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Colourant Free Beauty

A colourant (colour additive) is a substance that is added or applied to change the colour of a material, food or surface. In cosmetics, they can be found in a wide range of products, including hair care, skin care and makeup.

From the red tint in a blusher to the green hue of a mint-flavoured toothpaste, colourants are used to make a product look more appealing. They're to thank for the makeup palettes and lipsticks available today too.

In cosmetics, colourants fall into organic or inorganic, which can be both produced synthetically (in a laboratory). Hair and makeup lovers come across the terms dyes and pigments all the time, which are both different types of colourants.

See our colourant free guide to answer your questions like why is there a need for colourant free beauty products and what are the skin care benefits of colourant free beauty products.

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Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturising Hand Treatment
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturising Hand Treatment
£13.95 £28.00
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Dermalogica Biolumin C Serum
Dermalogica Biolumin C Serum
£68.95 £82.00
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Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant
£17.00 £29.00
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ELEMIS Japanese Camellia Oil Blend
ELEMIS Japanese Camellia Oil Blend
£25.51 £37.00
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Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Skin Protectant Night Time Miracle Moisturiser
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Skin Protectant Night Time Miracle Moisturiser
£22.95 £34.00
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Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil
Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil
£57.95 £69.00
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Paul Mitchell Lavender Mint Moisturising Conditioner
Paul Mitchell Lavender Mint Moisturising Conditioner
£17.85 £28.90
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Dermalogica Calm Water Gel
Dermalogica Calm Water Gel
£38.95 £49.00
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Dermalogica Age Smart Overnight Repair Serum
Dermalogica Age Smart Overnight Repair Serum
£54.95 £65.00
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Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Serum
Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Serum
£54.95 £65.00
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ELEMIS Frangipani Monoi Body Oil
ELEMIS Frangipani Monoi Body Oil
£30.80 £40.00
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Dermalogica Nightly Lip Treatment
Dermalogica Nightly Lip Treatment
£35.95 £45.00
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Dermalogica AGE Bright Spot Fader
Dermalogica AGE Bright Spot Fader
£35.95 £45.00
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Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster
Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster
£50.15 £59.00
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Elizabeth Arden All Gone Eye & Lip Makeup Remover
Elizabeth Arden All Gone Eye & Lip Makeup Remover
£12.50 £21.00
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Dermalogica Ultra Calming Serum Concentrate
Dermalogica Ultra Calming Serum Concentrate
£46.75 £55.00
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Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque
Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque
£30.95 £39.00
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Medik8 Ultimate Recovery Intense Moisturiser
Medik8 Ultimate Recovery Intense Moisturiser
£31.20 £39.00
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Caudalie Grape Water
Caudalie Grape Water
£19.99 £27.00
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Isle of Paradise Blend It Multi Purpose Self Tan Blender
Isle of Paradise Blend It Multi Purpose Self Tan Blender
£7.90 £14.75
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Dermalogica Active Clearing Sebum Clearing Masque
Dermalogica Active Clearing Sebum Clearing Masque
£38.25 £45.00
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Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Styling Treatment Oil
Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Styling Treatment Oil
£27.95 £34.00
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Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Matifying Fluid
Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Matifying Fluid
£17.99 £24.00
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Green People Oy! My Skin Goals
Green People Oy! My Skin Goals
£29.25 £35.10
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Green People Age Defy+ 24 Hour Brightening Cream
Green People Age Defy+ 24 Hour Brightening Cream
£29.25 £35.10
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Medik8 Lipid-Balance Cleansing Oil
Medik8 Lipid-Balance Cleansing Oil
£23.20 £29.00
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Green People Age Defy+ Cell Enrich Facial Oil
Green People Age Defy+ Cell Enrich Facial Oil
£28.50 £34.20
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Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water
Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water
£21.30 £27.00
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Dr Hauschka Aftersun
Dr Hauschka Aftersun
£10.39 £16.00
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Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops
Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops
£16.63 £21.95
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Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Mousse
Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Mousse
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Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Water
Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Water
£16.63 £21.95
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Clarins Relax Body Treatment Oil Soothing/Relaxing
Clarins Relax Body Treatment Oil Soothing/Relaxing
£36.95 £42.00
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Isle of Paradise Over It Magic Self Tan Eraser
Isle of Paradise Over It Magic Self Tan Eraser
£15.00 £19.95
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Estée Lauder White Linen Eau De Parfum Spray
Estée Lauder White Linen Eau De Parfum Spray
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Paul Mitchell Curls Twirl Around
Paul Mitchell Curls Twirl Around
£19.95 £24.50
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Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum
Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum
£18.95 £23.50
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Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Keratin Cream Rinse
£20.95 £25.25
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Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Mirror Smooth Conditioner
Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Mirror Smooth Conditioner
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Paul Mitchell Spring Loaded Frizz Fighting Conditioner
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Biolage CleanReset Cleansing Shampoo
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Green People Apple Complex Moisturiser
Green People Apple Complex Moisturiser
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Green People Scent Free Sun Lotion SPF 30
Green People Scent Free Sun Lotion SPF 30
£19.13 £22.95
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Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Hair & Scalp Treatment
Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Hair & Scalp Treatment
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Green People Day Solution SPF 15
Green People Day Solution SPF 15
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Isle of Paradise Prep It Self Tan Priming Spray
Isle of Paradise Prep It Self Tan Priming Spray
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Isle of Paradise Happy Tan Everyday Gradual Glow Lotion
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Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Scalp Care Anti-Thinning Conditioner
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Paul Mitchell Forever Blonde Conditioner
Paul Mitchell Forever Blonde Conditioner
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Paul Mitchell Curls Full Circle Leave In Treatment
Paul Mitchell Curls Full Circle Leave In Treatment
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Paul Mitchell Clean Beauty Volumising Liquid
Paul Mitchell Clean Beauty Volumising Liquid
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Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Finishing Spray
Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Finishing Spray
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Paula's Choice Skin Care Calm Soothing Gel Toner Normal To Dry
Paula's Choice Skin Care Calm Soothing Gel Toner Normal To Dry
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Green People Day Solution
Green People Day Solution
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Green People Vita Min Fix
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Green People Neutral/Scent Light Day Moisturiser
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Green People Fruitful Nights
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Green People Organic Children Sun Lotion SPF 30 Scent Free
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Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Scalp Care Anti-Thinning Shampoo
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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
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Dermalogica Age Smart Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque
Dermalogica Age Smart Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque
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Paul Mitchell Instant Moisture Conditioner
Paul Mitchell Instant Moisture Conditioner
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Paul Mitchell Spray Wax
Paul Mitchell Spray Wax
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Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Relaxing Balm
Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Relaxing Balm
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Paul Mitchell Blonde Platinum Blonde Shampoo
Paul Mitchell Blonde Platinum Blonde Shampoo
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Weleda Evening Primrose Day Cream
Weleda Evening Primrose Day Cream
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Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Lavender Mint Moisturising Shampoo
Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Lavender Mint Moisturising Shampoo
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Green People Gradual Tan Moisturiser
Green People Gradual Tan Moisturiser
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Paul Mitchell Flexible Style Hot Off The Press Thermal Protection Hairspray
Paul Mitchell Flexible Style Hot Off The Press Thermal Protection Hairspray
£17.00 £20.00
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First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Pores Be Gone Mattifying Primer
First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Pores Be Gone Mattifying Primer
£21.21 £24.00
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Green People Fruit Scrub Facial Exfoliator
Green People Fruit Scrub Facial Exfoliator
£13.50 £16.20
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Paul Mitchell Colour Protect Daily Conditioner
Paul Mitchell Colour Protect Daily Conditioner
£15.30 £18.00
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Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Scalp Care Anti-Thinning Tonic
Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Scalp Care Anti-Thinning Tonic
£33.04 £35.70
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Green People Hydrating Aftersun
Green People Hydrating Aftersun
£13.13 £15.75
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REN Guerande Salt Exfoliating Body Balm
REN Guerande Salt Exfoliating Body Balm
£22.62 £25.20
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Paul Mitchell Colour Protect Treatment
Paul Mitchell Colour Protect Treatment
£14.95 £17.50
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Paul Mitchell Xtg Lab
Paul Mitchell Xtg Lab
£14.95 £17.50
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Paul Mitchell Double Hitter
Paul Mitchell Double Hitter
£13.95 £16.50
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Green People Intensive Repair Conditioner
Green People Intensive Repair Conditioner
£12.38 £14.85
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Green People Quinoa & Artichoke Shampoo
Green People Quinoa & Artichoke Shampoo
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Estée Lauder Pleasures For Men Cologne
Estée Lauder Pleasures For Men Cologne
£45.00 £47.45
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Bee Good Warm Fig & Vanilla Hand & Body Wash
Bee Good Warm Fig & Vanilla Hand & Body Wash
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Bioderma Atoderm Ultra Gentle Shower Gel
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Colourant Free

Frequently Asked Questions about Colourant Free products

Why is there a need for colourant free beauty products?

Despite the sparkle and attraction produced by colourants, there has been a number of cases where consumers have reacted badly to products containing colourants. Many synthetic colours used to contain a variety of poisonous chemicals like lead, arsenic, and tar – the latter of which has been known to cause cancer and hyperactivity in children.

Although colour additives are now tightly regulated due to the risks of these ingredients, some consumers prefer not to have any of these substances associated with their skin or hair care regimes.

What are the skin care benefits of colourant free beauty products?

Colourant free products do not contain any of the harsh ingredients discussed and are therefore safe to use. The absence of colourants in these products does not compromise the formulations' effectiveness either.

For example, not only do colourant free hair care products leave your tresses soft and manageable, but they are great for sensitive scalps and delicate on easily irritated skin as well. These comforting results can be seen in other colourant free products, such as makeup removers, serums and moisturisers.

What are the drawbacks of colourant free beauty products?

There are no negative side effects of using colourant free products; in fact, those with sensitive skin will likely experience positive effects when using colourant free skin and body care.

However, the use of colours in cosmetics canhave its pros. The shades and tints often have an emotional pull for many consumers and can add to the aesthetic effect of the product.

Who should use colourant free beauty products?

Those who have sensitive skin or are prone to allergies should consider using colourant free products.

What ingredients do colourant free beauty products go well with?

If you're using colourant free products, you're probably concerned about irritation. Fortunately, there are some colourant free products that are fragrance free too, giving you the ultimate peace of mind if your skin is extra sensitive.

How often should I use colourant free beauty products?

The restrictions on certain colour additives give consumers some peace of mind when using products with colourants. And in some cases, particularly with makeup, it's nearly impossible to find products that are colourant free.

However, when it comes to moisturisers, serums and balms, there is an abundance of colourant free options, making it easy to incorporate it into your daily skin regime.

Alex Bryson

Written by Alex Bryson, Content Editor

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