• Brittany Cusick

Let's get Savvy.

What's in your makeup? Do you really know? I didn't. I used to use whatever I could buy for cheap at CVS or Target. One year I thought, "I can do better than this," so I "upgraded" my cabinet to Mac cosmetics. But when I started looking into the ingredients of everything in my home, my cosmetics didn't make the cut. Not a SINGLE one.

On average, women apply more than 500 synthetic chemicals to their skin daily. The majority of them before we even eat our breakfast. Those chemicals are seeping into our bloodstream and being pumped to all our major organs - we can do better.

Nearly 2 years ago I switched to Savvy Minerals from Young Living. 100% naturally-derived and 100% non-toxic to myself and the environment. It's an easy switch and one that anyone can make. I hope you'll bare with me as we examine some of the ingredients in traditional cosmetics. All of which I'm able to avoid now by simply swapping out my makeup to Savvy Minerals.


If you google this ingredient you'll find two things.

  1. A string of lawsuits from people claiming it cause cancer in themselves or a loved one. Many of the verdicts are in FAVOR of the plantiff, meaning a jury or judge saw enough of a link to require massive $$ settlements. And's still allowed in our personal care products?

  2. Websites from companies who use talc in their products talking about safe it actual is. What you WON'T find is any evidence to support this from third-parties. Crazy.


A common preservative in personal care products that are considered potential endocrine disruptors. Why is that bad? Nneka Leiba, deputy director of research at Environmental Working Group (EWG) says, “endocrine disruption is basically the disruption of the normal function of the hormone system, and our hormone system drives all of the functions of our body. So any alteration or disruption to the function of our body can alter growth, development, and reproduction, [and] brain function, for example.”

Parabens specifically mimic the hormone estrogen and could thus interfere with the production of that hormone. “Because up to 70 percent of breast cancers express the estrogen receptor, there is a concern that parabens may contribute to the development of breast tumors,” James G. Wagner, associate professor of pathobiology and diagnostic investigation at Michigan State University.


Bismuth is a naturally-occurring metal that is often compared chemically to arsenic and lead, but is apparently less toxic. Cosmetic companies traditionally use Bismuth Oxychloride as a common 'filler' ingredient because it can be cheaply made cheaply. The problem is that they then claim it is a natural ingredient, when it's actually manufactured from bismuth, oxygen and chlorine – not something I would personally call “natural.”


Phthalates are a family of industrial chemicals used to soften PVC plastic and as solvents in cosmetics and other consumer products. They are well known to damage the liver, kidneys, lungs, and reproductive system — particularly in men.

In 2008, the U.S. Congress passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, which includes a federal ban on phthalates in toys and children's products, taking action to reduce exposures and protect children's health. But yet, it's still allowed in cosmetics for adults.


These are chemicals derived from petroleum or natural gas. Studies have found that oral and topical application of petrochemicals in rodents resulted in anemia, kidney degeneration, and nerve damage to the brain and spinal cord. Even more disturbing was that several animals died during the course of these studies.


Nanoparticles are teenie-tiny particles created at the molecular level. They are built atom-by-atom using both natural and synthetic ingredients and have broad application. Their small size makes them particularly useful in cosmetics because they may speed up a product’s penetration into the skin and they are able to fill microscopic crevices in skin, creating a smooth look.

Some studies have shown that, due to their size, nanoparticles can quickly make their way into the bloodstream and other parts of the body via skin absorption. And while there is growing evidence suggesting nanoparticles could be hazardous to your health and to the environment, they are broadly used and often not disclosed in SO MANY personal care products.

So what IS in Savvy Minerals?

Savvy Minerals uses mica powder, a purified and crushed mineral which is mined from the earth. It is what gives us pure pigment color so that we don’t have to use synthetic dyes and lakes to color our products. It can be an irritant concern when inhaled in large amounts – as can any crushed up anything, really – but that’s only likely in poorly managed manufacturing environments where workers aren’t wearing the proper protection and are exposed to it over several years that way.

Check out the full list of Savvy "Dos" and "Donts" here. And when you're ready to switch YOUR makeup out, snag yourself a Savvy Starter Kit here!

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Brittany Cusick

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