Two Simple Wishes

Why I Got Rid of All My Cosmetics

Exercising, eating well, drinking water.  It’s a no-brainer that doing these things keep us healthy.

But what about the not so obvious things?  I got on-board with using safe cleaning products a few years ago.  But I turned a blind-eye to the cosmetics I used.  What harm could come from the stuff that only goes skin deep?

It wasn’t until recently that I opened up the “Pandora’s box” of cosmetics.   Once I opened the box, and learning about the health impact of the ingredients in cosmetics, it was impossible to turn back.

So I dove in, head first.  I started with the clean out.  Armed with a list of harmful ingredients and a free afternoon, I went through every bottle, tube, jar, and compact that I owned.  The items that contained harmful ingredients needed to be thrown away.  There were a lot of them.

Make up clean out

I almost backed out, thinking of all of the money that had been spent over the years on these items.  And I liked them.  The only thing that stopped me from putting it all back was re-reading about the possible consequences of using products with harmful ingredients.

The Ick List

So what are the ingredients that aren’t good for you?

According to Gillian Deacon’s book, “There’s Lead in Your Lipstick“, here are the top 20 ingredients to avoid in cosmetics.

Ingredient list 1Ingredient list 2Ingredient list 3Ingredient list 4Ingredient list 5

It’s a tricky list, because

A) You feel like you need a degree in chemistry to even read these ingredients.

B) Many of the ingredients have multiple names.


Another way to investigate your cosmetics is with a database from the Environmental Working Group (a “non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment”).

It’s simple to use.

Search the database.  You can search by brand name or product name.

EWG database step 1

EWG database step 2

View the product summary.

EWG database step 3


Read about the ingredients.


EWG database step 4

Make a decision about whether or not this product is OK for you to use.

Cosmetics – They are the devil in an angels disguise.  They make you pretty on the outside, but many can have a bad impact on your insides.   Doing a cosmetic clean out can be a little overwhelming.  But it is worth it in terms of your health.

Fortunately, the story doesn’t end here.  Look for future posts that talk about the healthier alternatives I have discovered.

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