Just the other day, I came across a comment left by a reader that she found little difference between organic makeup and the usual makeup. I had agreed with her partially because I have come across some with ingredients that didn’t seem that much different. However, if we look at the more established organic makeup brands that are certified, there is a noticeable difference. So today, I thought I’ll put up some comparison between organic makeup, mineral makeup and the usual conventional makeup. For this purpose, I’m going to compare one product and that is the face powder.
What’s is mineral makeup?
Mineral makeup is made from very fine micronized minerals and inorganic pigments that exist in nature and contains no chemical preservatives like mineral oil, dyes or fragrances found in traditional cosmetics.
What’s is natural makeup?
To understand what’s organic makeup, it is necessary to understand what’s natural makeup as there are often confusions between the two. Natural makeup is really makeup that are supposed to be made from pure and undiluted plant derivatives and contain literally no additives like mercury, alcohol, DEA, nitrosamines, alcohol, isopropyl and polyethylene glycol, and preservatives.
What’s is organic makeup?
Organic makeup on the other hand, is natural makeup that are manufactured organically from plants of organic sources. These make-up products are manufactured from ingredients that do not have any synthetic relation or affiliation with any genetically modified organisms. When a makeup is certified organic, they have to meet a strict organic certifying standard in all ingredients and processes, which prohibits them from using some ingredients found in natural products such as talc or unregulated or unsafe ingredients and/ or production methods non certified brands may employ (source). These brands may also be independently audited for quality.
What’s in mineral makeup?
While most of them do not contain the usual chemical and synthetic ingredients, not all mineral makeup are created equal. Some have a lot of unnecessary ingredients. A good mineral makeup foundation that I’ve been using from LA Splash contains only mica, titanium dioxide, and possibly iron oxide; ingredients that did not break me out. Here is a list of some of the common ingredients used in other mineral makeup powder:
What’s in organic makeup?
As explained, organic makeup is natural makeup made from essential oils, plant extracts, vitamins and minerals. In addition, they contain no talc, no synthetics, no petro chemicals, no parabens, no genetically modified ingredients, no animal testing and are preservative free. Here is the ingredient list for Zuii Organic Flora Foundation that I’ve used before.
Let’s look at another organic makeup foundation – Eco Nvey Organic Creme Deluxe Foundation – that is also certified organic and free of talc, paraben, preservatives, SLS, Propylene Glycol, GM, petroleum and nanotechnology based ingredients.
What’s in non-organic traditional makeup?
Now, if you were to compare the ingredients between an organic foundation and a non-organic foundation, the differences are apparent. The picture you see here is from Clarin’s Hydra-Luminous Flowless Powder Foundation. A lot of what you can’t find in mineral and organic makeup are found here. Although non-organic traditional makeup contains botanical extracts, they also contain plenty of alcohol, preservatives and silicones. Here’s another ingredient list from Shiseido Sheer Matifying Compact Foundation for comparison. Talc is always listed as the first ingredient.
Look out for the organic certification
There is a difference between organic makeup and non-organic makeup. Authentic organic makeup should be free of harsh chemicals, synthetic preservatives, parabens, synthetic colors, and fragrances. In addition, they should not use genetically modified ingredients and should be 100% cruelty free and not tested on animals. They may or may not be of a vegan formulation. So if you’re on the lookout for organic makeup, you have to read the ingredient list. If not, at least look out for those that carry proper certification from USDA, Ecocert or some other established organic certification bodies.
Coverage depends on the formulation
In terms of quality and coverage, I have not tested enough to conclude. I guess it depends on the formulation although those that I’ve tried seem to work quite well. One thing that deters me from trying is the price point because if they’re certified organic, chances are, they’re cost more and their shelf life is shorter. Hence, this is one reason I’m still using conventional makeup because most of them cost lesser, perform well and last longer. Yes, some of the ingredients like the silicones and alcohol do irk me and that’s why I don’t bother to read the ingredient list when I purchase them. I just console myself that they’re doing less harm on my skin since they’re sitting on top of my oil and sunscreen. HEH.