Why I’ve Ditched + Switched to Savvy Minerals Makeup

Hi friends!  I feel like this post is looonnnggg overdue!  Truth be told, it has been on my “to-do” list for months and months now, but a recent New York Times article, “Do You Know What’s In Your Cosmetics?” really sparked me to finally sit down and write it!

Photo cred – The New York Times

It has been a little over a year since I jumped on the essential oils bandwagon and became a member of Young Living. Let me tell you, it truly has been such an unexpected blessing for my family and I. The communities that I was plugged into really opened my eyes to all the toxic products lurking in my home — and cosmetics were no exception!  (Shout out to Pure Joy Essentials, Cusp Essentials, and Rose Gold Wellness! It really does matter what team you join under!) After learning from the groups how to use essential oils as a natural alternative to what I had been using, and ditching harsh chemical cleaners for the plant-based Thieves household cleaner; I decided to take a closer look inside my makeup bag as well. Thank you to Cusp Essentials and Rose Gold Wellness for this information!

Did you know that the average woman puts over 500 synthetic chemicals on her body every day without knowing it? And that about 60% of what we put onto our skin is absorbed into our bodies?

If you don’t already have the Think Dirty app, download it now to see how your cosmetics rate in toxicity on a scale of 0-10. Before using Savvy Minerals, I was using a mix of Bobbi Brown (4), Clinique (8), and Urban Decay (8)!!! It was time to give my makeup a makeover and swap them out for their non-toxic counterparts!

Six Common Toxic Substances in Cosmetics

1. PARABENS (METYL, PROPYL, ETHYL, BUTYL): Parabens are chemicals that have been used since the 1950’s to prevent bacteria and act as a preservative in deodorants, lotions, lipsticks, shampoos, scrubs, and more. Parabens can mimic estrogen and act as potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptors in the body’s cells. Parabens have been found present in breast tumors and are possibly linked to breast cancer.

2. TALC: a mineral substance made up of mainly magnesium, silicon, and oxygen used in a variety of cosmetic and personal care products such as baby powder, body and shower products, lotions, feminine hygiene products, eyeshadow, foundation, lipstick, deodorants, and face masks. Some talc may contain the known carcinogen asbestos, therefore it should be avoided in powders and other personal care products. 

3. BISMUTH: is a naturally occurring heavy element found in nickel, tin, and silver that’s primarily used to manufacture metal by-products. Chemically, it resembles arsenic and is used in cosmetics because it has a shimmery, pearlescent appearance, and a fine white powder texture that adheres well to skin.

Many cosmetic companies use bismuth (including Bare Minerals) because it hides flaws, adds a radiant glow to the face and is a dirt-cheap filler! It also has binding qualities, so the makeup will “stick” to your skin and last all day.

Many women will experience itchiness when wearing products containing bismuth, most noticeably when they sweat. This can often lead to nasty rashes and severe acne.

4. LEAD – a naturally occurring element found in small amounts in the earth’s crust. Although it is natural, it’s NOT SAFE! Lead is a known carcinogen (meaning it is cancer causing). It can be in your cosmetics and personal care products and DOESN’T EVEN HAVE TO BE LISTED ON THE LABEL. That is because it’s not an ingredient, but rather a contaminant. Contaminants by definition are polluting or poisonous substances that make something impure.

Unfortunately, the FDA has, “issued guidance to industry on limiting lead in cosmetics to a maximum level that supports the public health goal to limit consumers’ exposure to lead in FDA-regulated products.” In other words, the FDA is OK with a certain level of led being in our cosmetics and personal care products… Well, isn’t that nice?! Furthermore, on their website it states that 99% OF LIP PRODUCTS AND EXTERNALLY APPLIED COSMETICS ON THE U.S. MARKET CONTAIN LEAD!  


5. MERCURY: is a poison. It is a known toxin. Although mercury is a natural element found in the earth’s crust (often in regions with volcanic activity), its natural status doesn’t mean it’s safe.

Repeated or serious exposure to mercury can severely damage the nervous system. When it enters the body, it is stored in the kidneys, blood, spleen, brain, liver, bones, and fatty tissues.

Mercury is terrible for anyone, but it is especially dangerous for pregnant or nursing women.

6. MINERAL OIL: sounds like it would be good, right? “Mineral” oil… wrong! It is also known as “liquid petroleum”. Mineral oil is various colorless, odorless, light mixtures of higher alkanes from a mineral source, particularly a distillate of petroleum. Most often, mineral oil is a liquid byproduct of refining crude oil to make gasoline and other petroleum products.

Mineral oil is a common ingredient in baby lotions, cold creams, ointments and cosmetics.

Researchers stated, “There is strong evidence that mineral oil hydrocarbons are the greatest contaminant of the human body.” Source link

Ditching toxins out, as well as about 99.9% of all of our makeup bags… What can you use now? 

Photo cred – Cusp Essentials

Savvy Minerals by Young Living™ was formulated to include only the most pristine ingredients. It is about never having to compromise quality for beauty. Every product was carefully crafted so you can feel fabulous about yourself and what you’re putting on your skin. They are developed with an unwavering standard of purity and quality, giving you a full variety of naturally derived products made without cheap fillers, toxins, or synthetics.

Savvy Minerals Makeup FACTS…

* free from: talc, lead, bismuth, mineral oil, parabens, lead, gluten and mercury!

* made in the USA (the brushes are made in Italy).

* cruelty-free and mostly vegan (some of the lipsticks and lip glosses have beeswax, so they are not considered vegan). At 2018 Convention, YL did release a line of vegan lipsticks though!

Now that we know what Savvy Minerals is, let’s dive into each of the products and their individual benefits: 

1.  The Misting Spray provides more control with mineral powder makeup application. It is made with pure essential oils and naturally derived, plant-based ingredients to soothe and refreshen your skin.

How to Use: Spray 2–3 pumps of Misting Spray onto the foundation brush and gently wipe off any excess moisture on the back of your hand. Pick up foundation using the brush and apply in gentle circular motions.

* It is not a setting spray. There’s no need to set mineral makeup. It sets as it dries after you apply it wet from misting your brushes before application.  

2.  Foundation – Whether you use it as the base of an elaborate look or on its own for a more natural approach, Young Living’s mineral foundation has you covered – literally!

This long-lasting foundation is made with high-quality, mineral-based ingredients. It is specially crafted without fillers, synthetics, or parabens, making it a great foundation for sensitive skin.

Blends flawlessly for a natural-looking foundation that still diminishes the appearance of imperfections and blemishes.

How to Pick Your Foundation Color: 

  • Check Your Veins — Push your sleeves up and look at the veins on the inside of your wrist. Are they blue or green? If they look more blue, you likely have cool undertones. If the veins look greenish, you’re warm.
  • The Jewelry Trick — Think about whether you look better in silver or gold jewelry. Typically, ladies with cool undertones look better in silver and platinum metals, and warm-toned women look better in gold.
  • The Neutral TestThink about what neutral shades flatter you best. Does your skin, eyes, and face look better in bright white and black hues (Cool-toned) OR ivory, off-whites, and brown/tan shades? (Warm toned). 
  • Eye and Hair Color — Customarily, cool people have eyes that are blue, gray, or green and have blond, brown, or black hair with blue, silver, violet and ash undertones. Conversely, warm-toned women usually have brown, amber, or hazel eyes with strawberry blond, red, brown, or black hair. Their hair tends to have gold, red, orange, or yellow undertones.
  • The Sun’s Effects — When you’re out in the sun, does your skin turn a golden-brown, or does it burn and turn pink first? If you fit into the first category, you’re warm-toned, while cool tones tend to burn.

* If you have hyperpigmentation or uneven skin tone, go one shade darker. It’s OK to do multiple layers to get the coverage you need!

3.  Blush comes in three colors to complement different skin tones, and the natural-looking shades give cheeks a perfect flush providing a radiant, healthy glow.

  1. Passionate – really pigmented; you need very little of this
  2. Smashing – pinker than Passionate
  3. I Do Believe You’re Blushing – most subtle color

How to Use: Apply blush to the apples of the cheeks and blend outward, along the cheekbone toward the temples. (There’s no need to use the misting spray with the blush!)

4.  Bronzer enhances your natural beauty with a healthy, sun-kissed glow, which can enhance a tan or give you an all-day natural glow. Great for contouring and blends beautifully.

How to Use: After applying foundation, apply bronzer to areas of the face where the sun hits naturally, including cheekbones, bridge of nose, forehead, and chin.

5.  Eyeshadow – Add some subtle drama or make a bold statement with Savvy Minerals Eyeshadow. With a variety of shades, it makes it easy to create natural and dramatic looks that complement every skin tone.

Q: What about eyelid primer?

A: Use Best Kept Secret as your eyelid primer. Spray the eye shadow brush with misting spray, then pick up Best Kept Secret eye shadow and apply. Some people use the YL Lavender Lip Balm to prime their eyelids too!

6.  Lip Gloss provides natural-looking sheer to medium color coverage while adding shine. It applies flawlessly without the sticky feeling of many lip glosses. This lip gloss moisturizes and softens lips, while making them look fuller thanks to jojoba oil as one of the ingredients. It also contains peppermint essential oil.

This lip gloss formula is not tested on animals and is made with natural ingredients, so you can feel good about what you are putting on your lips. It’s also formulated without parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, bismuth, talc, synthetic fragrances, or synthetic colorants.

7.  Lipstick natural looking shades are formulated to enhance lip color. The lipstick glides on smoothly, with a creamy texture and medium coverage, while moisturizing your lips. They add just the right amount of shine and color, and improve the appearance of lip fullness.

Made with naturally derived ingredients, this lipstick is not tested on animals, so you can feel good about what you are putting on your lips.

How to Use: Moisturize lips with Young Living lip balm, then apply lipstick to lips until you reach your perfect level of beautiful color.

Q: Why can we not get red lipstick or red lip gloss?

A: Red is only possible with synthetic dyes. It’s just really hard to create TRUE RED without synthetic dye or crushed beetles (to create the dye).  Lead makes it way into cosmetics via synthetic dyes and lake dyes. Savvy Minerals does not contain lead. Instead Mica is used for color. Micas are how you get color from earth elements without using synthetic dyes. It limits us on colors, but it eliminates coal tar, petrochemicals and synthetics.

Photo cred – emilyoneildaily

How Do I Begin?

  • Young Living Premium Starter Kit with Savvy Minerals 1 Foundation
    • 1 Blush
    • 3 Eyeshadows
    • 1 Lip Gloss
    • Misting Spray
    • Foundation Brush
    • 5-ml Lavender essential oil
    • Booklet
  • LIFETIME wholesale membership.24% off every.single.order including oils, Thieves, Savvy Minerals, ALL Young Living products FOR LIFE!
    • To maintain membership, must spend $50 per calendar year.
  • Private Facebook groups: Pure Joy Essentials, Cusp Essentials  

How Do I Order?

  1. Order Your Starter Kit
  2. Choose a Premium Starter Kit with Savvy Minerals
  3. Optional: Add on additional items like the mascara, brush set, primer, eyeshadow palette; get on Essential Rewards, so you can start getting rid of the toxic products in your home every month, and replace them with chemical free Young Living options instead! You’ll have fun customizing your monthly box, saving money, earning points, and experiencing a new healthy lifestyle.


As always, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out!



Disclaimer: The information contained on this website is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  The information represents what I, an Independent Distributor of Young Living Essential Oils, have chosen to do to take charge of my own personal health and that of my family.  Statements on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products on this site are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products.

Information found on this site is meant for educational and informational purposes only, and to motivate you to make your own health care and dietary decisions based upon your own research and in partnership with your health care provider. It should not be relied upon to determine dietary changes, a medical diagnosis or courses of treatment. Individual articles and information on other websites are based upon the opinions of the respective authors, who retain copyright as marked.









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