I'm seriously in need of a liquid foundation,tinted moisturizer,bb cream,yeah you name it-which fits my criteria.And honestly,I'm not a fan of anything pricey,I mean...come on,if you can get something in lower price with the same quality,then why would you want it in higher price?;) So I've been hunting for a natural liquid foundation these days(which means I'm still in the process'till today when I write this post). My first target was Physicians Formula Organic Wear Tinted Moisturizer.I have ordered it on a web,but somehow the web didn't ship it outside US(maybe because it's liquid?).So I tried to e-bay it,but then I read carefully to its whole ingredients and got stuck in this: Canabis Sativa(hemp)seed oil. What?Canabis Sativa?That canabis sativa?
Ok,these are the problems:
1.Is it halal?
2.Is it allowed to be brought to Indonesia?
For people who doesn't know,hemp is another name for products of canabis sativa fiber and/or oilseed varieties.Yes,hemp is very popular.In both positive and negative stuffs.Hemp is a very good natural source for its good fiber for fabric properties.Cloth from hemp,menstrual pads from hemp,face cloth from hemp,they all are natural,good,and comfortable fabrics to be worn.Hemp seed oil,it is used in many cosmetic industries for its healing properties.Hemp seed is also used as a good snack in healthy food.Those are positive uses of hemp. The negative use,hemp leaves is actually used as a medical drug to alleviate pain feeling,BUT just like other drugs,some people missusing it and instead using it to make them fly high.Yeah,and for that reason this plant is banned by our government. So,that is hemp leaves missusing function.
courtesy of rense.comHow about its oil that is used in cosmetic industry?Does it have THC(Tetrahydrocannabinol)-one that makes people high- in it? The answer is no.Hemp seed oil is extracted and refined from its seed,therefore there's no trace of THC in it which can make you fly. And for that reason also,hemp seed oil is halal. In fact,industrial hemp is different than those that are used in medicinal/recreational hemp.See(this)link.
Question no.2,is it allowed to be brought to indonesia(hemp seed oil)?
The answer is,I don't know. But I saw The Body Shop had a range of hemp on its collection,so I guess it's ok.However,I haven't checked this to The Body Shop Indonesia. So I left this question behind,and source for another foundie but still have friendly ingredients.My next target was Couleur Caramel Liquid Foundation.
courtesy of natureof beauty
CC is a very well known natural cosmetic in the term of clean and green cosmetic.I wanted their products so badly since long time ago,but it's quite pricey compared to others so I'd go for less pricey one 1st.Why would I want a pricey product while I can get non pricey one?:p Here is some of their collections:
It's their retro collection.Pretty isn't it?;) So I checked their ingredients,and found this thumbdown:Parfum/fragrance.Yes,that is a common ingredients in all cosmetics. It is added so that the product will smell nice.There we have the problem.Is it about the smell?Or am I allergic to a certain fragrance so that I want to stay away from it?.The answer is NO,i'm fine with the smell issue.Yes,some people are allergic to fragrance,not just synthetic one even to plant based fragrance ones(read:essential oils).And this is where"fragrance free"product came from.Some people are allergic to the smell(which means from sneezing,dizzy,'till difficulty breathing),and/or to the skin(itchy,rash).I'm neither both allergic to it,but that doesn't mean you can sit near me with pouring a full bottle of parfum to your body and I won't complain that!:D I'm not sick of the parfum,but i'll be sick of....you!:P Basically,I'm fine with parfum.But I don't like the"parfum/fragrance"word on my cosmetic product ingredients list without knowing the source of it.Why?Parfum/fragrance is a mysterious ingredients where inside it,there can be up to thousands compounds can be found. Tragically,it's protected by "trade secret" which means producer has the right not to disclose what is inside it. Well,sensible since..hello..why would channel,or bvlgari for example,will disclose what is inside their parfum/fragrance?And..that's what trade secret is.
As a consumer,this will lead us in doubt about what is inside the word of "parfum/fragrance" in our cosmetic products,such as: lipstick,powder,creams,lotion,etc. Testing of Calvin Klein’s Eternity by an independent lab, commissioned by Environmental Health Network (EHN), revealed that the perfume contained over 800 compounds.Among the chemicals of concern in Eternity perfume was diethyl phthalate (DEP), an irritant and suspected hormone disrupter that is absorbed through the skin and can accumulate in human fat tissue. The lab, Scientific Instrument Services, found that DEP made up just over 10% of the perfume.A 2009 study of Austrian college students also found that those who used the most perfume and scented lotion also had the highest levels of synthetic musks, including Galaxolide and Tonalide, in their blood. Research by the Environmental Working Group has even found synthetic musks in the umbilical cord blood of newborn U.S. infants. Preliminary research suggests that musks may disrupt hormones. Both Galaxolide and Tonalide can bind to and stimulate human estrogen receptors and have been shown to affect androgen and progesterone receptors. Tonalide has also been reported to increase the proliferation of estrogen-responsive human breast cancer cells. These musks have an environmental impact – they have been found to be toxic to aquatic life in numerous studies and can accumulate in the food chain.Basically,this is a mysterious ingredient that I want to stay away unless the producer stated where their parfum/fragrance sources are from.The word"parfum/fragrance" is even worse than"parabens,formaldehyde,BHA/BHT,etc"since hell...I don't even know what is inside it,none knows!They can put anything in it. I mean,800 compounds or even more is a whole concoction.We may avoid parabens,formaldehyde and stuffs,but who knows what is inside"parfum/fragrance"word on our cosmetic?....The parabens,formaldehyde,and other stuffs could be there altogether without us having a clue on what is inside it. So,I e-mailed CC but get no reply untill today which is very dissapointing.Too bad that they don't even explain it on their ingredients glossary on their web.So,a bye for CC..
Then I found this Almay Pure Blend.I didn't know that Almay made this line back then.They have various shades,and what I chose was Beige one. There aren't many reviews about Almay Pure Blend foundation on the net,actually.By far I found only 2 or 3 reviewers,and most of them were caucasian which were fairer than me.And they chose either neutral,or naked shade.So I chose darker shade which was beige. And this is what it looked like:
They only seal it with plastic with no expiry date on it.When I opened it,there's no seal on its tube either.Ok,i'm not that fussy about sealing stuffs as long as there's info about manufacturing date or expiry date on it.I told you before,US cosmetic producers have no obligation to put expiry date on its label,so not a big surprise for me.
Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (5.3%)
Inactive Ingredients: Water, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Squalane, Glycerin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai Fruit) Sterols, Sucrose Laurate, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Borate, Alumina, Beta Sitosterol, Sucrose Stearate, Sucrose Distearate, Cellulose, Stearic Acid, Jojoba Esters, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai Fruit) Extract, Citrus Junos (Yuzu Peel Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera (Lotus) Flower Extract, Cymbidium Grandiflorum Flower (Orchid) Extract, Viola Tricolor (Wild Pansy) Extract, Carica Papaya (Papya) Fruit Extract, Phospholipids, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolena Flower Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Linoleic Acid, Oleic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Stearate, Alcohol, Silica, Potassium Sorbate, 1,2 Hexanediol/Caprylyl Glycol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77489, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)
-blend of antioxidants with lotus,orchid,and acai
-paraben free,talc free
-ecofriendly package made with 35% post-consumer recycled material
If you don't look at its ingredients carefully,it may look fine.No"common"nasty chemicals there.I must confess that when I did this product purchase,I only skimmed the natural ingredients part and didn't look at it one by one.After the stuff came,I realized it has 2 things that I don't like:
A little info about this Almay pure blends ingredients on the net since the Almay official web no longer list it on their web.I read on the web store info that"alcohol"was on the inci list.I thought they mistakenly typed it,or they might miss one word left infront of that"alcohol"word,like it might be a benzyl alcohol for expample,but they forgot to type the benzyl one.yeah,silly I know.Then when the stuff came,..it IS really alcohol which means ethanol.Some of trully natural cosmetic producers also did use alcohol that are from fermentation of either fruits or grains(mostly grains),and state it under"Alcohol",or"Grain Alcohol".So,if you one day find"alcohol"word on any natural cosmetic,it means they use natural alcohol which comes from fermentation,mostly are grain alcohol. I,for a religious reason see my post(here),can't use this kind of alcohol.So this ingredients is something that I prefer to avoid.
I have no idea how to comment about this ingredient.Sodium borate,also known as borax,is actually a salt of boric acid.It can be found in dry lake beds like in Tibet.Borax is usually found deep within the ground, although it has been mined near the surface in Death Valley, California since the 1800s.Borax occurs naturally in evaporite deposits produced by the repeated evaporation of seasonal lakes. The most commercially important deposits are found in Turkey, Boron, California, and Searles Lake, California. Also, it has been found at many other locations in the Southwestern United States, the Atacama desert in Chile, and in Tibet and Romania. It’s basiccally a salt that occurs when a lake starts drying up. The material is exposed above water line and is carried away in trucks.I notice that Burt's Bees and some other natural cosmetic line also use this ingredient on some of their products. This one isn't on banned list of cosmetic ingredients,nor on top issue of any cosmetic ingredients that we should avoid. But this IS an issue here in Indonesia since media in Indonesia continuesly reporting about sodium borate being used by some street food stalls to preserve their foods.Ask any Indonesian about this:Borax,Formalin,..they'll know what it is!:D..It's allover on the media. So,I certainly don't want this on my cosmetic as well.
Now let's move to its performance.The texture is very runny,look at the cap,so mess.
From the reviews,this one got bad review as foundation.What I wanted was a tinted moisturizer with medium coverage,like my prev.Cover Girl Natureluxe,but with cleaner ingredients.So I thought this Almay would be like that since most reviews said it's not a foundation,but a tinted moisturizer instead. Turned out,this one was a tinted moisturizer(which I wanted),but with NO coverage at all.Yes it has color,in fact this beige color doesn't match to my skin tone.It has red/pink shade! Though it has color(and wrong color to my skintone),when it's applied it has no coverage at all.I bought wrong shade so if it has coverage it should make my skin looked weird in different wrong shade color,but it's not!So yea..it has no coverage at all.
Right,on pic.no.2 you don't see the line that I drew for degree of coverage ability of this product.But that's not because it's covered.The line was gone,thanks to the alcohol in it which erase the line that I drew. Not only that,the alcohol made my skin dry,and I experience broke out after using it.As a moslem,the using of alcohol can be read(here).I certainly don't want to use it on daily basis.In fact,this foundation is poor in everything,the color,coverage,and broke me out.The only good thing is that this product will give you a bit matte look.I don't really like this product,so I'll rate it as:2.5 points.Beter find another one.
Anyway,I've been working on activating my social vibe network(see my right bar there-->).It's basically like PTC(pay to click).If on PTC,the money goes to the web owner pocket,on social vibe,the money goes to the charity that you choose. Cool,huh?;) Before that you have to choose sponsors for your charity which is provided on the list.However,this is my biggest question:where's the sponsor?I don't see them anywhere :S...Is there anyone who ever joined this network?Or anyother network similar to this?Any advice will be very appreciated here:).
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