That little extra glow that makes all the difference in highlighting those cheek bones (or gives you cheekbones if you’re like us)? That’s all thanks to blush. But is all blush created equal?
Unfortunately, not. Natural and/or organic blush is far better for your health and the environment than its unnatural and non-organic competition.
That’s because blush often contains talc; one of the most harmful of all the harmful ingredients found in skincare products. Talc is dangerous because it’s made up of particles that are like asbestos – you know, that stuff that gets entire buildings closed when it’s identified in walls and ceilings. The cumulative effect of inhaling those dangerous particles is respiratory complications up to and including tumors in the lungs.
And of course, you’ll also find the more common toxins in blush: parabens, sulfates, phthalates, preservatives, fragrance, etc. For those reasons alone, changing over to natural blushes will improve your health. But there’s a bonus – they also contain skin-beneficial ingredients that are not only safe, they’re good for you!
Any one of these could be considered the best natural and/or organic blush. But they each have their own unique characteristics to offer. Choose the one that’s right for your needs after you learn a bit more about them.
If your skin has a tendency to react to every product you put on it, try using this high-performance blush that’s EWG verified for not having non-toxic ingredients like parabens, sulfates, fragrance, pheonoxyethanol, dimethicone, and PEG’s. This nude multi-stick (in 3 variants) compliments all skin tones and gives you just a hint of sheer color on your cheeks, eyes, and lips in a pinch. It’s also loaded with soothing ingredients like organic aloe and antioxidants such as green tea and chamomile flowers.
Sappho New Paradigm Blush $25
So much of the problem with makeup are the artificial colors used to give them their various tints and shades. But Sappho New Paradigm creates their bold color pallets with eco-certified mineral pigments (in 6 shades) that give you a long-lasting, satin finish. And who knew you needed argan and jojoba seed oil in a blush? Sappho did… and they did it oh-so-right with certified organic ones.
With over ten shades in this collection, there’s not a skin tone, the model-favorite brand Kjaer Weiss didn’t cover. When you want the dewy finish of a creamy blush with the added benefit of ingredients that fight the visible signs of aging, make the investment in this luxurious organic blush. Not only does it contain the soothing properties of castor and jojoba oils, its infused with wrinkle-fighting rosa rubiginosa seed oil and antioxidants like gardenia Florida fruit extract (which also acts as a natural preservative!).
Containing the “Rolls Royce” of minerals – aka boron nitride – this pressed powder blush by Jane Iredale stays true to its roots as a comprehensive mineral makeup line that uses only the highest quality ingredients. Use this blush to softly define and highlight your cheekbones while the antioxidant-rich and non-comedogenic formula protects your skin from free radicals as well as breakouts.
Ranging in 10 unique shades (sheer to intense color) RMS Beauty’s organic cheek stain provides deep hydration as it nourishes the skin. The non-toxic formula can be worn on cheeks or lips and blends ingredients like cocoa butter with argan as well as coconut oils.
A multi-use blendable stick that’s perfect for lips, cheeks, and lids on the go. These 8 creamy blushes are infused with rare and exotic essentials and botanicals such as frankincense, tulsi, and lotus – all of which soothe and calm the skin’s surface but also provide an added layer f protection against environmental aggressors.
Lily Lolo Cheek Duo $24
Who doesn’t love two ingredients in one? We sure do! That’s why we had to add this Lily Lolo blush duo that allows you to choose between natural matte finish and a satiny, radiant glow. It also acts as a convenient company – so you can even call it a three-in-one. Plus, it contains vegan friendly and conditioning oil like jojoba seed, argan kernel, pomegranate seed, annuus seed, and manuka.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for a mineral blush option that adds a sheer hint of color in either matte or shimmer, check out Lily Lolo’s Pressed Mineral Blush $20 (available in 7 shades).
Available in 5 shades, this convenient multi-use stick is packed with healing organic ingredients: vitamin E heals and regenerates your skin and shea butter hydrates and adds to the rich and buttery texture. It goes on sheer for a neutral, muted look on the cheeks, lips, and eyes.
Loose powder blushes give you a soft, sheer finish that flatters every skin tone. And this vegan loose powder blush delivers all that without any fragrance, parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. Instead, the richly pigmented mineral ingredients give you a subtle look with an even subtler impact on the health of your skin.
Era Perez Carrot Pot Blush $35
The star ingredient in this rich and creamy blush/lip enhancer is carrots – high in antioxidant properties and helping to keep skin soft and moisturized. It’s free of parabens and sulfates as well as cruelty and any animal products. Bonus: it comes with a handy little mirror, making it a perfect purse companion for those unexpected nights on the town.
Hush+Dotti Organic Lip & Cheek Tint $29
A blendable cream blush that’s great for building a base or all on its own. Crafted to give you the choice between a soft glow or bold color, this blush will nourish your complexion while you wear it thanks to ingredients like sunflower oil, lavender, and oregano.
Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Last Looks Blush $25
Infused with plant-based Hyaluronic acid, grapeseed oil as well as phospholipids to plump skin, Juice Beauty’s vegan cream blush is highly blendable and provide a natural looking tint to the skin. Available in 4 unique shades, the cruelty-free formula combines phyto-pigments from purple carrot and rose to deliver a healthy flush to the skin. The blush also avoids known skin irritants like mineral oils, artificial dyes and sulfates
100% Pure Fruit-Pigmented Powder Blush $37
As it is made with 100% natural and vegetarian ingredients it is no wonder why 100% Pure Powder Blush has become so popular. Colored with fruit pigments from the likes of plums, pomegranates, cranberries, strawberries, and more, the formula gives just the right amount of sparkle and shine. Other key ingredients include the nourishing Vitamin E and moisturizing cocoa as well as shea butters. Prefer more of a cream formula check out their Pure Pot Rouge Blush ($26).
Conventional blush is made with all the most common toxins, including parabens, sulfates, and fragrances. But what you really need to watch out for is talc, which can cause respiratory problems when used frequently. Luckily, the environmental movement has brought us countless options for natural and organic blush that leave out all the bad stuff. Instead, the best natural and organic blush use ingredients that aid your skin in healing and hydrating. That’s why any one of these eleven products is going to leave your complexion better off than you’re current fave.