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Pigments are essential in cosmetics : in eyeshadows, nail polishes, lipsticks, foundations... They give a unique dimension to the face thanks to their subtle nuances and haunting colors.
However, there are pigments and pigments ! While synthetic pigments have taken over since the XXth century and raise more and more interrogations, natural pigments come back in strength. Support them !

Pigments are solid molecules that bring color and nuance to a liquid or solid preparation. Pigments are found both in cosmetics and in murals.

In the great family of pigments, we find :

• Mineral pigments (from precious or semi-precious stones such as rocks and earths) ;
• Organic pigments (from living matter such as plants, flowers) ;
• Synthetic organics from organic chemistry ;
• Metallic pigments (from iron, copper, etc ...) ;
• Chemical pigments (composed of elements such as carbon, lead chromates*, zinc oxides, titanium dioxides, cadmium sulphide*, or iron oxides to obtain all the desired colors).
* If you are looking for these pigments, you will not find them here.  


Watch out for artificial pigments !
The development of organic chemistry has led to the creation of synthetic organic pigments at the expense of natural pigments. Yes, it is the chemistry of petroleum and more precisely the derivatives of aniline that has led to the very marked appearance of pigmentary nuances ! 

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These synthetic dyes are easy to produce, less expensive, mix well with various ingredients and have an amazing covering capacity. But the use of synthetic pigments has for some years raised serious concerns about their dangerousness.

These pigments are extracted from ores or from industrial waste and then undergo several modifications to obtain the desired colours. For iron oxides, it is the degree of temperature of calcination that allows for colour variations.

Lipsticks, for example, are very rich in synthetic pigments. According to experts, tar derivatives are carcinogenic, and can cause allergies instantly. Not to mention the acid dyes with eosin that can cause photosensibilities.

Prefer the natural pigments instead


One of the fundamental principles of organic makeup is to use only naturally occurring dyes and components. This is why carefully selected ingredients are included in their composition. Among other things, bio prohibits azo dyes, pigments used in Europe in the manufacture of classic makeup, while they are banned in the United States.

Although natural pigments offer a more limited range of colours and shades than conventional cosmetics, creativity is constantly at the service of naturalness to create wider ranges.

In fact, although the manufacturers of natural makeup only benefited from iron oxides and some natural dyes, more and more of them offer a wider range of colours, whether for powders, lipstick, eyeshadow or mascara. Let’s enjoy it while protecting our health !

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