Monday, August 15, 2016

Choosing the Right Organic Makeup

Today I have an amazing guest blogger to share with you guys. Emma, who blogs over on highstylife, is a passionate writer, online article editor, and a health enthusiast. You can also find her over on Twitter a @EmmahLawson. I also did a guest post over on hightylife which you can find here on organic masks. Go and have a look at the blog and show Emma some love! Read on to find out Emma's tips on choosing the right organic makeup.

It’s becoming more and more popular to be eco-conscious, environmentally friendly and to shop
for organic or all-natural products. From the aisles in your grocery store to apparel and
cosmetics, more products are claiming to be organic or natural and it can be difficult to choose
the right one. Beauty products are especially tricky, since there are no official regulations or
industry standards for the labels under which these products are marketed. So, we rounded up
some tips and guidelines to help you choose your next beauty product, confidently and wisely.


And we really mean it-simplify! All you really need is one good cleanser, toner or foundation to
keep your skin in top shape. More importantly, look at the content! Always opt for products
with a simpler list of ingredients and fewer “synthetic” chemicals.

What Does The Label Say And What Does It Mean?

Let’s start with some terms that are continuously being tossed around, and that you should
familiarize yourself with. “Organic” ingredients are plant-sourced components that are
cultivated without irradiation, harmful toxins or pesticides. According to the USDA regulations,
which unfortunately still apply only to food, there are different categories of organic products.
“100% Organic” means that, besides salt and water, the product contains only organic
components. That is the primo stuff! If the product is labeled as “organic” and carries the USDA
organic seal, you can be pretty certain that it is made with at least 95% organic ingredients.
“Made with organic ingredients” means that the cosmetics must contain at least 70% organic
ingredients and can list not more than three of these ingredients. But, how about the remaining
30%? Well, some make up does contain “synthetic” chemicals and some are well known toxins
you should steer clear of. For instance, always choose “fragrance-free” products since these
don’t contain phthalates, a class of chemicals linked to birth defects. A pretty comprehensive list
of problematic chemicals used in cosmetics can be found here. In the same way that some
chemicals can be toxic, be aware that just because an ingredient is natural, it’s not necessarily
healthy or safe. Your rule of thumb should be: if it’s a natural irritant - like menthol or
eucalyptus - it’s still an irritant.

Do Your Own Research

Take the time to do your own research. The Internet is chock-full of useful information and you
should use them. Apart from many on-line beauty magazines, there are plenty of reviews for
any product and it is easy to find out how one product stacks up against the others. Many
retailer websites offer the testimonials of other customers and first-hand experiences. It is
always a good thing to visit the company’s website to learn more about their philosophy and
values, and how committed they are to using natural ingredients. For example, a line of organic
and natural products L’Occitane uses traditional Provencal techniques and local natural
ingredients exclusively. You will also learn that the company is strongly involved with the
community, and doesn’t perform animal testing.


The best and easiest way to know what’s exactly in your beauty product is to prepare your own.
Whether you’re looking for a new blush or organic foundation with sunscreen, resources and
recipes are abound.

The bottom line: many labels, such as “organic” or “all-natural”, don’t necessarily mean that the
product is perfectly safe or chemical-free. Keep in mind that the cosmetic industry is still largely
unregulated. That labels can be a mere marketing ploy so you should always practice caution
and skepticism. Learn about labels and different ingredients. This will come especially handy
when you decide to whip up your own “shimmer-me- avocado-cucumber- moisturizer”.


  1. This is such a cool post. As I get older, I find myself looking more to what ingredients are in the products I put on my skin and this is so helpful!


    1. Thanks for checking it out Trecee. I am the exact same, I have become increasingly more aware of not only what goes in my body, but what I put on my skin! Hope you have a wonderful week! XO -Kim

  2. I love this breakdown. I try to read labels but don't always know what I am reading or looking for. Great post! You're both beautiful!

    1. Thank you my beautiful friend! I agree, labels are hard, it's nice to have some sort of guidance when it comes to stuff like that and Emma's done a great job with giving us lots of resources. I hope you have a most amazing start to your week my gorgeous friend! XO -Kim

  3. I always prefer to use organic skincare since my skin is quite reactive. I definitely make sure that I only ever use face masks that I've made myself! I love using oatmeal as a cleanser/exfoliater and also manuka honey makes a great spot treatment!
    Aleeha xXx

    1. I definitely feel like organic skincare has a lot more advantages, especially as I get older and I love making my own concoctions! I have heard so many good things about manuka honey! Thanks so much for stopping in! XO -Kim

  4. This is a great post! I definitely like doing my own research and look at the ingredients. Love using coconut oil for so many things when it comes to skincare, it's amazing.

    Thirteen Thoughts

  5. This is so helpful! I've been trying to get better about looking into what ingredients are in my makeup and i've been cleaning house so to speak! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  6. Great post and lots of info. Always important to read the labels. :)

  7. I'm currently into organic make up too !
    style frontier

  8. I like looking at labels when it comes to food, but I don't think I've ever once glanced at the ingredients in my makeup. Thanks for sharing this post from Emma! I'll have to go over and check out your post on her blog too!

  9. This is such a lovely post - I always tend to check ingredients and it's good to know the basics of what to look out for! :)

    Layla xx