Foundation, mascara, lipstick... Have you ever stopped to look at the ingredients in conventional makeup products – the kind of products you'll find in major retailers? If you haven't, we have. And there were times we really didn't like what we saw... At Absolution, makeup is organic and natural. Gentle on your skin and on the planet, our products let you enjoy the pleasures of makeup without harming your health. We give you all the good reasons to switch to organic and natural makeup!
If you take a closer look at the labels on conventional makeup products, you'll find several synthetic ingredients that are bad for your skin and health. Many have even been identified as endocrine disruptors. These include:
Chemical colorants are frequently used in makeup products to give the desired shade to a face powder or eyeshadow, for example. Unfortunately, they've also been shown to be involved in allergic reactions, are suspected of being carcinogenic, and may have negative effects on the human reproductive system.
Look for natural, plant-derived colorants, such as natural pigments, which are very gentle on the skin.
Silicones are plastic materials that can be found in many cosmetic and makeup products, and particularly in primers or foundations. While they do make a texture smoother and help it to glide over the skin better, they also have many negative points.
In addition to being very polluting, silicones form an occlusive film on the skin. On the face of it, this gives the skin a smooth appearance, but in reality, it prevents the skin from being able to "breathe" properly and causes the condition of your skin to deteriorate over time. Silicones don't provide a single nutrient that the skin needs to function properly, plus they prevent it from eliminating toxins and waste correctly.
Allergenic, carcinogenic, mutagenic... There's a lot of controversy about conventional preservatives. These include the famous parabens, which are classified as endocrine disruptors. While it's essential to use preservatives in makeup products to prevent the growth of bacteria and stop them from "going off" over time, you'd do better to look for 100% natural preservatives, which are also very effective but carry fewer health risks.
Many mineral oils and other petrochemical derivatives can be found in foundations, lipsticks, mascaras, etc. Mineral oils are not eco-friendly at all. Plus, just like silicones, they have no benefits for the skin and actually deprive it of nutrients. Their occlusive properties can also make them comedogenic (pore-clogging), leading to spots and blackheads after just a few days of use.
Did you know that lots of lipsticks contain lead? Even if it's only a tiny amount, this lead is absorbed by the body every time the lipstick is applied. So obviously, if you can avoid it, it's much better!
Synthetic fragrances can be found in many conventional makeup products. These can trigger allergic reactions, and usually contain phthalates – powerful endocrine disruptors.
The list goes on... But by now, you've probably understood that behind all those glamorous makeup products in major retailers are many substances that are harmful to your health and the environment, and are far from being 100% skin-friendly!
All these cosmetic ingredients have been identified as either harmful or potentially harmful to health. So it's not surprising that regulations have been established to set maximum limits for some of them when used in cosmetic and makeup products. However, when a single conventional makeup product contains several of these harmful substances (silicones, preservatives, mineral oils, synthetic colorants, etc.), plus you use several conventional makeup products on your face every day, this leads to what's known as the "cocktail effect."
Time also plays a not-insignificant role in this process. If you regularly use conventional makeup products containing ingredients that are potentially harmful to health, these ingredients will gradually build up in your body and can end up causing damage.
Damage is therefore caused by both the amount of products applied and how long they are used for. The planet, too, is subject to the "cocktail effect" and "time effect," as the polluting substances build up in the environment without breaking down.
If you want to avoid these ticking bombs, switch to natural and organic makeup. It's safe for your body – and for the planet!
After reading all this, perhaps you're shocked by what you might find in your makeup products? There's no need to panic! You can keep on enjoying makeup without compromising your health by using organic and natural products.
At Absolution, we joined forces with celebrity makeup artist Christophe Danchaud to create the ideal makeup collection. We wanted to combine skin-caring formulas with "true" colors, and we absolutely didn't want to use any dubious ingredients. Our objective was to have an organic and natural makeup collection that delivered professional results. Objective achieved! Our makeup and skincare products are formulated with natural and organic ingredients, and are free of parabens, PEGs, phthalates, mineral oils, GMOs and synthetic fragrances and colorants.
Bearing in mind that the average woman ingests 350 grams of lipstick in her lifetime, it's a good idea to opt for natural lipsticks that don't contain any controversial ingredients!
Formulated with 96% naturally derived ingredients, of which 27% are organic, our lipsticks are particularly rich in plant butters and oils, with softening, hydrating and nourishing properties. You'll also find extracts of Calendula and Centella Asiatica, which offer repairing, softening and soothing benefits. We use natural waxes that are rich in Vitamin A and leave a protective film on your lips – perfect for defending them against damage from pollution.
In addition to making your lips look beautiful, the Christophe Danchaud x Absolution natural lipsticks really care for your lips, thanks to their non-drying, repairing formulas. You can choose from a selection of vibrant colors, with either semi-matte or glossy textures.
No mineral oils, silicones or controversial preservatives... Just lots of organic and natural active ingredients for an even-toned, luminous complexion and healthy-looking skin.
Le Multicorrecteur – Made with 99% naturally derived ingredients, 20% of which are organic, this formula is all you need to conceal dark circles, redness and blemishes, and brighten the complexion, while maintaining your skin's beauty. Le Multicorrecteur contains natural pigments, calming and skin-softening Jojoba oil, de-puffing Cornflower, and Chlorella, to help fight redness and regenerate the skin. Euphrasia and Green Coffee extracts provide an anti-puffiness and anti-fatigue effect – perfect for making tired eyes look less tired! Offering both adjustable coverage and a natural finish, this formula delivers beautiful, subtle results.
La Crème du Teint – Made with 48% organic ingredients, this cream cares for the skin and protects it against the sun and pollution, while evening out the complexion. We selected the very best natural active ingredients to create this high-performance makeup-and-skincare formula:
- Tamanu oil, with regenerating and regulating benefits, which helps to protect against dark spots and activate cell renewal;
- Green Tea, a powerful antioxidant that prevents free radicals from inhibiting the skin's natural production of collagen and elastin;
- Thermus Thermophilus, a marine active ingredient with excellent protective properties that provides a natural SPF of 10-15;
- Jojoba oil, which helps to regulate sebum secretion, making it gentle on even the most easily upset skin.
- Rose Hip oil, rich in polyunsaturated essential fatty acids, which has a regenerating and antioxidant action;
- There's also Aloe Vera, antioxidant and anti-aging Fucocert, Olive Squalane with emollient properties to leave skin feeling soft and supple, and Bamboo Marrow to soften the skin.
Made with natural mineral pigments, Cornflower water and Nettle extract, Le Liner Christophe Danchaud helps to soothe the skin and acts at the base of lashes in order to strengthen them. This natural formula doesn't contain any substances that could be harmful to the sensitive skin of the eyelids and eye area. If you're looking for a gentle eyeliner that delivers intense, precise and long-lasting results, you've found it!
As for Le Mascara Christophe Danchaud, this organic formula is made with Beeswax and Carnauba wax, as well as Abyssinian oil – a rare botanical oil – to nourish, strengthen and coat your lashes. With its intense color, it's sure to turn heads!