Make over your makeup bag

There's an ugly side to many popular beauty products. With trade secrets and poorly regulated ingredients allowed in the cosmetics industry, it is not always clear what is safe to put on your skin. Fortunately, organizations like the Environmental Working Group and Campaign for Safe Cosmetics are supporting cleaner products for healthier women.

Many responsible companies have pledged to avoid potentially harmful ingredients in their products. Pharmaca supports these brands-including Burt's Bees, Desert Essence, Dr. Bronner's, EO, Dr. Hauschka, Zia, ZuZu Luxe, and many others-for their commitment to cleaning up beauty products.

So how can you be sure your lipstick is lead free and your mascara doesn't contain mercury? Start by visiting the Skin Deep Database at You can search by product, ingredients, or company to find out if potentially harmful ingredients are used in your daily regimen. We've also made a quick reference chart detailing the most concerning impurities found in makeup bags and medicine cabinets.

Replacing your old products is easy with the help of Pharmaca's staff of licensed estheticians. We've listed some of our favorite go-to products below so you can start making over your makeup bag today, but be sure to speak with one of our skin care experts for recommendations based on your specific needs. Plus, you've been entered to win a free makeup bag worth over $100 just for being interested in better beauty products. Get ready to get gorgeous!

John Sayuk

Apple and Bee Cosmetic Bags (coming soon)

This Australian import uses earth-friendly fibers like certified organic cotton, bamboo and hemp to create stylish carrying cases in a range of sizes and styles.

Jane Iredale Powders

Jane Iredale Pressed Powders

One convenient compact provides a foundation, powder, concealer and UVA/UVB SPF 20 sunscreen all in one place!


ZuZu Luxe Lipstick

An instant winner for anyone who wants to clean up their collection, ZuZu's lead-free lipsticks provide colorful, nourishing and healthy love for lips.

EO hand sanitizing spray

EO Hand Sanitizing Spray

This slim mister is just right as an organic plant-based alternative to chemical laden hand sanitizers.


Weleda Skin Food

Stubborn dryness turns to silky softness with the power of essential fatty acids and vitamin E from organic sunflower seed oil used in this lotion.

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