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Makeup FAQs

Concerned about the validity of all those 'natural' or 'organic' claims out there? Finding it tough to separate the marketing jargon from the facts? We believe you should have all the facts you need to make an informed choice about what you place on your skin. That's why we've created this page to answer all the common questions about our INIKA Organic certified organic and mineral makeup.

If you have a question which isn't answered here, please contact our friendly customer service team.

No products in the INIKA Organic range contain talc. Talc is a mineral, produced by the mining of talc rocks and then processed by crushing, drying and milling. Processing eliminates a number of trace minerals from the talc, but does not separate minute fibres which are very similar to asbestos. Talc itself is toxic and a known carcinogenic. We will never use talc in any of our products.

Parabens are preservatives which are commonly used in products such as soap, shampoo, deodorant and makeup. There is accumulating evidence questioning the safety of parabens. Traces of parabens have been found in breast tumour samples, although its link to the development of cancer is disputed. Despite the link being unproven the potential is sufficient for INIKA Organic to decide to never use parabens.

No. Loose Mineral foundations are pure, safe and natural and don’t contain any of the ‘nasties’. The inert minerals cannot support bacteria and all products are NON-comedogenic, meaning they do not clog the pores or irritate the skin.

Many women dislike that heavy made up feeling experienced with traditional makeup. With our Loose Mineral Foundation you can achieve incredible coverage without feeling like you are wearing makeup!

Yes. INIKA Organic Loose Mineral Foundations has an SPF of 25. The NON-nano/NON-micronised titanium dioxide and zinc oxide used in INIKA products offer natural, built-in sun protection by reflecting and scattering UV rays.

The minerals are also very resistant to water, so are a great option for those who like to wear makeup when exercising, going to the beach or swimming.

We use only natural minerals (fine miniature rock crystals) that come from Mother Earth. Our minerals are finely milled making it a purer type of makeup as compared to more conventional types. Other ingredients used are Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide (we use the NON-nano/NON-micronized type which means that it cannot be absorbed into the blood stream and the particles are of a larger size that sit on the surface of the skin).

Zinc Oxide provides a level of natural in-built sun protection, Iron Oxides (the source of the beautiful pigments), in combination with Jojoba Seed Oil, Certified Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Certified Organic Macadamia Oil, Certified Organic Shea Butter, Calendula Extract, Certified Organic Oils of Rosehip, Evening Primrose, Hazelnut, Avocado, Apricot as well as Certified Organic Essential Oils of Lavender, Sandlewood, Ylang Ylang, Geranium and Rosemary Extract.

INIKA is a Hindu word that means “small earth”. This refers to the “small world” concept and refers to the fact that the earth’s resources are finite and precious and should be treated with care.

Yes. But we only choose ingredients that we are confident causes no harm. Titanium dioxide is approved by the FDA and safe for use in cosmetics.

We want you to make an informed decision about your cosmetics. We carefully checked this with our manufacturer. Yes, there have been some studies which show free radicals can be caused by a photo-catalytic reaction between Titanium Dioxide and UV light, BUT it’s important to understand those studies were done "in vitro". The research was not collected from human cells under the skin. Therefore there is no direct link to prove placing a cosmetic on your skin would cause the titanium dioxide to be absorbed into your skin. Likewise, there is no known evidence to show it would go deep enough to create a photo-catalytic reaction or cause extra free radicals in your body. We feel the use of non-nano sized titanium dioxide is safe for use in cosmetics, and we use our products ourselves, but ultimately the choice is up to you.

No we don’t. Not ever.

INIKA Organic does NOT use nano-sized or micronized titanium dioxide. 

Nanoparticles are micro-particles that have been fragmented to sizes below 100 nanometers; they are often used in sunscreens and mineral makeup products. We do not use nanoparticles because there are reports they can easily and rapidly enter the bloodstream and this is of particular concern with certain ingredients, such as titanium dioxide.

Just to clarify, there are two types of titanium dioxide:

  • Micronized (which is nano), and
  • NON micronized (which is larger, and therefore not nano).

INIKA Organic’s titanium dioxide is NON micronized. It is considered 'fine' with the particles between 1 and 2 microns, however a nano or ultra-fine particle measures less than 0.1 microns (100 nanometers). Our ingredients are well above the nanoparticle threshold and therefore cannot penetrate the skin or enter the bloodstream.

To further set your mind at rest, our non-nano sized titanium dioxide is uncoated and free of silicone or dimethicone (silicone derived emollients) which coat the skin, trapping anything beneath it while inhibiting the skin’s natural ability to breathe.

At INIKA we strongly believe we should never sacrifice our health and wellbeing for beauty. And we hope you agree.

Unfortunately, no. We have made a conscious and ethical choice not to use nano-particles but cosmetic manufacturers are allowed to use nano-articles in their makeups. What’s worse we are very concerned that there is no legal obligation for manufacturers to advise consumers about the presence of nano-particles. Nor do they have to provide current safety data on product labels, so consumers are effectively denied the right to make an informed choice.

Heavy metals occur naturally in the earth. So logically, we would expect important mineral compounds, such as our natural colorants and key mineral compounds like mica, would have trace amounts of heavy metals because they are mined from the earth.

However, we ensure the levels of heavy metals in our mineral eye shadows and lipsticks are within the safety guidelines as set by the FDA for use in cosmetics through quality control measures in our supply chain.

If you are concerned about the use of chemicals and what you put on your skin then you would probably know that many mass-produced makeups use Bismuth Oxychloride. They use it because it gives a ‘healthy’ sheen and helps the makeup stick to your skin… but the problem is it is also a bi-product of lead and copper refining, and even worse, it is nearly identical to arsenic, a very toxic chemical.

Please rest assured we never use Bismuth Oxychloride as we believe this is not something you should ever place on your skin.

Our kabuki handle is natural wood sourced from sustainable forestries and the bristles are 100% synthetic, made from PBT nylon.

There are aluminium ferrules in the middle part of the kabuki brush (which does not come in contact with your skin). When we were testing our product we discovered the brush would not look or perform as a traditional kabuki brush without aluminium ferrule in the middle part of our brushes, so we made a conscious choice to use it.

Our mineral liquid foundations are made from natural and organic formulations. We have discovered natural makeup products are a little more variable than unnatural or man-made ones. This means there can be some slight colour variation with different manufactured batches.

We are passionate about producing the most natural and best performing makeup, which is why we monitor new batches of our foundation for colour and consistency; plus we are always researching methods to reduce variations, without jeopardising our commitment to natural and organic products.

Whilst our Loose or Baked Mineral Foundations don't contain any soy or soy derivatives, some of our products do contain soybean oil.  We recommend checking the ingredients list on any products you are using, and always carrying out a patch test if you have allergies or sensitive skin.

You will be pleased to learn that INIKA Organic offers you the Worlds 1st range of Certified Organic Vegan Lipsticks. In fact, our entire Lip range (including our balms, tints and pencils) are Certified Organic and 100% Vegan!

Nuts, nut oils and nut by-products in the cosmetic industry aren't regulated so it is difficult for us to guarantee that raw materials are completely nut free.

There are nut-based oils in many of our INIKA Organic products use at least one nut oil or nut by-product in them such as shea butter, almond and macadamia oil (please check the individual ingredients listing for more information).

INIKA Organic is a certified halal and vegan brand, adhering to the strict guidelines as part of the halal accreditation processes.

Cetearly Alchohol

The Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA) has confirmed Cetyl Alcohol and Cetearyl Alcohol are fatty alcohol waxes, which are naturally occurring in plants and therefore halal.

INIKA Organic sources glycerin from vegetables and not from any animal or animal byproduct, making our products both cruelty-free, vegan-friendly and, of course, halal-approved.

Our suppliers work within the Ethical Trade Initiative and do not employ child labour in the mining and processing of their products. Our suppliers have been carefully selected with their guarantee that they work within the Ethical Trade Initiative, from regions where ethical business practices are transparent and do not employ child labour.