Mascara & Eye Makeup

Ingredients and pollutants can more easily penetrate the body thru the tear channels and the cornea. Problematic, yet commonly used ingredients are:

  • allergy causing nickel
  • Mercury
  • chrome heavy metals
  • carcinogenic formaldehyde derivatives


During a lifetime of regular lipstick use, you actually eat about 4-6 lb. of lipstick! Most lipsticks contain ingredients that are not healthy at all!

Here are some commonly used problem ingredients:

  • Aaniline or tartrazin
  • Silicones
  • Mineral oils
  • Synthetic sun screen ingredients like oxybenzone or cinnamates.

Besides problem ingredients, many lipsticks have contaminants from impure ingredients. These contaminants include LEAD. See the article on Lead in our Ingredient Watch section.