When buying makeup online it pays to be careful and consult the ingredients just as you would with a box of cookies or jam for the overall calorie content prior to buying. The same goes for cosmetics, make it a habit to investigate every ingredient that is listed on the beauty product that you purchase. That said it is important to understand that it can be very difficult to find natural and non-toxic makeup once you start investigating the composition.

Some ingredients of beauty products can seriously harm your health

At this point it would also be important to mention that it can be near impossible to avoid each and every suspect ingredient by simply saying that you?ll steer clear of products that will harm your body, health and environment. There are and will be ingredients that you?re not sure if you?re allergic to, plus exotic names given to some chemicals and components can make them hard to investigate.

The six big evil ingredients of cosmetics

As a rule of thumb there are six major chemical types that you should steer clear of in your cosmetics. If you see any one of these there is a good chance that regardless of price that certain makeup will do you more harm than good.

Makeup containing petrochemicals

As the term suggests these are ingredients or chemicals that are derived from crude petrol. Some common examples are petroleum jelly, isopropanol, isopropyl, methanol, butanol, butyl alcohol and ethanol. These ingredients are often used as perfumes, skin softeners, colognes and astringents. Extensive use of these chemicals can cause rashes, skin irritation, and in some cases even cancer.

Sodium lauryl sulfates as well as other sulfate detergents

These ingredients are commonly mentioned as sodium laureth sulphate, sodium lauryl ether sulfate, sodium lauryl ether sulfate. These chemicals are often used in bubble baths, shower gel and shampoos.

Polyethylene glycol and propylene

These along with a host of other chemical ingredients form what is known as PEGs or even PGs for short. Watch out for these chemical ingredients in baby powder, after shave, deodorants. Ethylene glycol is used often in firming lotions. All of these ingredients have been linked to allergies, breathing conditions and skin irritation.

Formaldehyde and paraben preservatives

A few common examples of these chemicals are methylaparaeben, ethylaparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben. Watch out for these chemicals in toothpaste, shaving gel, sunscreen and shampoos etc. cosmetics containing these chemicals should never be used on or by kids. Extensive exposure to these chemicals have been linked to an array of skin issues as well as trigger allergies fairly commonly.

Synthetic dyes

A few examples of synthetic dies are all chemicals that end with ?F&DC?, this is usually followed by a color code or number. For instance ?F? represents food, and the D&C represent cosmetics and drugs. A few other color additives which include lead acetate, caramel and manganese violet will have different color codes.

Artificial fragrances

All makeup whether you buy them online or offline will include a number of chemicals or ingredients for fragrance. However, as a rule of thumb you should avoid almost all perfume and colognes that are not required legally to list their ingredients in order to protect their trademark. Usually, these companies have something to hide or may not themselves be fully aware of what their product contains since it?s manufactured overseas to reduce manufacturing costs.

Always buy makeup online from a reputed seller

I always choose cosmetics with natural ingredients!

Many reputed sellers like Dollmeup.co.nz make it a point to only sell makeup products which they themselves have verified to contain ingredients that are safe. However, even then if you read the list of ingredients are not sure about a few or have never seen them before, run them through Google and find out if they are allergies, sickness and other issues associated with them. There are some chemicals that are also used in biological weapons so it pays to always play it safe.

If you want to purchase the cheap & quality cosmetics online then always make sure to search for manufacturer related reviews. You should never purchase from a brand new manufacturer who nobody seems to know about or that is not registered in the country of your origin, to protect your right to litigation in the event something goes wrong.


Mark has been a chemical engineer for makeup companies for well over two decades. He know a lot about how cosmetics are made so he is the no. 1 resource for information everything cosmetics related. In order to promote the use of safe products he sells a line of safe cosmetics online with full disclosure on what they contain.