Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Rethink that Baby Shampoo as a Brush Cleaner!

Do you use baby shampoo to clean your makeup brushes? I myself used to use it as well, however what I came to realize is that while it's a cheaper alternative to the maybe more expensive brush cleaner products, it only does half the job. Let me explain...

The most important thing the baby shampoo doesn't do is disinfect or kill all the bacteria in your makeup brushes!! That's scary and potentially dangerous to you, especially those with very sensitive skin. It's also lacking in the conditioning department. Brush cleaner products are made for brushes so they have the necessary ingredients to both kill all the bad bacteria and condition the hairs on your brushes. Baby shampoo provides a little bit of conditioning but that should be the least of your concerns!

Over time the bacteria build up can transfer to your face and cause irritation on your skin and even cause you to break out in a rash, pimples or worse! Sometimes certain products are worth the extra expense. Food for thought.... :-)

16 comments:

  1. Ewww. I use the Dr. Bronner's soap, since it's mild on my brushes. I've tried the baby shampoo as makeup remover and it was ok.

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  2. which one from that line are you using? my concerns with that line are 1. no strong bacteria killing ingredients and 2. the ingredients they use aren't 100% good for makeup brushes.

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  3. Wow, thanks for posting this. It's scary to think that you are actually rubbing bacteria all over your face everyday

    xo, Diana

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  4. wow! i didnt know that, great information. however, what about using regular shampoos?

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  5. same thing unfotunately, tsahi. I'll have more on brushes and when to clean and how in another post coming up over the weekend!

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  6. I am glad you posted this! A while back Enkore on youtube made a brush cleaner which covers all your points. his formula included:1Cup bottled water, 1/4Cup Isopropyl Alcohol 70% or higher(I use 90%) 1/2Tablespoon baby shampoo, 1/2Tablespoon dish detergent,1Tablespoon leave in hair conditioner. This is a great formula he cae up with. I use it and my brushes are soft and disinfected. Check out his video, he explains everything and makes it while he does. Hope this helps you.

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  7. i love enkore! i had the pleasure of meeting him at IMATS last year and have purchased from in the past. xoxo

    i don't make my own but looking @ his ingredients list, he's got it all covered between a disinfecting agent and a conditioner.

    btw - you don't need anything higher than 70% alcholol. the 70% will do the trick just fine and exactly the same as the 90%. :-)

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  8. This is very interesting information. it's a shame that I can't find brush cleaning products in Brazil =/

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  9. have u tried beauty so clean? I believe they ship internationally. Mac has a brush cleaner that I swear by as well and they should ship to brazil, if not do you have a mac store near you?

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  10. My brushes are all synthetic, so I'll usually use a disinfecting dish soap - it gets them squeaky clean. I'll also spray them with 70% alcohol from time to time.

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  11. @wendy -- spray yor brushes EVERY time with the alcohol!! Just in case the soap isn't doing it 100%. What are you using to condition the hairs & fibres on the brushes? without conditioning, the bristles will get dry and break off... not to mention scratch your face!

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  12. I love Jane Iredale's brush cleanser. Totally cleans my brushes and keeps them soft and supple. I get it online here at http://newlondonpharmacy.com

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  13. thanks on the glam! i went to a jane iredale launch party a few weeks ago but didn't try the brush cleaner. i'll have to check it out. i'm just so used to and love the MAC cleaner! lol plus i get my discount so that helps too. :-)

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  14. baby shampoo is detergent with numbing agents in it so that babies don't feel it in their eyes. It is so harsh and chemical ridden. I groom dogs and people always think it is a good choice for pets, it isn't phed for them so I refuse to use it.
    I wouldn't use it on a baby so I wouldn't use it on anything, it is just too harsh.

    On another note I do sometimes use an olive oil bar or soap to cut cream based products on my brushes, followed by brush cleaner.

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  15. a good way to clean would be mix disinfecting dish washing detergent w/ olive oil. disinfects & conditions the brushes all @ the same time :)

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