A New Era Of Style
Silicone is a synthetic man-made polymer that even behaves in a similar way to plastic, despite having a different chemical structure. It is derived from silicon, a natural element found in silica (sand), but rarely exists in nature on it’s own and has to go through a complicated synthetic process to be extracted and produced. This chemical process involves hydrocarbons that are derived from fossil fuel sources like petroleum and natural gas. Silicone is therefore a completely man-made material which is inorganic and does not biodegrade easily.
There are two main types of silicone used commercially in cosmetics; dimethicone and cyclomethicone. Dimethicone is used at lower doses because of it’s anti-foaming properties (it prevents white residues when you apply your products), it’s ability to repel water at higher doses (waterproofing) and it’s smooth, slippery texture. Its thickness varies depending on it’s chemical structure. Cyclomethicone, unlike dimethicone, can evaporate and so creates a smooth, silky feeling on the skin. Silicones also have a natural shine which creates a desirable effect for many types of cosmetics. You will find silicone in many beauty products like hair conditioner, moisturisers, lipstick, foundations and concealers – the slick film that it creates makes it a good ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution for smooth makeup application. Most primers, concealers and satin-matte lipsticks today rely almost entirely on an ingredients list of different types of silicones.
From a scientific point of view it seems not much – it is considered an inert (nonreactive and non-toxic) substance and is widely used in many medical advancements and inventions. But, and there is a but, besides the fact that it is completely synthetic, it is an occlusive substance. This means that it acts as a barrier over the skin and does not allow anything to pass through it. It does not allow the skin to breathe or excrete. This in itself may not be harmful or cause major health issues for everyone, but with the nature of beauty products today, silicone is plentiful and most women (and men) are using them on a daily basis.
Where makeup is concerned it would be good to think about how your foundation, concealer, eyeshadow, mascara and lipstick/lipgloss are applied to just about every square inch of your face. Add to that the amounts that are in found in your skincare routine and you end up with a pretty pile of ‘plastic’ on your face every day. Silicone also comes in different grades and qualities and the cosmetic industry specifically isn’t as well regulated as say the medical industry. Medical grade silicone will not be the same as the kind found in your lipstick – large corporations will use the cheapest possible form of an ingredient in order to make their products commercially profitable.
There have not been any long term safety studies done surrounding the effects of silicone found in cosmetics that we are undoubtedly ingesting from daily lipstick application and the deposits that are in constant contact with other mucous membranes such as our eyes, but even ‘medically acceptable’ grades of silicone used in breast implants and fillers are being found to have toxic effects to our body’s cells and organs. The topically applied particles themselves are not readily absorbed into the skin but depriving our skin of oxygen and the ability to excrete sweat and impurities (especially if you suffer from acne prone or combination skin) will certainly affect it’s longterm health.
As eco- and sustainability- warriors I also wonder about all the silicone residue that millions of us are washing off (with more silicone by the way) daily in the bath or shower that is going down the drain and eventually into the ocean. Remember that one of silicone’s main components is to repel water and that means that it is just a non-biodegradable substance floating around in the water.
Truth be told, there is no true natural alternative to silicone for cosmetics. That is why I have so much respect and amazement for the brilliant trail blazing formulators who have brought natural and organic cosmetics such a long way. Formulating a silky, smooth, long wearing makeup product without silicone is pretty damn difficult. The lengths that some brands have gone to with their research and formulating and reformulating is ground breaking. As a makeup artist I can say that in only the last 5 years natural makeup has completely been revolutionised and it continues to do so by using naturally occurring ingredients like waxes, oils and powders to create the best non-silicone based versions possible.
There are of course varying degrees of natural and organic ingredients in eco brands too and some will still use small amounts of dimethicone as either an anti-foaming agent or for longer lasting wear, but this, what I like to call ‘point of compromise’, is entirely up to you and whether you are more concerned about your makeup having a clean as clean can be ingredients list or if you want it to have better and longer lasting wearability. During the last few years the scientific community has focused on developing natural alternatives to silicones, while they can not match the properties of silicones, these natural and naturally derived oils will sink into your skin without feeling heavy. So when you see these on your ingredients list, you know what they’re doing there.
• Isoamyl Laurate
• Undecane, Tridecane.
• Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil
• Coconut alkanes
• Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate (and) Hydrogenated Olive Oil
• Heptyl Undecylenate
As natural beauty enthusiasts it’s better because it’s not synthetic, but it’s also better because it means your products aren’t made up of a majority inert, inactive substance that adds nothing to the health of your skin. Natural products are made up of nourishing oils and waxes that replicate the natural sebum of your skin and that gives it not only the chance to breathe and excrete but helps with it’s wellbeing and health. There is also growing evidence that our skin’s microbiome is as important to our overall health as our gut microbiome and natural ingredients will feed rather than starve our skin’s healthy bacteria.
Silicone based makeup is designed to ‘cover-up’, whereas natural makeup is designed to enhance – it is an extension of healthy skin and from my experience personally and as a makeup artist, natural products simply make the skin glow more and look healthier. Used alongside a natural/organic skincare routine as the base for good skin, you won’t want to go back to that feeling of a the ‘plastic layer’ sitting on your face. The most common comment I get from people who are new to natural beauty is that they cannot ‘’feel” the makeup sitting on their skin – it looks and feels fresh at the same time.
If you are new to natural makeup then you will need to do some research before you simply go out and buy the first recommendation or review you read – speak to experts and test as many products as you can or book a product overhaul consultation with an organic makeup artist. Different oils and waxes behave differently on different skin types and you will need to find the one that works best for yours. Once you’ve found what works for you however, you will be converted to happier and healthier and certainly more sustainable, glowing skin.
Organic Lip Balm
Silver Rich Face Mist
Throughout the month of December, there is an extended return window to account for gifts! All purchases made in December have until January 6th to process a return or store credit. Any returns after January 6th will be for store credit only!
Full Priced Items Return Policy
Rêve En Vert will issue a refund to the original form of payment for the return of full priced merchandise with the following details:
All goods must be returned unworn and in perfect condition with all original tags attached.
Lingerie and undergarments cannot be returned or exchanged.
Socks and tights cannot be returned or exchanged.
Beauty products cannot be returned or exchanged.
Refunds are issued once merchandise has undergone a quality control check and will be issued in original form of payment. Shipping fees are non-refundable.
We accept returns or exchanges for unworn jewellery only.
Rêve En Vert may refuse any returns that do not comply with our conditions stated above.
Your return request must be received within 14 business days from the date you received your shipment.
Return of Sale Items
Sale items are eligible for exchange or a credit voucher only.
A sale item is any marked down item.
Items purchased using a promo code are eligible for exchange or credit voucher only.
Items marked Final Sale and found in Rev Archive are not eligible for return, credit or exchange.
To process a return, please follow the following steps:
1. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, including your name and order number to request a return’s form.
2. Print and fill out the return label and place it with the items you wish to return. Our return mailing address is on the bottom of the form.
3. Send the item back via any tracked mailing service you prefer.
Once we receive your package, we will promptly issue a refund or web credit for the items as you specify. Your refund will be credited to the same card used to make the original purchase. Please allow 10 business days to ensure that your refund is credited. You will be notified via email when your return package is received and your refund or web credit has been processed.
Rêve En Vert will issue an exchange for any merchandise other than Final Sale items, upon stock availability.
Please email email@example.com and request an exchange number.
If you have any further questions about returns & exchanges, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at: +44 (0) 203 632 2118.
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Online orders are processed and shipped within 24 hours. We ship internationally and delivery times can vary. Any orders placed over the weekend or during public bank holidays will be processed the next working day.
Once your order is shipped, we estimate you will receive your order within 5 business days of its ship date. Shipping times may vary, but rest assured we work our hardest to get you your order as quickly as possible.
Please make sure your shipping address is correct. Orders that are returned because of an invalid address may incur a shipping charge if they are reshipped. After an order has been delivered to the correct shipping address, we cannot be held responsible for lost or stolen packages.
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Last updated on May 23rd, 2018.
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