Even the healthiest chemical free skin can produce occasional blemishes & marks.
Light coverage, hiding small imperfections, in chemical free style
has never been easier.
With a versatile combination of uses such as:
moisturizer, primer, SPF 10, foundation, skin treatment, and light concealer.
Keeping blemishes soft & covered to prevent scarring.
For as long as humans have admired themselves in murky pools of water, mirrors and then magazines & movies they’ve also had to contend with the ugly side of beauty.
Foundation, the grisly origin, can be traced as far back as ancient Greece and Rome.
To make their skin appear more “fair,” the Grecians and Romans painted their faces with a poisonous chalk, also known as white lead. In the Elizabethan era, coined as the Venetian Ceruse, this ghastly combination of lead and vinegar was used all over the face for popular pallor.
In the nineteenth century, complexion liquids were made of zinc oxide, glycerin or alcohol, and even calamine lotion. With greasepaint being popular in the theater, made of powdered color and melted animal tallow. These sound innocent but, the list of additives like: opium, arsenic, mercury, lead, rat poison, belladonna, enamel, indigo, lice, and ammonia were added to cosmetics often with the consumers knowledge of health concerns.
In 1936, Ruth DeForest Lamb, chief education officer of the FDA, published a collection of these tragic tales of botched beauty in her book “American Chamber of Horrors,” a move that helped bring about the eventual passage of the revamped Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938.
But many times in recent history the question of cosmetic safety, usually via independent groups testing random skin care, personal care & cosmetic products, has surfaced, resurfaced and surfaced yet again.
In October of 2007 the advocacy group Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, announced that 1/3 of the 33 red lipsticks, randomly selected for testing by an independent lab for ingredients, contained hazardous levels of lead according to FDA approved minimum standards.
In contemporary times, as corporate greed is seemingly acknowledged yet ignored or accepted, followed closely by consumer suspicion and consumer nonchalance, as toxic environment “conspiracy” theories rage …. It begs the question:
Are we better off now? ….
or, is this simply the quiet continuation of the past through to the present for the “Poison of Passion and Vanity” regarding all topically applied conventional substances?
“It’s hard to know,” says Teresa Riordan, author of “Inventing Beauty: A History of the Innovations That Have Made Us Beautiful.”
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does oversee cosmetics somewhat but ….
it’s an after-the-fact kind of oversight, where the FDA suggests unsafe products be taken off the market once their safety is questioned via the disease, illness and, sometimes, death of very large numbers of consumers.
Contemporary popular opinion is against “testing” on humans & animals except ….
that’s exactly how it works under current legislation for the 800,000 known chemicals we voluntarily put on our skin, food and homes.
Unlike drugs, cosmetics, cleaning supplies, and some “drugs” like: toothpaste, insect repellent and sunscreen don’t go through clinical trials, or not for all ingredients, before they go to market. It’s not required!!!!”
“So how far have we really come?”
Unfortunately, not far ….
We all live now in what’s known as:
“The Age of the Silent Pandemic”.
Please see our Ingredients & Chemicals to Avoid Sections above for more information.
All Couxcoux ingredients are organic where certification is available, reliably sourced where organic certification doesn’t exist, sustainably sourced as much as possible, fair trade or Local to Grand Cayman. Organic certification does not exist on Grand Cayman yet. So, our Local ingredients are investigated thoroughly for safe farming & manufacturing practices.
Mica Powder, Iron OxideS
Zinc Oxide & Titanium Oxide
CHOOSE THE BLEND FOR YOUR SKIN
Don’t worry if these colors aren’t quite right for you?
Couxcoux colors are slightly opaque and Couxcoux Face Powders assist to blend colors right into your
skin tone with perfect coverage and concealment.
More than 100 years ago, SAFE “full face” makeup, or foundation, came in two parts.
A liquid part (water, glycerin, alcohol, or oil).
And a powder part (flour, spices, micas, dried fruit, dried insects).
Alcohol and, over time, glycerin are not great for your skin. They are dehydrating and aging but ….
They aren’t really unsafe!
It’s when these two parts, liquid & powder, are combined in a single bottle that things start getting really nasty!!!
Read the Ingredients Label on the BACK!!!
Ignore the Front Advertising!!!
petroleum oils and refined, fractionated, hydrolyzed or hydrogenated oils that are often nutrition-less, drying & ineffective with residual hazardous extraction chemicals.
along with alcohol, extracts, soap compounds, emulsifiers, bleach, color, fragrance/parfum, solvents &/or detergents. Extremely dehydrating &/or hazardous.
Most importantly: water ALWAYS requires synthetic preservatives, emulsifiers, stabilizers, thickeners etc.
See our Chemicals to Avoid Section above for more information.
If it’s natural oil it WILL say so …. not something else unpronounceable!!!
GOOD: coconut oil (cocos nucifera)
GOOD: frankincense (boswellia serrata)
NOT GOOD: caprylic/capric triglyceride
TINTED SALVE is quite opaque intended for full, hydrating, tinted coverage plus the use of a concealer stick if necessary, followed with a Couxcoux Powder to set, color, contour & finish the look.
Apply tiny dabs of Tinted Salve to damp skin, in a thin layer, at troublesome areas, or to overall face and neck.
Massage in quite well.
Pat tiny extra dabs of Tint into troublesome red or dark areas OR find our Concealer Stick Here.
Choose the color of your Couxcoux Face Powder here
Apply a Couxcoux Face Powder closest to your natural skin liberally at all Tinted Salve Areas. Thoroughly press & swirl powder into Tinted Salve areas with a full coverage brush.
At this point, makeup can be considered “set or finished”.
If desired, continue adding different colors Couxcoux Face Powder for added contour, added highlight, as blush, as eye shadow.
Spritz very lightly with Couxcoux Cleanse & Tone for a full “set” of powders.
Couxcoux Tinted Salve
Couxcoux Face Powder
are soooooo safe:
They could be combined into an excellent recipe for PIE!!!
Just Kidding ….
But kinda NOT!
What Chemicals should you avoid?
from toothpaste, to soaps, to moisturizers, to cleansers, to hair spray & gel, to foundation & concealer, to deodorant & shaving foam….
ALL USUALLY CONTAIN THE SAME CHEMICALS!!!
YEP!!! You wouldn’t eat your moisturizer.
But you kinda are when you brush your teeth.
Conventional & NATURAL Skin Care Ingredients that are:
NOT for your SKIN!!
VERY LITTLE WATER APPLIED TO SKIN ABSORBS!!
Especially in a lotion …. Most of the water in lotion evaporates before the skin can take it in.
This is why Natural Oils are so important, especially when combined with a little vegan wax.
These two ingredients form a natural, breathable, OCCULSIVE barrier to trap water in the skin.
This is where most of the water hydration necessary for skin comes from anyway …. Inside you!
IF A PRODUCT CONTAINS WATER …. IT WILL CONTAIN CHEMICALS!
Currently, there is no effective natural preservative to keep water from spoiling or molding. Mostly, this issue comes up after the product is unsealed for use by the consumer, but, if it has water …. it will have to have chemicals.
Unfortunately, WATER is the most common and cheapest “filler” for any packaged product you may consider buying.
SEVERAL OTHER CHEMICALS ARE REQUIRED,
regardless of how much, or how little, water is used:
-to keep unlike ingredients (oil & water) from separating.
-to keep ingredients from decaying until the advertised expiry date (often years).
-to prevent changes in viscosity and texture at wide temperature ranges (natural, unrefined oils are liquid when warm and solid, slushy or cloudy when cold) during shipping, storage, display AND consumer use. We are so used to this consistent texture that we often don’t understand that several additives are required to produce this effect.
When we examine the ingredients in conventional hand soap, dish soap, body wash, shaving foam, shampoo, laundry soap and other liquid soaps we find that:
They are all nearly identical – face, hand, body, laundry, dishes
The first ingredient is almost always water, between 75% & 85%, with very little, to:
NO, actual, true soap.
True soap is any natural, unrefined OIL with Potassium or Sodium Hydroxide and nothing else.
True soap does not lather as much and is usually a natural bar or paste unless diluted with water and/or thickened with salt.
True soap can be self-preserving because all soaps are quite alkaline dissuading microbe growth.
CHEMICAL DETERGENT, SURFACTANT, SOLVENT
formed from petrochemicals (sometimes oleochemicals) and sulphur trioxide, sulphuric acid and ethylene oxide.
Many are known hazards, linked to cancer, neurotoxicity, organ toxicity, skin irritation, and endocrine disruption.
Producing, manufacturing and distributing these chemicals, along with consumers washing them off into the water table and soil, causes severe environmental disruption.
sodium lauryl (or laureth) sulfate, ammonium laurel sulfate, sulfuric acid monododecyl ester, sodium dodecyl sulphate, alcoholethoxy sulfate, alkylbenzene sulfonate, alkyl sulfates.
If the foaming agent is derived from coconut oil, for example:
the name would be something like sodium coco sulfate or cocamidopropyl betaine,
and 100’s more.
In any conventional foaming product, including products labeled NATURAL, these ingredient groups are almost impossible to avoid.
We are also starting to learn that soaps, body washes, shampoo’s, foams and other alkaline cleansers:
soapy water =pH~10,
skin = pH~5,
Play a substantial role in the chronic condition of the “skin microbiome equation”.
It’s established that gentle cleansers, for face & body, that do not alkalize, strip or over work our delicate acid mantle (a thin acidic filmy barrier on the surface of skin) allow the body environment to safely heal, sanitize & deodorize itself.
These gentle cleansers, generally do NOT foam, or foam very little.
Within this foaming wash conversation, we have to admit that:
“soap” is simply slippery.
It does not kill microbes or bacteria. Even anti-bacterial soaps & sanitizers have been proven mostly ineffective ….
Soap simply makes the skin surface slippery enough that microbes dislodge & rinse away down the drain. Sounds like any good oil, naturally emulsified onto wet skin, could easily do this job while preserving microbiome balance and assisting skin hydration.
PEG = Dimethicone (PEG with any #) = polyethylene glycol conversion = an alcohol, suffocating silicone based polymer.
parabens, BHT, Tocopherol acetate (refined vitamin E derivative), Disodium and tetrasodium EDTA, Diazolidinyl and imidazolydyl urea, Parabens (Methylparaben, polyparaben, butylparaben, etc.), Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone, Ascorbyl palmitate (a derivative of vitamin C), Benzoic acid, etc ….
There is several hundred different preservatives in use in skin care generally today.
Very few have been laboratory tested for safety in skin care individually, or in combination, or in accidental combination with other commonly applied personal care products.
For example: you’ve accidentally got toothpaste on your freshly moisturized finger that you now washed off with soap and re-moisturized before applying your hair styling product while possibly stirring your coffee with the tail of your toothbrush….
Have you just absorbed or ingested a quadruple (or more) dose of the minimum safe level of one of the above preservatives? …. PROBABLY!!
Propylene and butylene glycols, adipate, stearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, lauryl alcohol, denatured alcohol or alcohol denat, benzyl alcohol, glycerin, glycerol, etc ….
There’s 1000’s of alcohol compounds derived from multiple different oils and/or sugars, including PETROLEUM OIL (mineral oil, baby oil, vaseline).
Humectants: dehydrating deep tissue layers over time via law of connecting vessels or,
Alcohol compounds: straight up, just damaging & dehydrating.
Natural EXTRACTS: (alcohol or glycerin/glycerol) Sometimes work as cleansers & toners but are NOT for moisturizing ingredients.
All preservatives & alcohols, or similar compounds, are:
strong agents that damage or kill …. ALL CELLS …. not just “bad” cells.
They are NOT at all choosy. If it’s alive …. good human tissue or bad bacteria/virus …. Doesn’t matter!
NATURAL & SYNTHETIC SILICONE
Provides a slippery & water resistant, emollient texture.
Like plastic, silicone can keep water in, but other debris that needs to exit the tissue can also be trapped, causing congestion, inflammation, rash and acne.
Silicones also don’t allow proper circulation of oxygen; suffocating and dehydrating the tissue.
But, worst, they don’t come off easily and the skin will struggle constantly to shove them off.
polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), Methicone,Phenyl trimethicone, Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Dimethiconol, Dimethicone copolyomer, Cyclopentasiloxane …. etc!
All known & rated Hazards.
FRAGRANCE AND PARFUM ARE NEVER NATURAL OR SAFE!
Perfumers that are dedicated (like me) to making safe, natural, wholesome scents will certainly let you know!!
Please feel free to view our fragrant & curative roll-ons within the HEALTH section of the homepage.
But, ingredients listed as “Fragrance” and “Parfum” or “Perfume” are a secret mixture of possibly 1, or 100, chemical compounds. There is around 3000 chemical compounds in use today to give us the smells we want. It is said that about 75% of these are phthalates, known carcinogens & hormone disruptors.
Most of the fragrances we’re accustomed to smelling today DO NOT exist in nature except for “on the actual branch” so to speak!!! Many of these smells CAN NOT be “bottled” without synthetic preserving & alcohol ingredients.
Due to current labeling laws these combinations of possibly 100’s of chemicals, named “fragrance”, are considered TRADE SECRETS and do NOT have to be disclosed on the label as individual ingredients.
Acetone, ethanol, benzaldehyde, formaldehyde, methylene chloride, ethyl acetate, Isopropyl myristate, Monopropylene glycol, benzyl alcohol and many, many more. Synthetic musks are also common, potentially hazardous, ingredients.
More and more people are experiencing severe, sometimes anaphylactic, reactions to fragrance but are unable to avoid the particular chemical they are having trouble with because, they can’t find out what it is, or what other products it might be in including, food, laundry products, cleaning products, residential & commercial air diffusers, deodorizers & sprays etc.
Many of these chemicals are now considered as dangerous as smoking and second hand smoke.
These chemicals are difficult to avoid because “FRAGRANCE or PARFUM” is added to just about everything ….
food, skin care, personal care, body care, hair care, laundry products, baby products, cleaning products …. in the same to wildly different concentrations at residential, commercial, industrial & institutional levels.
Including products labeled NATURAL!
IT’S NOT NATURAL!
Almost ALL added color is synthetically produced in our modern world.
Some of them are certified, some are batch certified, some are not certified ….
Some are regulated by the FDA …. Some are not like: Micas.
If it’s natural, and intended for skin care or food, it will have to have a written disclaimer except: when it’s certified or not, and regulated, but on the list, or not regulated. It’s confusing, I know. The point is enforcement is difficult and enforcement is NOT the FDA’s job.
Natural colors often co occur in nature with some dangerous compounds like: arsenic and asbestos. So, to avoid this danger, color additives are manufactured. This means that even natural looking, pale colors will likely have chemicals.
Vibrant, Pale and Dark natural colors can be produced in WATER and/or alcohol …. but, where there’s water …. there’s preserving, emulsifying, thickening & stabilizing chemicals. And, where there’s alcohol there’s cell damage or death.
Oils will not absorb color, or anything for that matter but, color additives can be suspended or emulsified into oil making it appear colored.
BRIGHT WHITE & CLEAR TRANSPARENT “COLOR” does NOT exist in nature!
Even white appearing flowers have specks of light grey, yellow, pink etc. So, if it’s a bright white, clear or transparent (like glycerin and silicone), it’s been extracted, filtered, refined or processed with some compound like bleach.
PETROLEUM OILS & REFINED or HYDROGENTATED OILS
Natural Oils can range from water thin to a cloudy slurry to a firm solid depending on their temperature and their base physical properties.
For example: natural coconut oil is a pale, yellow liquid when warm, a cloudy, grainy, even lumpy, slurry when cooling, and a creamy, firm, solid when cold.
Oils can be chemically extracted from any plant or animal matter, then further chemically refined to make them colorless, odorless, thicker, thinner, and/or always a consistent viscosity & texture regardless of temperature and conditions, with an almost indefinite shelf life or no expiry date.
Chemical refining provides a convenient, stable, base oil for dispersing into any product (including edibles) but removes many base nutritious, hydrating & healing properties of that oil AND can leave hazardous chemical residue in the product.
We have become so accustomed to this unnatural lotion/cream texture we forget the several chemicals required to produce the effect!!
PLEASE IGNORE THE FRONT ADVERTISING LABEL!!
IT’S OFTEN MISLEADING!
Even if a product is advertised as Natural or Organic, please take a look at the very tiny writing on the back label that lists the ACTUAL ingredients.
Under current law, even organic products are allowed a certain percentage of chemicals! Some of these chemicals can be dangerous and others are, just simply, not for skin. They’re for making the product look good, for a very long time.
IF AN INGREDIENT IS NATURAL:
It will be listed in its common name: coconut oil
Or Plant Genus: cocos nucifera
Most companies like to advertise that they advocate natural ingredients by listing both names:
coconut oil (cocos nucifera).
IF AN INGREDIENT IS NOT NATURAL:
It will be listed by its chemical name:
capyrlic/capric triglyceride or glyceryl tricaprylate/tricaprate:
These chemical names comprise a triester of coconut oil and glycerol:
Coconut oil is comprised of triglycerides. The triglycerides are 3 molecules fatty acid with 1 molecule of glycerol, from the alcohol family.
Intense heat and pressure is applied to coconut oil to make these triglycerides split apart (fractionate). The capric & caprylic fatty acids are isolated, leaving the other fatty acids out. Then, usually with a chemical catalyst (methylate or ethylate), they are reattached to the glycerol molecule, therefore changing the chemical composition of the oil.
This new manufactured oil is no longer coconut oil.
It will not solidify when cooling or cold, it will be quite thin, and may be tasteless, odorless & colorless depending on refinement methods and further chemical processes.
The main ingredient of this new oil, Caprylic acid with glycerol, while an effective antimicrobial for infection & fungus, it is drying and can irritate skin. Just like applying rubbing alcohol to skin that’s not infected.