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Raw Minerals Makeup

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Raw mineral makeup is believed to be safer for acne-prone skin than other types of makeup.  Raw mineral makeup advocates say that because this type of makeup is light and natural, it is much less of an irritant to delicate skin than other makeup.  Raw mineral makeup does not contain synthetic dyes, fragrances or preservatives.  It is also non-comedogenic, so it will not clog pores.

While the overwhelming majority of women that use raw mineral makeup swear by it, some feel that raw mineral makeup dries the skin and it makes them look older.  Raw mineral fans advise women with dry skin to use extra moisturizer before applying raw mineral makeup, or avoid using the product directly under the eyes, and opt for cream eye makeup instead.

Many mineral makeup products, such as BareMinerals by BareEscentuals, have an SPF rating of 15, so in addition to allowing skin to breathe, mineral makeup can help protect the skin against the sun’s harmful rays, which play a major role in aging the skin.  Bare Escentuals even carries the Skin Cancer Foundation seal of approval as a sunscreen.

In addition to being popular among individuals with acne-prone or sensitive skin, raw mineral makeup is also popular among vegans, vegetarians and individuals interested in maintaining a cruelty-free lifestyle.  Why?  Raw mineral makeup is considered “pure”.

If you are interested in mineral make up, whether you are a vegan, vegetarian, or you have sensitive skin, there are hundreds of cosmetics companies that sell mineral makeup products.  Just a few of the top mineral makeup companies are Affordable Mineral Makeup, Beauty Bliss, Afterglow Cosmetics, Agape by DK and Botanical Skin Works.

Affordable Mineral Makeup

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 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 Makeup Products

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 Ingredients

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 www.affordablemineralmakeup.com.  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% 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
Email: info@affordablemineralmakeup.com

Beauty Bliss

Beauty Bliss Cosmetics was founded by Lynn Starner, a skincare website owner, in November of 2004.  After seeing an ad on a late night infomercial for mineral makeup, Starner decided to give it a try.  She loved the makeup, but it irritated her skin.  It was at this point that Lynn came up with the idea to make her own mineral makeup – mineral makeup that wouldn’t irritate the skin.  Starner began a search for the best raw or “all-natural” ingredients.  She tested her creations on her own skin and on the skin of a best friend that she claims had “the world’s most sensitive skin.”  Lynn’s makeup worked, so she began Beauty Bliss Cosmetics with a “simple foundation line, finishing powder, eyeshadows and a few blushes.”

Today, Beauty Bliss Cosmetics sells 16 foundations, several finishing powders and more than 100 eyeshadow and blush colors with names like “shy,” “divine,” “red oak” and “pinktastic”.  Beauty Bliss also sells bronzers, concealers, brow color, body dusters, lipgloss, a beauty cleansing bar, makeup brushes, jars and an aloe vera based face refresher called “bliss spritz”.

Beauty Bliss Cosmetics uses a number of different ingredients in its products.  Just a few BBC ingredient combinations include:

Blush: Titanium Dioxide, Serecite, Kaolin Clay, Mica, Zinc Oxide. May contain Iron Oxides, Manganese Violet.

Foundation: Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Titanium Dioxide, Kaolin Clay, Zinc Oxide, Iron Oxides. May contain Ch. Oxide Green, Ultramarine Blue.

Eyeshadow: Mica. May contain Iron Oxides, Chromium Green Oxide, Manganese Violet, Ultramarines.

Lip Bliss Lipgloss: Beeswax, Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, Mango Seed Butter, Sunflower Seed Oil, +/- Mica.

Bliss Spritz: Distilled Water, Aloe Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Witch Hazel, Essential Oils Of Cucumber and Grapefruit.

Beauty Cleansing Bar: Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Castor Oil, Safflower Oil, Glycerine (kosher, of vegetable origin), Purified Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Sorbitol (from berries, moisturizer), Sorbitan oleate (emulsifier), Soybean protein, Titanium Dioxide (mineral whitener).

Beauty Bliss Cosmetics are vegetarian friendly and most are vegan.  The lipgloss contains beeswax.  Beauty Bliss Cosmetics does not test products on animals and products do not contain irritating ingredients or fillers.  Beauty Bliss Cosmetics is also a proud member of PETA’s Caring Consumer Project.

Where to Buy Beauty Bliss Cosmetics

Beauty Bliss Cosmetics may be purchased online through the official website at www.beautyblisscosmetics.com.

You can contact Beauty Bliss Cosmetics either by email, via the websites online form, or by mail at:

Beauty Bliss Cosmetics
5356 Monica St.
West Richland, WA 99353

Afterglow Cosmetics Mineral Makeup

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

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 www.afterglowcosmetics.com, 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.

Agape by DK

Agape by DK is a new cosmetics line created by veteran cosmetologist Dawn Koch.  Ms. Koch chose the name of her company based on the origin of the word.  Agape “is one of several Greek words that translates to “Love” in English.  The word has been used in different ways by a variety of contemporary and ancient sources, including Biblical authors.  Many have thought that this word represents divine, unconditional, self-sacrificing, active, volitional and thoughtful love.”

Agape by DK creates cosmetics that are natural, safe and certified cruelty-free.  Agape cosmetics are free from dyes, parabens, perfumes and other dangerous contaminants.  The minerals used in Agape products are oil free, so they won’t clog pores, allowing the skin to breathe.  They are also safe for sensitive skin and individuals with allergies.

According to the official Agape by DK website, “there is very minimal allergy risk with Agape by DK cosmetics, since these sensitivities are usually caused by additives that irritate the skin.  The additives that usually cause sensitivities are chemical dyes such as F, D, and C, perfumes, parabens and alcohol.  Agape makeup does not contain any of these ingredients.  Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide that are used in Agape cosmetics are actually anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and help to calm the skin.”  Because the line utilizes natural minerals, the natural pigments provide ample sunscreen protection without synthetic ingredients.

Agape by DK Products

Agape by DK sells foundation, concealer, primers, blush, bronzer, eye shadow and mineral veil.  Most Agape by DK products are all in one, meaning, one product can act as a foundation, concealer and powder.  The reason for this is, DK mineral pigments are concentrated with no fillers, such as talc.  A minimum amount of DK product provides ample coverage, meaning, “it can act as a foundation, concealer and powder, all in one jar.”  The minerals used in DK products are also frequently used in the entertainment field for concealing acne, rosacea, capillaries and redness.  The minerals “bind together on application and hold tightly to the skin. There is no running, smearing or creasing, and rarely will there be a need for touch ups throughout the day”.

Where to Purchase Agape by DK Products

To purchase Agape by DK products visit the official website Agape by DK website at www.agapebydk.com.  You can also call or email:

Phone: 530-575-1395
Email: agapebydk@yahoo.com
Botanical Skin Works

Botanical Skin Works features a huge inventory of 100% chemical free and cruelty free beauty products ranging from natural mineral cosmetics to Dead Sea products.  All Botanical Skin Works products are handcrafted in small batches, using ingredients such as 100% pure essential oils, natural preservatives, glycerin-based extracts, fresh butters and organic hydrosols.

Botanical Skin Works products are not tested on animals.  The company only tests its products on humans, including “family, friends and other willing participants”.  BSW products are mainly vegan friendly.  The only animal by product the company uses is beeswax.  BSW is affiliated with The Handcrafted Soap Makers Guild, the Handmade Beauty Network and the Green Products Alliance.

Botanical Skin Works goal is to “offer the best and safest natural skin care products, using the purest ingredients available, at the most affordable prices”.  Whenever possible, BSW selects its “suppliers from those located as close as possible to the ingredient source.  This practice emphasizes (their) commitment to purity of product, while also, through elimination of multiple marketing levels, resulting in savings that can be passed on to (the customer).” –Botanical Skin Works

Botanical Skin Works puts a significant amount of time and effort into ensuring “the sustained high quality of their offerings.”  BSW researches “all aspects:  color, fragrance, essential oils, intended use, intended gender, possible unintended consequences and a number of other aspects.  However, whether considering enhancements to existing products or developing something entirely new, BSW’s decisions are primarily guided by the most trusted and useful source of information available — the customer.” –Botanical Skin Works

Botanical Skin Works has so many products and natural ingredients that it would be tough to list them all here, so we chose the Shea Butter Face and Body Lotion for eczema and dry skin and the Fresh Fruit Enzyme Facial Wash.  The Shea Butter Face and Body Lotion contains the following ingredients:  distilled water, organic aloe vera, neroli hydrosol, jojoba oil, avocado oil, organic shea butter, apricot kernel, kukui nut, karanja, vitamin E, xanthum gum, comfrey extract, MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane), hydrolyzed wheat protein, vitamin E, Irish Moss, lavender, patchouli and sweet orange essential oils, phenoxyethanol and gluconolactone.

The Fresh Fruit Enzyme Facial Wash contains: organic apple juice, purified water, white willow bark, sea minerals and grapeseed extracts, natural vegetable based decyl polyglucose, lemon juice, organic pectin, African Black Soap, organic raw cane sugar, guar, acacia and xanthum gum, corn based glucose, vitamins A, C, & E, lactic and acetic acid, potassium sorbate with pure essential oils of grapefruit, lemon and sweet orange.  Both products are vegan friendly.

Interested in purchasing Botanical Skin Works products?  Visit the official Botanical Skin Works website at www.botanicalworks.com.  You can purchase all BSW products online, or you can visit the contact page for a list of retailers here at www.botanicalworks.com/contactus.htm.

Botanical Skin Works Contact Information:

Manufacturing and Business Office:
Botanical Skin Works
4401 Eastern Avenue
Box 14
Baltimore, MD 21224
Telephone: 410.522.0884
Fax: 410.522.2717
Email: service@botanicalworks.com


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