This post is not a review, as I just received/am still waiting to receive some of these products in the mail, thus I have not tried them yet. I do want to share some thoughts on this product and these companies, though.
I have switched many things in my daily routine to organic alternatives. Everything from laundry soap, bath soap, face wash, deodorant, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, loose make up powder, lip gloss, lip balm, shaving cream, etc. has been replaced. I had yet to find a solution for organic eye make-up, though.
I wouldn’t characterize my eyes as sensitive, but wearing make-up on my eyes for several hours makes them irritated and watery. That, mixed with the fact that I sought an organic eye make up already, led me to come across
Here is how Afterglow describes their efforts,
“Afterglow Cosmetics bridges the gap between natural and high-fashion cosmetics to bring you a truly natural blend of bio-active mineral make-up with the fabulous, organic infused, highly pigmented color palette you crave. Our unique natural formulation and focus on natural and certified organic, bio-active botanicals of the highest quality ensures that our products are safer for your skin and body. They also perform better and last longer than traditional cosmetics. This attention to ingredients and detail makes Afterglow Cosmetics the natural choice for all women and are especially ideal for women.
Afterglow Cosmetics focuses on offering the most natural color cosmetics on the market, free of many of the synthetic preservatives, bismuth oxychloride, petro-chemicals, synthetic dyes and fillers found in traditional cosmetics.”
Even though Afterglow Cosmetic products are not comprised of 100% organic ingredients, they do have an ingredient list that is close to it–a major & substantial improvement from your typical drug-store make-up.
Keep in mind, “high end” beauty manufacturers like Lancome, Estee Lauder, Clinique, etc. charge obscene prices for…what? Hardly any of those brands contain organic ingredients. So what are you paying the high price for? All I know is you certainly are not paying for quality ingredients.
Just for comparison, Here is the ingredient list for Lancome Eyeliner:
“465327 – Lancome Le Stylo Waterproof
Cyclopentasiloxane, Paraffin, PEG-6 Beeswax, Diisostearyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ozokerite, Calcium Stearate, Ceresin, Tocopherol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Ascorbyl Palmitate, [+/- May Contain/Peut Contenir; Mica, Titanium Dioxide/CI 77891, Iron Oxides/CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77491, Ultramarines/CI 77007, Manganese Violet/CI 77742, Chromium Oxide Greens/CI 77288, Ferric Ferrocyanide/CI 77510, Carmine/CI 75470, Chromium Hydroxide Green/CI 77289, Bismuth Oxychloride/CI 77163, Blue 1 Lake/CI 42090].”
Now, here is the ingredient list for Afterglow Eyeliner:
“Complete Ingredient List: trioctyldodecyl citrate, ricinus communis (organic castor) seed oil*, sesamum indicum (organic sesame) seed oil*, cera alba (organic beeswax)*, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, alkyl lactate, rosa centifolia (organic rose) flower oil*; May contain [+/-]: mica, titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499) ***Indicates Organic Ingredient”
What surprises me is that individuals would probably think “Organic make-up? Wow, really? That’s ridiculous.”
My response to that would be, “You are putting these things on your EYES. If you don’t care about your eyes, then sure, disregard all of this.”
It is a seemingly unimportant thing, trivial in some peoples’ eyes, but I certainly think it is worth becoming more aware of. If someone gave you a bottle of “Ferric Ferrocyanide” (ingredient in the aforementioned Lancome eyeliner) would you rub it onto your eyelids? Didn’t think so.
It is so easy for me to get wrapped up in ingredients and do my best to tell people about these vast differences, however, I’ll segue and focus on the positive here.
This eyeliner is a good transition for me, I believe. I feel more comfortable with the ingredients and I hope to also get less eye irritation from it.
I have also come across a company (with organic, pure ingredients) called Faerie Organics.
I purchased organic mascara and eye shadow from them and am thrilled to try all of this new eye makeup.
Faerie Organic Artisan Made Cosmetics is summarized on their website like this,
“Faerie Organic was founded in 2007 by full time makeup artist Erin Mincks.
Erin has taken the passion of natural living to heart after losing both parents to terminal cancers. After doing much research on the cosmetics that were being used in the beauty industry, Erin knew there had to be a better way and refused to use toxic, mainstream products on herself and cliente.
Erin believes cancer and modern disease are caused by a build up of toxicity, and so chooses to create holistic, healing products that you can feel safe putting on your skin. Faerie Organic products contain the healing plant force elements that not only help you to obtain beautiful skin but also help our earth at the same time.”