What's In It Wednesday: Lancome Blush Subtil

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

What an eye-opening one this is.

I confess, my most favorite blush ever is Miel Glace by Lancome in their Blush Subtil formula. Nothing is more luxurious in any price range when it comes to the silky texture, the superior blendability, the color selection, or longevity.

I have a friend who adores Blush Subtil as well. Miel Glace was the color I wore the day Tom and I got married. I just love this. I actually have the same blush I bought a couple years back. I usually wear my own lip and cheek tint on my cheeks, or Pure Blends blush from Almay.

My friend and I were talking about the Lancome blush. We both knew it had carmine, but thought it was paraben free. I found the list of ingredients online and verified them at my closest Lancome counter. How sad I was to read this list!

Let's See What's In It (Items in green are cause for concern):


PTFE--In other words, TEFLON. While not necessarily horrible itself, the main agent in making Teflon, PFOA, is considered to be a human carcinogen. This is used to bulk up a product and affects slip. It also can condition.

Treimethylsiloxysilicate--a very benign polymer

Isopropyl Titanium Triiosstearate--OK as well...it's an organic emollient compound

Acrylates Copolymer--This is commonly found in artifial nail application. It doesn't belong in blush. The main concern when using this is how it is linked to acyrlic acid--this is highly toxic.

Cetyl Dimethicone--An occlusive, helps condition skin


Fragrance--Perhaps nothing is more allergy-inducing and problematic for the skin than fragrance. There are so many chemicals in synthetic fragrances, many of which contain phthalates. Such a high concentration of fragrance is disturbing.

Isobutylparaben--A study 5 years ago in the Journal of Applied Toxicology linked parabens to breast cancer as they may be hormone disruptive and lead to tumor growth. While the jury is still out on paraben safety, I personally find the links too strong and have been paraben free for almost 2.5 years.

Chic & Green is doing further inquiries into a "paraben-free" preservative on the market containing Benzoic Acid. Marketed toward natural cosmetic and skin care manufacturers, the benzoic acid in the popular "paraben free" preservative actually contains a paraben derivative. I have contacted the manufacturer about this and am still awaiting a response.


Methylparaben--This particular paraben is used in water-containing products as a preservative.A study 5 years ago in the Journal of Applied Toxicology linked parabens to breast cancer as they may be hormone disruptive and lead to tumor growth. While the jury is still out on paraben safety, I personally find the links too strong and have been paraben free for 2.5 years.

Chic & Green is doing further inquiries into a "paraben-free" preservative on the market containing Benzoic Acid. Marketed toward natural cosmetic and skin care manufacturers, the benzoic acid in the popular "paraben free" preservative actually contains a paraben derivative. I have contacted the manufacturer about this and am still awaiting a response.

Phenoxyethanol--a preservative agent free of parabens and formaldehyde

Propylparaben--this type of paraben is a preservative agent against fungus. A study 5 years ago in the Journal of Applied Toxicology linked parabens to breast cancer as they may be hormone disruptive and lead to tumor growth. While the jury is still out on paraben safety, I personally find the links too strong and have been paraben free for almost 2.5 years. Etser of n-propyl alcohol and p-hydroxybenzoic acid. Chic & Green is doing further inquiries into a "paraben-free" preservative on the market containing Benzoic Acid. Marketed toward natural cosmetic and skin care manufacturers, the benzoic acid in the popular "paraben free" preservative actually contains a paraben derivative. I have contacted the manufacturer about this and am still awaiting a response.

Etyhlparaben--A preservative whose parent chemical is 4-hydroxy benzoic acid. A study 5 years ago in the Journal of Applied Toxicology linked parabens to breast cancer as they may be hormone disruptive and lead to tumor growth. While the jury is still out on paraben safety, I personally find the links too strong and have been paraben free for almost 2.5 years. Chic & Green is doing further inquiries into a "paraben-free" preservative on the market containing Benzoic Acid. Marketed toward natural cosmetic and skin care manufacturers, the benzoic acid in the popular "paraben free" preservative actually contains a paraben derivative. I have contacted the manufacturer about this and am still awaiting a response.

Dimethicone--a silicone, harmless

Butylparaben-- While all of the negative effects of parabens are not yet known, studies originating in Japan link butylparaben and male birth defects. In the toxicology papers, it was stated that butylparaben "adversely affects the secretion of testosterone and the function of the male reproductive system..."

This is because of the fact that parabens have repeatedly been shown to interfere with the body's hormone function. This is exactly why parabens continue to be under fire for their potential cancer causing properties.

Chic & Green is doing further inquiries into a "paraben-free" preservative on the market containing Benzoic Acid. Marketed toward natural cosmetic and skin care manufacturers, the benzoic acid in the popular "paraben free" preservative actually contains a paraben derivative. I have contacted the manufacturer about this and am still awaiting a response.

DC Red #36--Concern about links between FD & C colorants and cancer have been present for years. I would avoid.

DC Red #6--Concern about links between FD & C colorants and cancer have been present for years. I would avoid.
DC Red #7--Concern about links between FD & C colorants and cancer have been present for years. I would avoid.

Red Lake #7--Concern about links between FD & C as well as "lake" (metallic) colorants and cancer have been present for years. I would avoid.


Red Lake #40--Concern about links between FD & C as well as "lake" (metallic) colorants and cancer have been present for years. I would avoid.


FD & C Yellow #5 Aluminum Lake--Unsafe colorant may be derived from animal or coal tar; aluminum is a neurotoxin which may be linked to both Autism and Alzheimer's.

FD & C Blue #1 Aluminum Lake--Unsafe colorant may be derived from animal or coal tar; aluminum is a neurotoxin which may be linked to both Autism and Alzheimer's.

DC Red #21--Concern about links between FD & C colorants and cancer have been present for years. I would avoid.

Red Lake #27--Concern about links between FD & C as well as "lake" (metallic) colorants and cancer have been present for years. I would avoid.

Nylon 12--adds bulk to makeup, makes the formula more opaque

DC Red #30--harmful to the environment, particular aquatic life

Carmine--derived from crushed insects....Yuck!

Ultramarines--colorant

Bismuth Oxychloride--irritant, may make skin itch if sensitive...

Chromium Oxide Green--colorant linked to cancer

Chromium Hydroxide Green--Colorant

Iron Oxides--colorants

Ferric Ferrocyanide--May potentially be harmful. This is a colorant containing cyanide compounds.

Manganese Violet--Colorant; vegans need to be aware that this may contain animal ingredients

Titanium Dioxide--Colorant and UV absorber

Zinc Stearate--Anti-caking agent

Zinc Oxide--Sunscreen agent can also add bulk. While considered quite safe by most, there is some new research indicating we need to learn more.

Mica--colorant

Boron Nitride--great at absorbing oil!

Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate--This adds bulk to makeup. It actually is glass made from aluminum & calcium. I do not think aluminum, due to its links to health issues, belongs in cosmetics and skin care.

Dimethiconol--Harmless skin conditioner

Triisocetyl Citrate--Harmless skin conditioner

Barium Sulfate--No way, Jose! This ingredient is harmful.Not only is is bad for the earth, but this ingredient may be bad for your health. Its purpose in skin care is to make the product more opaque. It may harm the reproductive system and considered a toxin by the EPA.




The Chic & Green Bottom Line:

I do not recommend this product. While it is the perfect blush in terms of application, texture, and color, this is terrible when it comes to ingredients.

A better choice--and more afforable--Pure Blends by Almay, which can be found at Target, Ulta, and drugstores.

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