This post is contributed by One Drop member – Kai Tan

Most girls love their make up too much to read into the ingredient list.

Whilst some love their full scale mascara-foundation-blusher-bronzer-eyeshadows shimmerbangbang, others just like their straight-forward minimalistic powder at least for work or dinners. Either way, knowing what is layered upon our skin every day or on those once-in-a-blue-moon occasions MAKES A DIFFERENCE.

Girlfriends do not let girlfriends run amok with harmful.


So here’s the spiel on some of the most common toxic substances found in make up and personal care products :


Found in deodorants, lotions, lipsticks, shampoos, scrubs
– Parabens can mimic estrogen and act as potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptors in the body’s cells.
– Parabens have been found present in breast tumors and are possibly linked to breast cancer.
Safe Cosmetic Reference

2. TALC:
Found in baby powder, body and shower products, lotions, feminine hygiene products, eye shadow, foundation, lipstick, deodorants and face masks
– Some talc may contain the known carcinogen asbestos that may be linked to cancer
Safe Cosmetic Reference

Most frequently used form in cosmetics include dibutylphthalate (DBP), dimethylphthalate (DMP), and diethylphthalate (DEP).
Found in nail polish and in the fragrances in cosmetics
– Phthalates are endocrine/ hormone disruptors
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4. LEAD:
– 99% of cosmetic contains lead
Lead in lipstick was presumed an urban legend until 2007, when the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics released the report A Poison Kiss, with the results from an independent laboratory that tested 33 popular brands of lipsticks for lead content. The findings – 61 percent of lipsticks contained lead including L’Oreal, Cover Girl and even a $24 tube of Dior Addict. This is a known carcinogen!
– Exposure to lead also has been linked to neurotoxicity, hormonal and fertility issues
Safe Cosmetic Reference

Cosmetic companies use bismuth because it hides flaws, adds a radiant glow to the face and is a dirt-cheap filler! It also has binding qualities, so the make-up will “stick” to your skin and last all day.

– Causes itchiness when wearing products containing bismuth, most noticeably when person sweats. This can often lead to nasty rashes and severe acne.

Bioaccumulation is a real challenge for the modern woman.

It is defined as the accumulation of substances, such as pesticides, or other chemicals in an organism.

Bioaccumulation occurs when an organism (like us!) absorbs a substance at a rate faster than that at which the substance is lost by catabolism and excretion. Because of the wide-range exposure in our lives, not just from cosmetics but from food, medication, pollution etc – it is no longer just a matter of “it’s just a small amount”.

If switching out your full palette of cosmetics pinches the heart, why not just start with ONE item today.

The newly launched Savvy Minerals would be a good clean option to indulge in!

Should you like to purchase the Young Living oils, please drop me a message at I would love to support you in using the oils for yourself and your loved ones.


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