This week's "Talk About" is coming to us from our friends at MADE Beauty Company.  Not only are they a team of professional, mobile makeup artists and hair stylists, but owner Nancy Dutiaume is also a clean beauty advocate.  I've asked her to fill us all in on just what lipsticks are made of, what we should be looking out for and what are the best options.

I am such a big fan of clean beauty. As a makeup artist, if I’m going to offer a clean beauty alternative to my clients, they also need to come with the same performance as department store brands. I’ve done tireless research on products and ones that are safe for human health. Here are my findings on Lipstick! Enjoy!

There are several ingredients that are harmful that are found in most lipsticks. I have found that the ingredients to avoid are : 

Methylparaben : use as a preservative and as an anti fungal ingredient. This ingredient is known to be a cancer causing ingredient, and can be “hidden” in an ingredient which makes it difficult for consumers to be aware of it’s presence in products. 

*Natural alternatives are essential oils, vitamins and some herbal extracts fight against bacteria growth. The disadvantage is that they don’t generally last as long and expire generally within 12 months. 

Polyparaben : an added preservative used as a preventative to bacteria and mould growth. This can not only be an allergen for people, but also is known to be an endocrine disruptor. 

*Products without this ingredient tend to be less emollient but are generally more cost effective. 

Retinyl Palmitate AKA Synthetic Form of Vitamin A : an antioxidant added to lipsticks. This ingredient is not recommended for use during pregnancy. When the ingredient is absorbed, it turns into retinol which is a known carcinogen. Appeal to it is it is known as an anti aging ingredient. 

*Natural alternatives contain beneficial oils like grape seed, jojoba, bakuchiol & macadamia.

Dyes : An ingredient that adds the intensity of colour to your lipsticks, but are generally derived from aluminum or petroleum products. Many of these colours are not approved by the FDA but can be used in beauty products. They are known to contain heavy metals and also are known to be carcinogenic. 

*There are plenty of natural alternatives, but generally they are much softer in colour and do require more frequent application. 

Tocopheryl Acetate : a specific form of vitamin E that is created in a laboratory. This can cause itching, burning, peeling, hives and blisters on skin. This ingredient is also known to to cause an increased carcinogenic effect of UV rays. 

* Vitamin E in it’s natural form is great for your skin and lips, however, the downfall is that it can be extremely expensive. When you can, natural is always better. 

Lead : due to it’s devastating effects on brain development and behavior in children and it’s serious health risks to adults. 

Lead is also linked to reduced fertility in both men and women, hormonal changes in both children and adults and also effects menstruation.  Due to it’s often irreversible effects, it is deemed the most toxic ingredient to human health. It has been banned in the U.S. from house paint in 1978 and from gasoline in 1996, but it still lingers in the beauty industry. Because it can still be found in water, household dust and certain packaged food, it is almost impossible to guarantee that anything is “lead free.” 

*While lead isn’t an ingredient that is specifically ADDED to a product, because it is so prevalent, production of lipsticks is where this needs to be monitored. An incredible leader in the industry for doing better at screening products for Lead, is Beautycounter. Read in more detail in this blog below.

Choosing better for you lipsticks is the name of the game. Some brands I love and truly support their ingredient listings are : 

Pure Anada



Fitglow Beauty

Tin Feather Cosmetics

Don’t let this information scare you. Allow it to be guidance to make better choices for yourself. One product at a time. As you replenish your makeup bag, begin choosing more mindfully. Cleaner beauty can be just as beautiful when you know what product lines to choose from with the same efficacy. 

Much Love


Post Note:  Owner, Nancy Dutiaume of Made Beauty Co. sat down with us awhile back on our  Wildflower Project podcast, come have a listen in to hear more about them!

MADE to Grow, Sunday March 8th 2020 from 9-5pm at Cloakroom Wellness in the Exchange District.

We believe in the power of collaboration and community! At this full day work shop, we will be offering an opportunity for women to come together and share their own experiences on how to grow a successful business from the ground up! 

Our intention is to provide entrepreneurs with an interactive environment where they will gain information as well as support. All in an effort to make the process of entrepreneurial life, an easier one! 

We will connect our guests with ideal mentors and motivators, that will help grow businesses with confidence and financial success. 

Purchase your ticket before January 31st and receive a chance to win a prize package valued at $1000!! Which includes;

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A BRENDA Swing Shirt from Lennard Taylor Design

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Do you ever take the time to think about where your food comes from?  Who had to handle it?  How long did they work that day?   Were they paid fair labour for the job?  Were they treated respectfully?

Or how about what might possibly be happening in the region that particular food item comes to you from? Could this be affecting the availability or perhaps the price?

We have all at one time or another been disappointed, cursed about it or even said we weren't shopping at that store anymore because they never have what we need!  What about if we started to eat and look at food from a different perspective?  A mindful perspective.

So what could that look like?  One of the ways to begin is with an attitude of gratitude. Let's be thankful that there first is food available to us.  Think for a moment about the complete process of farm to table and what that might look like.  Or the food developers and the passion, patience and perseverance it took for them to develop, manufacture and eventually retail that product.  Not to mention the expense in doing so!

Next, what if we were to be mindful of the season by eating what is growing at that time. Fresh berries, lettuces, vegetables and herbs in the summer and then preparing for the next season by enjoying the harvest of fall and then again for the long winter months by preserving, canning and resting our bodies.

Learning new skills such as preserving, baking breads and pies.  Making your own nut milks, jams and dressings.  Being mindful of waste and perhaps composting what food waste there is.  And of course proper food storage, food rotation and new recipes to make with that endless supply of squash!

The beginning of mindful eating is exactly that, thinking for a moment instead of taking it for granted. Chewing slowly to savor the flavour and appreciating the hands that prepared it.  The messages we tell ourselves as we look at food, think about food and then consume it, greatly affects how our bodies will receive and process it.



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