Sorry I did not see your question earlier. You have gotten good resources from many people telling you about the cosmetic data base on Environmental Working Group's website. That is really a great place to get information.
I wanted to offer up one more option for you.
I am an Independent Representative and sell a line of mineral make-up that I would say is the cleanest on the planet. The reason I say this.
1) there are no coatings on the minerals such as dimethecone or other silicone type coatings
Silicone coatings act like plastic wrap and coat your skin.
2) we do not use titanium dioxide, which is used in every other mineral make-up I've seen in the market place, except ours.
Titanium Dioxide is an unstable ingredient, it is used in most mineral make-up to stop it from "clumping". When titanium dioxide is exposed to UV light it causes free radicals.
When it comes down to it, all mineral make-ups are not created equal. You will still need to scrutinize the ingredients list very carefully.
Miessence mineral make-up has very few ingredients, it truly is just minerals, with some organic essential oil.
Here is the complete ingredients list for the Miessence Medium
powder foundation: Sericite Mica, Zinc Oxide, Organic Rose Otto Essential Oil, May Contain: +/- Iron Oxides
Here is a bit more information on the minerals and zinc oxide used in Miessence products:
Why do you use zinc oxide, iron oxide and mica in your products and what are the health concerns and side effects of these products if any?
We use minerals to provide coverage and color in our cosmetics. There are no relevant health concerns if the products are used for their intended purpose. Zinc oxide, iron oxides and mica are claimed to be harmful to the immune system, respiratory system and reproductive system if they are ingested. But if we use some common sense.... they are similar to crushed rocks. If you eat them, they will cause damage and pain. As would eating any rock particles! Respiratory damage can occur in industrial situations where workers are exposed to massive amounts of particulate matter in the air they breathe. This is taken care of in our factory by vacuum extractors. It is not relevant for consumer application. They are certainly not the hazards they are purported to be under normal conditions of use. Having said that, they are not foods, and aren't metabolized, they are earth minerals, and shouldn't be ingested.
Are your zinc oxide and iron oxides in your makeup line naturally mined or synthetically produced?
Naturally mined iron oxides are not allowed in cosmetics, due to their high level of contaminants. Ours are highly purified, refined oxides that are man-made.
Over 80 Miessence products were listed in the EWG, skin deep data base. I know this because I am the Representative here in the US that has worked with EWG to get the Miessence in the skin deep database. Right now they are not being listed because we just did a big update of our formulations and had to update all the info in Skin Deep and they are reevaluating them. I hope to see them listed again soon.
Before they removed all of our data, none of our products rated over a 2, which is in the low hazard rating category.
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