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Why Make Your Own Eyeshadows?

Commercially produced eyeshadows often contain many undesirable ingredients which are known to be comedogenic or toxic. Here are just a few that are commonly found in branded products:

Talc: Also known as hydrous magnesium silicate, talc is used as a cheap filler and to absorb moisture.

Why is it bad? Studies by the National Toxicology Panel demonstrated that cosmetic-grade talc can be toxic and carcinogenic.

Mineral Oil: Often used in eyeshadows to impart a smooth silky feel. Mineral oil is a mixture of aliphatic, napthalenic and aromatic liquid hydrocarbons derived from petroleum (Crude Oil).

Why is it bad? Mineral oil seals the skin like a plastic wrap, thereby disrupting the skin’s natural ability to breathe and absorb moisture. This can result in premature ageing of the skin and many other skin disorders.  There is also strong evidence that mineral oil affects the human immune system and is a respiratory toxicant and allergen.

Preservatives: Look out for DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine, quarternium-15 and sodium hydroxymethylglycinate.

Why are they bad? All these preservatives slowly and continuously release small amounts of formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is classified as a known human carcinogen. Also watch for Thimerosol, a mercury-containing preservative. High levels of mercury can cause allergic reactions, skin irritation and adverse effects on the human nervous system. Studies have also shown that it can affect the reproduction system. 

Dioxin: You won't see Dioxin on a list of ingredients but it is often found in antibacterial ingredients and emulsifiers.

Why is it bad? Dioxin causes cancer, suppression of the immune system, nervous system disorders, heart and kidney disease, liver damage, miscarriages and birth deformity.

Bismuth Oxychloride: Used to help with adhesion and to add a slight pearlescent finish.

Why is it bad? Bismuth Oxychloride is not a toxic ingredient but it frequently causes irritation, itching, rashes and inflammation. Very bad for suffers of acne and rosacea.

 Additional benefits of making your own include:

  • Enjoy an endless choice of colours limited only by your imagination
  • Branded pure mineral eyeshadows are very expensive, you can make better for a fraction of the cost
  • Learn to make mineral makeup and start your own business