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Top 8 Safe Cosmetic Brands in the U.S. 2008

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The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database Ratings, from 0-2, are in the parentheses after the specific product. 0-2 is the safe range, 0 being completely non-toxic. The EWG rating system is not perfect and it is important to review the ingredients on products. However, it is a fantastic starting place for learning about ingredients and possible toxicity. Some companies have been known to not send in the full listing and thus rate higher than they should and some ingredients have been entered into the system in such a manner as to come out in the toxic range when it is not at all toxic. See the Misinformation of “Skin Deep” on the Sukipure website if you are interested in knowing more about the strengths and weaknesses of the EWG skin deep database. Overall I am a huge believer in the work of the Environmental Working Group and this incredible database. No one can expect it to be perfect. People just have to be aware.

Scroll to the bottom for more details about each company.

1. Coastal Classic Creations (First Place!)


Top EWG ratings (0) for everything! lipstick, lipliner, eyeshadow, eyeliner, body powder, blush, bronzer, concealer

If you want to learn about cosmetic ingredients. Visit their

website. They are not just offering products they are offering

the truth! So rare! I simply cannot say enough about them.

If you have tried their lipstick let me know what you think.

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Coastal classic creations stargazer, EWG Rating (0) www.coastalclassiccreations.com

Coastal classic creations blush seascape creme, EWG Rating (0)

Coastal classic creations blush driftwood creme, EWG Rating (0)

Coastal classic creations blush secluded cove bronzer, EWG Rating (0)

Coastal classic creations bronzer secluded cove, EWG Rating (0)

Coastal classic creations brow liner, montara mountain brown/blond, EWG Rating (0)

Coastal classic creations concealer . Refreshing Mist concealer, EWG Rating (0)

Coastal Classic Creations eyeliner. Coastal Evenings Eyeliner, EWG Rating (0)

Coastal Classic Creations eyeshadow , EWG Rating (0)

Coastal Classic Creations Refreshing Mist Loose Powder , (Tan & Umber), Tinted Loose Powder (beige & Ivory), EWG Rating (0)

Coastal Classic Creations Refreshing Mist Loose Powder, nontinted and tinted, EWG Rating (0)

Coastal Classic Creations lipliner ‘Canyon’ (copper), Shell (chocolate brown), sparkling seas (indigo plum), seacliff (wine), ida’s rose (dark rose), EWG Rating (0)

Coastal Classic Creations Lipstic in Canyon (copper), Golden Sun (cinnamon), whitecaps (nude), shell (chocolate brown), ida Rose (dark rose), sparkling seas (indigo plum), Sand (ginger), Seacoast (red orange), Seacliff (wine), Coastal Desert (goldenrod), EWG Rating (0)

Coastal Classic Creations Wave Crest Body Powder, EWG Rating (0)

From the home page of their website:

What makes Coastal Classic Creations unique is our careful and deliberate omission of carcinogenic toxicants from our ingredient deck. We also strive to eliminate chemical irritants from our products by choosing not to use ingredients which are known or strongly suspected of causing harm to all forms of life. Our products contain no nano-sized particles, mica metallic oxides, bismuth oxychloride, ferric ammonium ferrocyanide, zinc oxide, dimethicone, or titanium dioxide. They also do not contain carmine, synthetic fragrance oils, parabens, Germaben II, FD&C or Lake colorants, propylene glycol, stearalkonium chloride, phthalates, alpha lipoic acid, formaldehyde, urea, alcohol, copolymers, lead or its mineral compounds, placenta, mercury, dioxane, lanolin, sulfates, hydroquinone, or petrochemicals. We use no genetically modified ingredients.

2. Zosimos Botanicals


Top EWG ratings (1) for their concealers, foundations, eye shadow, shimmer dust, eye liner pencils, blush, lip & cheek tint, shadow sticks, lip liners, lip gloss, lipsticks

Top EWG rating (2) for their new formula mineral foundations, mineral blushes, & mineral eyeshadows

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Zosimos Botanicals Concealer Stick (1)

Zosimos Botanicals Primer Prep (1)

Zosimos Botanicals Blush (1)

Zosimos Botanical Eye Shadow Mineral Powder (1)

Zosimos Botanicals Eye Pencil (1)

Zosimos Botanicals Shadow Stick (1)

Zosimos Botanicals Lip Gloss (1)

Zosimos Botanicals Lipstick (1)

Zosimos Botanicals Primer Prep Foundation (1) Flax, bamboo, cashmere, gazelle, chestnut, beige linen, antique lace, chamois and more

Zosimos Botanicals Shimmer Dust Body Powder, in Cherry Blossom, Cocoa, Sunflower (1)

Zosimos Botanicals Lip and Cheek Tint (1)

Zosimos Botanicals Lipliner Lilac, Peachfuzz, Rosebud, Burgundy, Fushia, Rasberry (1)

Zosimos Botanicals LLC has taken the Natural Ingredient Resource Center Truth in Labeling Pledge Enthusiastic member of Co-op America

3. Terra Firma


Top EWG ratings (1) for their bronzers, blush, lip stains, lip gloss, finishing powder

All Over Glo Bronzer Tint Sparkle Highlighter (1)
Airbrush Loose Mineral Finishing Powder (1)
Loose Mineral Makeup Bronzer (1)
Longevity Lip Stain for Lips (1)
Radiance Loosse Mineral Blush (1)
Cosmetics POUT! Super Shiny Lip Goss (1)
Terra Firma Cosmetics Multi Task Loose Mineral Eye Shadow (2)
Uncoated Minerals (not coated in silicones like dimethicone or cyclomethicone)
Non Micronized Minerals
Paraben Free
No Animal Testing
The sun protection found in our cosmetics comes from a fine grade of Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide that is considered non carcinogenic due to its inability to penetrate the healthy layers of your skin. Our mineral makeup is water resistant in nature and performs well while working out or on the move.

4. RMS Beauty


the minerals in RMS beauty products are guaranteed to be in their raw, uncorrupted form, without silicone, paraben preservatives, or other chemical coatings. Minerals in nanoparticle form have been avoided as they are small enough to penetrate cells in the lungs, and studies have shown them to be toxic to animals. The vitamin E used has not been genetically modified. Rosemary extract is used for the preservative.

Top EWG ratings (1) for their un cover up, eye shadow, living lumizer, lip2cheek blush/lipstick, and lip & skin balm.

5. Rejuva Minerals


Top EWG ratings (0-1) for their eye shadow, foundation, glow veil, and bronze glow, and blush.

6. Everlast Beauty Silk & Pearl Makeup


Top EWG ratings (1) for their eye shadow, bronzer, blush, foundation, and concealers.

7. Gourmet Body Treats


Top EWG ratings (1) for their liquid eyeliner, pencil eye liner, lipliner, lipstick, (2) for their blush and bronzing powder

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8. Cleure Cosmetics


Top EWG ratings (1) for their mineral mascara and mineral lipstick (2) for their mineral foundation powder

Most cosmetic products contain salicylates, mineral oil, petroleum by-products and other potentially harmful ingredients. On the other hand, many mineral makeup use the micronized form of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which can pose health risks. According to the Environmental Working Group, exposure to the micronized form of these ingredients can cause neurotoxicity and allergies that you certainly do not want from your mineral makeup.

  • FREE of Talc
  • FREE of Salicylates
  • FREE of Fragrances
  • FREE of Dyes
  • FREE of Parabens
  • FREE of Bismuth Oxychloride (which can clog your pores)
  • Non-Comedogenic (prevents clogged pores)

+ From Australia, Miessence-

Hard to compete with Miessence products..

They are pretty amazing.


Top EWG Rating (0) for their concealer, lip creme (1) for their blush, face powder, bronzer/highlighter, shimmer creme blush/lipstick and lip balm, (2) mineral foundation powder, translucent foundation, and mascara

which puts it right up there with Zosimos Botanicals.

+ A Few More For Good Measure

9. Cosmic Tree Essentials http://www.cosmictree.com

Cosmic Tree Essentials Apricot Truffle Lip Balm, Turkish Delight & Apricot Truffle Lip Care Confection EWG Rating (0

Essentials lip gloss (1)

Essentials lip glaze (1)

Lip Care confections lipstick (1)

From their website: Cruelty-free cosmetics hand crafted with your general well-being and the Earth’s sustainability in mind. Our cosmetics feature raw, organic and fair trade botanicals that have been used through the ages and stood the test of time. We’re proud to see many of our products ranked in the top 10 per cent in the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep cosmetic safety database.

10. Earth’s Beauty www.earthsbeauty.com

Not in Skin Deep’s cosmetics database.

Earth’s Beauty Soft Black Mascara $7.95

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From their website:

Developed for those who are sensitive or allergic to traditional cosmetics. Because we use minimal ingredients, the products are in the loose powder form. We use ingredients such as arrowroot and iron oxides. To achieve an SPF face powder we add such ingredients as kaolin clay, magnesium stearate, and zinc oxide. There is no titanium dioxide in our products which can be drying to the skin in a powder form. OUR PRODUCTS DO NOT CONTAIN NANO PARTICLES. We do not use ingredients that are known health hazards for humans or the environment.

11. Physician’s Formula, Ecocert Series www.physiciansformula.com

Concealer, 2 in 1 Correct and Cover Concealer LIGHT EWG Rated (0)

Retro Glow Ultra Dramatic Mascara (2)

Organic Wear Pressed Powder (2)

Organic Wear Natural Origin Pressed Powder (2)

Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Matte Finishing Veil Translucent organics (2)

Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Pressed Powder (2)

Organic Wear Natural Origin Concealer Stick, Soft Green Organics (2)

From their website:

100% free of harsh chemicals

100% free of synthetic preservatives

100% free of parabens

100% free of synthetic fragrances

100% cruelty free

100% free of GMO’s (genetically modified organisms)

eco conscious paper compact

uses certified organic ingredients

12. Honeybee Gardens www.honeybeegardens.com

Only 5 of their products have been reviewed in the Skin Deep Database.
Honeybee Gardens Jobacolors Eyeliner EWG Rating (0)
Honeybee Gardens Truly Natural Lipstick EWG Rating (2)

From their website:
Honeybee Gardens was created in 1995 by author and herbalist Melissa J. Hertzler. Years of herbal study prompted Ms. Hertzler to create natural personal care products for her and her family. Since 1995, Honeybee Gardens, Inc. has operated under one simple concept, “Create pure, all-natural bath and body care products made from only the finest organic ingredients, offer them at a reasonable price, and treat every customer like a friend.” Honeybee Gardens products are created entirely of natural materials. You can actually pronounce our ingredients! We reuse and recycle as much as possible and, perhaps most importantly, we DO NOT test ANY of our products on animals (those are strict orders from our dachshund ‘Ginger’, ten pussycats, ‘Pekoe’ the lovebird, ‘Tortuga’ the turtle and ‘Dim Sum’ the Chinese hamster)!

13. 100 Percent Pure www.100percentpure.com

Not rated by Skin Deep yet.

Great lip stains/glosses and lip and cheek tints!! See the bronzers, blushes, mascara, face powders, foundations, concealers, and lip palette

no synthetic chemicals

no parabens or other toxic preservatives

no sulfates or other harsh detergents

no artificial fragrances or colors

no alcohol

no phthalates

no petro-chemicals

no propylene glycol or PEGs

no animal by-products

no toxins

no fillers – never watered down with water,
thickeners, emulsifiers or other fillers

About Heather

My name is Heather Ferris. I am the founder and creator of Nurture Nature Project! I believe together we can re-imagine the future and re-create systems to support the sustainable regeneration of healthy life on our planet. Listening to your own heart and living from your inner truth is the first step to building a better world. Every person has something important to offer.


14 thoughts on “Top 8 Safe Cosmetic Brands in the U.S. 2008

  1. Coastal Classic Creations does not fully disclose all their ingredients. Their eyeliners/lipliners/lipsticks, for example, are private-label (among most of their products!), and they don’t represent the ingredients correctly. They omit what they think the consumer doesn’t want to see. They’ve put themselves in a vulnerable position according to labeling cosmetics . . . Yes, it has made the EWG ‘represent’ the company well, but that is no end-all-be-all, for reasons such as this.

    Posted by m.s. | March 23, 2015, 8:03 pm
  2. I have VERY sensitive pale skin and seriously, 30 minutes after placing my order to Coastal Classics for a whopping $36.25 for a single foundation with s&h (Seriously, shipping @ $8 plus for a 14gram package?) found the negative feedback on this site and now I’m disgusted that the product is most likely not going to work for me at all AND this company has absolutely NO REFUNDS policy AND NO contact phone number. BUYER BEWARE

    Posted by tina | March 16, 2011, 2:28 pm
  3. I just tried Gabriel lipstick and under eye concealer. EXCELLENT PRODUCTS!! Will definitely explore the line more and pick up a few other necessary items, eyeliner, mascara and gloss.
    They have a full line of color cosmetics! Definitely it’s excellent and non toxic, no lead, no parabens, no dyes, no animal testing! Whole Foods in my area carries it. Be beautiful and safe!

    Posted by carol | April 3, 2010, 11:29 am


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