While naturally glowing skin has its own allure, the lure of glittery makeup products for an instant makeover is unbeatable. Whether you’re using highlighter on your cheekbones or shimmering eyeshadow on your lids, glitter can make everything glam. But do you know what makes these products shine? Mica – a mined mineral that is associated with environmental, ethical and even child labor issues. According to a report by a Dutch group on mica mining, of all forms of hazardous work, mining is by far the most dangerous for children. But unfortunately children are specially employed for mica mining in states like Jharkhand and Bihar as they can easily maneuver in the narrow mines and reach small spaces.
As a result of this issue, several makeup brands have pledged not to use mica and instead use synthetic mica, known as fluorphlogopite. Here are some Indian and international brands that ship to India that are straying from unethical practices.
A Mumbai-based brand, Kiro Clean Beauty, uses ethically sourced raw materials, including mica. Their in-house cosmetics are 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and paraben-free.
An American vegan, natural and gluten-free beauty brand, Red Apple Lipstick, sources all its ingredients in the United States and some in Europe and Canada. Their mica sourcing process does not involve child labor and is purchased from places where workers are paid fairly.
An American vegan makeup brand, Clove + Hallow, claims not to use child labor and sources mica from its own country, instead of Africa or India, where its mining involves child labor . When it comes to packaging, they use post-consumer recycled plastics, bioplastics, infinitely recyclable glass, and refillable options for their products.
Own supply chain
An American brand, Au Naturale, offers a line of clean beauty cosmetics. Their micas are child labor free, sustainably mined, processed and distributed around the world. Suppliers do everything, from harvesting and processing to distribution, in-house.
Fat and the Moon, a bath, body and beauty company rooted in herbal traditions, uses synthetic mica in its products. The mica used by this American brand is created in the laboratory and not extracted. It is made from natural ingredients that mimic extracted mica.