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A gift as old as time is giving young girls makeup. Not as a way to enhance their self-esteem, but as a way to get them to leave mom or grandma’s makeup palettes alone. While many of us learned to apply makeup by sneaking into our mother’s makeup, the rise of beauty vloggers and influencers, has forever changed the landscape of makeup being an “adults” only product. When purchasing products, remember to check the label for non-toxic ingredients on kids’ cosmetics.

While makeup has its critics, as a toy the product encourages imagination and creativity. It can make a great gift—particularly if your child enjoys playing with your more expensive palettes. With the ubiquity of YouTube, a lot of children enjoy playing with makeup—further cementing child makeup kits as a great gift idea during the holiday season. Because of growing litigation related to talc-based baby powder and the chances of developing conditions such as mesothelioma, it is important that you check the labels of any gifts you purchase for young people in your life. 

Some adult makeup products contain toxic chemicals, but kids are more susceptible to exposure to toxic chemicals from makeup products than adults. Because they are still developing both physically and mentally, children are particularly vulnerable to toxic chemicals. 

Exposure to toxic substances can affect anything from the natural development of your child to their internal organs. Children are most likely to accidentally ingest toxic chemicals by forgetting to wash their hands and put their hands in their mouth or may inhale fumes more. Children’s lungs are particularly vulnerable because of their small size. 

Are there toxic chemicals in cosmetics marketed to children?

According to a study from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, cosmetic products marketed toward children often contain hidden toxic substances such as metals and volatile organic compounds such as: 

  • Styrene
  • Ethylebenzene
  • Toluene
  • Vinyl acetate 

The makeup kits or nail products in the study were purchased from Target, Toys R Us, and Dollar General. This list didn’t exclude name brands including Disney, Minions, and Hershey’s. 

In addition, products such as nail polish, nail polish remover, certain face paints or glues may contain acetone. Acetone levels 2 to 3 mL are considered toxic to children. 

6 Non-Toxic Kids Cosmetics Gift Options

Even if your little makeup artist can’t leave the house wearing makeup, toys and other play items should always put the child’s safety first. With this being said, we have outlined some makeup kits that we found that are safe for the use of young kids.

1. Klee Kids – $19.99

Klee Kids contains no harsh chemicals such as mineral oil, synthetic fragrances, talc or parabens. The product comes in both a 4 piece which contains an eyeshadow, mineral blush and organic lip shimmer. 

The product is intended for children ages 3+.

2. Piggy Paint Nail Polish Set — $35

If the child in your life loves to paint their nails, look into Piggy Paint. It is a 100% non-toxic nail polish that is chemical-free with low odor. Piggy Paint uses a non-toxic water-based formula and is vegan and animal cruelty-free. The Loud & Proud 6 pack kit is available for $35 on Amazon Prime. While that’s a little pricey for nail polish, you can gift the little one in your life an individual bottle of their favorite color for $9.99.

This product is intended for children ages 3+.

3. Karma Kids Nail Polish Box Set – $19.99

Another nail polish alternative for the environmentally conscious fashion-forward child in your life, Karma Kids is a non-toxic nail polish that uses bottles made from recycled materials. This four-pack of mini bottles for your little one is sold on Amazon for $19.99.

4. No Nasties Delux Pretty Play Makeup Box – $29.95

According to their website, the Pretty Play Makeup box set from No Nasties makeup is all-natural and cruelty-free. This kit contains 3 eye shadows, blush lip balm and applicators. No Nasties also sells a variety of cosmetics made just for kids starting princess at $5. 

Intended for children ages 4 & up. 

5. 9021-Glow! Eye & Cheek Palette – $25

Available for $25 from, this palette offers age-appropriate cheek and eye shades. If you’re giving to a little one for Christmas, the website states that it is paraben and phthalate-free. Additionally, the palette is vegan, cruelty-free and free of any nut products.

6. 14 piece Kit Kids Organic & Natural Pretend Play – $27.95

On a scale of 0-10 (the lower the number the better the score), the Environmental Workers Group rates this pretend-play makeup set by Elegant Minerals with a 1. This makeup kit includes applicators, a free makeup bag, blush (4), lipstick (4), lip gloss and eyeshadow (4). 

The Carlson Law Firm can help

For more than 40 years, The Carlson Law Firm has represented thousands of victims who have been injured through the negligence of corporations. Currently, our firm is representing people who have been injured as a result of using Johnson & Johnson talc products. If someone close to you is living with cancer after years of using Johnson & Johnson, contact The Carlson Law Firm today at 800-359-5690.

We care. We can help. 

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