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Safer cosmetics I found at Expo West

April 13th, 2008 · by Cyndi · 5 Comments

As I wandered the dozens of aisles at Expo West 2008, I collected information on nontoxic makeup. This is hardly a comprehensive review. I haven’t included brands I already knew well, or even every brand I saw. Just a handful of new or interesting products to share with you all.

Information is based on company documents or on personal conversation with representatives. I have not verified facts, aside from looking at ingredient lists and things like that.

No-Miss Healthy Alternative Cosmetics

6401 E. Rogers Circle, Suite 14
Boca Raton, FL 33487
(800) 283-1963; fax: (561) 994-696

This company mostly produces lower-toxic nail products, the sorts of things most people with multiple chemical sensitivity couldn’t handle, but that could make a significant difference in cases of mild sensitivity or living with someone who must have their polish.

nail polish
glitter polish
glow polish
base/top coat

polish remover
fungus killer
cuticle cream

lip gloss
lip healer
eye shadow
make-up remover

They told me that none of the products had synthetic fragrance but some had bergamot (an essential oil). The eye make-up remover has preservatives. The ingredients for the mascara look pretty straightforward and safe. Some of the polish ingredients are iffy (alcohols, etc) but aren’t terrible.

Herbs of Grace: Natural Look Mineral Makeup

301 Young Rd.
Mossyrock, WA 98564

Vegan, no fragrance or preservatives. Looks like very simple, basic ingredients. Home business.

Eye Shadows
Vegan Lip Balms
Gift Sets
Samples & Testers


Peacekeeper Cause-Metics
50 Lexington Avenue
Suite #22G
New York, NY 10010

Some are vegan. Low toxin ratings from Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

Natural Lipsticks
Natural Nail Polish
Natural Lip Gloss
Natural Lip Balm

Honeybee Gardens

1082 Palisades Drive
Leesport, PA 19533
Tel: 610-396-9225
Fax: 610-396-922

Some products have really nice safe ingredient lists, others have things like methanol and other alcohols (polish remover) and even synthetic fragrance (hairspray, deodorant). At least they are upfront about their ingredients. I have one of their lipsticks and really love it.

Nail Polish
Polish Remover
Eye Liner
Lip Gloss
Truly Natural Mascara
Lip Balm
Hair Spray
Eye Shadow
Deodorant Powder
Facial Toner
Cleansing Gel
Bubble Bath
Goats Milk Soap
After Bath Powder


PO BOX 6114, Santa Barbara, CA, 93160
(805) 453-9658

“Naturenvy is the importer of a vibrant collection of natural skincare lines produced near the picturesque, seaside port of La Rochelle, France…All Formulas are free of Parabens, Allergens, PEGs, Phenoxyethanol, Silicon, Phthalates, Glycol Ether and Paraffin. All products are free of animal derived ingredients and never tested on animals.”

Sweet’Coton line is certified organic by ECOCERT and certified fair trade by MAX HAVELAAR.
So’Bio Rose is an innovative skincare line certified organic by ECOCERT.
Bio’Etic is a certified fair trade and organic skincare line featuring exotic ingredients.
Floressances offers several lines of natural skincare products such as Argan, Olivier & Bourrache.


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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 O-tay // Apr 13, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    Just FYI… I’m either misunderstanding something or the products at Naturenvy are NOT, in fact, free of allergens.

    I went to the haircare page and all 4 products listed there have some type of tree nut, and at least one also had soy! It seems they do have a lot of allergen-free products, but their claim is a bit misleading.

    At any rate, thanks for sharing the info. 🙂

  • 2 admin // Apr 13, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    Nothing is free of allergens, since any substance can lead to allergic or non-allergic reactions. But, you’re right…I missed that part of their marketing. It’s definately a pet peeve of mine, calling things “allergy free.” And, as you point out, they’re not even free of the top 8 IgE allergens in the US.

  • 3 Matt Loos // May 5, 2008 at 11:03 am

    Hello Cyndi,

    Thank you for mentioning Naturenvy on your blog.

    We have removed the marketing statement “free of allergens” from the website. Although a few of the products we offer are free of allergens, we do not want to mislead or misrepresent and we recognize that many substances may lead to an allergic reaction. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions, or if more information is required.

    Take Care,
    Matt Loos
    Director, Sales & Business Development

  • 4 Acai Berry Power // Sep 4, 2008 at 6:21 am

    Nice bog you have here. I pretty much lurk the internet when I’m bored and read all I can about the organic lifestyle, but I really liked you view on things. I’ll bookmark the site and subscribe to the feed!

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