Admittedly, there are a lot of misconceptions about mineral makeup. Especially given the marketing of big name companies such as Avon, Bare Minerals, and Physicians Formula. Since I am now in that industry as an owner of Printcess Mineral Makeup, I want to share with you how Printcess is not like those companies.
Mineral makeup is makeup made from naturally occurring products. Not man-made products. Basically, that is the gist of it. This is not to say that it is healthy, organic, ethically-sourced, or better. Simply it means that the makeup comes from natural minerals. (As a side note, mineral makeup can sometimes be less aggravating to your skin.)
For Printcess, I want to make sure that the makeup supports the things that I do. Plus, the things that Beth does. For example, we both want to provide ethical, fair-trade, and sustainably-sourced products that are cruelty-free. Beth spent over a year conducting research on suppliers for packing, pigments, and everything in between. In fact, when she found out that one of her suppliers was unable to identify the source for their iron oxides, she switched suppliers. How a product is made should be just as important as the product itself.
what you will never find in Printcess makeup
carmine, pearl powder, animal products
Why: While I may not be vegan, I am a huge advocate for animals. I do not, and will never, support companies that test products on animals. So, why would I use animal parts in Printcess products? Carmine is produced from scale insects, like cochineal. Not to mention, some people have severe allergic reactions to carmine.
Side note: Unfortunately I am unable to make a true red color due to only using natural earth-base and non-animal colorants. However, I am 100% okay with that.
Why: Parabens work as a preservative in products. This specialty chemical is linked to causing breast cancer tumors. Not to mention, parabens mimic estrogen and can cause hormone disruption. This can be especially dangerous for those whose genetics, or previous cancer, makes them sensitive to female-type cancers. Parabens also cause skin irritation and rosacea. Lastly, you ingest and absorb enough through packaged foods and lotions that you do not need to put more on your skin.
Why: This pearlescent powder is rather heavy. Being heavier allows it to settle into wrinkles and clog pores. The crystalline structure of bismuth oxychloride can also abrade and irritate the skin. So, it seems best to keep it out of Printcess products.
red dye # 7
Why: This coal, or petroleum, derivative is often tested on animals due to its potential carcinogenic properties. I trust my suppliers who are certified cruelty-free, but it is best to leave out anything unnecessary.
Why: Federally approved for food coloring, FD&C dyes are chemically synthesized colors. Also known to cause hives, they are coal or petroleum derivatives.
Why: In pressed powders Ethylhexy Palmitate creates “slip”, or the silky texture of cosmetics. However, it can also cause skin irritation in some individuals. Instead, I use boron nitride in Printcess products. Thankfully, boron nitride is also great for adhesion making Printcess colors last longer and is also better for those who may have more sensitive skin.
If you are ever curious about the ingredients in Printcess, just ask. I make sure to list them for each product, but I am happy to provide further information! We should feel confident about making an informed decision about our makeup.