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The art of cosmetics is at least 10,000 years old . That's what archaeological finds tell us.

Throughout civilizations, cosmetics have advanced in response to the eternal human desire to maintain and beautify the skin and overcome the passage of time.

We all know how important it was for the Egyptians , who especially had a great command of eye makeup , whose varied colors were achieved by mixing different powders of vegetable or mineral origin . They also knew that they should use fats , milk , honey , waxes or resins in different concentrations to achieve varied textures depending on the purpose of the cosmetic (powder, kohl, lotion, cream, ointment...)

Thus it continued to accompany the different civilizations in its, let's say, incipient state, until reaching the 18th century, when the perfumery industry took a great leap in Europe . And it was already in the 20th century when science and cosmetics came together to give way to cosmetology .

Modern chemistry, the red lines begin

The evolution of modern chemistry goes hand in hand with cosmetics, creating a large number of synthetic substances to improve the properties, conservation and texture of cosmetics. Many times very dangerous chemicals for the skin and health have been used, which fortunately have been withdrawn from the market. And although there is currently great control in the cosmetic industry, today conventional cosmetics continue to use ingredients whose adverse effects are more than proven.

In this blog, we will help you reveal the different types of ingredients used in the industry. Some you should avoid if you don't want to cross red lines, and choose those that are safe for your skin and health .

Type of cosmetic ingredients

Many disciplines are involved in the cosmetic industry . The most important is chemistry , but biology , pharmacy and even medicine also do so. All of them are interrelated in order to seek the best results in improving the beauty of the skin.

Depending on their origin , the ingredients can be classified as: animal, mineral and vegetable .


The ingredients that have traditionally been used are lanolin from sheep wool , honey , milk , especially from donkeys and mares, or beeswax . In conventional cosmetics they are all allowed and are easy to detect in the list of ingredients .

Within this category are oils ( snail , turtle , fish , mink , the latter widely used for its anti-wrinkle properties). However, there are many others that remain hidden from the eyes of the consumer.

Almost most of it comes from waste from the meat industry ( hair , feathers , rooster combs , fish eyes , bones , fat , cartilage , connective tissue ). Collagen , hyaluronic acid , glycerin , fatty acids , certain alcohols , retinol , biotin , elastin , keratin , urea and any ingredient that may be derived from a fatty substance are extracted from them.

The ingredients obtained from fats are counted in the hundreds, but in the list of ingredients it is not possible to know if it is of animal or vegetable origin , since in the international INCI nomenclature this is irrelevant and they are called the same .


In this case we can differentiate between potentially toxic ingredients and those that are harmless and suitable for use in natural cosmetics.

Toxic potential (oil origin)

  • Mineral oils, widely used because they are much cheaper than vegetable oil.
  • Silicones
  • P.E.G.
  • Parabens
  • Phenoxyethanol

Harmless and suitable for natural cosmetics

  • Clay
  • Salt
  • Alum
  • Zinc
  • Titanium

Minerals do not cross the skin barrier as long as they are not in the form of nanoparticles . For this reason, the law requires putting “(nano)” next to the compound.


The great advances in botanical chemistry make it possible to get the most out of the different plant active ingredients and that we increasingly have more novel and innovative active ingredients.

In this category are:

  • vegetable oils
  • essential oils
  • the hydrolates
  • the seaweed
  • the waxes
  • the butters
  • natural plant extracts...

Did you know that in conventional cosmetics...?

Stearylic acid is obtained from whale sperm, an oil present in the skull of the sperm whale and in the vascularized fats of all whales. It is present in a large number of cosmetics.

Hyaluronic acid comes from the combs of roosters or the eyes of fish.

Carmine or carminic acid is obtained from mealybugs, plant parasites.

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