Sunday, February 28, 2016

Browhaus Make Up Range: A Naturalist's Review

Yay for new make up loot! 

To be very honest, I try to lead a chemically low or chem-free lifestyle. Sadly, there aren't too many natural and organic brands specifically for make up available in the local market so I research on what scores low in toxicity using the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database online because let's face it (pun intended!), women do need their make up some days!

I am currently testing these baby innovations from Browhaus. A first for their company is their own make up range to compliment their brow and lash treatments. New products are: High Definition Mascara, Classic Brow Lead, Precision Eyeliner and the Heavy Duty Bi-Liner.

Here's why I prefer to color my brows. My right eyebrow is colored while my left isn't. Do you see how sparse it really is? I need a brow resurrection pronto!

So I checked for all of its ingredients per product:

Classic Brow Lead (Php648) ingredients: Paraffin, Castor Oil, Microcrystalline, Cera Alba, Black Iron Oxide, Bis-Diglyceryl, Polyacyladipate-2, Palmitic Acid Stearic Acid, Boron Nitride, Mica, Red Iron Oxide, Montan Cera, Copernica Cerifera Cera, Phenoxythenol

Only Conpernicia Cerifera Cera and Montan Cera were not detectable in the database but all other ingredients passed the test ranging scores from 1-3. (10 being the most hazardous)

I'm no make up artist but here I am below using the HD Mascara and the Precision Eyeliner below. Makes such a dramatic difference, right?

All of HD Mascara's ingredients (Php 998), (isododecane, paraffin, beeswax, iron oxides, microcrystalline wax, trimethylsoloxysilicate, cyclopentasiloxane, disteardimonium hectorite, dextrin palmitate, propylene cardonate, tocopherol, panthenol, squalane, panax ginseng root extract) scored 1 or low in hazardous score key except for phenoxyethanol which scored 4 (moderate harazardous). Nothing with high hazards, thank heavens!

Precision Eyeliner (Php750) ingredients: Water, alcohol, butylene glycol, styrene/accrylate copolymer, accrylates/octylacrylamide copolymer, beheneth-30, disodium edta, xantham gum, sodium dehydroacetate, sodium hydoxide, sodium benzoate, propylparaben, methylparaben, phenoxyethanol, carbon black.

Xantham Gum, Sodium Hydoxide weren't detectable but here's the rest of the scores:

Fairsodium benzoate 

Moderate hazard: methylparaben 

High hazard: propylparaben 

All other ingredients scored low hazard 1-2.

And to remove the make up after an event or by the end of the day is their Erase Make Up Remover which is made in Taiwan. 

Erase Make Up Remover (Php800) ingredients: water, glycerin, propylene glycol, PEG-7 Glycerin Cocoate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Acrylates Copolymer, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1, 3-Diol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate

Moderate Hazard Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, PEG-7 Glycerin Cocoate

High hazard2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1 

All other ingredients scored low hazard (1-2).

*I haven't tried the bi-liners but will include in a future make up review!

Conclusion: I would definitely continue using the Browhaus Make Up Range on occasion because I do need to look decent for certain events and celebrations. The products work well on my skin. They don't run and have lasting power which is important in our humid weather. My only health concern are the 2 ingredients (propylparaben and 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1) which scored high in hazard levels in the Precision Eyeliner and the Erase Make Up Remover. 

The full Make Up Range by Browhaus is available in all Browhaus outlets. Visit for store listings. 

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