Ingredients Diary

Find below a brief overview about cosmetic ingredients and why they are used. If I have a more in depth blog post available it is linked below as well. If you want to read up on cosmetic’s ingredients, I recommend you the following websites, which seem to have very reliable content:

If you are looking for information on cruelty-free and/or vegan products you might find the following sites useful:

In my posts you will find the following symbols to help you find products that are vegan, cruelty-free, natural/organic, fair trade, hand made and sustainable/eco-friendly.

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  • Allantoin: By-product of uric acid extracted from urea and considered an effective anti-irritant. [Source: Paula’s Choice]
  • Bismuth Oxychlorid: The standard primary ingredient included in most powders that are referred to as “mineral makeup.” The claim for bismuth oxychloride (which is also known as synthetic pearl) is that it is all-natural and better for skin than talc. In fact, in many ways talc is a more natural, unadulterated, pure ingredient than bismuth oxychloride. Bismuth oxychloride, which seldom occurs in nature, is manufactured by combining bismuth, a by-product of lead and copper metal refining, with chloride (chlorine compound) and water. It’s used in cosmetics because it has a distinct shimmery, pearlescent appearance and a fine white powder texture that adheres well to skin. [Source: Paula’s Choice]
  • CI 14700: Cosmetic colorant. May also be known as C-Rot 57, Fd&c Red 4, Ponceau Sx, Fd&C Red No.4, Ci 14700 (Red 4), Fd&C Red No. 4 (CI 14700), Red 4 (CI 14700). [Source: Cosmetic Analysis]
  • Dimethicone: Dimethicone (also called polymethylsiloxane) is a silicon-based polymer used as a lubricant and conditioning agent. [Source: EWG Skin Deep]
  • Dmdm Hydantoin: Preservative [Source: Cosmetic Analysis]
  • Iron Oxides: Compounds of iron that are used as colorings in some cosmetics. [Source: Paula’s Choice]
  • Kaolin: Naturally occurring clay mineral (silicate of aluminum) that is used in cosmetics for its absorbent properties. [Source: Paula’s Choice]
  • Magnesium Myristate: Magnesium Myristate is ideal for creating moist softness to any cosmetic formulation. This filler powder improves adhesion and offers great hydrophobicity in cosmetics. Magnesium Myristate has the ability to bind other powder ingredients together, improving the coverage and wear time. This powder is exceptional for all cosmetics, especially camouflage or concealers. [Source: Coastal Scents]
  • Mica: Earth mineral included in products to give them sparkle and shine. [Source: Paula’s Choice]
  • Parabens: Group of preservatives, including butylparaben, propylparaben, methylparaben, and ethylparaben, that are among the most widely used group of preservatives in cosmetics. [Source: Paula’s Choice]
  • Rice Powder: Rice Powder has been used for generations and is known for its oil-absorbing properties. Known for its ability to help makeup last longer and leave a silky finish on the skin (…) [Source: Palladio Beauty]
  • Sericite mica: Sericite mica is a natural powdered mica (aluminum potassium silicate) similar to white mica with a fine grain size and silky shine. It is used as a talc substitute. [Source: Swift Crafty Monkey]
  • Sulfates: Sulfates are mostly used as cleansing agents in skin-care and hair-care products. Those that have become the scapegoat of the cosmetic industry include sodium lauryl sulfate, ammonium lauryl sulfate, and sodium laureth sulfate. In reality there is absolutely no research showing they are a problem in skin-care or hair-care products other than causing irritation but that is also true for the sulfate-free cleansing agents some cosmetic companies advertise they are using. And whether or not any cleansing agents will cause irritation depends on the amount used and other ingredients present in a particular formula. [Source: Paula’s Choice]
  • Talc: Naturally occurring silicate mineral (any group of substances containing negative ions composed of silicon and oxygen) of magnesium. [Source: Paula’s Choice]
  • Titanium Dioxide: Inert earth mineral used as a thickening, whitening, lubricating, and sunscreen ingredient in cosmetics. [Source: Paula’s Choice]
  • Ultramarines: Inorganic pigments (of various colors) permanently listed by the FDA for external use only, including around the eye area. [Source: Paula’s Choice]
  • Zinc Oxides: Inert earth mineral used as a thickening, whitening, lubricating, and sunscreen ingredient in cosmetics. [Source: Paula’s Choice]
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