This Is A Labor of Love, I Tell Ya


See that table o’ cosmetics? That’s my current makeup collection.

The funny/sad thing? I got rid of tons before moving this summer, so this is my paired down collection. However, starting this month, I’m going through each and every product, pinpointing each ingredient, and researching the toxicity. I AM ON A MISSION. I have a sneaking suspicion my collection will be quite whittled down in the near future.

This researching, man…it takes some TIME, but I’m making a great reference spreadsheet for you guys because I can’t just be doing this for myself. I mean, GAH. (I’ve already been really surprised by some brands, both pleasantly and not-so-pleasantly. Also, besides Skin Deep, this website has been very helpful.)

Also? I turn the Big 4-0 on Thursday. #unrelated #kindof #howdidthathappen

Happy Monday to you.

  1. Megan

    November 5, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Not in the makeup category, but…Weleda – I love their sensitive skin almond line of products, especially the face cream, perfect weight for dry winter air (3 cheers for being back in winterland!).

    Also, when I purged a few years ago using the same database, I noticed the key ingredient in so many face lotions was glycerin. It rates a zero in the database, so in the winter, I often just straight-up moisturize with glycerin or mix it with the Weleda moisturizer to add an extra layer between my face & winter air. It’s inexpensive, too. And then I take myself out to lunch with the money that I saved. Or roll around with the extra cash.

  2. jane

    November 5, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Everything is toxic in certain quantities. Sorry, “toxic” is a pet peeve of mine. You may want to look into co-morbidity. I’d start with the link below as a good reference. I work in the field of environmental toxicology so feel free to email me if some things don’t make sense.


  3. Jeanne

    November 5, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    There is a lovely store in downtown Laguna that specializes in non-toxic cosmetics. If you happen to be in the area again, it’s called Roots:The Beauty Underground. The owner recommended RMS Beauty for concealer and highlighter. And Vapour Organic Beauty for foundation. I have found both to be quite wonderful and moisturizing. Best of luck.


    • whoorl

      November 6, 2014 at 9:13 am

      Been there many times…love Laura!

  4. Gina

    November 11, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Always love your reviews…4-0 is nothing…45 was harder. That’s when the eyes started going and the wrinkles REALLY started appearing.