INIKA at John Lewis (And The Chemicals You Need To Steer Clear Of!)

INIKA at John Lewis (And The Chemicals You Need To Steer Clear Of!)


A few days ago, I attended a small event with INIKA Cosmetics, a halal, vegan and organic certified cosmetics brand where founder Miranda Bond gave a presentation on INIKA and the chemicals found in so many of our cosmetics. We also got to watch a makeover using their new Fairground collection.

If I’m honest, I’m not too clued up on the harmful chemicals in the cosmetics that I use, and I wasn’t bothered about finding out until Miranda’s presentation which opened my eyes as to how bad of an effect cosmetics can have on our health. Will I immediately bin my favourite products and become an eco-glam warrior? No, but I’ll be sure to make conscious decisions when purchasing products from now.

  1. Aluminum – Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease
  2. Diethanolamine (DEA), Cocamide DEA, Lauramide DEA – Skin and eye irritant.
  3. Fluoride– Known carcinogen and may cause damage to bones and organs. Linked to convulsions, changes in liver, kidneys and respiratory functions.
  4. Formaldehyde – Known to cause eye, nose and throat irritation, asthma attacks, nausea, vomiting, skin rashes, headaches, dizziness, and severe weakening of the immune system.
  5. Coal Tar– Known carcinogen that may lead to lung, scrotum and skin cancer.
  6. Propylene Glycol – Accumulates in the heart, liver and kidneys causing abnormalities and damage as well as a weakend immune system
  7. Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) – Weakened immune system and organ damage.
  8. Talc– Known carcinogen linked to ovarian cancer and respiratory illness.
  9. Toluene – Suspected carcinogen.
  10. Peg – Know carcinogen.

Which chemicals do you try to steer clear from in your make-up ladies?