Consciously Curated Beauty
By: Jazmin Alvarez
August 5, 2020
After years of being a frustrated clean beauty educated consumer, Jazmin set out to provide a seamless shopping experience for those seeking better solutions for Toxin-free beauty products that also worked as well or better than high-end beauty products. She encourages everyone to get into the habit of investigating what’s inside the products they put on their skin.
We asked her to share her cheat sheet with you to help identify some not so savory ingredients. Here is what she had to say:
PEG/PPG: Are known to mostly be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1,4 dioxane which are known carcinogens.
Fragrance/Parfum/Perfume: This may seem harmless but it’s actually one of the most deceptive ingredients you can find in all hair, skin, and beauty products. Fragrance is a propriety blend of anywhere between a dozen to hundreds of chemicals. Companies are not required to disclose what they are and have been known to lead to complications because synthetic fragrances are derived from petrochemicals which are toxic for human health.
Methylene Glycol: Usually added a preservative but releases formaldehyde as a way to kill microorganisms. This toxin ingredient can travel to the kidneys and affect their function. It can also change the body’s balance and affect the nervous system, lungs and heart.
Parabens: These are used as a preservative and are known endocrine disruptors which lead to hormone imbalances and can lead to cancers. In fact 99% of all cancerous breast tumors contain parabens. On the labels look out for any word that ends in ‘paraben’ ex: methylparaben
When it comes to clean makeup, there are several clean alternatives to your traditional makeup available at several price points and for various skin tones. While you may still have to implore some testing to find out which shades and formulas are best for you, there’s an abundance of options on the market now than ever before. Below are some recommendations that are completely free of any of the toxins mentioned above.
Vapour soft focus foundation: Comes in 19 shades so you can create a natural flawless finish that looks like your skin
RMS ‘uncover Formulated to reveal and enhance healthier looking skin…not just cover it up.
Kjaer Weis cream blush comes in 11 beautiful skin enhancing shades and in refillable packaging.
Axiology lipsticks: 100% vegan and make with only 10 ingredients.
Saie Mascara 101: One of my favorite new and super clean mascaras that is buildable and doesn't dry out the lashes.