Stop Revlon & L’Oreal using dangerous ingredients! Sign the petition.

Yep, in case you didn’t know, there is very little regulation of the ingredients you can put into cosmetics. The situation in Australia is that the ” TGA only assesses cosmetic products that make therapeutic claims”. This means make up companies can do pretty much as they please and its not until the consumers complain that change occurs. The situation in the US is similar “Right now, cosmetics companies can put just about anything in their products – even chemicals associated with cancer and endocrine disruption”.

Revlon and L’Oreal are both sticking to using old formulations for their make up that contain dangerous ingredients.

Click here to sign. You have until October 11 2013.

The petition that I am directing to you highlights why I have been advocating the use of safer and more natural cosmetics on this website. Dancers use more make up than the average consumer and are therefore at greater risk to exposure to dangerous ingredients. Belly dancers especially tend to use loads of eye make up and foundation. It is imperative that we tell the manufacturers that it is not ok to put carcinogenic substances in our make up.

Belly dance cosmetics

I was experimenting with different looks this day and had a whole heap of make up out that I don’t often wear – including Revlon eye shadow!! Argghh!

I have used both L’Oreal and Revlon in the past. As regular readers know,  I have been working hard to find safe alternatives to old favourites – I still use a bit of Revlon eye shadow every now and then for example although I certainly will be phasing that out after reading this list of Revlon and L’Oreal ingredients ……

DMDM Hydantoin – strong evidence that it is an irritant to humans
Butylparaben -Human endocrine disruptor – strong evidence
Isopropylparaben – Human skin toxicant or allergen & endocrine disruptor- strong evidence
Isobutylparaben – Human skin toxicant or allergen & endocrine disruptor- strong evidence
Propylparaben  – Human skin toxicant or allergen & endocrine disruptor- strong evidence

Other companies are more ethical and are updating their products or are already committed to predominantly natural ingredients. Don’t forget to check out my reviews of cosmetic and skin care products! Here are a few you may like to read

Lavera natural cosmetic lipstick review 

Best stage eye shadow yet! Natural make up review.

Sometimes you just have to give a bad review! Natural cosmetic review of Butter London Nail polish remover.

Belly dancers beware – just because a make up artist or other dancer uses a product, it doesn’t mean it is safe. We all have busy lives and can’t possibly research every purchase. Many people are unaware of the poor regulation of the industry and assume that everything on the shelf is safe – sigh… if only that were true.

In issue 48 of Bellydance Oasis (my favourite magazine btw, I highly recommend it) it unfortunately has a dancer recommending the use of Revlon powder blush. Most versions of Revlon’s powder blush contain one or more of the toxic 5 above – yuk!  The dancer then goes on to say she uses L’Oreal colour riche lip stick. I wasn’t able to find details on the specific shade she mentions but I checked other browns in the colour riche line and they have some of the most toxic ingredients I have seen in any product I have ever reviewed or researched. Ingredients that get the highest toxicity rating of 10 (for being carcinogenic). WOW!! Over the course of the average womans life she consumes large quantities of lip stick – often kilos of the stuff. It really does matter what you are applying to your skin and lips. You don’t need to poison yourself for the sake of beauty.

Please sign the petition so that eventually all products on the shelves are safe to use and we can pick freely without another thing to worry about.

Powder based make-up drying out your skin? Natural make-up review of Inika Crème Colour

Inika Certified Organic Crème Colour

A creamy blush or lip tint.

Apart from the fallout  (that’s when the powder product from say your eye shadow ends up on your cheeks by mistake) I have mentioned with several products, there is another reason some of my readers and students have told me they prefer using non powder based make up products and that is because of drying out the skin.

If you have drier skin, serious fallout issues or simply want a high quality certified organic blush then read on for the details of the 2 colours I tried out for this review – Rosehip and Dusty Rose.

As always if you don’t want to read the details, just scroll down to the summary at the bottom for the review in a nutshell.

 Jade belly dance natural make up review (4)


The creme colour blush comes in the usual trendy little signature Inika box. Inside is the circular hinged, snap lid container with 2g of product (0.07oz). I have purposely dropped the containers from bench height several times and have shaken them up inside a make up bag to see if the lids would pop open but they remained firmly shut. Plus they are super easy to open. It’s hard to find a product that is both quick to use but travel safe but Inika has pulled it off here. YAY! I also like the clear viewing window so that you can see what colour you are holding without opening it – overall the packaging is super practical and convenient to use. I would give it 10 stars out of 5 if I could.Inika_logo_black


Like with the Inika Organic Crème Eye Shadow in Champagne I previously reviewed I preferred to use my fingers to apply these products to my cheeks but a cotton bud served well when trying it as a lip tint.rosehip_creme_colour_swatch

Rosehip – a vibrant red for a more dramatic look and suitable for night or stage use. It was easy to apply and blend into the cheeks. Love it.

Dusty Rose is …well exactly the colour I would call Dusty Rose! A nice soft pinkish hue that goes nicely with a day time look, it would be a bit subtle for most stage uses. Unfortunately this product was of thicker consistency than the Rosehip and created a bit of unwanted drag on the skin when applying it.dusty_rose_swatch

The colour lasted easily all day for both shades.

I actually liked trialling them both as lip tints. They are not stage worthy but fine for everyday use, probably not as tasty as the average lip formulated product though. It tasted a bit of lanolin even though that is not one of the ingredients – I think it is just the flavour of the almond oil. I probably wouldn’t buy them exclusively as a lip tint but if you want a high quality product that can do double duty (like say when you are travelling to cut down on the weight of your make up bag) then these products would be just what you are after.

Both colours have a Matte finish.


As this product is not already reviewed by the EWG data base, I entered every ingredient by hand. All ingredients are considered either completely non toxic (ie Sweet almond oil. Carnuba wax and Soyean Oil) or of low toxicity.

It’s also certified organic, which means you are not getting things like pesticide residue as a nasty little hidden bonus. Yipee!


Inika creme colour

Still looking good after having been dropped, shaken and used!


Prunis Amygdalus Dulcis(Sweet Almond) Oil *, Mica(CI 77019), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax* , Titanium Dioxide, Natural Tocopherol, Red 40 Lake, Zinc Oxide.
Certified Organic *
Expires: 24 months after openingOFC_logo_dec10


Prunis Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Mica, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides ( CI77491), Magnesium Stearate, Tocopherol, Red 7 Lake, Glycine Soja ( Soybean) Oil.
Certified Organic *
Expires: 24 months after opening

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From the Inika website:

  •  No petrochemicals and other synthetic substances
  • Non-organic products of animal origins
  • No talc
  • No fragrances and other colour components of non-organic or synthetic origin
  • Anti-microbial agents not produced from organic sources
  • No chelating agents based on EDTA and its salt
  • No fatty chain source material of petrochemical origin
  • No sulphonation, ethoxylation or propoxylation
  • No alkyl sulphates (eg sodium lauryl sulphate, sodium coco sulphate, ammonium lauryl sulphate)
  • No alkyl ether sulphates (eg sodium laureth sulphate, ammonium laureth sulphate)
  • No polyethylene glycol (PEGS)
  • No polysorbates (eg polysorbate 20)
  • No ethanolamides (eg cocamide DEA, cocamide MEA)
  • No chemically synthesized sunscreens
  • No potentially harmful preservatives such as parabens, sodium benzoate & parfuminika_mineral_organic_cosmetics

 My summary: 4.5/5

Product: Inika Certified Organic Crème Colour in Rosehip and Dusty Rose
Effectiveness: 4
Packaging: 5+ (perfect)
Safety: 4.5
Suitable for day wear: Yes for Dusty Rose, and, if you are feeling like being dramatic yes for Rosehip too.
Suitable for stage: Yes for Rosehip, No for Dusty Rose
AUSTRALASIA : $39 AUD online
UK & EUROPE: £22
Where can I buy it: Online for Aussies – click here. For the rest of the world click here
Locals you can also buy it at Kaboodle in Sawtell and Beauty on the Promenade in Coffs Harbour, Studio 287 Coramba and from Millissa Rossow at Moonee Beach.

I have no affiliation with Inika although they did send me this product as a free trial to review.

Have you tried creme blush before? Please feel free to comment below and tell me if you prefer solid blush or powders.

Liked this review? Jade publishes natural make up reviews for home use and stage and is passionate about dancers looking fabulous without toxic ingredients.  Follow the blog so you can save money and buy what works best.

Natural make-up review – Nude By Nature Blush

Want to look like a blushing beauty? As promised in my previous review of Nude by Nature cosmetics, here are the results of my trials with the Nude By Nature Virgin Blush.blush1


The loose powder is supplied in a pleasant circular 4 gram container with a brown screw top lid and plastic insert inside to help avoid spillage and over loading your brush i.e. it looks exactly the same as all the other Nude By Nature products which is a problem if you have more than one of their products. It drives you mental trying to work out which one is the blush, bronzer or mineral foundation. The lid only says ‘nude by nature’ on it and many of the products are in exactly the same size container. This means you have to pick them up multiple times to see what you are holding or have a strict order as to how you set them out and pick them up. It is extremely annoying when you are in a hurry. The screw top lid prevents spillage in transport but adds to fiddliness on an everyday application level.nude_logo


Anyone keeping up with my posts on Natural beauty products will realise that I am not a huge ‘Nude By Nature’ fan but I was pleasantly surprised with this product. From the outset I was worried it was a bit orangey looking in the pot. Wearing it however proved that it was quite a decent shade after all. It performed as well as compressed powders and mineral blushes I have used from mainstream brands like Revlon. It has just a touch of sparkle but still looks quite natural.

I just applied a bit more of it when performing and it lasted the distance well. I didn’t accidentally rub it off and it didn’t fade away. Overall, it is suitable for both everyday and performance use.


Using the excellent EWG data base I discovered that all listed ingredients to fall in the low toxicity level (0-3). This is excellent news, the toxicity does increases though if the ingredients are airborne and can be inhaled and with a loose powder this is always a possibility. This was my main concern with the foundation and it remains an issue. The blush is used in lesser quantities and it doesn’t go directly over the nose, so it may not be quite as a serious a concern as it was for the foundation.

My summary: 4/5

Product: Nude By Nature Virgin Blush

Effectiveness: 4

Packaging: 3

Safety: 4

Size: 4grams

Suitable for day wear: yes,

Suitable for stage: yes

Price: $19.95 AUD online individually but considerably cheaper in one of the starter packages or bulk deals.

Where can I buy it: Available at priceline, by phoning Sales: 1300 591 667 and online

I have no affiliation with Nude By Nature.

Liked this review? Jade publishes natural make up reviews for home use and stage mostly on Mondays.  Follow the blog so you can save money and buy what works best.

OK this post is on Tuesday but I have been busy cyber stalking my photographer from the Sell out concert I held on Saturday!

Sneak peek at the great work Bruce Thomas did at Saturday's concert - now you know why I was so excited!

Sneak peek at the great work Bruce Thomas did at Saturday’s concert – now you know why I was so excited!

Do you have a favourite blush? Do you think the toxicity of blush matters as it is generally not applied directly to naked skin? Please comment below.

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