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Beta vulgaris root extract

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blue 1

Good

blue 1 lake

Good

bronze powder

Mineral coloring agent derived from copper. Permanently listed (since 1977) by the FDA as a safe...

Good

aluminum powder

Metallic element used as a coloring agent. It is composed of finely ground particles of aluminum....

Poor

barium sulfate

Mineral used as a whitening agent in cosmetics. It can be sensitizing.

Good

beet root extract

Powdered base of the stem (root) of the Beta vulgaris plant. Used as a coloring agent. As with most...

Good

caramel

Natural coloring agent.

Good

carmine

Natural red color that comes from the dried female cochineal beetle. It is sometimes used to color...

Good

Ext. D&C

Type of coloring agent. According to the FDA (www.fda.gov), when Ext. D&C is followed by a color,...

Good

FD&C

Type of coloring agent. According to the FDA, when FD&C is followed by a color, the color is...

Good

FD&C colors

General term for any color additive deemed to be safe and FDA-approved for use in foods, drugs, and...

Good

chromium hydroxide green

Earth mineral used as a coloring agent/additive and permanently listed (as of 1977) by the FDA for...

Good

chromium oxide green

Good

D&C

According to the FDA, D&C is an identification that indicates a coloring agent has been approved as...

Good

D&C colors

General term for a wide group of color additives that are approved for use in drugs and cosmetics...

Good

ferric ammonium ferrocyanide

Inorganic salt of ferric ferrocyanide. 

Good

ferric ferrocyanide

Also known as Iron Blue, a coloring agent used in cosmetic products, including those designed for...

Good

iron oxides

Compounds of iron that are used as colorings in some cosmetics. They also are used as a metal...

Good

manganese violet

Coloring agent/additive permanently listed (as of 1976) by the FDA for use in cosmetic products,...

Good

mica

Earth mineral included in products to give them sparkle and shine.

Good

red 27 lake

Good

red 33

Good

red 6 lake

Best

titanium dioxide

Inert earth mineral used as a thickening, whitening, lubricating, and sunscreen ingredient in...

Good

ultramarines

Inorganic pigments (of various colors) permanently listed by the FDA for external use only,...

Good

yellow 5

Good

yellow 6 lake

Best

zinc oxide

Zinc oxide is an inert earth mineral used as a thickening, whitening, lubricating, and sunscreen ingredient in cosmetics.

Good

zinc stearate

The zinc salt of stearic acid. It has multiple functions in cosmetics, including serving as the...

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