• Sera Elisabeth

'Savvy Minerals' Non-Toxic Makeup Review & FAQ

I’ll be totally honest and say that I have never been a fan of mineral makeups because I find them flimsy and a tad overrated. They seemed like such a short-lived 2007 trend that was long out of style as new, full coverage, contoured, bronzed, highlighted and strobed faces basically bombarded Instagram.

Even as a health conscious person, I lived in ignorant bliss when it came to my cosmetics and rolled my eyes as a teenager when my mom only let me buy Dr. Haushka. I’ve always used fairly clean products, but I would be lying if I didn't admit to grabbing a few cheap things at the pharmacy from time to time when I couldn't be bothered to find a clean alternative.

Ever since I’ve been diving deeper into this health journey as a 20-something, I’ve become a little paranoid about the amount of hidden ingredients in everyday products. Not to sound alarmist, but if you don’t do your research, you’re being secretly poisoned. This blog came about as a result of my passion for health and wellness and a desire to seriously encourage other millennials to hop on the wellness bandwagon and take back their health, stat. So, needless to say that through my research and personal experiences, cosmetics are now #1 on my list of toxic nonsense that women should avoid at all costs (you were right, mom).

If you’ve been following along with my blog for any amount of time (in its short 7 month history), you’re probably aware that I am an independent health consultant and that I actively use and recommend my members on essential oils, supplements and natural health products through Young Living. I’m committed to natural health and do my research when it comes to quality, and feel 100% confident in standing behind these sustainable products.

With that said, I was pretty skeptical of their launch of mineral makeup at our 2017 grand convention. As someone who's been actively researching and trying new clean beauty products, I wasn't overly impressed with the makeup line at first glance. But here's where the ingredients got my attention: nanoparticles. Have you ever heard of them? Maybe, maybe not. I know I had, but only in passing. I had never fully understood the effects of nanoparticles until I was looking at the ingredient profile of Savvy Minerals.

But before I talk about those, I just want to remind you of why conventional makeup form the drug store and even Sephora *yes, I know* should probably avoided. Bear with me!

The price tag should be your first indicator that you are probably buying branded garbage. I don’t want to put it lightly because, frankly, that would be doing a disservice to you. I care about your health, honestly I do, and drug store makeup is just about as toxic as rubbing tar on your eyelids and licking the exhaust pipe of your car.

Let’s have a look at some of the lovely ingredients in name brand makeup:

  • parabens: estrogen disruptors linked to breast cancer and reproductive issues

  • fragrance or ‘parfum': cosmetic manufacturers do not have to disclose smells as that is considered a trade secret. The word ‘fragrance’ can hide up to 3,000 different chemicals

  • talc: linked to ovarian and lung cancer

  • bismuth: a heavy metal that chemically resembles arsenic and can cause irritation and acne

  • phthalates: endocrine disruptors linked to developmental and reproductive toxicity as well as cancer, asthma, ADHD, and male fertility issues; classified as a “probable human carcinogen” by the EPA

  • petrochemicals: chemical products derived from petroleum that are linked to anemia, kidney degeneration, and nerve damage to the brain

  • nanoparticles: minuscule particles small enough to be absorbed by the skin and enter the bloodstream where they can cause DNA and cell function damage, brain damage, and liver damage

Now if you're anything like me, you read that and went: 'excuse me, what?' - pretty gross stuff, right? Turns out that the beauty industry is booming, and it brings in billions of dollars annually because women love to wear makeup and pamper themselves. But what about the regulations for our safety? What about the toxicity of these ingredients? It's insulting to our intelligence that we are being lied to and sold garbage in pretty packaging - we should not be poisoning our bodies with our beauty products, no matter how flashy the brand. It doesn't make any sense.

But now let's go back to nanoparticles, shall we? Nanotechnology is a form of science that’s increasingly being used in cosmetics. Many of the big international brands are making makeup using microscopic nanoparticles, many of them advertising it as if it's a selling point. Well, guess what - it's not. Nanoparticles are measured in nanometers, which are equal to one billionth of a meter. So to give you a visual: one strand of human hair is about 80,000 nanometers thick, and a sheet of paper is about 100,000. Nanoparticles’ small size makes them useful in cosmetics because they can speed up a product’s penetration into the skin, and in things like blush, they can fill microscopic crevices in skin to create a smoother look. The problem with this is that because these particles are so freaking small, nanoparticles can easily make their way into the bloodstream via skin absorption. I don't know about you, but I'm not interested in having tiny microscopic particles absorbing into my skin and into my whole body - this isn't appealing.

But let's be real, finding nontoxic makeup alternatives that still have the coverage and results that you like can be a challenge. Although I was very skeptical of liking Savvy Minerals, I was impressed that every single ingredient found in this makeup line is listed as safe by the EWG, and the fact that there is NO nanotechnology used - so these little particles aren't ending up in your blood. Works for me!

Savvy Minerals makeup is 100% free of all these toxic compounds commonly found in makeup. (Don't believe me? Download the app "Think Dirty" and start scanning your makeup bag. When you're done, come back here and check out Savvy Minerals again.)

This makeup does NOT contain:

– talc

– bismuth

– parabens

– petrochemicals/mineral oil

– nanoparticles

– phthalates

– synthetic colors or dyes

– synthetic fragrances

– gluten

- animal products

So, let’s take a look at the makeup and how it applies to the skin - after all, if its going to be clean makeup, I also want it to work or its not worth my money.

#1) Foundation

– diminishes the appearance of imperfections and blemishes

– features kaolin clay to pick up oil & excess moisture

– minimizes pore appearance

– brightens complexion

– absorbs excess oils

– buildable formula that provides sheer to full coverage

– long lasting, all day wear

– ideal for sensitive skin

– made with mineral-based ingredients

– vegan friendly, not tested on animals

– formulated without talc, bismuth, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, or synthetic fragrances

The Misting Spray is made with pure essential oils, trace minerals, and entirely plant-based ingredients - it is used to apply all of the mineral makeup & make it stick to your skin. Apply the Misting Spray to your foundation brush, dip it into the foundation powder, and apply in layers. The spray gives you more thorough foundation coverage, all while nourishing and freshening your skin. The aloe vera is what gives it the silky soft texture & finish.

I'll admit that I was skeptical when trying a powdered foundation as I usually prefer liquid, but I was pleasantly surprised. The powders are gorgeous and fine, blendable, buildable and the foundation goes on like satin with the misting spray and makes your skin feel glowy. I was afraid all of the powders were going to leave my face feeling powdery and dry or show fine lines, but it’s actually quite the opposite!


Savvy Minerals Blush comes in three colors to complement different skin tones, and the natural-looking shades and blendability give cheeks a flush without sitting on top of the foundation and looking like a clown.

For best results, you're going to want to apply this blush with a soft brush. After applying your mineral foundation, sprinkle a small amount of blush onto its jar lid - there's no need to use the misting spray for this one! Dip the brush into the lid, pick up the powder, then lightly tap the brush handle against the side of the lid to remove any excess. Apply blush to the apples of the cheeks, along the cheekbone and upwards toward the temples, building gradually to avoid over applying.

I liked the natural shades of these blushes, they were warm and subtle without being overly bright pink, and they were easy to build into the foundation without sitting on top of the skin.


Young Living's mineral eyeshadows are made from a finely ground mineral base for a long-lasting eyeshadow with a smooth application. With 10 shades to choose from, these Eyeshadows are extremely versatile and subtle - they make it easy to create natural day looks and dramatic night looks for complement every skin tone. Each shade has high color payoff that easily blends and builds with each other - plus, its long-lasting formula will last all day without fading or melting. For best results with the eyeshadow apply with a brush. Dip the brush into the eyeshadow powder, then lightly tap the brush handle against the side of the lid to remove the excess and apply directly to the eyelids.

Takeaway: I was surprised at how easy it was to build up the eyeshadow powders and create a dramatic look - for a mineral based makeup, it was actually surprising how smooth and easy it went on.


This nontoxic natural-looking lip gloss gives a sheer color coverage while adding non-sticky shine. The lip gloss moisturizes and softens lips, while making them look fuller for a high-shine pout that completes your look - it is infused with peppermint essential oil to create a tingly sensation and plump! This lip gloss formula is not tested on animals and is made with natural ingredients, so you can feel good about what you are putting on your lips. I've never been a big fan of lip glosses because I hate having sticky lips that my hair gets stuck in - so I was pleasantly surprised by how soft and smooth it went on.

My favorite part about this lipgloss is that I know that if I ingest it from my lips I'm not eating and absorbing harmful toxins, chemicals and colors!

I haven't tried every product yet, but these ones that I have tried I have absolutely LOVED. I was very surprised since I was highly skeptical and unsure how the final result would look. I was worried it would look powdery, dry, and would sit on top of my skin - instead, everything went on smooth, blendable, and soft. It didn't irritate my skin, it didn't sit heavy or feel like I was wearing tons of makeup, and it doesn't have strong odors.

Here's a photo with the Savvy Minerals makeup on.

let's go over the most frequently asked questions about mineral makeup!

Q: I'm on a budget and can't afford to splurge on tons of products - what do you recommend to start?

A: The Savvy Minerals starter kit, hands down. The kit contains 1 foundation, 1 brush, 1 lip gloss, 1 blush, 1 misting spray, 3 eyeshadows and 1 bottle of Lavender essential oil (a wonderful oil for healthy, moisturized skin). The kit costs only $150, which is 50% off of retail - it would cost you almost $300 to buy each of these separately!

Q: What is the shelf life of Savvy Minerals makeup?

A: Once you open up the makeup, I would recommend using it within 12 months.

Q: Can I get the eyeshadow wet with the misting spray?

A: Yes, this is called 'foiling' and basically means that you would be painting your eyeshadow on - it helps the pigment to bond together so you have a deep dimension of color that sticks to the skin like paint. Spray the eyeshadow brush with the Misting Spray, then dip into the eyeshadow and"paint" it on for deep color dimension and lasting pigment.

Q: I prefer liquid foundation. Any suggestions?

A: It is easy to make this into a liquid foundation that won't be full of toxins. Take 1-2 pumps of ART Light Moisturizer or ART Intensive Moisturizer and mix in foundation powder to make a cream foundation and apply with your hands. You can also try priming your skin with the ART renewal serum and then using the layering method by misting your brush 3 times with the Misting Spray and applying multiple layers of foundation.

Q: Why is there Potassium Sorbate in the Misting Spray?

A: Potassium sorbate is a salt of sorbic acid which is naturally found in some fruits. The commercial ingredient is synthetically produced creating what is termed a “nature identical” chemical. What does it do? It fights bacteria. Most personal care products are made with a lot of water and a variety of nutrients which makes a breeding ground for microorganisms. So, for example, the product might smell and look just fine, but on the inside it is swarming with bacteria that are dangerous for your skin. Here's why it's included: Potassium sorbate is a food-grade preservative that has been effectively used for decades and is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) to preserve food products. Studies using dilutions similar to what’s used in body care products found it’s practically non-irritating and non-sensitizing. In fact, the toxicity of potassium sorbate is pretty close to that of table salt. What’s more, it’s included in the Handbook of Green Chemicals, it’s approved by the Natural Products Association, and is also Whole Foods Premium Body Care approved (who's standards are some of the strictest available).

Q: How can I cover dark undereye circles and blemishes?

A: You can use a lighter foundation color in this area, or you can layer more foundation in these areas. But my personal opinion is that you should't be covering them, you should be taking care of them! I use Wolfberry Eye Cream for my dark circles as part of my skincare routine, and I apply lemon essential oil topically to blemishes to dry them out. Plants are really magical if you give them a try!

Q: Do I have to sell Young Living if I become a member?

A: Nope! It is a fun, community-oriented business that is entirely optional. All you have to do is order a kit to become a member and save 24% off on skincare, oils, makeup, and more. So easy!

Have more questions? Ask them in the comments or drop me an email!

I was a skeptic, but now I am a convert. Who knew mineral makeup could be so versatile and gorgeous - I wish I would have bought them sooner!

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