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Face to Face: Sheer Minerals v. Leading Brands

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Hello Natural Beauties,

Mineral makeup is everywhere!  Almost every leading makeup brand has a version of it. The name in and of itself makes you feel like you are doing something good and healthy for your skin. Minerals are naturally occurring, so therefore…but wait, don’t be too hasty in plucking one of those pretty packages with the wholesome looking goddess off of the shelf. If what you put on your face is important to you, and I’m guessing it is or you wouldn’t be here, then lets take a look at some of the common ingredients of some leading brands of “mineral” makeup and why you WON’T find any of these in the Sheer Minerals Makeup Collection.

Talc:  Yes, it is a mineral.  While there is concern about talc in its natural form containing asbestos, the www.cancer.org site suggests that a purified form used in consumer products does not. However, talc, used as a filler in mineral makeup, can clog pores.

Bismuth Oxychloride: Yes, pure Bismuth is a mineral and is used as a thickener and absorbing agent in some products. However, Bismuth Oxychloride is not.  Bismuth oxychloride is manufactured by combining bismuth, a by-product of lead and copper metal refining, with chloride and water. It's used in cosmetics because it has an iridescent, pearly appearance. It is desirable in cosmetics for its ability to adhere to the skin.  Bismuth oxychloride was permanently listed by the FDA as a coloring agent in 1977 and as a synthetic ingredient. Many people react to this ingredient in makeup in the way of redness, hot or itchy skin and cystic breakouts.

Carmine: NOT a mineral. To prepare carmine, insect bodies are boiled in ammonia or a sodium carbonate solution,  then filtered, and alum is added to the clear salt solution of carminic acid to create the red aluminum salt, called "carmine lake" or "crimson lake." Bugs!

Nano Particles: A nanoparticle is defined as anything between 1-100 nanometers in diameter. Used often in makeup because the fine particles fill in fine lines and wrinkles in the skin and make it appear smoother. Nanoparticles are of concern in cosmetics and skincare products due to grown concern over their safety when inhaled or possibly absorbed into the body.  

Parabens: Parabens are synthetic preservatives. The most common parabens are methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben. Parabens can preserve cosmetics for years and years; however, they can also enter your body through your skin and mimic hormones in the body and disrupt functions of the endocrine system. According to www.Mercola.com, the body can absorb as much as five pounds of cosmetic chemicals every year. 

Gluten:  It is becoming more widely recognized that many people suffer with gluten intolerance. Most believe that gluten cannot be absorbed directly through the skin. However, if a product containing gluten, such as lipstick or liquid foundation, touches the mouth or lips, it can be ingested. Plus, people with celiac disease have reported skin irritation with topical application of products containing gluten.

And now for a face-to-face comparison


Sheer Minerals offers products that can make you feel and look as beautiful as that wholesome looking goddess on the drugstore shelves as well as the confidence of knowing you are putting Fresh, Clean & Natural on your face.



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Hello Natural Beauties!
I’m Shelley, the Sheer Minerals Makeup Manager at Lemongrass Spa Products corporate office in Colorado.  Makeup is my passion and I couldn’t be more thrilled to share what I’ve learned with all of you.  Bringing fun, fashion-forward trends, application tips and makeup ideas is what I hope to provide in my monthly blog post!  Since 2010, Sheer Minerals has been providing makeup that is safe to wear, all while offering trendy and glamorous color combinations.  I’m so proud that when Lemongrass Spa Products advertises ‘clean, pure and natural’ … we truly stand behind it with our easy-to-pronounce ingredient list!  Watch for tips and tricks with makeup and accessories, before-and-after transformations and savvy makeup party ideas.


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    Victoria Monday, 13 July 2015

    Hi Shelley, Great info! I'm a huge fan of mineral makeup and would love to incorporate Sheer Minerals into my routine but would like to know how to safely select the color. Do you have a comparison chart of colors similar to other common brands? If not how can one select the best color for her skin?
    Thanks so much!

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    Shelley Tuesday, 21 July 2015

    Hi Victoria, I'm glad you are such a fan! The best way, without purchasing the product, to get an idea for the color is to look at our new 2015 fall/winter catalog. This catalog shows an amazingly accurate representation of the makeup colors. If you are not a Consultant, you can contact one of our Lemongrass Consultants closest to you and they will be happy to help you choose the perfect color as well.

    I would love to hear your feedback!

    Thank you,


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    Tina cohen Saturday, 09 April 2016

    I was just wondering if your lip stick contains lead?

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