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Standard Cosmetics vs. Organic Alternatives: The Truth Comes Out

ByLucille Wood

Sep 5, 2018

Have you ever thought about what goes into the cosmetics and beauty products you put all over your body? If not, now might be the right time to start. Not all products are created equally, and many contain unhealthy ingredients that could be harmful to your long-term health. Organic cosmetics certainly cost more than the regular alternatives, but is it worth it? We break down the key differences between organic and standard cosmetics in the most commonly used products.


Traditional mascara can contain ingredients like aluminum powder, parabens, propylene glycol, and retinyl acetate. Each of these ingredients can be a potential carcinogenic, cause cellular change, and irritation. Mascara is applied directly by the eye making it more important to eliminate any potential hazards from entering the body. Brands like Phyts Organic Mascara are certified organic because they contain 95% organic material. They are quality you can trust. Instead of putting questionable chemicals on your eyes choosing an organic version with safe, effective ingredients is a much better alternative.


Women literally coat their faces with foundation and concealer but often aren’t aware of what they are literally spreading onto their delicate skin. Titanium dioxide is one of the most common ingredients found in these products. It can cause health problems when inhaled. Additionally, parfum is often found in makeup foundation and it is one of the “Dirty Dozen” ingredients found in cosmetics. Organic concealers and foundation products contain no irritants or toxins and must be certified to boast that they are organic in any packaging or advertisements.


There are multiple potentially carcinogenic ingredients found in eyeshadow like talc, a known ovarian cancer cause. Bismuth oxychloride, coal tar, parabens, nanoparticles, and thimerosal are all known to be potentially harmful to your health from causing irritations to even cancer after continued use. Several of these ingredients are on the Dirty Dozen list of harmful cosmetic ingredients. This is one of the most problematic cosmetics in terms of negative ingredients. Choosing an organic eyeshadow is equivalent to making a healthy choice for your long-term health; it is always worth it.

Nail Polish

Most women have been painting their nails since they were kids not knowing that many nail polishes could be slowly making them ill. THP, triphenyl phosphate, is a known endocrine interrupter. Put simply that means that it can disrupt the normal production of use of hormones. Other hazardous ingredients can include formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, and toluene. Nontoxic polishes are a safe and equally fun alternative.

What we put on our body to make us feel more beautiful can harm us if we are not wary of the ingredients. Organic cosmetics are a much safer alternative. They still provide the quality, color, and beautiful results of cosmetics that everyone wants without the potential health hazards. Next time you need to replace a piece of makeup consider your long-term health and go organic. Your body will thank you for your proactive choice.