I'm in the "Natural Products" industry, a truly disgusting place full of Woo Woo and Hacks and Luddites and burned out hippie word-salad peddlers. David Avocado Wolfe Woo-topia. The snake oil peddlers of old had nothing on these shysters. A lot of my friends that fall for the naturopathic fallacy are surprised to know that I find Whole Foods a far more unethical company than Monsanto; they are even more surprised when they tell me you can't trust those big corporations and I shoot back that Whole Foods is bigger than Monsanto.
That's the short into. To my point:
I am confronted more and more these days by competing color cosmetic companies that claim to be 100% vegan, with no "crushed bugs" (carmines) and of course no evil petro-derived FD&C or D&C dyes.
Yet, these same companies have bright red and bright pink and bright purple lipsticks. Impossible. I have anonymously emailed customer service to ask how they get their bright reds and pinks without carmines or FD&Cs, only to be told that they use iron oxides to get these candy apple reds and hot pinks.
Some have turned to claiming the pinks are from Manganese Violet. I can see formulating a purple lipstick using Manganese Violet, but I am thinking there is no way that can you get a light pink using only Manganese Violet. Many of these suspect lipstick colors are shimmered.
My question for the group: Are there pigments out there, such as Manganese Violet coated micas, that I am unaware of? I keep fairly abreast with new offerings by the big pigment producers, but I have never come across a shimmer pink or a shimmer purple that was not carmine or FD&C coated mica. Any input here is greatly appreciated.
It is entirely frustrating and of course financially harmful to see my competition take off-the-shelf private labeled lipsticks and just put a false ingredient list on them and market them as all-natural, vegan, no petro-dyes, etc, and then they THRIVE in the marketplace with these products that anyone with any color cosmetic experience can see are misbranded, mislabelled and thus adulterated.
Yes, I did spend a few thousand dollars on one particularly egregious competitor's lipsticks being sent to a lab for breakdown. Sure enough, FD&Cs (which they claim they are free of) and phthalates (which they also claim to be free of) were in there. Their mascara has no TEA in it's ingredient list, but of course it has vegetable stearic acid, and is "preserved" with "grapefruit seed extract"... lies lies lies...
As an individual, I can sue and get back the cost of a lipstick. As a business I can get into a legal back and forth lawsuit war where only the lawyers get paid. Of course there is class action... but that is a very time consuming and complicated suit.
I don't believe in the woo woo. However, there are people out there looking to avoid FD&C dyes, carmines, etc, for whatever reasons, and these unethical competitors are basically the equivalent of a shyster selling Orthodox Jews ground pork and calling it Kosher beef.