Top 3 Cosmetic Endocrine Disruptors

May 15, 2015 by Alexis Hawkins | 0 Reply
cosmetics endocrine disruptors

Imitation is the most disruptive form of flattery. Many conventional cosmetics are formulated for performance at the risk and detriment of your long term health. Most conventional cosmetics contain one or more ingredients that are classed as ‘endocrine disruptors’, which means that when slathered on your skin, hair, nails, lips and is absorbed, these ingredients do a confusing little dance with your hormones.

How do cosmetic endocrine disruptors confuse my natural hormone balance?

The specific chemical composition of certain cosmetic ingredients looks and reacts within your body as if it were estrogen. Your body can’t tell the difference between the cosmetic chemical ingredients and your own naturally produced hormones. Your body simply sees more estrogen floating around, provoking your body to shift your hormones and body processes to accommodate for this new influx of estrogen.

According to the Environmental Working Group, “There is no end to the tricks tha.....
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Is There Beetle Juice in Your Cosmetics?

May 8, 2015 by Alexis Hawkins | 0 Reply
Written by: Kristin Adams, Founder & CEO

It’s highly likely that some of your cosmetics have bugs in them, specifically the extract from one scaly little critter called a Cochineal beetle. The Cochineal beetle (Dactylopius confuses), native to Mexico and Central America, spends her happy life feasting on various cacti. Yes, you guessed it, only the female beetle is used for the dye. She is harvested and her exoskeleton is crushed to create a brilliant crimson red dye extract called Carmine. The Aztecs were the first to use Carmine as a red dye. Carmine is now not only found in cosmetics, but in many other consumables from your strawberry yogurt and colored drinks to perfume and vitamins.

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Carmine dyed yarn via the Houston Museum of Natural Science


Carmine is very frequently used to add color vibrancy, long-wear and shade intensity to cosmetics. It is also the ‘go-to’ natural dye when cosmetic chemists want to achieve specific cooler ranges of pinks, purples, and re.....
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Makeup Guilt

May 7, 2014 by admin | 0 Reply | IN : Makeup Guilt
Written by: Kristin Adams, Founder & CEO

You know that moment when you open the refrigerator, reach for the milk and wonder how old it actually is? I’ll admit it, I usually have a flash of internal debate if I should even try the food in question to see if it “tastes bad” before acknowledging that there is no good that can come from me ingesting something past its prime and conceding to throw it away. I suppose it’s my own guilt for being wasteful that bubbles to the surface at times like those and competes with my own need to protect my health.

Most consumer products “go bad” eventually. It’s not just your food you need to look out for. Your cosmetics will also expire. You should throw away your cosmetics once they pass their expiration date, regardless of how much you spent on them. Your health is worth more than hanging onto a product that could actually do more harm to your skin and eyes than anything it was ever intended to do.

There are three main reas.....
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What is Squalane?

May 7, 2014 by admin | 0 Reply | IN : What is Squalane?
Written by: Kristin Adams, Founder & CEO

When I first began my investigation into what was actually in my cosmetics, I was shocked. I never really questioned that there would be anything in my makeup that was simply gross. One of the ingredients I immediately decided to avoid in all its forms, not only for the ick factor, but also for ethical reasons is SQUALANE.

Squalane is an essential building block in the creation of hormones. It naturally occurs in our own bodies, animals, and plants. Our liver creates squalane, and it circulates through our entire body via our bloodstream. Squalane is used in various types of cosmetics due to its non-greasy moisturizing properties. You will find squalane in lipsticks, lip balms, moisturizers, creams, and sunscreens where it boosts the skin’s moisture and hydration levels.

That all sounds great doesn’t it? Unfortunately, in cosmetics, the ingredient squalane often means ‘shark liver oil’.  A Bloom Association’s study estim.....
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Rejection Isn’t so Bad

May 7, 2014 by admin | 0 Reply | IN : Rejection Isn’t so Bad
Written by: Kristin Adams, Founder & CEO

It’s hard not to take rejection personally.  We do take it very personally…in a good way.

Here at Afterglow Cosmetics, we have a 90-day open container return policy, which means our customers may open and use their product and return it up to 90-days later if they’re not satisfied. Our return policy gives you an amazing opportunity to experience our products for many, many weeks before committing to them. Usually you fall in love, but we know tastes change and products are occasionally sent back. We want to make the return process a win-win for everyone and many of you want to know exactly what we do with returned or damaged items once we receive them.

We’re glad you asked! We never reshelf our returned products. When we receive returns, they are separated into two categories: unopened and used. In keeping with our vision of being environmentally sound and community-minded, we do one of the following two things with your r.....
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How to Hug a Tree

April 22, 2014 by admin | 0 Reply | IN : How to Hug a Tree
How To Hug A Tree
By Afterglow Founder Kristin Adams

Two summers ago, my dear friend and I went on a 500+ mile epic hike called Camino de Santiago across Spain.  We started on the French side of the Pyrenees Mountains in Saint Jean Pied de Port, hiked up and over the Pyrenees mountain range, and all the way across northern Spain to the city of Santiago de Compostela in the most North West region of Galecia.

While I’ve hiked many state parks in the United States, I have never spent a full 35 days walking through and experiencing nature that intimately.  We walked through mountain ranges, cities, grasslands, deserts, the wine country, and lush, mossy green woods. While the daily hikes were often difficult, the sheer beauty of the experience was worth every step and remains hard to put into words.

The Camino trail is hiked by more than 250,000 souls a year from all over the world. Along the journey, we truly met a cast of characters we won’t soon forget. One day while.....
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Bamboo-zled

April 22, 2014 by admin | 0 Reply | IN : Bamboo-zled
Bamboo-zled
By Afterglow Founder Kristin Adams

Bamboo cosmetic containers have become really popular lately.  The suggestion often comes up that I should consider using bamboo cosmetic containers instead of the recyclable plastics we currently use. While I really do appreciate the sentiment, and the intent behind the request, it simultaneously makes me cringe.

When I look at bamboo packaged cosmetics, I often see a big fat lie and a consumer public that still doesn’t see the green washing marketing tactics of cosmetic companies jumping on a green bandwagon their actual product formulas could never stand up to.

The two most ironic parts about bamboo packaged cosmetics are:

1. Bamboo packaged cosmetics are often much less easily recycled due to the glue that holds the bamboo onto the actual plastic container as shown below and makes recycling virtually impossible.

2. The actual cosmetic product inside bamboo packaged cosmetics is no indicator of how ‘natural’ .....
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Our Secret is Revealed!

September 23, 2013 by admin | 0 Reply | IN : Our Secret is Revealed!


Hello everyone! I’m here at the beach celebrating the last few slivers of summer heat, and I thought this would be the perfect time to finally announce my skin-changing secret!

I truly believe you’re makeup is never going to look as beautiful and amazing as I should, and as it can, if you don’t have the right skin care regimen. It all starts with skin care.

So, I’m excited to announce that I’ve created a skin care line, and I want to share with you how it came to be.

Two years ago I met Jodi Fedor, the founder of Exuberance Beauty. We both had a very similar philosophy about personal products and how they should honor your body, while being a tool for self care. It was really a meeting of minds and hearts.

It seemed only natural that I step into the role of CEO of Exuberance Beauty, and along with Jodi, work on taking the formulas to the next level. That’s when we set our focus on adaptogens, a set of botanicals used in the Ayurvedic tradition. Their pu.....
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