Earth Day Challenge: Detoxify Your Makeup Bag

blossom jar Makeup Bag Earth Day 2014 Challenge - Natural Cosmetics

This Earth Day, why not turn a critical eye to your makeup bag?  Moisturizing your skin with blossom jar’s healing oils is a big step towards creating the healthy and beautiful complexion you want, but what you apply afterwards can either support or hinder your natural beauty efforts.

Take some time on April 22 to see what’s hiding among the tubes of mascara, wands of concealer and eye shadow palettes in your makeup bag.  Anything that touches your skin should be working towards your long-term health and beauty goals. If it isn’t, then it’s full of empty promises and toxic, superficial results. Definitely not what you want for your complexion, health or the environment!

So how do you determine what is good for your skin? Scanning the ingredient list holds all the answers.  As our Earth Day gift to you, we’ve compiled a printable list you can tuck into your wallet or save on your phone. Our “Not So Pretty List” outlines the top 25 ingredients you want to avoid in your makeup and skincare products. The ingredients are listed in alphabetical order for easy searching and you have the option to print a single list or multiples for your friends and loved ones.

blossom jar - Not So Pretty List: Top 25 Beauty and Cosmetic Ingredients to Avoid

Once you’ve eliminated any products that contain these ingredients, it’s time to replace them! Fortunately, there are lots of great mobile apps out there to guide you as you’re shopping, like Think Dirty and Skin Deep, which allow you to scan the barcode of a product and see how it rates on the ‘clean ingredient’ index. Looking for some makeup recommendations? Here are some of the natural brands that you’ll find in my makeup bag:

RMS Beauty: My all-time favorite cosmetics brand! Her living luminizer, applied to cheeks after you’ve put on your blossom jar face oil, will leave you looking utterly ethereal. My makeup bag is filled with RMS concealer, lip2cheek pots and cream eye shadows for when I want a dewy look.

Jane Iredale: For the best eyebrow kits, lipsticks and powder eye shadow palettes, go no further than Jane Iredale.  Her colors are perfect for an everyday look.

Dr. Hauschka: The pencil eyeliners from this brand are smooth and stay-put.

Josie Maran: Josie’s Magic Marker lip stains and eye shadow kits are lovely and wear well throughout the day.

Put your best face forward this Earth Day with our oils and a well-edited makeup bag of natural, beautiful products!