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6 Weird Ingredients in Your Makeup

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6 Weird Ingredients in Your Makeup

By Allison Ford, Divine Caroline

Although most ingredients are harmless, some substances in cosmetics do raise an eyebrow or two. Like formaldehyde, for example. Recently, California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control found that even nail polishes that claimed to be free of the “toxic three”—formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, and toluene—contained the substances. (For the record, most major polish manufacturers have come out and said that surely their polishes were fine and they never lied. Ahem.)

But harmful carcinogens and unidentifiable chemicals aside, there’s still weird stuff lurking in cosmetics. Stuff that’s not necessarily toxic, but definitely strange. Stuff like this:

Crushed-Up Bugs

Carmine is a natural red dye. Natural equals good, right? Well good in the sense that’s been around for a long, long time, but bad in the sense that it’s made from crushed beetle shells. Yes, carmine (sometimes called crimson lake or cochineal) is derived from the crushed exoskeletons of tiny female beetles. Some people are mildly allergic to it, but if you’re trying to avoid it, don’t stop at cosmetics—avoid yogurt, juice, candy, and other dyed-red food products, which often contain it as well.

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2:28PM PDT on Aug 20, 2015

aw sheep wax is their hair sweat love juice

12:01PM PDT on Aug 20, 2015

Poor lady beetles

5:43PM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

Oh wow! Thanks!

4:51AM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

Thanks!

4:49AM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

Thanks!

11:11PM PDT on May 25, 2012

I'm not seeing how any of these are weird or gross...? Nice article!

11:40AM PDT on May 24, 2012

That's just gross.

5:49PM PDT on May 13, 2012

All of those are gross expect for the hot pepper oil :/ I guess we should be looking at the ingredients more carefully.

11:23AM PDT on May 12, 2012

Okay the Carmine has started grossing me out, and here's why, I ordered a Passion Fruit Tea from Starbucks the other day and had an adverse effect. I thought I was going to get sick about 20 minutes after I drank it.. I would rather not ingest or place these dead bugs on my face.. There has to be better alternatives to these and many other ingredients...

5:13AM PDT on May 12, 2012

Interesting,,,,

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