For Mother’s Day, I received a lovely gift of a Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Artiste palette. The colors were gorgeous, and they went on well, blended well, and stayed on until I took them off. I had seen ads for Youngblood in trade publications like Dermascope Magazine, and I thought I remembered reading that they are paraben-free. Well I looked at the label on the package and lo and behold, the eyeshadows and blushes both contained methyl and propylparaben. I was so sad, because the products were so nice I really wanted them to be paraben-free.
Well about a week ago on Facebook, I was checking my newsfeed and came across a discussion on The Green Beauty Team’s page about how its founder and international makeup artist made the decision to trash thousands of dollars worth of professional paraben and other chemical-containing makeup, and replace it with safer products. I asked her what she found to replace it with, and she responded that it has been an ongoing discussion, and pointed out how if you are a makeup artist your needs are different from if you are just shopping for yourself. So true.
The Green Beauty Team’s founder and editor-in-chief, international makeup artist Kristen Arnett, wrote an article for GalTime with some examples of safe brands that are great for personal and professional use, and I noticed that Youngblood was one of their picks for makeup. What? So I quickly double checked my palette box…yup still said parabens. I went to what I thought was Youngblood’s website and found the link for the ingredients in the Artiste palettes. Yup…it listed parabens. This left me very confused…why would Kristen Arnett list a product with parabens on a list of products that don’t contain harmful chemicals?
I decided to ask her. I responded “Great post...but I noticed you listed Youngblood...they have parabens in some of their products...eyeshadows in particular...” on her Facebook page. I didn’t hear back right away, but then she responded: “Hi Rachael, I wanted to get back to you on this because I just worked with Youngblood this weekend a few times and double checked their ingredients...Good news! No parabens to be found! And their eyeshadows really do rock (no talc either). –Kristen”. This, of course left me even more confused.
I went back to the website I found and realized that I didn’t notice the “.au” after the dot com. This was the website for their Australian distributor. Oops. I checked Youngblood's US website, which does not list the Artiste palettes, and every other product is listed as paraben-free (yes I checked them all).
So I responded to Kristen: “Hi Kristen, thanks for getting back to me! I just realized that the website I was looking on was their Australian one...which lists parabens in their ingredients...plus I just received one of their eyeshadow palettes as a gift that also has them. I went to the US website and it says that they don't have them so I am guessing that they are newly paraben-free and just have to update some of their other distributors' sites?” To which she replied: “Rachael, I continued to research this for you and the marketing folks at YB had this to say: ‘We began going paraben-free in 2007; that’s a very lengthy process…no new formulations contain the bad stuff, and everything else was reformulated nearly 15 years ago— what do remain are a couple of eyeshadows + blushes (namely in the Artiste palettes). Those are the only items we need to phase out of to be 100%.’” How awesome is Kristen that she did all that research because of my inquiry! Love her.
Even though Kristen’s information answered my question, I still felt the need to get the answer directly from the horse’s mouth; so I emailed the PR director for Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics. She quickly responded: “In the US all of our products (except the palette) are paraben-free. Australia should be phased out or very close to very soon. Sometimes online sites are not as up to date as they should be. As for the palette, that will be officially out of stock in the next month. It was such a popular item we might bring it back with the new paraben-free formula in the near future.” Youngblood’s official statement on the subject is “Youngblood products are paraben-free, which means that we don't use harsh chemical or estrogen-based preservatives. We use only the finest natural minerals, specially milled for superior, weightless and adjustable coverage to offer a healthy, radiant and natural look.”
The Paraben Police officially considers this case closed. Way to go Youngblood for having professional quality, natural, and SAFE paraben-free products that perform beautifully. You get a Holistically Haute™ Thumbs Up!
Next time I need to replenish any of my personal or professional makeup, I am going straight to Youngblood. Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics are available for purchase at numerous better salons, spas, medi-spas, and doctors’ offices. You can either use the Store Locator on their website, or you can purchase Youngblood products directly from their online store.