Ditch & Switch: Makeup



Hello there! Today we have a ‘Ditch and Switch’ blog post. This will be another regularly occurring series on this blog where we discuss some of the chemicals in our homes and what to replace them with! This week our topic will be ‘Your Makeup Bag!’

About a year ago we took a class with one of our online Facebook oil groups. The theme was chemicals in our homes and honestly we were so taken back by the information. We knew some things like harsh cleaners probably weren’t good for us…. but we had no idea at the extent of horrible chemicals filling our homes and how readily available, with no warnings, these products are. Aisles upon aisles of chemical filled home, cleaning, and beauty products at our local stores. And no one (okay some people have known forever, but most of us) has any clue. That is where this series comes in!


Check out some ingredients that are most likely in your makeup bag:


Some of the terms associated with these chemicals are carcinogen, short term toxicity, long term toxicity, linked to miscarriages, lung disease, liver and kidney cancer, and a whole mess of others depending on the chemical. And that is just a list of the most frequent chemicals that have gained some notice in the health world lately. There are literally thousands of chemicals in, not only your make up bag, but throughout your home. Many ingredients in makeup within the US are banned in European and other countries. I would encourage you to read the article below. The EWG (Environmental Working Group) is a great organization that helps keep us up to date on items like chemicals in our lives. This is not an ad peeps, we just like their info…. hashtag not an ad.


We are exposed to an astonishing number of chemicals everyday. (As for you scientists out there… We know everything is made up of chemicals. We are referring to harmful and/or man made chemicals when we write ‘chemical’ in this post.) Especially us women with our loads of bathroom products. Sorry we are not sorry for taking over the bathroom honey…. 🙂 Depending on what article or study you go by we put between 100 to over 500 chemicals on our bodies everyday. We have shampoo, conditioner, shave cream, hair spray, face wash, toner, moisturizer, primer, eye cream, lotion, scrubs, and tons of different make up products all with their own unique slew of chemicals. That adds up fast. When I went to the Young Living Health and Wellness event here in Phoenix Haley, Jensen called this the chemical blender. We just throw all these different chemicals in our bodies, hit high speed, and hope for the best.

Okay, let me ask you this… Do you think your skin protects you from the world? If you said yes, you are right. That is what we grow up thinking. BUT our skin is also a sponge and much of what we put on it gets absorbed into our bodies. You wouldn’t think so but in some people’s opinion what you put on your skin is more important than what you put in your body. We think both are important.

Savvy Minerals is

  • formulated without talc, bismuth, parabens, phalates, petrochemiclas, or synthetic fragrances
  • ideal for sensitive skin
  • vegan friendly (the lip sticks and mascara have beeswax- everything else is vegan!)
  • not tested on animals (these last two are extremely important to me!)
  • made with mineral based ingredients
  • long lasting all day wear

When we first tried the Young Living Savvy foundation we instantly fell in love. We have also been a fan of mineral based makeup – we used Bare Minerals for years before swapping over to Savvy Minerals. Not to mention, we love the buildable coverage with Savvy Minerals and how easy it is to use! You can do a quick less than 5 minute routine that gets you ready to go or you can dress it up, take a little longer, and look Friday night ready.

Did we mention Young Living also have a lavender-infused mascara?! If you have any questions for me or would like to purchase some Young Living Savvy Minerals products please feel free to shoot us an email at: amanda@gritsandgrace.co 

Happy oiling, babes!

Essential Oils



Ditch & Switch: Makeup