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.
The switch: 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
Christian Dior Crème de rose lip balm
Crème de Rose has been very popular in the beauty blogosphere, and it’s an SPF 10 rose-scented lip balms, that nourishes and re-plums the lip. When I searched for the ingredient list, I was quite shocked by how long it was! The brand puts the emphasis on three elements the rose of Damas essential oil, Vitamins A and E and shea butter. Technically with these three you could make a lip balm, but they only appear in (very) low concentrations here. ( I couldn’t find the rose oil, unless it’s what they call “Parfum”…). Truth is, you’re paying a whopping price for a synthetic lip balm.
Ingredients: Octinoxate, (Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate): 7.5%, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane: 1%, Isononyl Isononanoate, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Mineral Oil, Polybutene, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Microcrystalline Wax, Shea Butter Extract, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadioate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Ribose, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Tocopherol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Parfum, Tribehenin, Commiphora Myrrha
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)].
As a self-proclaimed lip product addict, I have tried countless of balms and the Rosey lip balm truly is a stand out. It has the perfect consistency, not too oily, not too waxy, just luscious. Lips feel instantly nourished. It smells like a fresh bouquet of roses and the title “Crème de rose” would rightfully apply for De Mamiel’s lip balm, because as you can tell from the ingredients, it actually contains natural rose extract. (note : I recently tried a sample of R.L. Linden’s La Balmba Rosa, and this might also be a fantastic US alternative!) The ingredients speak for themselves, unlike Dior’s balm, there are no synthetic ingredients in the Rosey balm.
Moving on to
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.
Urban Decay Naked 2 palette
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.
The price : 54 $ /£37
Ingredients: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PTFE (Teflon- polytetrafluoroethylene), Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Silica, Ethyhexyl Palmitate, , Boron Nitride, Calcium Sodium BorosilicateAll Shades May Contain: CI 77019 (Mica), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491/77492/77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77000 (Aluminum Powder), CI 75470 (Carmine), CI 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride).
A beautiful collection of eight eye shadows (shimmer, semi-matte and matte). The Laid Bare palette offers a lovely range of neutral shades, and as you can see some are quite similar to Urban Decay. Lily Lolo provides greatly pigmented shadows. They are talc-free, and packed with pomegranate seed oil which is often used to protect the delicate eye area from, manuks for its antimicrobial properties, and nourishing ingredients ( jojoba – and argan oil).
Price £19.99// (approx. 31$)
Ingredients: mica, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, argania spinosa (argan) kernel oil, punica granatum (pomegranate) seed oil, leptospermum scoparium (manuka) oil, sodium hyaluronate, eryngium maritimum callus culture filtrate, may contain [+/- silica, tin oxide, CI 77891 (titanium dioxide), CU 77491 (iron oxide), CI 77492 (iron
oxide), CI 77499 (iron oxide), CI 77742 (manganese violet). CI 77510 (ferric verrocyanide), CI 77288 (chromium oxide)]
Special mention to Silk Naturals, which also sell stunning Urban Decay color dupes! You can have a look at the comparison here (click). Also, if you’d like to make your own pressed palette, you need to check out lovely Ru’s (Short, Small & Sweet) super useful post about DIY pressed eyesdahow palette.
I can’t really imagine what Lavender pound cake smells like, but I assume it’s very sweet. What bothers me more is the presence of known irritants such as Sodium Laureth Sulfate, fragrance (8 on EWG) and Methylchloroisothiazolinone. The presence of Maleic Anhydride is also troublesome, it is linked to allergies when in direct contact with skin, and is classified as a human respiratory toxicant and harmful when used on the lips or around the mouth. I don’t know about you, but as a kid I loved putting on a bubble beard, and I’d prefer to use a bubble bath product that is a bit safer.
To me, it’s a no-brainer, the bottle might not be pink, but it bubbles and smells like Lavender dream. Cruelty-free, and really gentle for the skin, Deep Steep is my go-to bath product for a sweet and relaxing pamper session. The scent is not overpowering, and I didn’t experience any redness nor irriations. The scents of Lavender and Chamomille combined provide immediate soothing and relief.
What do you think of this series? Would you consider these as alternatives, have your tried any of these?
*Disclaimer: This post was based on my opinion and my researches. I have not personally tried the non-green versions, and I’m not
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.