I ended up at the Dior counter. The make-up lady went on about how fabulous her Airflash foundation works — goes on light yet provides full coverage. I briefly tried to scan the ingredients, but the slick packaging in French didn’t reveal much. Since it sounded exactly like what I wanted I spent the sixty something dollars, and considered it my beauty investment for the season.
When I got home I looked further into my new foundation — what exactly was in Airflash that made it so fab? I didn’t have to click very far to see that the first ingredient is butane.
Butane? The stuff they put in lighters?
I’m certainly no nontoxic beauty expert, but I knew I couldn’t keep this product — no matter how fab it is.
So back to my old standby — Laura Mercier Tinted moisturizer. But wait, now I had to know…what’s in this one?
I came across this site which lists thousands of products along with their toxicity level.
The news was not pretty– Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer scored a 6! (10 being the most disgustingly toxic product.) I got a little pit in my stomach. I’ve been wearing this product for years. How can I go on slathering my skin with propylparaben?
This newfound awareness didn’t sit well in my beauty routine. And just like any bit of information that sheds light on a dark corner–it’s hard to ignore.
Going green at home is a big undertaking — one I’m not about to take on today. But knowledge is power. By going down this rabbit hole of cosmetic toxicity I discovered Laura Mercier has a newer version without parabens and scored a 3! Sure — there’s still some questionable ingredients in the product, but it feels like a step in the right direction.
I also found this line that makes a tinted moisturizer without any of the yucky stuff…they got a 2 in toxicity rating!
Now the question is where do I draw the line? Is it okay for me to use a 3 product, but nothing above a 1 for my kids? I haven’t been as careful as I could. And just as with everything, I need to find the right balance for me and my family. Arming myself with information is essential so I can choose wisely. But I also need to to make these decisions from a place of connection in mind, body and soul.
Here’s another site I found to be useful on the topic.
Which nontoxic beauty products do you love?