Paraben Free, Alcohol Free, Artificial Preservatives Free, Artificial Color Free, Mineral Oil Free, Talc Free, Silicone Free, Fragrance Free, Organic Natural BB Cream
Consumers these days are getting more and more wary of what they are putting on their face. Paraben-free, alcohol-free, mineral-oil free : these words are no stranger to us anymore. However, most consumers do not even know the reason behind these words – what they do know is that they are not good for our skin, but are they really dangerous as everyone puts them to be? Or are these just marketing ploys made by ‘organic’/’natural’ companies to destroy the reputation of other brands who employ the use of these ingredients?


After extensive research online, we will be putting up a list of various BB Creams which are ALL paraben free, alcohol free, artificial preservatives free, and artificial colouring free. However some are not talc or mineral oil free – and mostly non are silicone free.


Before we get into the list, we will go through these so called ‘dangerous’ ingredients, you be the judge. These sources are compiled from different sites on the net.


Paraben-Free

Parabens are the most widely used preservatives in personal care products; they stop fungus, bacteria and other microbes from growing in your favourite creams and makeup, especially in the moist, warm environment of a bathroom.Their names are a mouthful—methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and isobutylparaben. But over the past few years, a debate has been building among scientists, product safety regulators and cosmetic manufacturers about whether these ubiquitous chemicals, used for almost 70 years, may actually be harmful to our health.


Some of the questions being asked: Is the rising incidence of breast cancer linked in part to the fact that parabens, which have a weak ability to mimic estrogen, have been found in breast cancer tumours and can be isolated from other body tissues? Are declining sperm counts and increasing rates of male breast cancer and testicular cancer related to the fact that these chemicals can be absorbed into our skin, potentially disrupting our endocrine systems?


One recent Danish study, however, raised concerns. It showed that parabens could be detected in the blood and urine of healthy young male volunteers a few hours after paraben-containing lotions were applied to their skin. The authors concluded that since the chemicals could be absorbed, metabolized and excreted, they “could potentially contribute to adverse health effects.”


But Health Canada, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR), a U.S.-based industry-sponsored panel of experts that evaluates the safety of cosmetic ingredients, have all deemed that parabens are safe at current exposure levels. The CIR examined parabens in 1984 and again in 2005, and both times concluded that parabens at the low levels found in personal care products are not a concern. In 2005, the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Products confirmed that the use of methyl- and ethyl-paraben is safe as regulated. It is gathering data on other parabens.


Companies are increasingly switching to non-paraben preservative systems. Not because they believe that there is any dangers to them, but because it increases their marketability. With the rampant so-called dangers of parabens hitting the media, companies will use any reason to position themselves to take advantage of the situation. Even the companies will admit that they believe parabens are safe, but they want to open up another option. So please understand this: just because some companies maybe shifting away from parabens, this doesn't mean that they are acknowledging any dangers associated with them!


My idol, Dr Leslie Baumman wrote a great article on Parabens. here / here


To read more about parabens and their controversies, click on these sites : here , here , here , here.

Alcohol-Free

There are two types of alcohol – one that are good for the skin, the other bad.


There’s also two theories of alcohol – one is that alcohol is very irritating, drying and damaging to the skin, and that the other is that that alcohol evaporates once it is applied to the skin so it is just a carrier and doesn't in fact make any difference.


There is a difference between alcohols. Some are good for the skin and don’t dry them out, some dry the skin out completely.


Read about the different types of alcohol here : here


To read more click : here, here, here, here,


Butylene/Propylene Glycol-Free

Propylene Glycol (PG, Polyethylene Glycol (PEG), and Ethylene Glycol (EG) are all petroleum derivatives that act as solvents, surfactants, and wetting agents.  They can easily penetrate the skin, and can weaken protein and cellular structure.  In fact, PG penetrates the skin so quickly that the EPA warns factory workers to avoid skin contact, to prevent brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities.  PG is present in many stick deodorants, often in heavier concentration than in most industrial applications. (Nyack, Dr. Vin, Ph.D., Biochemist; personal communication).  And Propylene Glycol is what is used to carry the “active” ingredients in those transdermal patches INTO YOUR BODY.


Imagine a bottle of Anti-Freeze in a picture with shampoos, deodorants, cosmetics, lotions and toothpastes?


Read more : click here


Mineral Oil Free

Known also as paraffin oil/wax, liquidum  paraffinum.


Petroleum by-product that coats the skin like plastic, clogging the pores. Interferes with skin's ability to eliminate toxins, promoting acne and other disorders. Slows down skin function and cell development, resulting in premature aging. Used in many products (baby oil is 100% mineral oil!) Any mineral oil derivative can be contaminated with cancer causing PAH's (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons). Manufacturers use petrolatum because it is unbelievably cheap.


Breast cancer and impurities. EWG's assessment of product ingredient labels and data on cancer-causing chemicals identified three common impurities in personal care products that are linked to mammary tumors in animal studies — ethylene oxide, PAHs, and 1,3-butadiene. Since September 2004 the EU has banned the use of petroleum jelly due to the carcinogenic contamination found in products containing petrolatum. The ingredients for which these impurities are of concern are used in one of every four personal care products on the market.


However, there are also different grades of Mineral Oil – so it really depends.


Read more about it here, here, here, here.

Artificial Coloring Free

Synthetic Colors — The synthetic colors used to supposedly make a cosmetic "pretty" should be avoided at all costs, along with hair dyes. They will be labeled as FD&C or D&C, followed by a color and a number. Example: FD&C Red No. 6 / D&C Green No. 6. Synthetic colors are believed to be cancer-causing agents. If a cosmetic contains them, don't use it.


Sure, they make your favorite products look inviting, but synthetic tints can contain a host of unnamed, and unsafe, ingredients. If you don't tolerate mystery ingredients in your food, why trust them in your cosmetics? "Why would anyone want blue lotion?" asks Kathleen Lewis, who runs her self-named line of skincare products in Brooklyn, New York, and believes products needn't be "unnecessarily decorative." "What's worse than blue," says Pangea's Onysko, "is white. Why does any lotion need to be white?" Many milk-hued "natural" products are made with refined, bleached oils, so just looking for FD&C Blue No. 1 or D&C Red No. 4 may not be enough.

Fragrance Free

The synthetic fragrances used in cosmetics can have as many as 200 ingredients. There is no way to know what the chemicals are, since on the label it will simply say "Fragrance." Some of the problems caused by these chemicals are headaches, dizziness, rash, hyperpigmentation, violent coughing, vomiting, skin irritation by a cosmetic that has the word "Fragrance" on the ingredients label.


The catchall terms "fragrance," "parfum," and "perfume" can conceal thousands of synthetic ingredients. Nicole Maust, owner of Talulah Natural Skin Care, says that numerous reports have linked fragrance oils to such conditions as birth defects, cancer, brain damage, respiratory disorders, chronic skin reactions, and environmental damage through waste water. "Many constituents of synthetic fragrances, including phthalates, can be absorbed into the body through the skin, inhaled as fumes, and ingested when they're in products like lipstick," she says. But some companies, like Max Green Alchemy (MGA), use the term "parfum" for innocuous essential oils that have no other therapeutic effects. Wil Baker, the vice president of MGA, explains that the FDA allows "fragrance" to include natural as well as synthetic aromas. It might help, he says, to ask manufacturers if they use fragrance "from a plant or a plant in New Jersey."


Talc Free

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Read more here.


BB Creams (korean names included if you want to purchase it from Gmarket) :


1. 비비야  비비크림 Bibiya BB Cream (BibiyaBB크림 in Gmarket)




2. Skin Ceramic BB Cream 스킨세라믹 비비크림



3. Ecobeau BB  Cream (contains only 0.3% dimethicone)



4. Vichy Aera BB Cream



5. Swanicoco Snail Extract BB cream 달팽이 피부관리 비비크림 -Not Paraben Free-



6. 자연의벗 BB크림 Eco.Be BB Cream


7. 자연마을 화이트닝 비비크림 Jayeonmaeul BB Whitening Cream


8. Caolion Match Blemish Balm SPF 30 매치 블래미쉬 밤 BB크림



9. Caolion Sensitive BB cream 카오리온 비비크림



10. Isoi 아이소이 Bulgarian Rose BB Cream ( Silicone Free too) 2010-08-17_21;31


11. 르샤 비비 크림  Lesha BB Natural Mineral Sun BB Cream Spf 50



12. 프라젠트라 마더스 비비크림 Plagentra Mother's BB cream – for pregnant mother




13. 클레어스 일루미네이팅 서플 블레미쉬 크림 Klair's Illuminating Supple Blemish Cream



14. Dr MLE Triple BB Cream 닥터엠엘이 트리플 BB크림



15. 이니스프리 에코 내추럴 그린티 비비크림 Innisfree Green Tea BB Cream



16.  DANAHAN ECOPURE ORGANIC B.B. CREAM SUN BASE SPF 46 / PA++



17. 에코 내추럴 커버 비비크림 Innisfree Eco Natural Cover BB Cream



18. 에코 내추럴 선케어 비비크림 Innisfree Eco Natural Sun Balm


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19. 에코 세이프티 비비크림 포맨 Innisfree Eco Natural BB Cream For Men


       


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  • Christine

    Thanks for the list! My bio teacher was talking about parabens in class. She doesn’t shop from asia though; she sticks to burt’s bees.

  • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

    Hehe. So what did she say about parabens? Good, bad or neutral?

    • Christine

      Definitely bad. Said it causes cancer.
      So I’ll definitely be keeping your list in mind. :’)

      • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

        It is quite controversial as many dermatologist and skin care researchers believe that parabens are safe. Afterall it is the most researched preservatives in the world and has been researched for over more than 30 years

  • Swt Azn Qt

    Thank you sooo much for the list!!! I’ve been looking forever in trying to find at least one BB Cream that’s at least almost all, or even better, all, “chemical-free”, but I thought that there’s not a single one that exists, since I haven’t had any luck so far! May I ask that you kindly put up all the links for purchasing them? I live in Canada and I unfortunately haven’t seen any of these in any Asian stores here as of yet and I also want to buy from an authorized site and/or authorized dealer, as I don’t want to risk buying from a scam site and/or fake BB Creams! Thank you very much!!!

    • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

      Hi.

      You can purchase the ecobeau bb cream via theorangeco.com, the rest of the bb creams can only be found on gmarket, therefore i have added the korean names so you will be able to search for it on gmarket. For innisfree bb creams, you can find them on ebay or other retail sites!

    • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

      Danahan ecopure bb cream can be purchased from beautycredit.com.sg

  • Swt Azn Qt

    Okie then! Thanks for the information and the quick reply! =^.^=

  • N. (Natália)

    This is great information. Thanks!

    • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

      Welcome!

  • Frckls

    At last! A list of skin safe BB Creams!! Thanks a lot Hope in A Blog!
    Anyway, I’m a 20-sumthin lady and live in, I believe, the most humid place on earth. Therefore oily skin is a problem and UV protection is essential. I too would love to see radiance and age-prevention in the cream. I’m more olive but I only need subtle coverage for dark-circles and redness around the nose and smooth look. Which one would you recommend? ;]

    • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

      The more famous, lower-end BB Creams for oily skin is definitely Dr Jart’s Silver Label (most popular), then you have Baviphat Magic Girl BB for oily Skin ( mix reviews)

      if you’re cautious about what you put on your face – Ecobeau BB Cream but it is a bit too greyish/whitish for my liking.

      Most BB Creams have age prevention ingredients in them these days!

      The Innisfree Eco Natural Green Tea BB Cream has a darker color!

      What is your budget?

      • Frckls

        Errr I’m not sure about Dr. Jart. There are several chemicals I would hate to slap on my face in the ingredients list. That’s why I was exalted that you made THIS list! You can bet I have gone through the list of ingredients of most known BB brands and I can’t say I’m happy with what I found. One of the few that has the least chems I think is BRTC. Me and my mom are currently on Gold Caviar. But since we were born into a family with a long line of cancer we would really love to have one with the most safe score.
        My granny just passed away 6mo ago and my aunt a year ago. So yeah, we are converting into herbal/organic/natural things.
        My budget is anywhere above US$40. And from above list, which one do you think rocks the most?

        • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

          I guess because Dr Jart caters to the lower-end range, therefore it has lots of cheaper chemical ingredients.

          Why not check out Ecobeau’s BB? Link : http://www.theorangeco.com/store/Natural-Skincare-Sensitive-skin/Whitening-Anti-Aging-BB-Cream-Matt However there is Proplene Glycol and Talc in it..

          Skin Ceramics also listed the full ingredient list : http://www.skinceramic.com/ingredients/ingredients01.htm

          Isoi’s BB Cream is apparently very natural but hard to find outside of Korea.

          Plagentra Mother’s BB Cream is also very carefully formulated because it caters for pregnant mothers, therefore it is very particular with its ingredients.

          If not, i’ve got friends telling me that the Bibiya BB Cream is superb too!

      • Frckls

        I’d love to try all of the products on your list. The only setback is, they’re really hard to acquire. Are most of them available through GMarket? I guess the easiest I can get my hands on are Innisfree, Ecobeau, and Danahan. The rest, totally no idea. And too bad, I can’t find Innisfree’s complete ingredients list anywhere that’s in English.

        Anyway, Skin Ceramic seems pretty nice. They still have that peg/ppg dimethicone stuff near the top of the list, but the rest looks good. They even have Acetyl Hexapeptide! But then again, I don’t know how to get my hand on one.
        The same case with Ecobeau. The new formula contains talc.

        If I were to get Ecobeau, should I get the Natural or Plus one?

        Btw. I LOVE your super quick replies!! =D

        • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

          Yes, unfortunately these BB creams can only be purchased on Gmarket.

          I dont think there isnt more than 5 BB creams that doesnt have have dimethicone/peg right up their list , or even creams! They give that luxurious smooth feeling and no other ingredients can top that. However silicones are not cancerous so they shouldnt pose a problem unless your skin is sensitive to it !

          Since you have Oily skin, stick to the Plus! It’s quite good regarding it’s oil control properties.

          Skin Ceramic is packed with loadsa anti aging stuff in it.

          Hope we helped you out

          wishing you great skin and if you have any other questions regarding other products, leave a comment and we’ll get back to you asap!

      • Frckls

        Yes, I am aware of that. I haven’t been able to say any BB Cream as my HG because I really want to find the most natural/organic one.

        There are actually many almost and completely chemical-less products (moisturizers and serums). And yes, I have to ship them from abroad or ask a relative to bring me some. Or stock on them if I go outside the country. =p

        My concern between the Normal and the Plus is the color. I read a blog review stating that the Normal one is rather orange-y in color while the Plus sets better into the skin tone. While I’m afraid the Plus will give too foundation-ish face. My skin is okay and I never put on powder or foundation on casual day and still looks great with only lip&cheek stain on. I have little imperfection to cover so I very rarely need a super foundation. I only wear my MUFE HD Foundie to night parties or reception, where it’s usually dark and glitzy or I have to dressup. =D

        Okay then. I guess I’ll place an order for Ecobeau and also try to get my hand on Skin Ceramics. I have to struggle through all those Korean letters you know. X[

        And last, I just can’t thank you enough. You’re an angel!!!! xoxo

        • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

          Actually, the normal one is greyish ash in color, while the plus is more like skin color! Don’t worry about being looking too foundation-ish. BB Creams can hardly give that kind of coverage!

          We’ll have the Skin Ceramics review up in 2 weeks!

  • http://www.lovelycosme.blogspot.com Lynn

    Oh,I’m so happy to read your review!! Can you mention lists of 5 bb creams that doesnt have have dimethicone/peg right up their list?thank you*

    • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

      Ecobeau BB Cream is one of them, and Skin Ceramics. For the others we can’t tell as most of the ingredients are in Korean and we don’t have them ! Sorry!

      • theGracie

        If you have the physical product in front of you and scan the ingredient list, or can find an ingredient list online from the kr catalogue, I can help translate it.

        And thanks for this list. I’ve complied a small one of my own, but yours is way more comprehensive.

        I live in LA, so there are a lot of kr cosmetics shops around, but I’m so picky about ingredients, so I’m the customer that asks to see every product to compare ingredient lists only to not buy anything. >_< I'm sure that doesn't annoy the sales people. haha So far, I've just had to settle with a product being paraben free.

        • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

          Hi, the only one we have is SkinCeramics but the full list is already on the official website ! It’s a good thing to be ingredient-savvy, you never know what you slap on your face will be any harm to your health in the future!

  • Shirl

    I found a site from Canada that has the Innisfree BB Cream. http://www.i-zakkaya.com
    I have’t ordered from them yet as I am still trying to see if I can get any of the other BB creams on the list. I have been talking to the owner and she has been very helpful.

    • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

      Hi you can find all the BB creams on the list at Gmarket ! :)

      • Shirl

        Gmarket doesnt show up in English for me! :( Working on upgrading computer. Meanwhile, I think someone wondered about buying in Canada. We should have more than just Gmarket to deal with. More options, more shopping!

        BTW, any thoughts on O’Slee?

        • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

          http://english.gmarket.co.kr/ doesnt appear in english for you?

          it’s hard to shop there because everything is in korean, to search for stuff, you need to type the korean name

          the best is to use Google chrome, it translate the pages to english when you are shopping.

          Os’lee is a lower-end hong kong brand. the stuff are affordable, but you pay for what you get. the stuff isn’t amazing.. it does it’s job fairly well at an affordable price! I think they have trouble getting rid of stock because they are always having buy 1 free 1 promotions on Sasa and Cosmo-de. However i’ve heard good reviews from their BB Cream.

  • Shirl

    Does O’Slee pass the Hope in the Blog criteria? I tested only one BB Skin79 VIP+ and the smell! :( And alcohol too on my dry skin. Not good.

    Anyways, for the Canadian readers I have been in talks with BB resellers in Vancouver and Toronto for info. It’s good to have someone to get info from and local shipping. They have been very helpful in getting me info.

    I will switch to Google Chrome once I have my new setup going.

    • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

      I’ll leave that question for another Hope-r to answer since she tested it ! They are all on vacation now, and there will be more updates and reviews coming on monday!

      Innisfree is probably the easiest to get there!

  • Shirl
    • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

      yup! we’ve seen that! we personally love cosdna. Is there anything you want to ask concerning the link?

    • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

      The Oslee medic white range contains the patented Symwhite 377 also available on the SUnny Side VIP BB cream which we absolutely love!

  • Shirl

    If the ingredient list is in Korean then how did you ascertain which brands were safe to use? It is really frustrating as I cannot find any of these without ordering and I need to see an ingredient list before I decide. My skin is too sensitive and I have no makeup to wear!

    The thing that is frustrating me the most is the parabens and the too floral fragrance in the ones I have tested so far (Skin79 and Missha).

    • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

      Hi,

      Our korean friend helped us out. We typed no parabens / frangrance / mineral oil BB creams on naver, and we looked at each BB Cream that was shown on the results. And then we went to the official websites of each BB cream to read up on it!

  • Frckls

    I am curious of Innisfree products ingredients list because I can’t find it anywhere on the web and I don’t seem able to poke through their korean website. Urgh.

  • Shirl

    Okay, then that is a lot of work just poring over every listing! I don’t know why OrangeCo hasn’t even started to carry any of these products. Did you guys contact them? Maybe if we can guarantee them a certain amout of buyers we can a good pricing.

  • Shirl

    We need a list of fragrance free BB creams too (btw, the list above does’t mention SPF). I noticed Asian brands they really favour the sweet floral scents for their skincare.

    So far I have found Dr Jart and Dr Ci-Labo are fragrance free as well as Fancl but they don’t have a BB cream just foundation.

    I think the Clinique would probably be fragrance free as well.

    • Katie

      I have a fragrance allergy and have been looking into this as well!
      The sephora BB Creams are all fragrance free, the Boscia and 2 Dr. Jart
      Asia version Dr. Jart Silver label is also supposed to be fragrance free.

      Only Boscia is paraben free.

      I also found 2 new ones I’m taking a look at
      Nanoce BB Moist Cream (fragrance free, mineral oil free, but contains silicone, talc and parabens) and
      Rachek K Cosmetics CC Cream (mineral color control) (fragrance free, mineral oil free, contains parabens)

  • Frckls

    Hi!
    Can you help me to find Innisfree Eco line BB creams complete ingredient list?? It’s so hard to find one, let alone in english.

    • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

      I hope you didnt throw the box away this time. Remember to take a photo of it together with the label on the box and send it to gmarket’s email.

      U Have to try the secret programming eye cream. it is amazing!

  • Shirley

    I found this very informative site while looking for peeling gels. I am not sure about the formula for the peeling gel even though they say it’s for sensitive skin because it has rosemary, pine and other EO that could be irritating in a peel especially. But they insist on first timers buying a trial kit first.
    http://www.earthcare-na.com/eng/shop/peel.html

    PS I put the wrong info for BB creams in Canada, it should be http://www.izakkaya.com and I found one in Montreal http://www.cnccanada.com

  • Lori

    Looking for a good low silicone or silicone free BB cram to try. Which do you prefer overall-the Sunnyside or SkinCeramics? Have tried the ISoi Bulgarian Rose? I’ve been looking into Japanese brands of foundation, would the skincare benefits of a BBCream like the Sunnyside vs. a Lunaol foundation. Thanks in advance, sorry for all the questions!

  • Lori

    Thinking I should have proofread that last post…

  • Adon

    Hi can you help me out here?
    Is klair’s illuminating bb cream light to moderate coverage? And is it talc free?
    If not which bb creams are talc free? Tks Tks!
    Great site:)

    • http://hopeinablog.wordpress.com/ Hope In A Blog

      Hi ,, sorry we don’t have the BB Cream but it is talc free!

  • Lori

    Have you found a seller of the Isoi BB cream?

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    Article is very nicely written, and never forgetting to mention that it can be very informative as well. Kudos to you towards the excellent task nicely completed there!

  • AmyD

    hi! i’ve been searching for the isoi bulgarian rose bb on gmarket – no luck! were you able to find it on gmarket? do you have any idea who might be able to sell it in the US?

    • admin

      Hi AMyD,

      Still no luck on the ISOI BB Cream sadly. Will update it on the blog if there’s any new. Is it the silicones in BB Creams thats bugging you?

  • AmyD

    thx for your reply! re: silicones, they haven’t bothered me in the past, but i do notice that, if i wear silicone-based products frequently, i’ll get small whiteheads and bumps, esp. on my cheeks. i have a nearly all-natural skincare regimen nowadays (only my bb cream and sunscreen contain silicones/petroleum glycols) , and my skin looks better than ever – i love the sheer coverage and oil control of a bb cream, though, so i’m really hoping to one day get my hands on this isoi bb!

    • admin

      Formulation without silicones are very complicated and hard.. Ecobeau had one BB Cream without silicones before, but they gradually had to add them back because silicones helps to eliminate the white turbidity

      • AmyD

        yup, i saw that – too bad :( seems like isoi really has decent coverage and texture, too. ah well, i can dream!

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  • samantha

    Hi,
    I’m trying to decide between innisfree natural cover and green tea bb cream. I’m definitely a natural beige, but I’m not sure which would give more coverage. I’m leaning more towards natural cover just bc it has higher spf, but I’m not sure. Please help!

    Also, does this mean innisfree trouble free bb cream contains parabens/or potentially harmful contents? Any advice would be appreciated, thanks!

    • admin

      Innisfree has a new mineral BB cream which is apparently very good! Maybe you can look into that? It’s in one of our articles!

      • samantha

        Is it safe to use? I was considering getting it, but didn’t know if it used mineral oil.

        • admin

          yes, read the article on our blog. it is free from 5 harsh chemicals!

          • samantha

            I tried looking for the article, but I can’t seem to find it? Would you be able to give me the link? Thanks.

            Also, would you recommend the innisfree mineral sun waterproof bb cream or innisfree eco natural cover bb cream? I would like the one with more coverage, for oily skin, and lasts. Thanks.

          • admin

            under brands, click on Innisfree. you’ll find all innisfree articles. i would recommend the mineral because of its high spf and coverage!

  • mary

    For someone that has a lot of scars and acne prone skin (thus needing full coverage), would you recommend innisfree trouble care bb or innisfree mineral sun waterproof bb cream? Thanks! :)

    • admin

      the innisfree trouble was released way back, one of innnis earliest bb creams. right now the mineral bb cream is free from 5 harsh chemicals compared to the innisfree trouble! i would recommend the mineral sun BB as its a more updated BB adapted to summer time!

      however, if tea tree works wonders for your acne, then you should go for the trouble.

      • mary

        What are the 5 harsh chemicals it is free from? I saw the article on the new mineral bb cream, but it didn’t mention anything about the chemicals it didn’t have. Thanks.

        • admin

          parabens, mineral oil, talc, alcohol,

  • http://marvelikalife.blogspot.com Mia

    Hi HIB!
    I read this article however,can I know is all the BB creams you listed there do not contain those harmful ingredients?

    I would like you to recommend me a BB cream please coz I do not want the greyish undertone..
    I have a sensitive skin and most BB cream clog my pores and I have combination/acne-prone skin and I have warm skin colored..thank you~

    • admin

      try the ecopure BB cream? it is free from those harsh chemicals!

      • http://marvelikalife.blogspot.com Mia

        really??thanks for the suggestion!

        • admin

          welcome mia!

  • http://tjljp197.terapad.com/index.cfm?fa=contentNews.newsDetails&newsID=2358084&from=list Jonathon Momaya

    This website can easily feel life. Thank you for all you have produced on this. I am going to certainly keep on coming back to search much more of your work.

  • http://www.benergizer.info/ yichiban

    good post

  • http://www.facebook.com/hernandezru all three

    I didn’t know that.

  • http://www.myplagentra.com Molly Fox

    Hi ladies, just wanted to let you know that CA Pharm has just launched a US site where you can buy their BB Cream and other products. Also use promo code: MOMBY01 for 15% off your first order.

  • http://colourmecute.blogspot.com/ Julia

    Thank you for this!

    Do you happen to have any idea which of them is the lightest in colour? I was going for Innisfree Greentea, but I need something really, really light for my whit-ish skin.
    Oh, I also have quite sensitive, acne-prone combination skin. >:<

    • admin

      you can opt for the new AHC 9-Free, or the Danahan Ecopure BB Creams. If not, the new Innisfree mineral BB Cream is also more suitable for u as it has a lighter colour choice

      • http://colourmecute.blogspot.com/ Julia

        Thank you! I can’t even find that on ebay yet, though. :)

        • admin

          u can get it on gmarket

  • Trinity

    Hello there,
    I just bought the Innisfree greentea bb cream, and I saw the date on the tube, 20110705. Do u have any idea about that? is it the expiration date? One more thing, is it free from all the harsh chemicals (talc, parabens…) and good for oily sensitive acne prone skin?

    Thank you very much !

    • admin

      Hi, no that is the manufacturing date of the products! with korean products, the dates printed are the manufacturing dates, not expiration dates. yes it is!

  • ume

    Where can I buy the Jayeonmaeul BB Whitening Cream?

    • admin

      on Gmarket!

  • Vic

    First off, thanks for your efforts in putting together this list. As a person trying to switch to more natural skincare products, this was greatly appreciated.
    I really wanted to try the Swanicoco BB cream. However, I was sad to find this ingredient list on gmarket. Is this different from ingredient list you researched?

    WATER
    CYCLOPENTASILOXANE
    SNAIL SECRETION FILTRATE
    CYCLOHEXASILOXANE
    TITANIUM DIOXIDE
    MICA
    DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL
    GLYCERIN
    CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE
    BUTYLENE GLYCOL DICAPRYLATE/DICAPRATE
    CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE
    SILICA
    SORBITAN OLIVATE
    MACADAMIA TERNIFOLIA SEED OIL
    SORBITAN ISOSTEARATE
    MAGNESIUM ALUMINUM SILICATE
    DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE
    IRON OXIDE(Cl 77492)
    CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE
    CHLORPHENESIN
    IRON OXIDE(Cl 77491)
    METHYLPARABEN
    IRON OXIDE(Cl 77499)
    CYCLOTETRASILOXANE
    TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE
    BROUSSONETIA KAZINOKI BARK EXTRACT
    CITRUS MEDICA LIMONUM (LEMON) FRUIT EXTRACT
    ORYZA SATIVA (RICE) EXTRACT
    HYDROLYZED SILK
    PUNICA GRANATUM FRUIT EXTRACT
    COIX LACRYMA-JOBI MA-YUEN SEED EXTRACT
    CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT
    TRITICUM VULGARE (WHEAT) SEED EXTRACT
    PANAX GINSENG ROOT EXTRACT
    YEAST EXTRACT
    PEARL EXTRACT
    WATER
    PROPYLENE GLYCOL
    CITRUS GRANDIS (GRAPEFRUIT) SEED EXTRACT
    ALLANTOIN
    BIOSACCHARIDE GUM-1
    PANTHENOL
    SILICA DIMETHYL SILYLATE
    TOCOPHERYL ACETATE
    PROPYLPARABEN
    LECITHIN
    METHICONE
    PERFUME
    SODIUM SULFATE
    SODIUM HYALURONATE
    CERAMIDE 3

    If this list is correct, this products has cones, propylene and butylene glycol, paraben, etc…so many of the ingredients I was looking to avoid.

    • admin

      Hi Vic,

      This is a good read about Swanicoco BB Cream in English :

      http://list.gmarket.com.sg/item/SWANICOCO-100-SATISFY-SNAIL-MUCUS/403907463

      It actually is very hard ( VERY i stress ) to find products with does not use Butylene and/or Propylene Glycol.

      Many organic companies do these to scare customers .. for example some companies say they are paraben free, but uses phenoxyethanol to substitute parabens. Read this :

      http://truthinaging.com/ingredient-spotlight/what-is-it-phenoxyethanol-and-is-it-safe

      • Vic

        Thank you for the link on phenoxyethanol. I happen to come across this as well before when I was doing my own research on paraben alternatives. That site seems to come up pretty often when I’m researching different ingredients.

        I have been able to find Propylene and Butylene Glycol free skincare products at healthfood stores, but I agree they are very hard to find in regular markets and drugstores. My understanding is that there is more cause for concern with propylene glycol than butylene glycol, due to the former’s particularly strong ability to rapidly penetrate the skin and deteriorate protein and cellular structure. Here is one take on glycols:

        http://www.truthinskincare.com/2008/06/demystifying-ingredients-glycols-peg.html

        Regarding the gmarket link, that is actually where I found the ingredients list for the Swanicoco BB Cream. I was confused because this page states that the BB Creams listed are “ALL paraben free…” If the ingredient listing on gmarket is correct, I think Swanicoco should be removed from this list as it does contain parabens (both methylparaben and propylparaben), and there are clearly those who are looking to steer clear of these ingredients.

        • admin

          Yeap, but those aside, the ingredients in there are really good!

          • Annie

            “But those aside”? Parabens are extremely harmful, I don’t think anyone should just brush those aside because the other ingredients are really good. It has parabens, so = not good.

  • Vic

    It does have some good ingredients in it, but it is also pretty heavy on silicones. Is this going to be removed from this list? Because I think it’s misleading to assert that all the BB creams on this list are free of parabens, when this one apparently is not.

    • admin

      yeap, i added a ‘not paraben free’ beside the BB Cream!

      if u glance through the list – about 3/4 of the list is filled with beneficial stuff !

      thank you for alerting me on this ! :) come back if you have found a goood organic bb and share w the rest!

  • Terrry7

    do you have any recommendations for mature skin? I am 55 years old Caucasian, fair complexion, dryish skin & uneven coloring……..

    • hopeinablog

      For dry-ish skin, i would recommend the IOPE Super Vital Moist BB Cream. There’s also the O HUI Rich Essence Balm, the History Of Whoo Luxury BB Cream, the AHC 9-Free Intense Contour Balm…

      it depends on your budget actually :)

  • Samantha

    Hi, do you have the full ingredients list for the innisfree natural cover bb cream? also im a mac nc 20-25 and I was wondering if I fit shade 1 or 2? Also, what undertone does this bb cream have bc most of them make me really pink :/ Thanks!

    • admin

      nope sorry! i dont have this BB so i can’t tell you much. sorry

  • Jzk

    Hi, I’m so lucky to have found your website. It’s a treasury trove of valuable info, one like no other. I’ve been combing the internet for a high end OIL FREE bb cream. Hopefully has minimal chems and contains titanium dioxide. Can you please point me in the right direction?

    • hopeinablog

      i think the o’slee BB cream is oil free. as well as the Naruko BB Cream but it doesn’t contain titanium dioxide. there’s also the dr jart water drop ( old version – sold in US ) or the upgraded new Hydrafull BB ( sold in asia ) as well as the dr jart 7-free BB

      take a look at this too http://hope-inablog.com/ahc/ahc-finally-upgrades-their-intense-contour-balm-bb-cream/

      • Jzk

        Great ! Thank you so so much. I wish the ach bb cream didn’t have oil in it.the ingredients are amazing. Will look into the Djr art brands as those seem truly oil free. Thank you again!

  • Закиров Наиль

    BB Cream вы сможете найти на Российском сайте http://www.bbcream2.ru
    Доставка по всей России.
    Для жителей г.Красноярска цена договорная.

  • Lilly

    Hi! Thank you for your write up and it s good to see that a lot people are aware of harming chemicals in cosmetics as seen from many responses to your write up on this subject. I tried some Asian mainly Korean brands with some good result. However the problem arise when looking for that natural product without harming chemicals. There is almost no alternatives which directs me to some western brands where a lot of choice presented to consumer. I dont wan to harm my body including the skin in any way; if those synthetic, harmful additives not cause cancer it speeds the aging by blocking nutrient flow. Hence it counter attacs all that anti aging or natural nutrients it is in there in the first place. And also we should not forget big companies who got the goverment backing on cigarrettes that they were not harmful and glorified cigarrette smoking wigh goverment backing. Yes so dont worget cigarrettes were not harmfull in fact they knew all along it was.

    • hopeinablog

      hi lilly! actually there are lots of korean brands without the harmful chemicals and i will introduce them in another post !

      • lily

        Yes! Thank you, that’d be great.

  • http://egarden.com.my/bb-cream.php cath

    There are really a lot for us to learn as a consumer. Too many products out there which are quite confusing when it comes to making a right choice. I have tried most of the bb creams from Korea and they do deliver better results compared to drugstore’s bb cream. Majority brands are following the popularity of bb cream and creating one in their line just for the sake of completing their product line. It boils down to us as a consumer to make the right choice in choosing the right bb cream.

    • hopeinablog

      well said cath!

  • Jennifer

    Hi, Thank you for your blog about free of chemical bb cream.
    You mentioned that you would post list of korean brand has no harmful chemical. I don’t know how to find it.
    It would be great if you can let me know.
    I really appreciate you and the people who acknowledge about free of chemical cosmetics.

    • hopeinablog

      yeap! coming soon. sorry been so busy with exams lately!¬

      • Gita

        I’m also interested in that list… :)

  • Shiri

    What do you think about the Minicell Covering Tomato Callous BB cream? it seems to be silicone free.

    • hopeinablog

      sorry! i have not heard of this brand ;( but it does seem nice especially the ingredients used!

  • Lekeup

    Hi there!
    Thank you soooo much for this list! I have a question for you: I have very oily skin (and often a few pimples unfortunately) and I’m looking for a paraben/alchol/mineral oil/crap free bb cream. I’m around a NC25 skin tone (meaning medium-light).
    Which bb cream would you recomend, that has very good oil control, does not clog pores and has no greyish undertone to it?
    thanks in advance :)

  • Milly

    안녕하세요!

    I have an Nc of 10 which is the “The body shop-moisture foundation” in n#1. I also recently purchased the “Skin79- super+ BB-cream (Vip gold collection)” and am quite content with the skin perfectioning of this cream. It is just a bit too dark for me.
    Do you have any idea which bb-cream has an nc of 10. a cream without those contents named above would be nice. if not, I’m also pleased with a regular one, that just fits my skin tone more…

    BTW I would be really grateful for an answer. (migolinchen@web.de)

    감사합니다

  • Plagentra?

    here’s PLAGENTRA BB Cream Ingredients

    Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Titanium Dioxide, Butylene Glycol, Mica, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Beeswax, Benzophenone-3, Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sorbitan Olivate, Sodium Chloride, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Magnesium Myristate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Yellow Oxide of Iron, Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcristallina), 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Betaine, Red Oxide of Iron, Ultramarines, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Eriobotrya Japonica Leaf Extract, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Sanguisorba Officinalis Root Extract, Commiphora Abyssinica Resin Extract (Commiphora Myrrha Resin Extract), Polyglutamic Acid, RH-Oligopeptide-1, Chitosan, Acanthopanax Senticosus (Eleuthero) Root Extract, Black Oxide of Iron, Disodium EDTA, Parfum

    Are you sure those are okay from preggies?

    • Plagentra?

      Sorry, typo there, I mean “are you sure those are okay FOR preggies?”

    • Concerned

      Hi! Where did you get this list of ingredients? I checked their website and they only list the main ingredients which sound like they are not the complete ingdients. Thanks!

  • Marissa

    Thank you for this super informative post; I was hoping you could write one (or at least maybe give us a list) on Korean (or other non Chinese or non Japanese since they all require testing) brands NOT tested on animals. I have read this includes Tony Moly but unsure on Peripera, Holika Holika, and others. I have also read Missha and Etude claim to be but keep giving contrasting statements as e-mail responses. Looking for brands that do not test on products OR ingredients, do not pay others to test, and are not just “against” it, but refuse to test. Thanks!!

  • sara

    can i find these in malaysia, kuala lamur (more specifically) ?? and i am of a brown skin tone with warm/neutral undertones. do any of these come in darker shades? with uva and uvb protection

  • maggiewacheke

    Do you know any similar body washes and acne scrubs?

  • CARLA

    YOU CAN TELL ME ON INGREDIENTS BBCREAMS SKIN79??
    ARE GOOD OR BAD???

  • Jennifer Martin

    I’ve used bbcream interchangeably until now depending on whether I need coverage or not. It’s denser Korean bb creams in particular that I like. They serve as a perfect foundation.

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