NO Synthetic Dyes, They Say…

I have often asked myself this question, but have never really tried to find information that would answer it, until this moment, and that question is;
“Why does Bella Terra Mineral Cosmetics emphasize NO Synthetic Dyes in any of their products?”
What’s the harm in a little synthetic dye.
I mean, even the name synthetic denotes something that is fake, and not to be feared. Why should we care so much that Bella Terra Mineral Cosmetics does not use any fake dyes, and some of the biggest names in the Beauty industry do?

Well, I don’t really like wondering something for too long, so of-course now I am on a mission to find out the exact answer to this conundrum!
It’s like; Is my makeup wearing makeup? 
A totally existential question, I know, but seriously, think about it. What does make-up do?
Too many rhetorical questions! Let’s start answering some…

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Gosh! Why does pretty have to be so deadly?

Why do we use dyes in cosmetics?

As I’ve already mentioned, Bella Terra Mineral Cosmetics doesn’t use any artificial, or synthetic dyes in their cosmetics, but why do we need dyes and colors anyhow?
According to some anthropologists, most humans react to color the same way a cat reacts to yarn. Like a cat to yarn; synthetic colors are used to make cosmetics more eye-catching.
But then, why don’t they just say; Red, White, Tan, and Brown?
You know there’s a problem when you see the color labeled with a letter and number such as FD&C Red No. 6 <<<Firstly! Have you seen the name? What’s an FD&C? What the hell color is Red Number Six?

The F in FD&C apparently is for Food
The D in FD&C stands for Drug
And the C in FD&C stands for Cosmetics
So basically this is a color that has been created by the Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Group/Act or something like that. The same color that they will be putting inside your drugs, and food… Isn’t that lovely?

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Did you have your lipstick for the day? o.O

Where are Synthetic dyes commonly found?

Synthetic dyes are found in makeup, lipstick, hair dyes and even body products such as moisturizers.
The most common synthetic colors used in cosmetics and hair dyes are called FD&C colors and they are derived from coal tar, which in turn is a by-product of petroleum.
Since some coal tar dyes have been known to cause cancer, they are regulated by the FDA as to the amount of lead or arsenic they contain, limiting these elements to 10 parts per million.

Can synthetic dyes cause cancer?

It’s funny how everyone’s ears seem to just perk up, when people mention cancer. Yes! You read correctly Some synthetic dyes could be cancer causing agents.
For instance; FD&C Blue No. 1 has been found to be a skin and eye irritant by some organizations. The International Agency for Research on Cancer deemed in the late 90’s that this dye caused cancer in rats.

O.K. So Synthetic Dyes are crappy; Are the alternatives?

Certain basic ingredients are used to give natural skin care products and makeup color. Often these cosmetics are labeled as organic. Natural elements used to add color to cosmetics and hair dyes include fruit and vegetable juices, henna, clay, carrot oil and beet extract. Sometimes non-chemical colorants are used in mineral makeup. << Bella Terra Mineral Cosmetics

Out of all cosmetics, which is the worst?

By far Lipstick is the worst offender when it comes to carcinogens, and the chances of us actually getting sick from it!
“One woman can ingest up to 4 pounds of lipstick in a lifetime” as the saying goes.
Synthetic dyes derived from aluminum (“lakes colors”) and coal tar can be absorbed into our bodies and stored in our organs and fatty tissues.
For the sensitive individual, the use of coal tar colors is said to cause such symptoms as nausea, headaches, skin problems, fatigue, mood swings, or other allergic symptoms.

As I already mentioned above; coal tar dyes have produced cancer in laboratory animals.
Certain types of artificial dyes, lanolin, and added fragrances in lipstick can cause drying and cracking of the lips. A condition called Cheilitis, which is a dermatitis of the lips. It can occur due to an allergic reaction to lip products, since the skin of the lips is quiet thin.

Some people even believe that BHA, a commonly used preservative in lipsticks, is carcinogenic and should be avoided.

So at the end of the day, it’s still up to you, but as for me, and my house;
Give me my Bella Terra Mineral Cosmetics, which is has NO synthetic dyes, and let’s just call it a day!

If you have any questions, let me know at: thatbeautyword(at)gmail(dot)com and maybe the answer to your question will serve as inspiration for my next post!

Bye for now.

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One thought on “NO Synthetic Dyes, They Say…

  1. I usually do not drop many responses, however after reading through a ton of comments on NO Synthetic Dyes, They Say | That B Word.

    I do have 2 questions for you if you do not mind.
    Is it simply me or do some of the responses look like they are left
    by brain dead visitors? 😛 And, if you are posting on additional places, I would like to follow you.
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