Some might wonder, why is there big hype about Young Living’s Savvy Minerals make up?
It’s all about the ingredients, or rather, what’s NOT in the make up. Savvy minerals does not contain talc, bismuth, mineral oil, parabens, gluten, nano particles, phthalates, dyes, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances or synthetic colorants. The make up line is completely cruelty free. The lip glosses and lipsticks contain beeswax, otherwise the products are vegan!
Why do we care what’s in our make up? Simply put, most make up is full of harsh, cheap, chemical laden junk that isn’t good for you. Let’s break down these ingredients one at a time.
Talc. It’s been on the market for generations. Johnson and Johnson had over 300 claims filed against them for the talc that contributed to ovarian cancer in women. Some settlements have already been made, including settlements in the amounts of $110 million, $72 million, $70 million, and $55 million. Look at those numbers again…. a total of $307 million and counting. WOW. This is a large company with top level lawyers dishing out an ungodly amount of money to women who have used their talc containing products and subsequently developed ovarian cancer. As women, we need to steer far away from talc containing personal care products.
Maybe your skin care product contains mineral oil? It’s also no good. Mineral oil is derived from petroleum and often contaminated with byproducts linked to cancer such as 1,4 dioxane. How much you’re exposed to depends on the product you’re using: but keep in mind that it’s in 82 percent of hair dyes, 45 percent of self-tanners and 36 percent of face moisturizers, for starters. Mineral oil also clogs pores, doesn’t allow the skin to breathe, and creates a sealed, warm environment for bacteria and fungus to grow. Petroleum based products are classified as xenoestrogens, meaning they alternate natural levels of estrogen and progesterone in a woman’s body.
Parabens. What are parabens? About 85% of cosmetic products contain parabens: cheap preservatives added to products that slow bacterial growth. Parabens are also considered xenoestrogens, aka estrogen disruptors. These particular xenoestrogens have been found in malignant breast cancer tissue samples. Although not proven to be directly related to cancer, this is highly suspicious in my opinion.
Gluten in personal care and cosmetic products can cause reactions in those who have gluten sensitivity or celiac disease.
Nanoparticles are very tiny particles placed in commercial make up to create a more flawless, smoother appearance. When nanoparticles were discovered, cosmetic giants rushed to utilize it in their products. Subsequently, nanoparticles were found to be harmful to earth’s micro biome. Because of their extremely small size, they can invade the layers of the skin and interact with the skin cells DNA. When nanoparticles enter the bloodstream they can even effect internal organs. I certainly don’t want nanoparticles touching my organs. Nanoparticles have also been found to increase inflammatory markers on blood tests.
Phthalates do not belong in cosmetics either. They are used to increase flexibility in plastic and vinyl products. They’ve been banned from pacifiers, rattles and teething products but can still be found in many personal care products. Product labeling might not always list these ingredients, so it’s not easy to know if your products contains phthalates. An email or phone call to the company who produces the make up might be necessary to put your worries to ease. Fun fact, L’Oreal has already banned phthalates in Europe. Why should our standards be any different than Europe’s? My hope is that we will create higher standards for ourselve.
In 2004 multiple environmental groups studied an increased rate of male reproductive issues that were documented between 1973 and 1993. It was suspected an environmental factor was linked to these male reproductive defects. These environmental groups concluded that the low levels of phthalates were likely linked to the defects.
According to these three reports, makeup, shampoo, skin lotion, nail polish, and other personal care products contain chemical ingredients that lack safety data. Moreover, some of these chemicals have been linked in animal studies to male genital birth defects, decreased sperm counts, and altered pregnancy outcomes. There is no definitive evidence for the same effects in humans, but widespread exposure, primarily to phthalates, has been shown to occur.
Many artificial synthetic colorants are used when creating a cosmetic dye. Forbes published an article in 2012 that shared information on the history of dyes in the United States.
“In 1906, the Pure Food and Drugs Act (a.k.a. the “Wiley Act”) instituted the first restrictions on color additives in the United States. In general terms, the law banned artificial colors that proved “injurious to health,” and the government hired chemist Dr. Bernard Hesse to investigate which of the existing 80 dyes being used in foods were safe enough to keep legal. The next three decades saw a process of eliminating colors that caused recurrent adverse health effects in the public. By 1938, only 15 synthetic colors were still legal, and those were subsequently divided into three categories: those suitable for foods, drugs, and cosmetics; those suitable only for drugs and cosmetics; and those suitable only for cosmetics.
Today only seven colors remain on the FDA’s approved list. Almost every decade, another coal tar issue surfaces, eliminating more and more of the artificial additives in America. For example, after Halloween in 1950, the government banned Orange #1 when many children became ill after consumption. In the 1970s, scientific testing pointed to Red #2’s potential carcinogenic properties (caused intestinal tumors in rats), and it too was banned. Yellows #1, #2, #3, and #4 are among the others that have since been made illegal, and Yellow #5 is currently undergoing further testing for links to hyperactivity, anxiety, migraines and cancer (the color has already been banned in many European countries).” Click here for the full article.
These dyes are not beneficial on the inside or outside of your body.
Petrochemicals are linked to many diseases when given orally and topically to animals. Anemia, kidney degeneration, and nerve damage to the brain and spinal cord were detected. Some animals that were studies passed away. Petrochemicals are also suspected to be linked to cancerous processes. Also, they not environmentally friendly to source. How are we allowed to have this stuff in our stores?
I am challenging myself to be more aware of the ingredients within the products I buy. I hope you will commit yourself to the same challenge. When I walk out of the store with a new eyeshadow in my hand, I am effectively supporting the manufacturer of that product. I choose to support companies who advocate for their customers by eliminating harmful products from the store shelves. Additionally, I want to support those companies who choose to be good stewards of our planet.
Many chronic diseases, including cancers, are linked to our environment. I want to be proactive, instead of reactive when it comes to eliminating chemicals from my personal care and cosmetic products. I am 100% confident that Young Living meets all these criteria, therefore I choose to support them when I purchase my cosmetic and personal care products. I am truly excited and thankful for the new Savvy Minerals make up products.
If you’re ready to take the plunge, message me for more information on how to place an order!