Are Makeup Products Made in China safe?

Let’s face reality, most cosmetic brands found in stores today are manufactured in Chinese factories. Famous companies such as Urban Decay, Becca, BH Cosmetics, Morphe, and NYX (to name a few) have outsourced there. The list is growing every day, but I will try to keep it up to date.

Therefore, apart from the obvious reasons to avoid using beauty products made in China-unsafe working environment, unfair wages, and 20 hours of working hours, what else can found in cosmetics? You may be surprised.

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Unfair working conditions

As a humane clean, and beauty brand, we will never support practices that are harmful to you, the beautiful wearer of our products, or anyone allied with our brand (including those who make our products).


You may have heard of Claire’s and Justice recently causing lead and asbestos outbreaks in beauty products. Although this is shocking news for many people, it is much more common than you might think.

Ingredients such as talc, mica, and cosmetic colorants extract from the earth may be contaminated by toxic heavy metals. There is no need to test whether there is heavy metal pollution, which is an additional cost for brand owners. Since many brands that produce overseas are very cost-conscious, they often skip pollution tests.

Quality and consistency

A common situation is that the manufacturer replaces branded ingredients with low-quality, low-cost ingredients without consulting the brand. As a result, brands believe that the products they sell have been changed in ways they don’t even know.

When a product produces overseas, the brand has little understanding of its production. They can provide specifications on ingredients and production methods, but they are unsure whether these guidelines have been followed.

Outsourced production

When producing abroad, you will trust the manufacturer’s words that they will comply with all specifications, and the finished product will be safe, effective, and meet their promises. However, in areas with high levels of corruption, this is an incredible promise.

Brands look for overseas manufacturers they are willing to accept in a wide range of places. After agreeing to produce its products, the manufacturer outsources production to other manufacturers without telling the brand.

Environmental damage

Of the 20 most polluted cities in the world, six are in China. Although China is working to improve its historically very lax pollution laws, they have not yet emerged. Chinese factories are still contributing to extreme water, soil, and air pollution. A recent inspection of Chinese companies showed that 70% of them violated environmental standards.

So why do brands produce their products in these factories?

The main reason is cost. It is much cheaper to produce products in cheap overseas factories. When workers’ wages are low, manufacturers can reduce production costs.

Things to consider: When cost is the main priority, it means going backward in other areas such as safety, quality, and ethics. If it is possible to save costs by choosing lower-quality raw materials or producing under unethical conditions, it will be fine.

What can be done?

China and other countries are moving towards environmental and human rights laws, but there is still a long way to go. There are still many factories and manufacturers with all the above problems. The best way to solve this problem is to know who is making your products (and how they are made).

As consumers, we need to have more expectations of brands-they learn their supply chain from the inside out. They know how to treat workers and how to produce their products. Brands can no longer be left alone. Get in touch with your favorite brand and ask some tricky questions-slowly; we can move towards more transparent and ethical requirements to produce the products we love.

However, the fact is

Although the price of cosmetics made in China is moderate, the total cost of your health is too high to be ignored. Instead of buying the brands from china made, try brands made with safe ingredients made in the United States or other reputable countries.

  • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
  • Jane Iredale
  • Makeup Geek
  • Vapour Organic Beauty
  • Kiko
  • Charlotte Tilbury
  • and countless Japanese and Korean brands   

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