Color Coordination

Are you looking to coordinate your lipstick with your blush? Here is a combination that will match beautifully! “Beso Beso” lipstick (photo on the right) and “Obsession” lipstick (photo on the left) are both raspberry colors. As you can see, “Beso Beso” is lighter and brighter while “Obsession” is a darker shade. Use either one along with raspberry colored “Haze” blush for a sweet look!


Colorevolution is a mineral makeup company based in California. They claim that their makeup is 100% natural mineral makeup.

As it turns out, this claim that Colorevolution makes is true. In fact, most of their products contain only three ingredients: mica, titanium dioxide, and iron oxides. These are all naturally occurring minerals. Therefore, Colorevolution is a brand that we can recommend.

Synthetic Dyes

Pick up a jar of pickles, a box of cereal, or other processed foods, and you will likely find synthetic dyes listed in the ingredients. Synthetic dyes are labeled as FD&C or D&C, followed by a color and a number. FD&C Red Lake 40 is one example. The term “lake” means that it has been precipitated with metal salts such as aluminum, calcium, barium, and others. Aluminum and barium have been linked to health concerns such as neurological problems and muscular weakness.

Another problem with lake dyes is that most are produced synthetically from coal tar or petroleum. Coal tar is by-product of coal processing and a known carcinogen. Petroleum typically contains toxic contaminants called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which have been linked cancer.

Most conventional cosmetic brands use synthetic dyes. In contrast, most all-natural cosmetics companies use plants or herbs to color their products. Although not marketed as all-natural, Jane Iredale and Beauty without Cruelty use synthetic dyes.




Beauty Without Cruelty

Beauty Without Cruelty is a cosmetic, skin care, and hair care company that uses natural ingredients and essential oils. The company was founded in 1963 by the trustees of BWC Charitable Trust, an animal welfare organization. Their mission was to create cosmetics that were not tested on animals and contained no animal ingredients. Other cosmetics companies have since followed suit and have stopped animal testing.

While BWC’s commitment to animal welfare is honorable, they use synthetic dyes in their cosmetics, such as D&C Red 27 AL Lake and D&C
Red 7 CA. Metal salts such as aluminum, calcium, barium, or others are used in making the dye. Most lake pigments are produced synthetically from coal tar or petroleum. You can read more about synthetic dyes here:


Jane Iredale

One might think that Jane Iredale is an all-natural cosmetic brand, since the company produces mineral makeup, and it is environmentally conscious. Jane Iredale is a member of the Green Spa Network, and it was one of the first companies to sign the Compact for Safe Cosmetics. They are involved in  Greenpeace, the Wildlife Conservation Society and The Nature Conservancy.

However, Jane Iredale does not make the claim that their products are all-natural. They  use synthetic dyes such as  RED 30 LAKE. Metal salts such as aluminum, calcium, barium, or others are used in making the dye. Most lake pigments are produced synthetically from coal tar or petroleum.

You can read more about Red 30 Lake here:

Paul Penders

Paul Penders is the founder of the company that is named after him. He is an active environmentalist who incorporates his beliefs into the creation of his skincare and cosmetic lines. He does not believe in using chemicals in his products, and he does not believe in animal testing. His products are organic and plant-based.

Unfortunately, Paul Penders products contain Polyethylene, which is a plastic that may contain toxic contaminants. You can read more about polyethylene here:



Polyethylene is a plastic.  It is used in cosmetics because of its versatile properties as an abrasive, an adhesive, a binder, a bulking agent, an emulsion stabilizer, and a film former.

According to EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database, polyethylene may contain potentially toxic contaminants such as 1,4-dioxane.

Unfortunately, Paul Penders uses polyethylene in their cosmetics.


Colorganics produces lipsticks, lip liners, lip tints, and lip glossed. Their ingredient base is 99.5% certified organic, which includes organic hemp seed oil and organic plant waxes.

While Colorganics is to be applauded for their quality ingredients, they also uses carmine, which is a red dye that is extracted from insects. Carmine is a concern because it causes allergic reasions in some people, and those who are vegan will want to avoid carmine. You can read more about carmine here:

Ecco Bella

Ecco Bella produces makeup, skin care, and hair care products. Their ingredients are primarily plant-based. They are also cruelty-free, meaning, their products are not tested on animals.

A potential concern is that Ecco Bella uses Carmine in their pink colored lipsticks, and they state that carmine may also be used in their blush. Carmine is a red dye that comes from crushed insects. You can read more about carmine here:

Dr. Hauschka

Dr. Hauschka is a skin care and cosmetic company  that was started in 1935 by Dr. Rudolph Hauschka. The mission of the company is “to support the healing of humankind and the planet.” The company originally manufactured natural medicine, and in the 1960’s, it developed a skin care line containing essential oils. In 1999, a makeup line was added. Their products are certified natural and most are gluten-free.

Unfortunately, Dr. Hauschka’s products contain Parfum, and parfum is a concern because parfum is a mixture of chemicals that may be toxic. You can read about Parfum here:

Carmine is also used in some of the cosmetics. You can read about Carmine here: