Easy, Breezy, Beautiful Chemical Girl


Our mission at Jet Set is to help people live happier and healthier lifestyles.  Overall, health and wellbeing should be practiced holistically. Being mindful to the ingredients you use in your beauty regiment is a great way to kick start your wellness habits.

Mainstream cosmetics may look clean and pretty on the outside but there are plenty of dirty secrets hidden underneath the surface. They often opt for economy over quality and are jam packed with eyebrow raising chemicals. It should be no real surprise that most major cosmetic companies still test on animals. If a cosmetic company manufactures and sells their goods in China, it is mandated by Chinese law that animal testing is required.

The list includes (but is not limited to):

  1. MAC

  2. Benefit San Francisco

  3. Covergirl 

  4. Victoria’s Secret

  5. Clinique

  6. Almay

  7. Avon

  8. Lancome Paris

  9. Estee Lauder

  10. Revlon 

  11. TRESemme

  12. Bobbi Brown

Knowledge is power. Don’t be fooled by other companies that market themselves as “all-natural” with packaging, marketing phrases and bullshit messaging. In the quest for wellbeing, what you choose to place on your body is equally as important as what you put into your body. A few common culprits of these cosmetics include:

Parabens: They can mimic the activity of the hormone estrogen in the body’s cells. Parabens have been found present in breast tumors. Look for methylparaben (E218), ethylparaben (E214), propylparaben (E216) butylparaben, heptylparaben (E209) on the label.

Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives: Found in nail polish, hair-smoothing products, body wash, body soap, shampoo and color cosmetics. Linked to cancer and skin irritation. Banned from use in cosmetics and toiletries in Japan and Sweden. 

Fragrance: Associated with petrochemicals and hormone disruptors.  EWG.org reports a rose may be a rose but that rose-like fragrance in your perfume may be concocted from any number of the fragrance industry’s 3,100 stock chemical ingredients, the blend of which is almost always hidden from the consumer.

Sodium Laureth Sulfate: Found in shampoos, there are studies that point to residual levels of sodium laurel sulfate found in the brain, lungs, liver and heart link the ingredient to hormone imbalance.

Phthalates:  Linked to endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and cancer.  Banned from the EU but still remains prevalent in U.S. products.  Look for DEP, DBP, DEHP and fragrance on the label.

Strike a pose, not a poison. If you can't pronounce it or don't know what it is, chances are that it's bad for you. Opt for non-toxic, plant based ingredients and cruelty free for cleaner lifestyles.  Check out our spring list of clean cosmetics and natural beauty products that you can shop here.

Erica Kirkwood