The Best Cosmetic Companies Among the Lot

There are a very large number of cosmetic companies indeed all around the world. However, each company is unique and special in its own way. Before being put on sale, cosmetic products are subjected to various tests. Today, I am going to tell you about ten cosmetic companies whose products I found the best.

Top Ten Companies Producing Cosmetics

  • Artistry: As far as direct sales are concerned, Artistry is the best-selling cosmetics brand. In my opinion, it is the best skin brand available today. Their skin care range is the best and the quality of makeup is very good. Moreover, it is completely natural and is supposed to have no side effects.
  • Oriflame: Oriflame is one of the first companies which used plant extracts in skin care products. Ingredients from renewable plant sources are used in all of their products. They provide a very wide range of high quality beauty products and offer a great variety to their customers.
  • Mary Kay: Skin care and many cosmetic products are produced and sold by Mary Kay. The products are so good that you feel like you aren’t wearing anything. Smooth skin can be obtained by using these products and they are inexpensive compared to other cosmetics. Moreover, some products are produced for a specific country or geographic region and are worth a try.
  • MAC Cosmetics: Make-up Art Cosmetics were initially produced only for makeup artists but are now available to consumers all over the world. The special feature is that they have a very large variety of colors in foundations.
  • L’Oreal: L’Oreal is very well-known and is the worldwide leader in cosmetics. They have three global brands and the products are distributed to 130 countries all over the world.
  • Avon: Avon is a well-known multilevel marketing company. Though their products are mainly directed towards female consumers, their product line for men and children has also expanded and been successful in recent years.
  • Revlon: Starting with just one product, Revlon became a multimillion dollar organization within six years from foundation, which speaks for itself, doesn’t it?
  • Estee Lauder: Initially having only four products for sale, today Estee Lauder has a total of 27 brands. Their skin care line offers products for dry, normal and sensitive skin.
  • Clinique: Clinique produces skin care products depending on different skin types of different people. Their formulations vary across various countries.
  • LR: Top quality products of German quality are offered and that too at reasonable prices by LR.

This list depends on personal opinion, and can differ from person to person. Don’t just take my word for it. Try them yourselves!

International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients – How to Know What’s in Your Beauty Products

Aqua (water/eau), cetrimonium chloride, polyquaternium-11, amodimethicone, polyquaternum-37, panthenol, guar hydroxyporpyltrimonium chloride, hydroxyethylcellulose, dimethicone copolyol, propylene glycol, dmdm hydantoin, parfum (fragrance), limonene, polysorbate 20, methylparaben, tallowtrimonium chloride, nonxynol-10, citric acid, propylene glycol dicaprylate/dicaprate, ppg-1, trideceth-6, benzophenpne-4, hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydrolyzed wheat starch, simondsia chinesis (jojoba seed) oil, CI 19140 (yellow 5), CI 42090 (blue 1) CI 16035 (Red 40).

Take a look at this list of ingredients. How much do you understand? Most people will fall off the wagon after “water”. This is an actual list of ingredients from conditioner that I used some years back. It was around the time when I was just getting interested in knowing what really was in the products I used daily, and after having looked at the ingredient list, I threw the bottle out.

This list contains many weird-sounding names that would be almost impossible to learn by heart. Luckily, there are a few ways that help the understanding of the ingredient declaration, or the INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) a bit better.

  • Less is more. The first thing to do is take a look at the amount of ingredients and the difficulty of the words. Simply put, the more difficult the ingredients are to pronounce, the more likely they are to be bad. This is of course not always the case – Butyrospermum Parkii might not sound like the first thing you would rub on your skin, but it’s actually shea butter, which is of course all-natural and great for skin and hair. Still, the difficulty of the words might give you a hint of what kind of product you have in your hands and to what extent it is chemically produced.
  • Focus on the first ones. To keep others from making exact copies of their products, the cosmetic companies don’t have to write out how much of each ingredient a product contains. Still they have to arrange the INCI in order of quantity. So the first ingredients are the ones that you should be most careful about, since the product mainly is composed by them. Normally the first 4-8 ingredients are the big ones, while the rest are just included in very small quantities.
  • -cones and -ols. Even though an ingredient as such might tell you nothing, sometimes part of the word might give you a hint as to what it is. For example, something ending with -cone, is a silicone, that is mostly used in hair products and generally considered something to avoid. If it ends with -ol, it is an alcohol, if something is hydrolized, it is a protein and so on.
  • American vs. European style. When a product includes natural extracts, in America they have to write out the common english name as well, as you can see above [simonensia chinese (jojoba seed) oil]. This makes it a bit easier, and one will understand that Butyrospermum Parkii (shea butter) not necessarily is bad. In Europe, however, this is not necessary.
  • FGI. When you have a list of ingredients (most can be found by googling), you can look them up to see what is said about them. Some sources I use are: “The truth about cosmetics” by Rita Stiens, the Good Guide and the Skin deep database.
  • Loopholes for the cosmetic companies. There are some things that make the reading of INCI lists more difficult. For one thing, ingredients included with less than 1% can be added in any order preferred. This means that if a product contains 0,0001% of a natural ingredient, say olive oil, and 0,99% of a bad ingredient, say parabens, the olive oil can be noted before and the parabens after, giving you the impression that the product includes more olive oil than parabens. Also, the cosmetic companies are still allowed to keep some ingredients secret. They will instead be substituted by a seven number code, or simply “and other ingredients”. This makes it more difficult, or downright impossible, to know what the product actually consists of.

10 Beauty Benefits Of Cosmetic Cucumber Seed Oil

Cucumber seed oil is cold-pressed oil obtained from cleaned and dried cucumber seeds. Once the oil gets filtrated it results in a bright yellow colour with a slight aroma of fresh cucumbers. The oil contains approximately 14 to 20% of oleic acid and 60 to 68% of Omega-3 linoleic acid. It provides many wonderful beauty benefits from a skin moisturiser to a protein-rich hair treatment.

1. Refreshes Skin

Quickly absorbing Cucumber Seed oil has a light consistency. It leaves your skin smooth, silky and fresh.

2. Powerful Anti-Ager

This oil is an excellent anti-ageing oil. It reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles due to its powerful antioxidant content.

3. Calms Eczema, Psoriasis & Inflammation

The oil is a strong anti-inflammatory agent, good antiseptic and excellent emollient for skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

4. Soothes Sun Damaged Skin

Cucumber Seed oil has an anti-inflammatory effect helping to soothe sunburns. Also, it provides a cooling effect when applied to the sun-damaged skin.

5. Good for Dry Brittle Nails

Cucumber Seed oil is very good for restoring moisture in dry brittle nails as it is easily absorbable, hydrating and rich in nourishing nutrients. Just rub a drop or two onto your nails and cuticles to keep them moisturized and shiny!

6. Wonderful Eye Moisturizer

The anti-ageing properties and quick absorption of the oil make it an excellent eye moisturizer. Gently dab one drop of the oil under each eye to reduce dark circles, puffiness and wrinkles. Also, you can apply it to your eyebrows to help reduce upper eyelid puffiness. Don’t apply it to your eyelids!

7. Treats Acne

Cucumber Seed oil is one of the best skin care oil for acne. It’s rich in antioxidants preventing acne, reducing acne inflammation and redness.

8. Lightens Age Spots

Thanks to a high content of Vitamin C that has a skin brightening effect this oil helps to lighten age spots. Using the oil regularly you will see the age spots fading away.

9. Hair Growth Booster

Cucumber Seed oil is rich in silica stimulating new hair growth and preventing hair loss by strengthening existing hair strands.

10. Improves Hair Elasticity

The oil helps to build the elasticity of curly hair. It prevents hair breakage typically caused by heat tools, sun damage or chlorine water.

Before use, do a patch test on your inner elbow or wrist to see the oil does not irritate your skin.