possible links to breast cancer in addition to being hormone disruptors.
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Ready to make the switch to clean, worry-free natural makeup? With the natural brands below, you get complete transparency of all ingredients so you know exactly what you’re putting on your skin. Plus, you’ll find some awesome recycled packaging and veggie-based colorants to boot. And we were totally impressed with the high quality of these cosmetics—and we’re sure you will be, too!
Not enough chemical-free brands for you? Check out these 7 organic shampoos that work just as well as the stuff with chemicals!