Blush. It conjures up images of Little Bo Peep on the one hand and Disney’s Mulan on the other. These very contrasting applications and effects are the reasons that blush is the ultimate makeup of the true makeup lover. You can do almost anything with it, from defining cheekbones to giving your eyes that extra mmph, to adding the youthful glow of a sunny day to your skin. Blush is also one of the first pieces of makeup that little girl’s gravitate towards.
Unfortunately, blush, like every other makeup, has been hijacked by an industry looking to cut costs at the expense of their customers’ bodies. Because of this compromise, more and more blushes are being made with phthalates, lead, formaldehyde, and a number of other ingredients whose effects on our bodies and the ecosystem is dubious at best. That is certainly not what you want yourself, or your precious little girl to be using!
The two most common reasons for including these harmful substances are as a color or a preservative. First, it is costly and time consuming to naturally source materials from plants and minerals. In addition to that effort, many of those naturally derived ingredients need extensive refining in order to separate them from other dangerous compounds that are frequently bound to them in nature. This process is laborious and expensive. The second reason harmful substances are included is for preservation. Many naturally derived tints and colors are water-soluble and don’t have a long shelf life. Because of this, naturally extracted colors are paired with massive amounts of preservation chemicals so that they can be easily stored and sold on shelves for months or even years on end.
For both of these reasons and many more, blush has been compromised. It is a source of dangerous chemical accumulation in our bodies and we need to rethink the products we buy. The good news is that if more people buy toxin-free, then the big companies will respond to the demand and put more research and development into eco and body-friendly products that we can all feel good about. In the meantime, here are some blushes that will really make you smile.
Below you will find the four natural brands that we recommend:
Afterglow Cosmetics makes some of the purest products available. Their blush comes in six flattering shades that start off very subtle and light, but are easily buildable for a fuller look. They also provide a great service recommending shades for different skin tones. In a lot of cases, their recommendation is a perfect match, even if it wasn’t what the client would have initially chosen.
Afterglow Cosmetics Organic Infused Blush uses botanical extracts such as calendula, rose petal, and pomegranate seed oil that smooth and calm the skin, reducing any inflammation and patchiness and boosting collagen production underneath while looking beautiful above!
None of their make up contains parabens, bismuth oxychloride, sulfates, gluten, soy, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petrochemcials, nylon-6, phthalates, GMOs, triclosan, or quaternium. Now if that doesn’t make you happy, nothing will.
This brand is an eco-award winner. It won Kristin Arnett’s Green Beauty Team Best of Beauty Award. A best-seller, this dewy blush blends well so you won’t be left with streaks or lines. The mica, kaolin, and cornstarch base brush on like a dream and green tea, aloe leaf, and flower wax all keep your skin from drying out and keep the blush from caking.
Ecco Bella’s Flowercolor Blush is gluten-free, talc-free, fragrance and additive- free. This is important because talc especially has been known to cause irritation and breakouts in sensitive skin. With this formula, there is nothing to worry about.
Five of the seven beautiful shades are carmine-free, meaning they are perfectly acceptable for vegans. The .16 ounce disks are interchangeable, so you can purchase refills at a discounted price or switch out your shade with every purchase. The options are endless!
Vapour Organic Beauty
Vapour Organic Beauty’s Aura Multi-Use Blush is an impressive, power-packed, wonder-tool! It can be used on cheeks, lips and eyes for a matching splash of color. The beeswax base is quite firm until warmed, so it is recommended that you blend it lightly on the back of your hand until slightly melted for a smooth application. Then, once rubbed in, Aura Multi-Use Blush has excellent staying power and will easily last all day with brilliant tint!
Some of the pinker shades do contain carmine, a natural coloring agent made from the crushed shells of a small bug, so vegans beware. But for the rest of us, the colors are as natural and harmless as they come.
The tube applicator is also popular as a quick purse addition and stows as easily and quickly as a quality lipstick. This is a product that you’ll want to have handy.
Another great line of products comes from W3ll People (pronounced ‘Well People’). Their Purist Luminous Mineral Blush gives a fantastically radiant glow to any skin and is truly pure. The blush is handcrafted in small batches in the USA and it is incredibly light and fresh.
Organic aloe, chamomile and green tea add soothing moisture and anti-inflammatory properties and kaolin clay not only provides a base, but also sucks up excess oil on your skin for a sheen free glow all day. It is paraben, dye, fragrance, silicone, demethicone, phthalate, sulphate, petroleum, talc, bismuth oxychlorode, and nanoparticle free!
Just swirl a brush through the powder and tap off the excess. A little bit is enough to grace your cheeks with a perfect rosy glow.
Whichever your choice, highlight those cheekbones and play up that flirty smile. And let your little girl dress it up! These products are even safe enough for those precious little bodies who will want to put blush on themselves, the cat, dog, and every brother they can find. The options we listed are stunning and practical blushes that will make you look and feel like the beautiful person you are.