I love make up and have always done so since I was young. I bought stuff because I was seduced by the advertising, then the packaging ( to the uninitiated plastic is very enticing), then brand loyalty, then the colour, then the texture……I have never checked the ingredients on any of my make up although I am pretty scrupulous about checking the ingredients of the food I eat. How strange is that?
I’d cleaned up my diet, banned toxic chemicals from my cleaning and toiletry products by making my own, traded synthetic products for organic. I was on the path to natural and organic bliss. There was just one area left to tackle and that was my make up. The problem was I had already found a moisturiser that threatened to remove every line on my face, lipstick that perfected my pout and foundation that made my face look like I had travelled back in time. How was I going to give all of that up?
The answer was simple. I just had to check out the ingredients that went into the make up I was using.
If you thought toxic ingredients in cleaning products was a problem, then this you have to see! I have listed three of the most common ingredients in make up, there are dozens and dozens more.
Phthalates are a group of chemicals that may be disruptive to the endocrine system, which is responsible for hormone production. Such interference can lead to developmental, reproductive, and neurological damage. The effects of phthalates may be related to their ability to mimic human hormones.
They’re used to plasticise products, making them more flexible or better able to hold in colour and scent. From deodorant to nail polish to scented lip balm, the catch here is that these chemicals can be grouped under and listed as “fragrance.” Companies claim their fragrance formulas as “trade secret,” and thus don’t have to specify on the label which ingredients are included.
We know that lead is bad for us. We stopped putting it in our paint, right? So why is it showing up in our foundation, lipsticks, and even whitening toothpaste?
Lead is a proven neurotoxin linked to miscarriage, reduced fertility, and delays in the onset of puberty for females. About seven years ago, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found lead in over half of the 33 brands of lipstick they tested. A more recent study by the FDA tested popular brands and found 400 that contained up to 7.19ppm of lead.
It is inevitable that some lipstick ends up making it past the target area and into your belly. For those who wear it regularly, this could harm your health in the long run.
How does lead make it into cosmetics? It isn’t added as an ingredient, but rather makes its way in through contamination. Colour additives are some of the most common sources.
They’re practically famous. If you’ve heard of one class of ingredients you should avoid in your make up, it’s parabens. They’re the most widely used preservatives in cosmetics, and they have no troubles penetrating your skin. Parabens can mimic oestrogen, and have been detected in human breast cancer tissue. They also interfere with reproduction, the nervous system, and the immune system.
So that was that. Its pretty pointless cleaning up the rest of my living yet continue to slather may face with ultra toxic ingredients. There was a solution. Stop using make up altogether. Hmmm that wasn’t going to work for me. Another solution, apply cocoa powder with a make up brush, this was what a lot of the green living forums suggested. Hmmm I needed something a little more sophisticated!
Welcome to the world of Mica Mineral Makeup. This is a razzle dazzle world of of absolutely every colour under the sun. Including glitters, shimmers and duo chrome colours. No toxic nasties in sight. They are easy to make, they give a professional look when applied and are immense fun to experiment with.
Why do this workshop? Because you are worth it!
What’s on Offer?
In this workshop you will learn to make:
A beautiful, rich and luxurious moisturiser.
A foundation that is as good as, if not better than what you can buy in the shops.
A loose powder to go on top of your foundation.
A moisturising lipstick that will promote healthy, hydrated lips rather than drying them out like commercial lipsticks. Not just that, the lipstick is made in a recyclable, reusable lipstick tube that is made from recycled cardboard. How about that then?
A natural face wash, to wash your make up off with.
Special offer price £125
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You will leave with your cosmetic bag filled with products that can match any commercial product you can buy. The difference being, you would have used natural, organic, ethically sourced ingredients. You will leave having learnt the skills to make the products themselves, but also how to modify it and make, tinted moisturiser, blusher, eyeshadow and mineral veil. Think how much money you can save by making your own cosmetics and presents for your friends and family.
Do this workshop and your face will love you for it!
The workshop runs from 10-4 with an hour for lunch.
Please note: the workshop is suitable for persons 16 years old and above.