If you are someone who contributed to the $35.5 billion generated by the global make-up market, what goes into your mascara and how well it works is likely relevant to you (MarketLine, 2011). And because what you put on your body’s largest organ (the skin) can be absorbed internally, reviews on Medicine Talk such as this are designed to bring awareness and help you narrow down safe and effective products!
So when I stumbled upon this amazing mascara by Tarte, I couldn’t wait to share it with you. First things first: it’s free of parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, and gluten.
Why is this so important? Parabens are used as preservatives in many cosmetic products and are known for their oestrogenic activity that plays a role in the development of breast cancer (Harvey & Everett, 2004). Phthalates are a group of chemicals used to make plastics flexible and have caused reproductive problems to animals that have been exposed (CDC, 2013). Sodium lauryl sulfate is used as a surfactant yet is a known skin irritant and triclosan is added to reduce bacterial contamination but subsequently makes bacteria resistant.
Tarte’s CEO, Maureen Kelly, began making the natural line of cosmetic in her kitchen; aware using natural ingredients and avoiding these chemicals would cost twice as much, she declared “I was not a business person. It was just what I personally believed in.” Personally, this is the best mascara I’ve used. The dual sided brush makes it easy to volumize and then lengthen lashes and the results are so natural. You can read more about the brand in the Time article or on Tarte’s website.
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