Does your cosmetic contain ethical Mica?
If you check your makeup, you will likely find Mica listed as an ingredient in most of them (it can also be labelled as CI77019 or Sericite). Mica is a mineral that gives us glowing highlights, a bronzed look, glittery eyes and shimmery lips.
It’s also an ingredient with ethical issues, child labour, and human rights abuses. Children are, unfortunately, especially suited to mica mining as they can easily manoeuvre through the narrow mines and reach small spaces. It’s extremely dangerous and children often suffer from cuts, broken bones and lung diseases.
At Husn Beauty we only source our Mica from suppliers who work with manufacturers that have fulfilled all the REACH requirements. REACH is an EU Regulation, adopted to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals. It also promotes alternative methods for the hazard assessment of substances in order to reduce the number of tests on animals. We make every effort to get assurance from our suppliers that our mica powders are not sourced from mines in India that use child labour. They have also provided us with a written statements that they do not carry out animal testing on the products.
The good news is, over the years, the pigment industry in general has stepped away from buying products from these suspected mines and the industry is a step away from preventing the use of child labour.
At Husn Beauty, our mission is to make sure only the highest quality mica is used that is ethical, safe, human and animal friendly.