Obtain Natural Beauty with Safe Cosmetics

natural beauty productsI get a lot of questions about makeup from readers, so I wanted to discuss the problems with conventional makeup, as well as alternatives that I particularly love.

I like organic makeup brands that are fresh and natural – the kind that enhances your own beauty without clogging your pores or aging your skin with silicone or petroleum products, allowing your own natural gorgeousness to shine through. When you provide your body with healthy foods, it shows in your skin. In general, with such glowing beauty there’s very little need to cover it up completely. Instead, you can enhance what you’ve worked so hard to build with light, natural makeup.

I’ve talked before about just how important of a role your skin plays in detoxification. Your skin is an organ that breathes. You expel toxins through your skin, and you can also absorb them into your body via that route. When you use many commercial brands of makeup, including foundation, cover-up, and liquid blush, you’re actually hampering your skin’s ability to breathe. This can result in blemishes and other skin irregularities that rob you of your natural beauty.

At the same time, when you so carefully minimize your chemical intake by eating wholesome, natural foods, why would you want to turn around and add harmful chemicals back in by using them in your makeup? According to The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, the cosmetics industry produces one of the least regulated products for human use on the market. Testing is not required to monitor the effects of cosmetics on human health. Let’s take a look at some of the harmful ingredients you may find in makeup.

Heavy Metals

According to Health Canada, it is virtually impossible to remove heavy metals from cosmetics. The Canadian government limits heavy metals to a certain percentage; however, no such laws exist in the United States. Metals you may find in cosmetics include:heavy metals in makeup

  • Lead
  • Arsenic
  • Mercury
  • Antimony
  • Cadmium

Heavy metal exposure can cause an array of health problems, including:

  • Renal failure
  • Gastrointestinal hemorrhage
  • Diabetes
  • Encephalopathy
  • Neuropathy
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Metabolic acidosis
  • Certain cancers
  • Dermatitis
  • Allergic reactions

harmful sunscreenSunscreen

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) states that the FDA has failed to generate any sunscreen safety standards. Many makeup products, particularly foundation and lip balms, contain chemical sunscreens. According to the EWG, however, the evidence that chemical sunscreen protects you from skin cancer is minimal, at best, and some evidence even shows that chemical sunscreen may increase the risk of developing melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer. Likewise, sunscreen blocks vitamin D absorption, and many chemical sunscreens contain potential hormone disruptors that can be absorbed through the skin.


harmful fragranceIt’s understandable that you want your cosmetics to smell nice. Unfortunately, many fragrances are chemically generated and can contain multiple chemical compounds. According to The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, fragrance is considered a “trade secret,” so there’s no way of knowing just what those chemicals are. Instead, you’ll typically find these trade secret scents listed in the ingredients merely as “fragrance.”

Possible problems with the chemicals used to create fragrance include allergic reactions, hormone disruption from phthalates and synthetic musks, and even neurotoxic effects from certain chemicals.


nanoparticles in productsNanotechnology is a big deal in the cosmetics industry right now. Unfortunately, according to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, nanotechnology is almost completely unregulated and untested for its effects on human health. Among the listed potential health effects of nanoparticles are:

  • Inflammation
  • Increase in oxidative stress
  • DNA mutation
  • Mesothelioma and other cancers (from inhalation)

Petroleum Products

Petroleum ProductsAccording to a study conducted by the Environmental Working Group in 2007, products containing petroleum-based ingredients may be contaminated with a cancer causing chemical called 1,4-dioxane. In fact, the study showed nearly ¼ of all cosmetic products may be contaminated with this ingredient.

Additionally, the most commonly found petroleum product in makeup is phthalates, which are linked to endocrine disruption and certain cancers.


Many makeup products contain chemical dyes. Others may contain powdered elements such as aluminum and barium. These coloring agents also act as neurotoxins in the human body, according to Bloomberg.

Formaldehyde & Preservatives

Many makeup products contain formaldehyde or other preservatives to extend shelf life. According to the National Cancer Institute, formaldehyde may cause cancer in humans. The EPA classifies formaldehyde as a carcinogen.

What’s a Girl to Do?

Above, I’ve listed just a few of the many chemicals you may find in the cosmetics you use. Fortunately, there are some cosmetic products I’ve come to love and rely on, not only because they contribute to beauty, but also because they don’t detract from my health.


Powder foundation, or bronzerWhile I am not and have never been an advocate of wearing foundation or makeup that covers the surface of your skin on a daily basis, I have found a liquid foundation that I am in love with. When you try the Vapour Organic brand Soft Focus Foundation (Free Shipping Code: Vbeauty330) you too, I am confident, will be in love. This super awesome foundation is made of 70% certified organic ingredients and 30% natural mineral pigments & vitamins. It contains nourishing ingredients such as organic pumpkin and papaya complex, lysine (an essential amino acid), and the mineral silica.

I shudder at toxic, silicone and chemical-filled “high performance” makeup brands that make my skin feel suffocated and clogged. In contrast, Soft Focus has none of these highly questionable ingredients but makes your skin look just as good…actually, better. It creates a dewy look to your skin that is magically flattering. I now bring it along with me in my purse and hand it off to makeup artists that put on my makeup before TV shows. I highly recommend it for all your foundation uses!


blushMy other Vapour  obsession is the Multi-Use Blush in Courtesan (Free Shipping Code: Vbeauty330), which I think is universally flattering. Many powdered mineral brands just sit on the surface of your face, and don’t blend in quite enough to be truly believable. These products give the dreaded “I am wearing blush makeup!” look. I’ve never been into liquid blushes because quite honestly, they creep me out. I don’t like more liquids put on my skin than is absolutely necessary. But I just put a dab of this wonderful solid blush in the apple of my cheeks, and then blend it in well with a blush brush. It gives a fresh, natural glow. Yes! This product is also made with 70% certified organic ingredients and 30% mineral pigments and vitamins. Try it, and you’ll never go back to pressed powdered blushes.


I like to finish both with my Sally B’s Skin Yummies Get Even powder, which is my all-time favorite loose powder, which controls shine and finishes everything off!

Lip Gloss

My favorite lip gloss comes from Sally B’s Skin Yummies, as well. The B Glossy lip gloss contains organic ingredients and no petroleum products. It also comes in four great shades that soothe and moisturize lips.

You can be naturally beauty without compromising the good health you’ve worked so hard to achieve. By using the right beauty products, you’ll be able to enhance your natural beauty instead of covering it up with unhealthy and even dangerous chemical-laden cosmetics.




Last updated: Thursday, June 18, 2015
  • Rosie

    Your book and blog have been an inspiration to me and made a huge impact on my
    lifestyle and perspective! I have tons more energy and a generally more postive outlook,

    I’ve been suscipicously eyeing the current items in my makeup bag hoping to make a change there too.

    I was wondering if you’ve ever tried the Sally B’s Tinted Moisturizer? I know you’re a fan of the brand in general..

    Keep spreading the knowledge & love. Thank you so much for all that you do!

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Hi Rosie!
      You’re welcome. I’m so happy that the knowledge is making a difference in your life!

      I love the Sally B’s tinted moisturizer as well and do use it sometimes. Try it! xx

  • http://whilewewereweary.com/blog Katie

    Thank you for this post Kimberly, so helpful as always! I love using tinted moisturizer, any that you you would recommend? is the Sally B’s okay? I noticed it has a lengthy list of ingredients and just wanted to make sure it was approved by you! any other tinted moisturizers or even un-tinted facial moisturizers, you’d recommend for after washing our face. What do you put on your face before bed after cleansing? anything? Also, I know eating is everything for acne but if you I do get a blemish, what should I put on it that is natural but will help.

    Thank you again for everything! BDS has completely changed my life!

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Hi Katie!
      Yes Sally B’s tinted moisturizer is great. The list contains wonderfully beneficial plant ingredients like avocado oil, vitamin E and algae.

      What kind of blemishes are you getting? And are you getting them chronically in the same area of your face? If I get a zit (and I do!) I clean the area and my skin really well with the Sally B’s Fruit Acid Toner and just let it heal on its own. I definitely prefer the preventative approach.

      Keep living the Beauty Detox lifestyle my love!! xx

      • http://whilewewereweary.com/blog Katie

        Kim, you are amazing for writing back, answering all my questions, and supporting us all here! My breakouts are small, just an occasional zip here or there usually chin or check, but it depends. Definitely lessoned since starting the BDS lifestyle. I’m looking forward to starting my Sally B’s products! I love when you recommend products!

        I think my little breakouts recently may be from stress from my family worrying about me after losing weight very rapidly. I’m one of your Blossoming Beauties who wrote you the longwinded cry for help you responded to so swiftly on your ’12 Superfoods for a Healthier Lifestyle’ post. I did have a few more questions though, sorry to be such a pest! Having you here for support is amazing and helps me to not feel alone in the BDS lifestyle.

        Since I have so many specific questions, (periods have stopped & question about bowels) I feel like I need to see a holistic minded dr./ nutritionist to discuss further my specific case. Wish it could be you, but only want to talk to someone who understands the BDS lifestyle and supports it. Do you have any colleagues you could recommend?

        Again, your kindness in supporting all the people you’ve helped is so inspirational! I can just tell without knowing you that you are such a genuinely nice person!
        ps. I’m going through yoga teacher training and wishing I could take one of your classes!
        I’ll keep in touch forever!

  • Amy

    Kimberly does the Sally B lipgloss stay on or do you have to reapply often?

    • Kimberly Snyder

      It stays on a decent amount of time…not like those chemical-filled goopey ones that last all day, but I might reapply it every few hours or after I eat. I love the Ruby’s Red so much!!

  • Eva

    Hi Kimberly, so what is a good sunscreen to use? I use sunscreen everyday. If I don’t I get dark spots on my face. Thanks for the helpful information.

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Ugh. I’ve tried a few and I am not 100% happy with any of them, because I find a lot of the “chemical-free” ones have clogging waxes. I’m working on finding one that I truly love and that I can share with our Beauty Detox community!

      The Sally B’s Get Even powder and powdered foundations have a good deal of titanium dioxide, and do offer some sun protection (though that is not disclosed on the label), but it is not the same as a cream.
      Stay tuned. xx

      • Amy-Louise

        Have you heard of Moo Goo Kimberly? I love their sunscreen. Check out their website! No clogging waxes :)

      • Barbara

        I like the Neem Rose Sunscreen SPF30 from Pratima Skin Care. It contains Ayurveda ingredients, as well as zinc oxide:

      • Darlene Taylor

        Have you ever tried Josie Maran moisturizer with SPF 40?? I love it.

  • Lis

    Hi Kimberly, do you wear a physical type of sunscreen (zinc oxide or titanium dioxide)? What do you recommend for sun protection? Thanks!

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Hey Lis, see above. I am working on it! xx

      • Kim Kolb

        Hi Kimberly, I love your book and wanted to do for my outside what I am doing for my inside however, can’t seem to find your natural line of skin care. What do you recommend for overall skin care for us in our 50’s?

        • Kimberly Snyder

          Hi Kim, I’ve been researching and testing a lot lately, and am going to do a post soon on some skincare and a sunscreen recommendation! No matter what you use though, I definitely recommend getting the Antioxidant Booster from Sally B’s (see Kim’s Pics to click on the link), and adding to any cream or serum you currently use. It’s pure vitamin C, which is great for brightening the skin and anti-aging benefits, and b/c it is powdered it has full potency as it goes right on your skin. xx

  • http://capelloorganicsalon.com Debra Caruso

    Hi Kimberly,
    Thanks so much for introducing me to Sally B’s ! I have been looking for a skin care line in my organic salon for some time now. After I found you ( through one of my clients ) I tried Sally B’s and loved it right away! I just placed my retail order with the company and I am so excited about carrying this line and so are my clients! Thank you!!

    Debbie Caruso

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Oh wonderful! It is an amazing line and all the products are handmade. :)

  • Tybz

    Dear Kim,

    My question is not about make up, but about hand cream. My wife and I use “St. Ives: Collagen Elastin” How is that one? Of course there are lots of ingredients listed, but I have no idea what is what, and the print is so fine.

    Can you help us? Can you give a recommendation? Maybe someone else reading this can help?

    Thanks – –

    Scott and Jen

    • Kimberly Snyder


      Because I love you, I will definitely say STOP using this product!! Below is the ingredients. You can see that after water, the first ingredient is mineral oil, which is a big no-no. It is a petroleum based ingredient that is clogging. Propylene glycol has been linked to kidney and liver issues as well as reproductive complications. “Fragrance” could literally include thousands of chemical ingredients within that umbrella ingredients.

      Try the Sally B’s Healing Hand Butter. I love it. And it is only $7!!

      St. Ives: Collagen Elastin:
      Water (Aqua/Eau), Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum) (Paraffinum Liquidum, Huil Minerale), Propylene Glycol, PEG 100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed OiI (Safflower), Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Dimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Parfum), Ethylhexl Glycerin, Linalool, Hexylcinnamal, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Coumarin, Geraniol

      • Tybz

        Thank you so much, Kimberly – we will look into this!

  • Hani

    Hi Kimberly,

    Thanks for the post. I had a question not related to make up but about green powder. What do you think about Healthforce Vitamineral Green V5 powders? Are they safe to use when you don’t have time to make Green smoothies.

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Hi Hani,
      Yes when traveling green powders are a good option. I like the individual ones that contain probiotics and can be kept really fresh and opened on the spot. My last trip to Morocco in early Dec. I used the individual Green Vibrance brand and was happy with it. xx

  • http://www.zonapellucida.wordpress.com Dana

    Hi Kimberly, Is there any sunscreens you would recommend? I work outside all summer and would like to know if there’s anything I can use to mitigate my extensive exposure to the sun. Thanks!

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Hi Dana!
      Yes please see my comment above. I am working on finding one that I feel 100% comfortable wholeheartedly getting behind and sharing with the Beauty Detox community, and so far I haven’t found one yet. But stay tuned! xx

  • http://downtownjbrown.wordpress.com Julia

    Hi Kimberly! I loved reading your book and am feeling great after revamping my eating habits and buying make-up that fits within the guidelines mentioned above! I have also been off of an antibiotic to control acne for about a month now, and breakouts have been occurring. I know I’m doing what’s right for my health in the long-term, but do you have any ways of dealing with a problematic zit or two that just won’t go away? Also, what do you wash your make-up brushes with?

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Hi Julia!
      Be sure you are eating your P & E salad like crazy. The antibiotics would have wiped out your friendly flora, which can ironically manifest in more acne now.

      Be sure you always cleanse your face very, very thoroughly.

      I usually wash my makeup brushes with my natural shampoo or liquid soap. xx

      • Vuthsaranymol Pin

        hi kimberly, what natural shampoo and conditioner u would recommend to buy and use…thank you

  • Sethrin

    Thank you for these products! What about eye liner, eye shadow and mascara, what do you suggest? Also, do you recommend going without sunscreen? If not, which brand is safe? Thanks!

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Vapour actually has a great eye liner! xx

  • Sylwia V

    HI Kimbery
    I would love to get rid off the acne scars is there anything I can use or do to help.

    Thank you

  • http://purenaturalmakeup.com/ Arina at Pure Natural Makeup

    really enjoyed your post here. I really love natural makeup and since I’ve started using natural makeup products I’ve had no problems with my skin. Thanks for the great tips as well, I’ll definitely try them out.

  • Nicole

    Hi Kim!

    Thanks for the great post 😉

    I was wondering what’s a good way of cooking red jacket potatoes? You mentioned them in your book as one of the Best Beauty Starchy Vegetables.

    • Kimberly Snyder

      You can steam them or cook them in water. I also make mashed potatoes for my clients when they are in the mood for that out of them by using coconut or almond milk, nutritional yeast, sea salt and pepper. xx

  • robyn


    Please can you recommend a shampoo that is natural, but one that works and doesnt leave your hair greasy. I have tried so so many. HELP ME KIM

  • Lina

    Hi Kim,

    Thanks for posting this. Which sunscreen do you prefer? Which cleanser and cream should I used to get rid of acne? For shampoo which one is good? Please recommend something for me.

    Thank you.

  • j

    Hi Kim, have you looked into Miessence products? they look pretty good too

  • Kimberly Snyder

    Hi Robyn,

    Have you tried the Hamadi line? See if it works for you. xx

  • Shannon

    I ordered the liquid foundation right as I saw your post! I can’t wait to try it out! :)

  • Nicole

    I’ve never commented on your site before, but I just had to mention another amazing cosmetics line, RMS Beauty. I tried the Vapour Organics foundation and unfortunately there wasn’t a good color match for my skin, so I tried RMS Beauty’s “Un-Cover Up” Concealer instead. It is an amazing line – 100% natural with a very low rating on the Cosmetics Database, and the products have a coconut oil base which is great for your skin. I am positively obsessed with this line – if Vapour doesn’t have a good color match for your skin, try RMS Beauty instead. You can use the concealer as a foundation as well, which is what I do. I will definitely check out Vapour for other products though – i.e. eyeliner, etc.

  • Brooke

    Hi Kimberly! What do you think about dark spot corrector products? I’m thinking of the Clinique one in particular, but are any, in general, ok? If not, what would you recommend for ridding oneself of dark spots due to acne and sun damage?

    Also, I’ve been following your plan for 8 weeks now and feel great! However, despite taking probiotics, I still break out like crazy (mainly on my jawline, forehead, and cheeks – so basically everywhere, I guess!) whenever I try to go off the antibiotic I’ve been taking for acne for the past year. (A little background, I’ve battled acne for years, but it didn’t get bad until I turned about 25. Since then the only thing that’s ever helped are antibiotics, which I’ve now been on & off the past few years). Any recommendations? (I also have infertility issues, not sure if that & the acne issues are related).

    As always, thanks!

    • Rachele

      Hi Brooke,
      I used to break out terribly, until 6 years ago, both face and body, and still battle the scars at age 49. My daughter also started breaking out in her early teens. We discovered that she was allergic to gluten and that I was allergic to yeast, milk, fish, tomatoes and avocado. Whenever we eat foods with our allergic items, we break out…not sometimes, always! That’s how we know something has slipped by; that we didn’t notice it was in something. Denny’s uses pancake batter in their eggs-ha she found it out via her face!!!!. You would be surprised how much fish oil is in some foods, my Phillipino friends use it for flavoring instead of salt. Acne is not the only issue with allergenic food and it doesn’t show up immediately, takes a 1/2 day or more but I encourage you to get allergy tested or start cutting out the BIG 8 allergens. I would start with gluten (wheat). Unfortunately, most of my allergies were not in the big 8 and I needed skin testing. I am so happy to say that my skin is more beautiful now than it has been in my whole life. It’s taken work to fix it, but I know for sure if I eat bread or cake, the yeast in it will give me a big honking red zit that takes forever to go away. Perhaps a google of acne and food allergies will provide inspiration. AND…it could be a sensitivity, and not an allergy, that causes the problem. Now, my skin is not as sensitive to what I put on it. Usually, I use my own oils (mix of rice bran and grapeseed) as a moisturizer.

    • Jansa

      You might have polycystic ovaries, connected with higher testosterone level, that is a hormon, responsible for breaking out. In this case it’s a phormonal issue and should be treated with the right balance of hormons, not antibiotics.

  • Amy

    Kimberly, any suggestions for mascara?

  • Jamie

    Hi Kimberly!

    I’ve read your book and have been incorporating all your great nutritional suggestions into my life. I’m still having issues with my body/skin. Do you no longer consult?

    Also, I’ve found that it’s almost impossible to find all natural/organic products of any kind and it’s discouraging. Even some of the products you suggest above have Titanium Dioxide in them which is considered a carcinogen. I’m wondering since it’s mostly all natural is a little bit of TD okay to use daily?


  • Sheetal

    Hi Kim,

    Thank you for the valuable information and post!
    I was wondering if you’ve heard of Coola organic suncare and Dr. Alkaitis range of holistic skin care food. If so, would love to hear your reviews about these lines of skin care products. Thanks.

  • Alexa

    These are very helpful suggestions! Thanks, Kim!

    Now I just need mascara (I am mascara obsessed). Any suggestions? Honestly, I could completely give up all makeup if I had to – except mascara!

    Also, I see you recommend Hamadi shampoo – do you also recommend their conditioner? If not, then what? I’ve been using Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild for shampoo (though it’s a little harsh – any thoughts about it?) but have not found a natural conditioner I like.

    Thanks so much!!

  • Luisa


    Are there are mainstream make up lines which are good?

    • Tara Mazanec

      Hi All,

      This is the first time I have responded to this blog. I felt I had to share the line that I began using a year ago and fell in LOVE. The company is called Arbonne and they sell the most amazing skin care for woman of all skin types (including for men and babies) makeup, shampoo/conditioner, sun screen and nutritional products. I am a Personal Trainer and Holistic Health Counselor and recommend it to all my Clients. Kimberly have you heard of it? If so, what do you think?

  • Cristina

    Firstly I would like to thank you for your book and your blog. I’ve been easing my way into the BDS and am already losing weight and feeling much better!

    After reading your post I started changing some of my makeup to the natural brands you suggested but I can’t find any mascara at Sally B or Vapour. Do you know of any brand that sells a good mascara?

    Again, thank you!

  • http://vv Cindy

    Hello Kimberly, I am need of some help with skin care products. I have been reading your book. I didn’t not realize the skin care I do use is not letting my skin breathe. I am wanting something healthly and clean. Could you help me

  • odessa tiefel

    Hello Kimberly,

    My neighbor and local Vetenarian, Paula Sommerville, recommended a line called NYR Organic which is from England and really nice. Have you heard of it or have any thoughts on those products?

  • Beth

    Hi, Kimberly! We all put things on our skin, hair etc without ever thinking of what is truly in each bottle. You mentioned the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and I think everyone should take a few minutes and go to skindeep.org and sign up with the Environmental Working Group. I was SHOCKED when I started entering product names into their database of products and found them to be harmful! As an example, I typed in a Body Shop body butter I had bought and found it to be harmful, printed out the sheet from the site and the girl at Body Shop switched for the safer product for me, no charge! It is enlightening. After all, we read your blogs and try to eat healthier and yet forget about what we put on our skin and hair.
    Thanks for keeping things interesting!

  • Cara

    What do you think about Josie Maran Argan Oil products?

  • Linda

    Thank you so much for all your valuable information!! What do you recommend for a moisturizer and eye cream too?? :)

  • Payal

    Hi Kim,
    What do you think of the Origins line of products? I have been using them for sometime, and was wondering if you thought they were safe?

  • missme

    Hi Kimberly,

    You have been an inspiration to me.. can you please let me know if skincare products by Yves Rocher are ok to use because Sally B is kind of expensive for me.. I really appreciate you answering all the questions promptly.. Also can you please recommend me a good prenatal vitamin.. Thanks a lot

  • Megan T

    Hi Kimberly! I love your book and all your awesome advice on your blog- it shows you do truly care! I have read the above comments on sunscreen, and I too am an avid sunscreen user (I’m pale as a ghost but get aweful dark spots as well as burn very easily). I use Elta MD “Clear” on my face and neck daily and Elta MD “Sport” on the rest of my body during warmer months. Is this a good product? My dermatologist highly recommends it.. But, I actually trust your judgement a LOT more! What do you think??
    Please help! This question has been haunting me for the past several months since I read your book!
    Meg :)

  • Noreen

    Hi Kimberly,

    I love your book and your blog! You’re a great inspiration to us.

    Can you share with us any recipes or ideas in feeding toddlers? Mine is being raised vegetarian and I am vegan myself. Btw, she loves her green smoothies.


  • Sinead

    Yay keep the suggestions coming,always looking for more natural brands to explore ,a natural brand I love is liz earle ,love the cleanse and polish hot cloth cleanser(a much better alternative to a more expensive brand which shall remain nameless who’s main ingredients are rubbish fillers),also love liz earle’s mineral foundation.ps :if you want to try and make your own hair masks,body butter’s etc- a great book is The holistic beauty book by Star Khechara which I bought along with your book last week(which I love by the way,can’t believe how much info you packed in there-bargain! ).The Liz Earle cleanser is on special promo at the moment-you would love it.I find lavera good for skincare and sunblock btw.

    • http://justtonote Lily

      Hi just saw your post here. I know it’s been ages since you posted this, but I just wanted to point out that the Liz Earle foundation, as well as some of their skin products, are actually full of very nasty ingredients (parabens, PEGs, dimethicone, polysorbates…) so you might want to read the labels carefully before you purchase.

  • Linda


    I wear makeup but wanted to know what is the most important item to switch to first if I want to change over slowly. Linda

  • http://livingbeyondthebox.com marjeri

    Thank you for this information. I struggle with the sunscreen issue with my kids daily. We live in a hot climate so weighing out the risks of chemical exposure vs sunburn is a constant dilemma. Any suggestions will be appreciated.

    I also have gotten mixed reviews about bare minerals, which I happen to love. Do you know of anything added to their product which may be harmful to my skin?


    • Kimberly Snyder

      Hi Marjeri,
      I am doing a blog post on sunscreen very soon! Stay tuned.

      I am not a fan of Bare Minerals, as they use an ingredient called Bismuth Oxychloride. Try the Sally B’s, the powder and foundations are amazing! xx

      • K. Adams

        Hi Kimberly,

        I found a safe and healthy sunscreen…SUNTEGRITYskincare.com

        The motivation for the creator of this product is heartwarming to say the least and her products work! They smell wonderful, absorb easily and are not greasy. I have sensitive skin and no breakouts as of yet! Give it a try and let me know what you think!

        Have a Sparkling Day!

        K. Adams

  • Reza Amani Nasab

    Greetings from Iran
    As much as we love to purchase your book ,we arenot able to do it because of sanctions in iran, but Thanks to your website, I could use your Green smoothie, its ,ike a miracle, I ‘ve told about it to my friends and family. Every body is so surprised for the amazing effects. Thank you very very much indeed. You’re the best kimberly

  • http://www.skinspausa.com Christal

    Hi Kimberly,

    Thank you for all your research and valuable health and beauty advise.
    As a fellow beauty expert, and supporter of non-chemical skincare products, I would invite you to try Epicuren Discovery out of Laguna California.

    They have an outstanding chemical free SPF called Zinc Oxide that I recommend to all my acneic and sensitive skin patients.  It is one of the only sunblocks I have found that absorbs into the skin and is non-irritating.  I would be happy to send you a sample to try if you cannot find it in your area.

    Epicuren Zinc Oxide Ingredients:
    Aloe vera, deionized water, micronized zinc oxide, glycerin, beeswax, ascorbyl vitamin C palmitate, Epicuren enzyme concentrate, rose otto rose oil, tocopheryl vitamin E acetate, retinyl vitamin A palmitate, ergocalciferol (vitamin D), xanthan gum, magnesium silicate, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Rosemary Extract, Cinnamon Extract, Bearberry Extract. Active ingredient: zinc oxide.   
    From: http://www.theskinspausa.com/inc/sdetail/4438/4462

    Keep up the great work. You are truly inspirational! 

    • kellyann

      Zinc Oxide does not absorb into the skin. It sits on top.

  • Rochelle

    Hi Kim,
    Do you have any recommendations on sunscreens for darker complexions? As an African Canadian I hate purchasing mineral sunscreens that make my complexion look very white.


  • Denise

    Does anyone have any feedback on this line-http://josiemarancosmetics.com/shop/eyes/argan-eye-shadow-pinkalicious


  • Britt

    Kimberly – thanks for all the great advice. I was curious if you had heard of or tried the Korres line of makeup & skin care. If so, what are your thoughts?

  • http://www,arbonne.ca Bridget

    Hey Kim!
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    What do you reccomend for sun protection then?

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