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These days, organic makeup is not hard to find.  Just about every cosmetics company offers products that contain a certain percentage of organic ingredients.  Some even offer products that contain all ingredients that are certified organic or “100% organic”.  If a product or ingredient is certified 100% organic, all ingredients besides water and salt have been harvested based on USDA organic standards.  In these cases, the name of the certifying agency will appear on the packaging.

Products that are 100% organic are typically preferred by vegans, vegetarians and raw foodists.  Organic products are typically cruelty-free as well, which is an added bonus for the vegan and vegetarian set.  Products that are not 100% organic are not necessarily “bad” for vegans and vegetarians.  These products may still contain ingredients found in nature or prepared according to strict standards, but the manufacturer may use a 50/50 method (50 percent organic, 50 percent traditional) or maybe a 70/30 method.  In general, in these cases, the label will explain the percentages and exactly which ingredients are organic.

There are literally thousands of beauty, skin care and makeup companies that sell organic makeup.  Too many to list here.  Just a few popular beauty companies that sell organic makeup include Affordable Mineral Makeup, Afterglow Cosmetics and Beauty Without Cruelty.

Founded in 2006 by Tara Burner, College of Healthcare Sciences graduate and “Green Coach,” Affordable Mineral Makeup is a new cosmetics company that sells affordable eco-friendly cosmetics.  The company is a cruelty free company and it is also a signer of “The Compact for Safe Cosmetics”.  This means that the company exceeds formulation standards set by the European Union cosmetics directive to be free of chemicals that are known or strongly suspected of causing cancer, mutation or birth defects.

Affordable Mineral Products offers a long list of cosmetics that includes but is not limited to:  mineral foundations, mineral blushes, concealers, correctors, finishers, vegan lip-gloss and lip balm, body shimmer, eye shadows, eyeliner, mascara and lipsticks.  Affordable mineral makeup does not contain bismuth, fillers, talc, cornstarch, nanoparticles, micronized minerals, fragrances or parabens.  The products do contain titanium dioxide, mica, iron oxides and zinc oxide.  Some of the lines’ blue and purple shades contain ultramarine blue.  They may also contain cosmetic glitter.

The following ingredients list is for the French vanilla lip balm.  This product is 100% all natural certified organic and vegan.  The French vanilla lip balm contains:  jojoba oil, organic shea butter, olive oil, candeilla wax, soy wax, vitamin E, organic natural flavors and/or pure essential oils and carnauba wax.  To give it a sweet taste, the lip balm is lightly sweetened with natural Stevia.

Where to Buy Affordable Mineral Makeup Products

Affordable Mineral Makeup can be purchased online through the official Affordable Mineral Makeup website at  All orders are shipped via USPS Priority mail, unless the buyer lives in another country.  Affordable Mineral Makeup ships to all of USA, APO Addresses (Military), Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and Guam.  These orders are shipped USPS Priority Mail.

Orders to Canada, Brazil, Spain, Norway, Sweden, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Germany, Hong Kong, South Africa, Italy, Singapore, Greece and The United Kingdom are shipped regular parcel post.  10 percent of all Affordable Mineral Makeup sales goes to Heifer International, a non-profit organization that works to end hunger.  The company is also involved in preserving the earth.

Affordable Mineral Makeup Contact

Affordable Mineral Makeup can be reached between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST, Monday-Friday at:

Phone: 954-549-3393
Toll Free: 866-549-3393
Fax: 641-795-4454

Afterglow Cosmetics was created in 2004 by Kristin Adams.  Kristin’s desire to provide chemical free cosmetics to her family and to the public led to the creation of this all natural, vegan, cruelty free cosmetics line.  According to the Afterglow Cosmetics website, the company’s mission is to:

·Formulate with the highest standards of excellence in regards to purity of ingredients and effectiveness of the product, while embracing diversity by offering a wide color palette for every woman.

·Promote operating and business practices that encourage social responsibility, sustainability, beauty and creativity at every level of the organization.

·Improve the overall quality of women’s lives by focusing on creating safer cosmetic alternatives that are free of common toxins found in women’s daily beauty routine.

·Continue to use sustainable ingredients and packaging whenever available.  The company’s on-going focus is to seek out improvements at every level of the organization that foster a sustainable future and lead to social and environmental change.

Afterglow Cosmetics offers an extensive line of vegan, cruelty free cosmetics for the face, eyes and lips.  Unlike other nearly vegan cosmetics companies, Afterglow Cosmetics does not use animal hair for its brushes.  All professional make-up brushes are 100% vegan and cruelty free.

Afterglow Cosmetics are made with jet milled, pharmaceutical grade minerals and pigments, as well as certified organic botanicals.  In addition to good for your skin minerals, Afterglow Cosmetics utilizes Certified Organic antioxidants, like organic grape seed extract and organic pomegranate extract.  These ingredients have powerful age-defying properties.  Afterglow cosmetics are talc free, nut free, GMO free, gluten free, carmine free, bismuth free, paraben free, lake dye free, FD and C free, cornstarch free, mineral oil free, nano free and petro chemical free.

Just a few of the top Afterglow Products include:

Organic mineral foundation (20 shades)
Organic mineral blush (8 shades)
Mineral eye shadow (25 shades)
Powder eye liner (6 shades)
Organic lipstick made with Vitamin E (15 shades)
Professional make-up brushes

Where to Purchase Afterglow Cosmetics

Afterglow Cosmetics can be purchased online through the official website at, at fine skin care retailers, dermatologist offices, bio-boutiques, Marionnaud Perfumeries in Paris and Beauty Monop, also in Paris.  For U.S. phone orders, please call 1.866.630.4569.

Beauty Without Cruelty was founded nearly 50 years ago in England.  In 1963, the trustees of BWC Charitable Trust, an animal welfare organization, came together for a common goal – to manufacture and distribute natural, color cosmetics that were not tested on animals and products that did not contain any animal ingredients.  Katherine Long, a passionate, life-long animal welfare activist, vegetarian and cosmetician developed the first full-line of cruelty-free color cosmetics.  She partnered with fellow animal welfare advocate, Noel Gabriel.

Beauty Without Cruelty didn’t make its way to the United States until 1989.  During the same year, the company created a natural skin care line to compliment the color line from England.  The brand quickly became one of the most respected and leading brands.  It also became the industry’s most recognized. Today, Beauty Without Cruelty offers a full line of cruelty-free vegetarian, skin, body and hair care products made from natural ingredients and organic aroma-therapeutic essential oils.  Beauty Without Cruelty’s full line of color cosmetics reaches across all lines, in order to meet the beauty needs of all women.

Beauty Without Cruelty features a hair care line, skin care line, body care and color cosmetics.  The hair care line offers shampoos, conditioners and styling products such as lavender and rosemary-mint-tea tree shampoo and conditioner, Vitamin C products for the face and purifying clay masks, spearmint and citrus bath gels and Ylang Ylang hand and body lotion.  The cosmetics line features everything from mascara and eyeliner to eye shadows, blush and foundations and concealers.

All Beauty Without Cruelty Products feature a special blend of natural ingredients and organic aroma-therapeutic essential oils.  Just one example is BWC’s Rosemary-Mint-Tea Tree Conditioner.  This product is made from the following ingredients:

Aqua infusion of organic rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary), lavandula angustifolia (lavender), and anthemis nobilis (roman chamomile), organic aloe barbadensis leaf juice (aloe vera), cetearyl alcohol, glycerin (vegetable), panthenol (vitamin B factor), stearic acid, organic helianthus annuus seed oil (sunflower), organic simmondsia chinensis seed oil (jojoba), soy protein, biotin (vitamin B factor), hamamelis virginiana extract (witch hazel), organic rosmarinus officinalis essential oil (rosemary), organic mentha piperita essential oil (peppermint), organic melaleuca alternifolia essential oil (tea tree), organic lavandula vera essential oil (highland lavender), organic citrus aurantium essential oil (sweet orange), inositol (vitamin B factor), ethylhexylglycerin, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, ascorbic acid (vitamin C).

Where to Buy Beauty Without Cruelty Products

Beauty Without Cruelty Products may be purchased from your local natural foods retailer, and at some drug stores and vitamin shops.  You can also purchase BWC products online directly from the Beauty Without Cruelty website.

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