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  1. Why is Crunchi not EWG verified? The foundation and primer are rated as number 3. Day cream as number 2. All these products are rated High risk under immunotoxicity and allergies. Crunchi sunscreen is not even on EWG. Please advice. Thanks

    1. Hi, Kulwinder: Ilia Beauty foundation looks good. The ingredients are comparable to Crunchi. However, they said that source their mineral pigments from around the world, which means that there is no quarantee that some of them are from China. Does it help? ~Irina

  2. Hi Irina, I am very thankful to you for helping us find safe and healthy beauty products.
    I live in India and am not getting the crunchi products here at any global store such as amazon and nykaa.Perhaps this is available only at its own website…can you suggest some other brands that are as safe as crunchi and available for us.I was searching for a healthy foundation and I found physicians formula but before I could order it I saw your review on it but your suggestion for crunchi really made me glad but unfortunately its not available here,so please help

  3. Hi Irina, I just recently found your website and love all the reviews you do so we can buy clean skincare and makeup products. However, I live in Canada and most of these things are not readily available to us here. Could you do a review of some Canadian products too? There are new ones all the time popping up. An older one is Pure Anada. A newer one is Elate Cosmetics. You have looked at Ilia but again it seems it is not a good one. And there are some U.S. products hitting our shelves more and more – like Mineral Fusion (but I don’t think you think that’s a very good company), and Emani (have you looked at it) and more I’m sure. When you mention something good I look around for it but often can’t find it here and some don’t even ship to Canada. Also, I wonder if you would consider mentioning in your reviews if products have a scent or smell to them. I can use only unscented products.

    1. Hi, Marlene: thank you for letting me know. I think you would benefit from joining my paid membership site called Savvy Consumer Circle. There are Canadian members there. One of the benefits of the membership is that you get to submit unlimited product review requests. Please email me if you are interested in learning more. Thanks. ~Irina

  4. Hi! I was so excited about Crunchi and went to their website and they are only for white women!! I find that so incredibly sad! 🙁

    1. Naima: there is one shade that is dark. I know it is not enough. They are a small company and had to start with something. They are working on adding more products and more shades including foundation. Stay tuned. ~Irina

  5. Why did you decide not to use Vapour Beauty? Although I see they just recently changed a lot – not sure if that’s good or bad. Also, I was buying 100% Pure but I stopped because of their trickery with using Japanese Honeysuckle and the 4 out of the 5 crushed crystals in their lip-gloss are toxic if ingested. I read a book about crystals and was shocked – I had 4 colors of the lip-gloss and thought it was safe. Another problem with them is a friend experienced a reaction to their shampoo and conditioner – she’s not sure which.

    1. Hi, Gina: I have to revisit my notes about Vapour Beauty. I remember I really wanted them to be safe because they had a highlighter that I liked. So I am sure there was a really good reason. Luckily, Crunchi has a highlighter now. Please know that I offer consultations in which we can go over the safety of products. ~Irina

  6. HI! Yes it is pretty bad I agree with the racoon eyes. I think I heard it from Paula Begoun (she was in the beauty industry for years then left and wrote books one titled “Don’t Go to the Cosmetic Counter Without Me”) but it could be from an article I read over the years. I believe she has researchers test various products on the market to tell you if they do what they claim and reviews ingredients to tell you what they actually do to the skin for example how some of the anti wrinkle products end up irritating your skin so it swells so that’s how it “removes fine lines” etc. She has her own line Paula’s Choice. I don’t read her stuff or buy her products anymore as I rely on you and EWG for non toxic products. She’s not really into non toxic or wasn’t last I checked. Speaking of moisturizer I’ve been using Herbal Choice Mari Natural SPF 30 tinted Face & Body Lotion as it was rated well on EWG and I think it is starting to be a bit too oily bc it makes my bangs greasy. Do you have any alternatives you recommend? I like that it’s tinted so on hot days or lazy days I don’t need foundation and I”m not ghostly white. I’m already pasty a.k.a have porcelain skin so I don’t need help in that department haha!

    1. Thank you, Teresa! I am in a process of updating my face sunscreen guide and your information is very helpful. I know what you mean about Paula. I read information from multiple sources and then figure where the truth lies. 🙂 Stay tuned. ~Irina

  7. PS NOT a fan of the Rejuva mascara . Doesn’t seem to do a whole lot for making them look voluminous; just makes my lashes darker and doesn’t apply super well. As I’ve aged I’ve lot my lush lashes!

    1. I have tried Rejuva mascara, too, and it was pretty bad. It was shedding all over my face: I am now very happy that I found Crunchi. Do you remember where you heard about the last layer dominating the final SPF? I will keep researching this topic. What I hear from the manufacturers of sunscreens is to apply an SPF moisturizer first, wait for it to dry, and then apply the foundation. I will be updating my face sunscreen guide with new additions soon. ~Irina

  8. HI! Thanks for the info I knew you’d have an answer as always! I was using Physicians’s formula mascara but after your post about them I won’t. Currently I am using something given to me by EWG for donating. It’s Rejuva minerals (mica free and titanium dioxide free makeup) Is it bad to have mica?
    PS yes i now see that the foundation you recommend does not contain sunscreen. I wear sunscreen in my face moisturizer every day as I believe it’s imperative to protect against sun damage. I’ve heard that the last thing you put on your face is what your sun protection is; for example, if you put on lotion with 45 then foundation with 15 your SPF protection is 15. I hope I’m still getting sun protection by using a foundation or BB cream without sunscreen. Do you know? I’d really like to try this product it sound amazing, but it might be out of my price range (as is everything I buy hahaha) Non-toxic always = expensive.

  9. Hi Irina,
    Again, thank you for another great article – I am learning so much from your research so thank you for everything you do for us readers! What is your opinion on makeup with ultramarines and iron oxides? I’m trying to overhaul my makeup but it seems I either can’t find a good makeup line that gives me results I want, and the ones that do, have bad ingredients. I’ve spent too much money buying and trying new products then realizing they’re terrible or after reading your posts, they’re toxic. (Crunchi does not ship to Canada or else I’d buy it now). Not sure if you’ve researched Jane Iredale Pressed Base or Sweet Leilani cover foundation, but that’s what I currently just purchased. Sometimes I feel like I just can’t win!

    1. Hi, Amanda: ultramarines, iron oxides, mica, and titanium dioxide are typical mineral pigments. While they still may contain trace amounts of heavy metals, they at least lack contaminants associated with petroleum in FD&C colorants. So they are better than FD&C colorants and that is what I recommend on my website. I like Crunchi because their mineral pigments are EcoCert certified and not made in China, which is very important to reduce the risks of potentially higher levels of heavy metal contamination. I have been contacting a lot of makeup companies including Jane Iredale and so far I found Crunchi the most transparent with their answers to me. Let me know what you think. ~Irina

  10. Just curious have you tried Au Naturale’s foundation or any of the top rated EWG approved ones like mineral fusion’s liquid or Omiana liquid? Thanks!

    1. Hi, Teresa: It is so good to hear from! I hope you are doing well! I have looked at Mineral Fusion before choosing Crunchi but decided against Mineral Fusion because they use phenoxyethanol, which is a member of the glycol ether family and is the product of the reaction of highly corrosive phenol with carcinogenic ethylene oxide. As a result, it may contain residue amounts of both. The American Society of Contact Dermatitis lists phenoxyethanol as one of its core allergens, even in concentrations as low as 1%. It is often used in cosmeceuticals as they require potent preservatives. Omiana has an option to opt-out of phenoxyethanol in mascara, which is nice. I personally avoid phenoxyethanol because I think I got sensitized to it in mascara I was using. I sent Omiana an email to learn how they manage risks of possible heavy metal contamination. It is such a tall order to find a makeup brand that works, has EcoCert pigments not made in China, does not contain phenoxyethanol and many other possible irritants, allergens, endocrine disruptor, etc What line are using now? ~Irina

      1. Sorry for the delay. I was using up some old Valenti Organics BB cream, but I just got my sample from Crunchi and have settled on a shade so I’m getting mascara, primer, foundation, and brushes. I also use Au Natural highlighter, lipstick, and Omiana eye shadow b/c i love the trio sets and not many organic/natural companies sell it. Omiana has a good rating on EWG, but i wondered if you had heard back from them about heavy metals. I’d like to re-order their eye shadow (plums and purples). As always THANK YOU!!!

        1. Thank you so much, Teresa! I should follow up with Omiana when I have a moment. In the meantime, you might want to ask her what country her pigments come from. Thanks. ~Irina

          1. Omiana does not use phenoxyethanol in their foundation. I’ve been using it for a while now and it’s really good.

  11. I wish they would use zinc oxide as opposed to titanium dioxide -according to EWG zinc has better UVA protection

  12. Do you have a foundation with sunscreen that you recommend? If not what sunscreen do you use?

  13. I really like the foundation from Adorn cosmetics. Not only is it non-toxic but it’s also vegan, cruelty free and has no palm oil. I have mature, dry skin with rosacea and lots of melasma. This foundation disappears into my skin but covers everything up and even makes my skin look fresh and dewy 🙂