With an estimated market size of a colossal $50 billion USD, it's no surprise that the cosmetic and beauty product industry is booming. In 2021, the worldwide natural and organic cosmetics market was valued at nearly $30 billion (USD). The cosmetic industry offers a range of products that claim to enhance our beauty and confidence, but what many consumers don't know is that most of these products contain toxic ingredients. Synthetic fragrances, phthalates, and parabens are just a few of the chemicals used in cosmetics that can be hazardous to our health. These toxins can be absorbed through the skin and can potentially lead to various health problems such as cancer, endocrine disruption, allergies, and asthma. Furthermore, cosmetics are often tested on animals, which is cruel and unethical.
Not only do cosmetics pose a threat to individual health, but they also contribute to environmental pollution. Chemicals used in cosmetics enter our waterways, where it has a detrimental impact on marine life and its surrounding ecosystem. Natural and Organic Cosmetics have become a worldwide trend, as the hazardous chemicals used in traditional cosmetics can cause harm to one’s skin or other body parts. This shift towards an all-natural approach is not only growing immensely but also gaining global recognition.
It is important to be aware of the cosmetics we use and the potential risks that come with them. There are many natural cosmetics available that are free from harmful chemicals, toxins, and animal testing. By choosing safer cosmetics options, you can make an effort to reduce the damage being done to our bodies and environment. Making small changes in what we buy helps us contribute to a more significant positive impact on society.
By taking an active role in our cosmetics consumption, we can help make the cosmetics industry a safer, healthier, and more sustainable option for everyone. So what are some of the more sustainable options when it comes to cosmetics and beauty? Gratefully there are many many natural, biodynamic, and organic beauty and cosmetic companies to help support our beauty regimens inside and out. Biodynamic cosmetics are made from natural and organic ingredients that have been grown in accordance with the principles of biodynamics, making them more sustainable and better for the planet. Similarly, many organic cosmetics companies promote sustainability by using materials that come solely from naturally-sourced products, such as essential oils and plant extracts.
Here are a few of my favorite companies and products:
Thrive Causemetics: Skincare products are free of - Parabens - Sulfates - Phthalates - Mercury Compounds - DEA - DBP - Synthetic + animal-derived fragrance - Formaldehyde - Microbeads - Mineral oil - Paraffin wax - Animal-derived ingredients - Gluten - Ethanolamines
Thrive is my go-to for mascara. I love their Liquid Lash Extensions (my mascara must be easy to wash off with my normal cleanser and water. I also use their eyeliners, lipstick, and brow products.
Dr. Hauschka: All of their products are certified natural cosmetics and vegan. You can access Dr. Hauschka's skincare and some of their makeup line in my Wellevate portal where you will find my picks for Natural Cosmetics under my protocols. You can learn more about the company here.
Eminence Organic Skin Care: All of Eminence’s cosmetics are hand-made using sustainable farming practices, ethical trade partnerships, and 100% renewable energy sources. Their organic line is free of parabens, mineral oils, synthetic fragrances, GMOs, and artificial colors.
My top Eminence picks are: Monoi Age Corrective Exfoliating Cleanser, Neroli Age Corrective Hydrating Mist, Stone Crop Hydrating Mist
The cosmetics industry does not have to be a threat to our health and the environment. By choosing cosmetics made with natural, biodynamic, and organic ingredients, we can help reduce the potential harm cosmetics pose and do our part in protecting ourselves and the planet. Let's make a difference together! Shop consciously for cosmetics that are good for you and the earth.