Hey beauties! If there’s one thing you should do to look more radiant this season, do this: clean out your makeup bag.

If you’re like us here at Katherine Natural Cosmetics, you probably have your favorite, go-to products that you use everyday. But have you taken a good look recently at what’s actually in those products? It turns out that some of the most common ingredients used in makeup and beauty products can actually be toxic.

Yikes! The scary truth is that the beauty industry is largely unregulated. And recent studies show that even some chemicals approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may have long-term effects on health including cancer.

But before you get too freaked out, we also have some great news to tell you.  You can greatly reduce the amount of toxic chemicals in your body by simply changing the products you are using! 

That’s right! According to a new study from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, and funded by the California Breast Cancer Research Program, participants were able to reduce the levels of toxins in their bloodstream by 25 percent to 45 percent in just three days!

So how do you make the switch to natural, clean makeup? Just keep reading to find out how to make the change without giving up the looks you love!

What is Non-Toxic Makeup?

Most of us just assume all makeup is non-toxic, right? It’s hard to believe that some government agency wouldn’t warn us if we’re about to slather our bodies with dangerous products.

Unfortunately, that’s not how it works. Consumers are pretty much on their own when it comes to picking beauty products that are made without dangerous chemicals, according to a new studyfrom the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

In fact, the FDA has only banned 11 ingredients from use in cosmetics.  Compare that to the more than 1,300 that have been prohibited in the European Union!

Dr. Robert M. Califf, who served as F.D.A. chief under President Obama, explained the challenges facing consumers in an editorial in JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association) Internal Medicine published in August 2017. 

“Congress has never required cosmetic manufacturers to obtain premarket approval before selling new products (with the exception of color additives),” he said. “Nor does any regulatory agency evaluate claims about the safety or effectiveness of these products.”

The bottom line is this: it’s up to you, the consumer, to pick products that limit your exposure to unhealthy ingredients.

What Are the Effects of Harmful Chemicals in Makeup?

So here’s how it works. When you apply makeup to your skin (which just so happens to be your largest organ!), your body absorbs chemicals in the product. Many of those commonly used in beauty products are thought to be endocrine disruptors

These chemicals can interfere with the body’s endocrine system: a collection of glands that produces the hormones to regulate our body’s growth, metabolism, and reproductive development. Using products with endocrine disruptors can put you at risk for a variety of health problems including cancer, infertility, and developmental harm. 

Teens could be especially vulnerable. “Teenage girls use more personal care products than adult women,” according to researchers of the UC Berkeley study, called the HERMOSA study. “There is little information about how exposure to hormone disrupting chemicals during adolescence, a time when their bodies are undergoing rapid reproductive development, may impact long term health.”

Common Toxic Ingredients in Makeup That You Need to Avoid

So how do you protect yourself? What do you even look for when shopping?  We get that it can be pretty confusing. It feels like you have to be a chemist just to read most ingredient labels!  Here’s some of the most commonly used ingredients you should avoid.


Parabens are a class of chemicals that are used as preservatives in many products, including lotions, shampoos, makeup, and more. They work by curbing bacterial growth and extend the shelf life of some products.


Phthalates are a group of chemicals used to make plastics more flexible and harder to break. The are in hundreds of products including soaps, shampoos, hair sprays and nail polishes.


Triclosan is an antibacterial that is sometimes found in toothpaste and soap products.  The FDA banned its use in antibacterial wash products beginning in September 2017.

How to Easily Switch to A Clean, Non-Toxic Makeup Routine 

Here at Katherine Natural Cosmetics, we’ve made it easy for you to make the switch to safer cosmetics without feeling like it’s a sacrifice! 

After 30 years in the beauty business, Katherine Natural Cosmetics founder, Katherine “Annie” Finch, launched Katherine Natural Cosmetics in 2012 with the goal of making luxury makeup that delivers the same gorgeous results you love without any dangerous pesticides and synthetic chemicals. 

All our Katherine Cosmetics products are free of paraben, phthalates, and triclosan.  They are also cruelty-free (never tested on animals), gluten free, and contain no animal products (although some do contain beeswax). 

Ready to make the switch?  Try one of our bestselling products for yourself!

Katherine Natural Cosmetics Everyday Eyeliner
Our waterproof, must-have eyeliner has a cult following and 2 NEW shades coming out this month!
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Katherine Natural Cosmetics Siena Highlighter
Get ready to sparkle with our beloved sheer finishing powder!  It provides a glowing, natural-looking finish.

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Katherine Natural Cosmetics Eye Shadow Palettes
With our Coffee Talk, Happy Hour and Wardrobe eye shadow palettes, we’ve created an entire wardrobe for your eyelids!  Now you can get the looks you crave for every occasion.

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