safe cosmetics list – Nivea Milk & Honey vs Lauren Brooke Botanical Lip Gloss
For many years I was absolutely hooked on the Nivea range of lipsticks. They had amazing color tints, glided on smoothly and were long lasting after application. That was until I dated a guy that was big on chemical-free living and wanted to know what was in my cosmetic products. I carelessly passed him my tube of trusty Nivea and he was pretty shocked to check out the ingredient list, wondering how I could put that on my lips, and subsequently his lips too! This was where my journey into chemical free cosmetics began and I’ve always made sure I used the safe cosmetics list.
Let me share with you what I learnt
How many times would you say you applied your lipstick each day? I can’t stand that dry lip feeling so I’m always re-applying multiple times throughout the day. Particular ingredients are permitted in lipstick up to a certain level to be considered ‘safe’ by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
The problem is that they don’t take into consideration just how many times you re-apply your lipstick. An equally important factor that the FDA doesn’t take into consideration is that you may unknowingly be exposing yourself to that same chemical in other cosmetics. Therefore you’re exceeding well and above the ‘safe levels’ recommended by the FDA.
Why lipstick should be your first concern
Out of all of your cosmetics, lipstick is used most frequently. You’re also ingesting your lipstick, either because it tastes amazing and you just can’t help it, or simply through eating food or rubbing your lips together. Over a lifetime that’s a lot of lipstick consumed!
In a paper published by Environmental Health Perspectives, they studied 32 women and found that they had an overall daily consumption of 87mg of lipstick product when using lipstick at a high level. It’s so important to check if cosmetics you are using every day are on the safe cosmetics list.
It just takes one chemical to ruin your lipstick
Back to the Nivea Lip Care Range which I was hooked on. To begin with, there are ingredients that are unpronounceable which isn’t a great start!
I informed myself about particular chemicals that were contained in the Nivea Milk & Honey lipstick which I used to apply on my lips every day. One particular ingredient used is Neohesperidin Dihydrochalcone which is considered a hazardous substance and harmful if swallowed. While the material safety data sheet found here would be referring to the substance alone, rather than the smaller traces actually used in Nivea, it is still of high concern as to the safety warnings. I know I would much rather not take the risk!
Skip the worry and go natural
It’s simply not necessary to use these types of chemicals in cosmetics and certainly not in lipstick where you do end up consuming the product. That’s why I love women that have created their own safe cosmetic ranges. Lauren Brooke is one of those leaders in the cosmetic industry and has formed her own 100% natural botanical lip gloss and ensures all of her product ingredients pass the safe cosmetics list.