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.


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  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

Vegan powder (10 g jar) at $6.50 at

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.









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