It’s not enough, today, to say a product is all-natural and chemical-free. There are so many layers to what ‘natural’ actually means and how the raw ingredients are procured and processed on their way to workshops. Skincare product colour complexities are ripe for criticism, as the whole issue is less than transparent in the beauty world. Read on to find out more…
Ever consider what you’re sending down the drain to meet the fish?
When I hear about biodegradable glitter, I roll my eyes. I think, oh the poor fish, now they’re going to see that these silly humans are hoping they eat sparkly fish food. That after a course of plastic and micro-beads. Oh my! As it turns out, my attitude has proven short-sighted.
With a custom order negotiation for International Women’s Day, a few years ago, the primary demand was for purple soap. After all, it’s the colour of the day! My investigation into purple soap colours took off from there!
Let’s talk about where makeup colouring really comes from…
Mica, commonly used in craft soap making, comes in all sorts of iridescent pretty colours. It is natural, yes, but ethical: no!
It’s the beauty industry’s dirty little secret, these skincare product colour complexities! Although, there are likely other secrets and complexities afoot. You can make smart decisions that suit you with this and other bits of info on the subject.
Mica, is mined primarily in India. Deep along forest pathways are tiny openings that lead to deep mining shafts. Small children fit best down into these holes in the ground to extract the shards of mica that colour the faces of the west. Much of the mica mining that takes place is illegal. Deaths of children and adults go without being documented. And the industry in India is essentially unregulated. That’s not surprising from the evidence caught on tape (and the many documentaries available should you wish to look.)
I’m not an associate of the companies mentioned: neither in mica or bio-glitter, or affiliated in any way with the video posted below. Perhaps it’s new to you too? I encourage you to watch (04:00) and come to your own conclusion regarding the products you buy.
The Future of Colour
Rethinking how we take and return colour to the earth.
Biodegradable glitter, as an alternative, is created from plant cellulose, primarily from the eucalyptus tree. Only when water washes it away and it meets soil and/or waste water, does it then take 90 days to fully decompose.
With Dhana, we’ll stick to our roots (no pun intended) using ground root, leaf powders and tea to colour products. Each brings benefits to the skin in addition to their soft, but pretty colours. In a pinch, on a big order with clear specifications, it’s nice to know that bio-glitter is a friendly alternative.
Thanks for reading, watching and considering how skincare product colour complexities fit into your beauty regime.
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Instead of purple products, why not try some rosey Matter Root. For those looking for a clean and clear complexion, it improves blood circulation and offers anti-inflammatory benefits among other things. Dhana’s Head to Toe Collection contains the ever-popular zzz-Zone Out Spa Bar, not available in any other collection.
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