Daily Archives: December 6, 2017

Photovoice 2/final project

Many women, primarily, love make-up but our favorite cosmetic products contain harsh chemicals and ingredients which belong to synthetic cosmetics.   People, these days are trying to eat better and become healthier but what about make-up and other skin care that go on our bodies?  They need to be free of chemicals as much as possible as our skin absorbs everything.  On average, I read in an article before about make-up, that there are over 100 chemicals go on a woman’s face/body before she leaves to work or wherever.  Ingredients such as Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Retinyl Palmitate, D&C Red 36 for color, and Tocopheryl Acetate can cause irritation to the skin, some are linked to cancer, mess with your hormones and endocrine system, and other toxic effects.  These chemical ingredients are from only one example of a red lipstick.   There are tons of other make-up products which have their own set of ingredients.   If you see the ingredient, “cochineal”; it is a beetle that they use in cosmetics and food items for the red dye.  It is also called carmine.  You can read more about it at if you search red dye for make up on the Internet as there is tons of information regarding this one ingredient alone.

Source:  http://www.harpersbazaar.com/beauty/makeup/advice/a485/lipstick-ingredients-020410.

So with all that said and being vegan, I only use vegan cosmetics even if it costs slightly more than synthetic cosmetics.   They are cruelty free (not tested on animals), environmentally friendly, gluten free, and made from plant based ingredients.  At the link below, 18 ingredients to avoid and the reasons to go with organic make-up vs. synthetic are discussed in details.  This website also has articles about skin care, soap, and other products also.


I have included images of different make-up products and it is really hard to tell the difference until you start reading what they are made up of.   The ingredients they are made from is what helps me make a healthy choice when I choose my cosmetics for my face and other products for my skin care.  I have a choice in choosing the best product for my body and nothing less.  I buy my make-up products only at natural stores or at theallnaturalface.com.  Cosmetic products made by Revlon, Maybelline sell good products and might cost less than vegan/natural products but they are not good enough for me because of their artificial ingredients.  Vegan make up is made from Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Argan Oil, Candelilia Wax, Mica and Oxides for their lipsticks.  The vegan powder is made from Mica,Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide(sunscreen), Boron Nitride, Magnesium Myristate, Oxides for Color.

On the other hand, Revlon lustrous lipstick alone has the following ingredients:

Trioctyldodecyl Citrate, Ozokerite, Polybutene, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, C10 30 Cholesterol/Lanesterol Esters, Bis Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate 2, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides, Paraffin, Silica, Synthetic Wax, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Serica Poudre de Soie (Silk Powder), Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2 Hexanediol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Blue 1 Lake (CI 49020), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 27 Lake (CI 45410), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Carmine (CI 75470)

So as you can see Revlon’s lipstick ingredients, that there are so many more and it contains Carmine also.   The product I use has only few ingredients and natural.  I hope people who use make-up often will try make-up made from plant based ingredients. PUBH 209 did make me aware of so many issues out there and the information is valuable but I like sticking to all natural approach as it works for me.

Following are some comparisons as far as costs; not a significant difference for me.

Vegan lipstick in brick color costs $8.05 at theallnaturalface.com

Vegan powder (10 g jar) at $6.50 at theallnaturalface.com

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick, 825 Lovers Coral $6.02

Revlon ColorStay Pressed Powder, 840 Medium, 0.3 Oz at $8.98

Included are some images of vegan and non-vegan cosmetics.


vegan make-up products
Some vegan products including Formaldehyde free nail-polish!



non-vegan synthetic make-up products
Non-vegan, synthetic make-up products


synthetic on the left in comparison with organic make-up
Synthetic on the left vs. organic make-up on the right; cannot tell much by looking at them.









Peer Review

For my peer review I decided to review “Pharma Prompt 1” by jdie4. From reading this contribution I learned that drug companies hire actors to act like doctors to try to convince potential customers through direct-to-consumer ads that the drugs are endorsed by doctors. Due to these drug advertisements, many consumers will ask for the drug by name and doctors are more likely to prescribe it to them because it was explicitly asked for, rather than just buy the generic drug that may work better. These ads also cause some people to self-diagnose their problems based on the symptoms the drug commercial lists off. People should not be doing this based on commercials, they should go to their doctor for an accurate diagnosis.

It would be good for a person with health problems looking for a drug to solve the problem so that they realize that they should not listen to those ads. Instead, they should talk to their doctor rather than basing themselves off of information provided by the drug commercial that has no strict guidelines for what exactly is to be included in the commercial, making the commercials misleading.

The strongest parts of this contribution are the numbered talking points, making the information presented easy to find and straightforward, the quote cited from an article that helps back up the argument being made, and the call to action in the last paragraph as to what should be done over the drug advertisements. The call to action says, “have actual medical doctors endorse the drugs…Doctors should also be encouraged to inform their patients who come asking for these big-name drugs about alternatives and generics.”

The weakest part of this contribution is that there are no citations as to where the information talked about in the prompt was from. What is the article that was being discussed?

The contribution is straightforward and jdie4 makes it an easy read. I did not need to read it several times to understand what was being discussed and there were no typos or grammar/punctuation errors.

On a scale of 1 to 3, where 1 is the lowest possible and 4 is the highest possible, I rate this contribution a 3 because although the article was very good, it was not cited. I know that jdie4 wrote about direct to consumer ads, but not where the information discussed is from.

Greenwashing Post

Prompt: What does it mean to be green? What does sustainability mean and why is it important? How does being “green” help us and the environment?

Answer: To be green, according to the slides is to be environmentally friendly and most importantly it has to do with sustainability. Sustainability can be describe as maintaining the earth’s most valuable resources alive meaning using as little as we can to maintain those resources because otherwise we will run out of it or the future generations will not have those resources. Being green means being eco-friendly, conserving energy, and not using too much of what you do not need. For instance, turning off the lights when you do not need it or having the sink turned off when you’re brushing your teeth and only when you need it. Doing small things to converse resources on earth means being green and many more. Sustainability is important because if we use the resources we have now, eventually there won’t be resources left for the future generations.