This past week, Oprah's Dr. Oz tried to increase his ratings by bashing Mineral Makeup as one of the most dangerous forms of color cosmetics. His basic concern was the inhalation hazard. Umm. OK. I'm going to set that one to the side for now and ask, "Hey, Dr. Oz, how about taking a look at the newest trend on QVC, which is color cosmetics made with fruit and vegetable pigments?" Can we say "not-FDA approved and at risk for bacterial growth"?
Loose powder mineral makeup is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) but the use of fruits and vegetables to pigment cosmetics sure ain't. The FDA strictly regulates color additives and their approved uses in cosmetics. Per the FDA, the definition of a color additive is a follows (source: Sec 201)
(t)(1) The term "color additive" means a material which—
(A) is a dye, pigment, or other substance made by a process of synthesis or similar artifice, or extracted, isolated, or otherwise deri…
If you want to make your own pressed-powder makeup, using just a few ingredients, you can!
Pressed powders are less messy than loose ones, also their colors are more intense and they tend to have a little better staying power on the skin.
To make a pressed powder, you will need: Some kind of powder to press (some blend that you have created for eye shadow, foundation or blush)A binder of some kind (recipes below)Something to press into (you can press into a small jar, or in to a compact or a cosmetic tin)Something to press with (you can use your thumbs, a coin, or something more sophisticated which you make up.Binder recipes can be very simple. Here are three: 2 parts dimethicone, 2 parts fractionated coconut oil, 1 part jojoba oil1 part dimethicone, 1 part fractionated coconut oil1 part dimethicone, 1 part jojoba oil, 2 parts alcohol. Simply shake the binder in a bottle and then either squeeze or spray it onto your loose powders. Then stir or mix together. I like to put everything in…
Recently I was contacted regarding the company 100% Pure and its patent pending for use of fruit, vegetable, flower and seed pigments for use in cosmetics.
The concern was that if 100% Pure succeeds in their patent then it will negatively affect all natural cosmetic companies.
The author requested that we call the examining attorney Tania Ashby at 571-270-1348 and that we write a formal complaint to the commissioner for patents
The Commissioner for Patents PO Box 1450 Alexandria, VA 22313-1450
OK, I have passed the word along, now here is what I have thought about this over the years.
1) The folks at 100% Pure are based here in the Bay Area and I have talked with them as well as sold product to them. In particular, the female founder has taken a mineral makeup class from me when I taught years ago at thenovastudio.com. This in itself doesn't mean anything but I wanted to let you know that the people behind 100% Pure are just people. In some ways they are small, independent natural…