A possible new series that I’d like to work on. The green beauty department has been increasing exponantially and we’re starting to see an exciting variety of makeup and skincare products that can without the shadow of a doubt rival the mainstream beauty products. So this would be what I consider the closest natural alternatives* to some popular beauty products. Starting off with lips and cheeks.
Kevin Aucoin The creamy Glow
There’s a lot of rave and hype surrounding the products from kevin Aucoin. This cream blush suposedly imparts a lovely and feminine glow, that starts off as subtle, but can
be build up for a more pigmented pop of color. The first and main problem with this product is the fact that it contains Propylparaben, a human endoctrine disruptor, proven highly carcinogenic (score of 10 on EWG!) This shouldn’t appear in any product, period.
Price 24$ //£21
Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Trioctanoin, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Candelilla Wax, Microcrystalline Wax, Carnauba, Glyceryl Dilaurate, Ceresin, Grape Seed Oil, Octyldodecanol, Lauroyl Lysine, Propylparaben, Ethylcellulose, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Lecithin, Citric Acid. May Contain (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Carmine, Ultramarine Blue, Manganese Violet, Ferric Ferrocyanide, FD&C Yellow 5 AL Lake, D&C Red 30, FD&C Yellow 6 AL Lake, D&C Red 6, D&C Red 7 CA Lake, FD&C Blue 1 AL Lake.
La Bella Figura Radiant blush in “Just Jenna”
After seeing pictures, and reading more about the product, I didn’t think twice : La bella Figura’s Radiant blush in “Just Jenna” seemed like the perfect choice. Aside from the similar packaging and shade, La Bella Figura has a creamy texture and provides a natural flush of color. It’s also safe to use as a lip color, as reported by the lovely Lilly from Genuine Glow. However, the best part remain the high-quality ingredients: free of parabens, synthetic materials and preservatives, Just Jenna is a stunning blend of exotic and luxurious oils, vegetable butters and flower extracts. Vegan, Gluten and GMO-free too. Your cheeks (and lips) are in for a treat, and they deserve nothing less.
Price : 36$
Ingredients: Camellia Oleifera (Camellia Seed Oil)*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Trichilia Emetica (Marfura) Butter, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuacu) Butter, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Cetearly Olivate (and) Sorbitan Olivate (Olive Wax), Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Wax, Maranta Arundinacea (Arrowroot) Powder, Kaolinite (White Clay) Powder, Opuntia Ficus Indica (Barbary Fig) Seed Oil*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extract, Terminalia Ferinandiana (Kakadu Plum) Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Oil, Schisandra Sphenanthera (Schisandra) Fruit CO2 Extract, Bertholletia Excelsa Flower Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower CO2 Extract*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract*, May Contain-(+/-Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77499, CI 77891, CI 77019, Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Mica CI 77019
Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Sunflower Seed Oil, Trimethylolpropane, Triisostearate, Bht, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Propyl Gallate, Alcohol,
Phenylacetaldehyde. [+/-: Ci 12085 (Red 36, Red 36 Lake), Ci 15850 (Red 6, Red 7, Red 7 Lake), Ci 15985 (Yellow 6, Yellow 6 Lake), Ci 17200 (Red 33, Red 33 Lake), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5, Yellow 5 Lake), Ci 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), Ci 45370 (Orange 5, Orange 5 Lake), Ci 45380 (Red 21, Red 21 Lake, Red 22 Lake), Ci 45410 (Red 27, Red 27 Lake, Red 28 Lake), Ci 47005 (Yellow 10, Yellow 10 Lake), Ci 73360 (Red 30, Red 30 Lake), Ci 75470 (Carmine), Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77002 (Alluminum Hydroxide), Ci 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), Ci 77491, 77492, 77499 (Iron
Oxides), Ci 77742 (Manganese Violet)].
eyeshadow with the infamous palettes from Urban Decay. I picked the
Naked 2 because the colors looked similar, but you may find further Lily
Lolo alternatives for the other UD palettes as well.
of my friends swear by it, the shades do look very pretty and I’ve
seen plenty of great makeup looks with the use of this palette. The palette itself doesn’t score bad on EWG, however two ingredients are potentially troublesome: Talc (which is the first ingredient listed) and PTFE. Talc can contain some aluminum and be also contaminated with asbestos fibers, which are posing risks for respiratory toxicity
and cancer. PTFE (Teflon) when in high doses has a risk of toxicity. You may also know about the Teflon coated cooking pans, and how heating teflon is proven dangerous.
oxide), CI 77499 (iron oxide), CI 77742 (manganese violet). CI 77510 (ferric verrocyanide), CI 77288 (chromium oxide)]
claiming the green alternatives would be identical, I can speak for them, because I have tried almost all of them. I’m not making the green switch an imperative, you’re free to decide for yourself. If you enjoy any of the non-green product listed, it’s fine. These are only suggestions, in case there are some people looking to gradually switch to more gentle and natural alternatives.