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Where It's Made, Matters

by Debra Rubin-Roberts 3 min read 0 Comments

Where It's Made, Matters

Where it's made, matters.

I always say, "People who have nothing to hide, hide nothing”. That is why, on our site, we publish all our ingredient listings on our product pages.

In that same spirit of transparency, I must stress that WHERE your makeup is made matters too.

At Mommy Makeup we are proud to say that all our cosmetics are Made in USA. Not all brands can say that... So, I wanted to take this opportunity to decipher what it means when I say, WHERE your cosmetics are made matters.

If a beauty product states, "Made in France”. It means that is where it is made.

It also means that that cosmetic’s ingredients must be EU compliant. This means the labeling and ingredients used must meet the European Union's guidelines.

The same applies to cosmetics that state, "Made in Italy” or Spain, Germany, or any other European country. The EU’s ingredient guidelines tend to be more strict than those of the US. The same rule of thumb applies to cosmetics made in Japan, Thailand, and Malaysia. So if you purchase a beauty product made in any of these country’s, the quality control and ethics in the ingredients listed are very good.

For beauty products made in the US, they must meet and follow FDA regulations, as stated here on the FDA’s website:

"...under the law, cosmetics must not be "adulterated" or "misbranded." For example, they must be safe for consumers when used according to directions on the label, or in the customary or expected way, and they must be properly labeled. Companies and individuals who market cosmetics have a legal responsibility for the safety and labeling of their products.”

So it is safe to say that beauty products made in Europe, the US, and several Asian countries the ingredients are what they say they are.

Now I’m going to address the elephant in the room... When a website states or on a beauty product it is labeled as "Imported”. What does that mean?

Most of the time that means that the beauty product is made in China.

Where it's made matters

You may also see "Made in PRC”. That also means that the beauty product is made in China (PRC stands for People’s Republic of China).
Now... Although the FDA does have regulations that need to be followed regarding cosmetics that are imported,

With the whole Lumber Liquidators scandal, numerous recalls of toys made in China and rumors of "lead in lipsticks” that were made in China, personally if a beauty product states "Imported" or "Made in PRC” I don’t buy it.

Aaaaaand I question that the ethics of ingredients listed are what they say they are.
There I said it.

I want to clarify that this is my personal opinion and shopping practice.

I must also stress that, it is important to check each individual product...

Many, many brands out there will have eyeshadows or blushes that say "Imported” but the same brand's foundations state, "Made in USA”. This applies to drugstore brands or brands you find in department stores... So read labels, check the website’s detailed info and check where each particular item is made. And if a website does not state where a product is made... THEY SHOULD!

It is important to know a product's origin when shopping online.

To be fair, I do buy perfume made in France, hair conditioner made in Italy, and some skin care products made in Japan along with other beauty products made in the US. But if the product states "Imported”, I don’t buy it. If the item says, "Made in PRC”, I don’t buy it either.

These are my personal opinions and shopping habits and I wanted to put them out there... I encourage you to do your own research on cosmetics made in China and come to your own conclusion.

In beauty and in kindness,


Debra Rubin-Roberts
Debra Rubin-Roberts

Debra Rubin-Roberts is an award-winning makeup artist and New York City Mom. She has over 20 years of experience as a professional makeup artist and has worked with some of the best in the cosmetic industry, including: Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, Nars, Smashbox, Givenchy, Estee Lauder, Prescriptives.
Debra is the founder of Mommy Makeup.

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