You may have recently seen the negative news about Mica in makeup and wondered what it is and whether it is found in our Jane Iredale range.
What is Mica?
Mica is a mineral used extensively in lots of industries from medical, electronics and makeup. The word mica is derived from the Latin word mica, meaning a crumb, and probably influenced by micare, meaning ‘to glitter’.
Yes, Mica is the ingredient in your makeup that makes it shine or glitter. It adds a sparkle to eye shadow, make-up, nail varnish and much more.
Why the negative media coverage?
ITV News recently undertook an investigation in to the mining of Mica principally in India and found evidence of child labour being used in the supply of this mineral.
The big cosmetics firms have known about the risk of child labour in mica mining for years and although the industry has worked since 2008 to tackle this issue and work in India – only now has it started the “responsible mica initiative”. It brings together some of the biggest firms in the sector and it’s estimated the project will take five years.
How does this effect you and our range of Jane Iredale makeup?
We are pleased to be able to say that the Mica mineral in Jane Iredale makeup is grown in a laboratory to ensure purity and that there is no heavy metal content which could dull the material.
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