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What Is Organic Blush?

By Sonal Panse
Updated May 21, 2024
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Organic blush is a blush makeup made of safe organic ingredients, and is touted in the beauty industry as a healthier alternative to the conventional blush cosmetics that have long been used by women to give their complexions an appealing and youthful glow. Generally composed of essential oils, corn starches, and other non-toxic elements, organic blush is free of the various chemical additives that are used to make regular beauty products, and is therefore less likely to cause skin rashes or pose any possible danger of cancer. As compared to conventional types of blush though, organic blush may have fewer color options, and may be less long-lasting and, in some cases, more expensive.

There are many brands of organic blush beauty products in the market, and these cosmetics can be purchased at online or offline retailers or directly from the company website. It is a good idea to research the products before buying, and to look for products that give a more natural appearance. While the color choices are not as extensive as regular blushes, there are different shades with both matte and glitter finishes, to suit different skin types; the matte versions are usually worn during the day and the glitter ones in the evening. The organic blush may come in the form of loose powder in attractive cases, and it is applied on with a soft brush or with a sponge.

The cosmetics will have an ingredient list on the container, and it is best to check this and to avoid cosmetics that contain any coal tar dyes or parabens. These chemicals can be quite harmful, and there may be a risk of damaging the skin if these products are used on a long-term basis. Even with organic makeup, it is advisable to do a skin patch test prior to using them to make sure that there are no adverse allergic reactions to the products.

If there are any concerns about buying and using commercial blush makeup, an effective solution may be to make an organic blush at home. This can be done by crushing strawberries and beetroot, and mixing the juice with olive or almond oil. The organic mixture can be then applied to the skin. It is best to make this cheek blush in small amounts and to keep it refrigerated, as, without preservatives, it is not likely to last long; adding a little lemon juice as preservative might help.

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Discussion Comments

By pleonasm — On Dec 22, 2013

@Fa5t3r - It's not as simple as that. One of the so-called "organic" ingredients that is often used in makeup is mica which is made from mined stone. Red dyes are often made from ground up beetles. Both of these might be sourced in unsustainable ways.

Not to mention palm oil which is almost always sourced from plantations that are grown from clear-cut areas of rainforest. This, too, can be called organic but it's hardly good for the environment.

There isn't a simple answer, really, unless you are willing to make your own blush. You've just got to investigate companies and make sure you make good choices.

By Fa5t3r — On Dec 21, 2013

@MrsPramm - If something is organic at least you can guarantee that it won't contain pesticides. I think people should do their research and just know what is going into their makeup and how it is made before they buy it.

For me, the most important aspect is that it didn't harm anything in the process of making it. I prefer organic products because they are better for the environment, rather than because they are better for me (even though I believe they usually are better for me).

I'd rather someone grew some plants and made them into a product than that someone poured chemicals into vats to do the same thing.

By MrsPramm — On Dec 20, 2013

I don't think the label "organic" is always completely helpful when it comes to cosmetics. There are natural things which are still going to be bad for your skin if you use them the wrong way. Using a heavy, oily blush if you have acne prone skin, for example, is going to end up making problems for you whether it's organic or not. And in some cases I'd say that the synthetic chemicals are probably safer than using natural substances.

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