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Why we are saying NO to mica & talc

Why we are saying NO to mica & talc

Why we are saying NO to mica & talc

Have you ever had one of those beautiful sparkly eyeshadows or highlighters and wonder what makes it glitter? That shimmer is thanks to mica which is a mineral commonly found in cosmetics. Though mica is likely a non-toxic ingredient, there are some concerns about using mica in cosmetics related to safety and ethics.

If you’re wondering if you should stick to mica free products just give it a Google and you'll find plenty of reasons, most notably child labour and health concerns around inhaling it as a loose powder (similar to the concerns about inhaling talc).

In an article written by Flare they unveil the truth behind mica in the cosmetics industry and what's really behind the shimmer in your makeup:

"The problems with mica mining have only received mainstream attention in the past few years, and even then, mostly in Europe—British VogueWired, The Guardian and Spiegel have all reported on the link between shimmery makeup and child labour. But despite growing media attention on this side of the pond, Canadian consumers likely aren’t always aware of the issue. In fact, according to a 2018 report published by World Vision, we’re spending more than ever on products that are likely to include child labour in their supply chains—$798.2 million, to be exact, which is up 136% over the past 10 years."

"Though “cruelty-free makeup” has long been about animal testing, these numbers make it clear: it’s high time the term starts to encompass child labour, too."

White woman with blonde hair wearing shimmery makeup




So what can consumers do? 


Reach out to your favourite brand and ask them what they know about their supply chain. Hold brands accountable by reaching out to the human resources department, spreading awareness on social media or investing your money in beauty products that are sustainable, eco-friendly and cruelty-free (for animals and people).


Here at CocoDRY, Founder Amanda K. made a conscious choice to NOT include mica or talc in our award-winning fake tan drying powder.


According to, "While baby powder is probably the best known talc product, talc is also a common ingredient in many cosmetics, including eye shadow, blush, foundation and face powders."


"Talc is added to makeup to absorb moisture and provide a soft, silky texture so it spreads on more easily. It also prevents caking and gives makeup its opaque finish. Talc is also a common ingredient in deodorants, dry shampoos and other personal care products.....But talcum powder can be toxic if it’s inhaled, and it’s also been linked to cancer. You and your family can avoid these potential dangers by using a talc-free substitute."


According to CocoDRY Founder Amanda, "The beauty and cosmetics industry is changing, in a good way. There is more transparency around where and how ingredients are sourced and it is up to brands to decide what to do with that information. I'm a firm believer that beauty doesn't need to cost someone's health or the environment."


Learn more about going talc free here.


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