Mineral Makeup – Second Samples

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This morning I made my second order of samples from a company Here in BC. Its called “Natrual Beauty Canada“. They have only the main mineral ingredients that I am looking for. No extra junk added. I should be getting my samples by the end of the week. I will keep you updated.

I am looking at 2 more companies also from Canada. I will probably be ordering samples later today.

Here is a list of all the bad ingredients that you don’t want in your mineral makeup. If it has organics in it, this is when you get bacteria growth and expiration dates.

BAD LIST

Talc: is similar to asbestos in structure and has been linked to respiratory diseases, and can easily be contaminated. Although talc is a natural mineral, and can be purchased in fine grades which do not pose any risks, most choose to avoid it. In addition, there’s some evidence that it can permanently stretch pore walls! The main ingredient in most “powder” makeup is talc.

Bismuth Oxychloride: This is a mineral that is found in most of the mainstream mineral cosmetic companies. It imparts a very shiny finish, which may be desirable to some people, but it can be an irritant to certain skin types.

Synthetic Colors: are used to create colors that are impossible to create with natural minerals. They will be labeled as FD&C or D&C, followed by a color and a number. Example: FD&C Red No. 6 / D&C Green No. 6. Synthetic colors are believed to be cancer-causing agents.

Synthetic Preservatives: such as the parabens or urea. Mineral cosmetics are inorganic pigments with no liquid or oils added; therefore they do not need preservation. They are basically crushed rocks that have been in the earth since creation.

Carmine: (found in lipsticks, glosses blushes, and eye shadow) This bright pink/red extract from the carmine beetle in South America, has been connected to heart problems. Obviously, it is not a mineral!

Cornstarch: Completely natural, but used as a filler, less product. Is a vegetable starch and has a shelf life. It does then have an expiration date.

Now the GOOD LIST

Titanium Dioxide: is a white colored inorganic salt that is produced as a white powder. This non-irritating ingredient is also a broad spectrum UV absorber. It is used as a main ingredient in mineral cosmetics due to its ability to produce good coverage and adhesion.

Zinc Oxide: is another white powder that is used as a natural sun-block, astringent, and antiseptic. This mineral sooth’s and heals irritated skin, making your product great for acne prone or sensitive skin.

Sericite Mica: is a white, silky, shiny pigment derived from a fine crystalline clay mineral. It provides medium coverage, good spreadability and a smooth texture when applied to the skin.

Red and Yellow Iron Oxides: are purified iron salts. They are used as the main ingredients to pigment your foundation.

Ultramarine Blue: is a clay that has been heated to a high temperature. Discovered by the Egyptians, this mineral is used to balance the warm pigments in your foundation formula.

Mica: is a reflective mineral which is used in foundation formulas to add dimension and sheen, making your skin look “alive”. Mica is also used in shadows, and blush to provide a satin finish. Most only use which are coated with natural minerals as opposed to dyes, lakes and carmine.

Silica Microspheres: Because of the size and shape of this mineral, it has the ability to diminish the look of fine lines on the skin, giving it a soft focus effect. Because the particles are round, they produce a ball bearing effect, which imparts the finished product with a silky elegant texture, enhanced slip and better blendablity providing a “cream to powder” texture. For those concerned, silica is not crystalline/amorphous hydrated silica.

Boron Nitride: Boron Nitride is a soft, silky white mineral powder that is said to have anti-bacterial properties. It is used as an additive to improve the “slip” of a product (how smoothly the product applies) as well as “adhesion” (how long it stays on the skin).

Calcium Carbonate: is found in chalk, limestone, marble and travertine. Even eggshells are 95% calcium carbonate! Calcium Carbonate’s main function is to absorbs moisture.

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  1. I never thought that some ingredients in our mineral make ups can be bad in our skin. Thank you for letting us know the bad and good list of ingredients.

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