FAQs ABOUT MINERAL MAKEUP & AJC
It is difficult to sort through all the marketing jargon & really know the validity of all those ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ or ‘mineral’ claims in the market place. We believe it’s more important than ever that you have all the facts you need to make an informed choice about what you use on your skin & into your body.
To help you make a decision based o facts we’ve answered all the common questions about our Abbey Jade Cosmetics Mineral Makeup.
WHY CHOOSE ABBEY JADE COSMETICS?
Abbey Jade Cosmetics offers a product that is all natural and superior by using only the purest, cosmetic-grade minerals available. We will never put the quality of our products behind profit. You can be assured that we will always remain chemically free. We choose to be the alternative to the chemically filled, mass produced products currently saturating the market. Our natural mineral products are designed to improve skin and body health, seeking beauty from the inside out.
The most important aspect of Abbey Jade Cosmetics is that we always remain true to our principles and claims. We promise to always remain 100% naturally based, vegan, cruelty free, not tested on animals (even indirectly), socially conscious, environmentally friendly and most significantly, transparent.
WHAT IS MINERAL MAKEUP?
This is not a simple question to answer. There are currently no regulation or national standards defining what mineral makeup is. A product can be labelled “mineral” even when minerals make up less than one per cent of its content.
However, a TRUE mineral makeup is made up of 100% naturally occurring minerals such as iron oxides, mica, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These minerals are ground and milled into very tiny particles to create the make-up. Mineral makeup should be free of chemical dyes, preservatives and fragrance.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MINERAL MAKEUP?
The major benefit of mineral make-up is that it does not clog the pores, allowing the skin to “breathe” naturally. As such, it is less likely to aggravate an acne condition or cause flare-ups. Ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide have anti-inflammatory properties. Zinc oxide is especially good for skin that is irritated, sensitive or has recently undergone cosmetic laser procedure or peels. It’s also good for people suffering from rosacea and acne.
Because mineral makeup does not contain any nasty chemicals or preservatives it removes these causes of irritation or aggravation to acne-prone skin.
DOES ABBEY JADE COSMETICS CONTAIN MICA & IS IT FAIR TRADE?
Yes, we do use the highest quality mica in our products as this is a beautiful mineral that offers gorgeous luminous qualities. Yes, we most definitely use ingredients that are ethically sourced and are not produced by child labour. Our minerals come from Australia where possible. If they are not available, we source them from Europe or the US. Our mica is free of nano particles is not coated in any artificial dyes or colourings.
IS ABBEY JADE ORAGANIC?
Yes, we are organic. We use only pure minerals with no use of chemicals. However, because these are not grown, like fruit and vegetables, for example, they cannot be certified organic.
If we wanted to have our products certified organic, they would need to contain 70% of an ingredient like rice powder or corn starch. This would lose the value of the minerals and the makeup would not feel light, give great coverage and would be irritating to the skin. It would also lose the natural SPF 24 protection.
When it comes to mineral powder – certified organic is not best.
However, we do use many ingredients that are certified organic. Some are, our shea butter, castor oil, sucrose, jojoba oil, sweet orange essential oil…just to name a few.
All our certified organic ingredients are listed with a * after them so they’re easily identified.
IS ABBEY JADE VEGAN & CRUELTY FREE?
Absolutely! We will always be completely vegan & cruelty free. No exceptions.
We are the most passionate about raising awareness of a cruelty free lifestyle. We encourage everyone to check their other beauty and household products to ensure they are cruelty free.
We are certified with PETA’s Cruelty-Free and Beauty Without Bunnies. We do not use any animal products or products derived from animals.
We NEVER test on animals & we do not use any ingredient that has been tested on animals.
HOW IS ABBEY JADE COSMETICS ECO FRIENDLY?
We use only pure ingredients which is healthy for the environment in manufacturing. We use only ethically sourced minerals from certified companies.
We also use minimal packaging. We do not have product packaging, eg. product boxes to help minimise our impact on the environment. We do not see the need for bottling our products then placing them in a box that will be thrown away minutes after opening it. We choose to minimise our impact on landfill & the environment.
DOES ABBEY JADE MINERAL FOUNDATION HAVE SUN PROTECTION?
The titanium dioxide and zinc oxide in our minerals provide a natural sunscreen to shield precious skin from the damaging ultraviolet rays of the sun. We are currently having our foundations certified for a sun protection rating & hope to have this soon.
Mineral Makeup is a great solution for sunscreen for your face and ideal for those of you are sensitive to chemical sunscreens. Sunscreen made using the common chemical ingredient Octyl Methoxycinnimate often blocks pores and causes flare-ups and pimples on the face. While sunscreen is still essential for UV protection on the body (remember to choose one containing Titanium and Zinc Oxide), the face however, does have an alternative and it’s Mineral Makeup! It is important to note that you must have an even, good coverage to achieve the best sun protective results.
It is always recommended to wear a sunscreen under your mineral foundation to give added coverage, as well as wear protective clothing when in the sun. However, for general daily activities when you’re not in the sun for extended periods, our foundations are definitely adequate.
WHAT ARE NANOPARTICLES & WHY ARE THEY BAD?
The term nanoparticle is used to refer to a small particle with all three dimensions less than 100 nanometres. The ingredients that are in question in mineral products are Kaolin Clays, Titanium Dioxides, Zinc Oxides & Micas.
We choose larger particle sizes in ALL of these ingredients, making sure our products are never under question. ALL our products are 100% Nano Free.
Here is a breakdown of particle size of our ingredients:
This is a standard Zinc Oxide with a median particle size of approx. 0.31 microns (310 nanometres), with all particles between 0.25 microns & 0.35 microns. As a result, our zinc oxide is nearly invisible when applied to the skin yet still offers both broad-spectrum UVA & UVB protection.
The particles size of our TD ranges from 1.2 to 1.7 microns. However, the average particle size is approx. 1.5 microns (1500 nanometres).
We do a great deal of research into what is safe to use in our Mineral Cosmetics, making sure our ingredients are always safe & effective.