What’s really in your makeup Part 2

We received really positive feedback on our last blog - “what’s really in your makeup”

So we decided to follow up, because there are still so many ingredients you should be aware of when buying your makeup. So we are committed to giving you what you need.

 Read the following on more ingredients to be wary of and why.


When a company lists "fragrance" as one of the ingredients, they aren't required to disclose the actual chemicals that make up that fragrance. This means that any number of irritating chemicals can make their way in and you'd never know it. Some of these chemicals are linked to asthma, allergies (fragrance is one of the top 5 allergens in the world!) and hormone disruption. 

Keep it simple and avoid fragrance altogether. Why does your foundation need to smell good anyway? That's what perfume is for (provided you choose one without all those nasty irritants!).

Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives

You may not see formaldehyde listed as an ingredient, but it could still be in there. This one is tricky because companies don't just dump a bunch of formaldehyde into their products. Instead, they add other chemicals that work together as they decompose to release formaldehyde. Tricky, right? And so not nice. Formaldehyde is a known skin sensitizer, allergen and carcinogen.

To avoid this sly guy, look out for these ingredients: 

  • DMDM hydantoin
  • Diazolidinyl urea
  • Imidazolidinyl urea
  • Methenamine
  • Quaternium-15
  • Sodium hyroxymethylglycinate
  • Bronopol (2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1, 3-diol)
  • 5-Bromo-5nitro-1,3-dioxane

formaldehyde also preserves dead bodies so the connotation alone is enough to make you wince! 


Remember how soft talcum powder feels? This is because talc is the softest mineral occurring naturally. Talc is used to absorb moisture and is majorly found in baby powders, eye shadows, blush, deodorants and some soaps.

However, talc is directly associated with ovarian cancer [It first became a matter of concern when a woman who was using talc made by Johnson & Johnson for 35 years died of ovarian cancer. When inhaled, talc can cause lung tumors. Talc is Often found in powder foundation.

Read our blog on the danger talc causes 

Benzophenone & Related Compounds

Benzophenone is used in personal care products such as lip balm and nail polish to protect the products from UV light. Derivatives of benzophenone, such as benzophenone-2 (BP2) and oxybenzone (benzophenone-3 or BP3) are common ingredients in sunscreen. Benzophenone is persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT).[1] [2] These chemicals are linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, and organ system toxicity.

Found in some Lip balm, nail polish, foundations, baby sunscreens,
Benzophenone is widely used in household products, such as sunglasses, food packaging, laundry and cleaning products to protect from UV light SO just keep it simple with our makeup sos lip balms!
  • frendsbeauty.com 
  •  Skinkraft
  •  safecosmetics 

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