The terms Natural and Organic seem to be the all the buzz on
the internet as most consumers want products and services that
are safe. Natural is often a term that is misused in the permanent
makeup industry. Permanent cosmetic pigments used in
permanent make up is under consumer scrutiny as the pigment is
what remains in the dermal layer of skin. The vehicle used to
transport the pigment is generally consisting of ethyl alcohol, a
small amount of distilled water and glycerin. The pigments
utilized in cosmetic tattooing consist mostly of Inorganic Iron
oxides and Organics. Iron Oxide stands as one of the most
stable and common elements found in permanent cosmetic
pigments, therefore, they are considered valuable and desirable
due to their wide range of colors, stability and non-toxic nature.
Organic pigments are utilized in order to achieve brighter lip
However, most people do not understand that Organic pigments
are manufactured synthetically. The term refers to its chemical
composition and not where it comes from. Nor does it mean
that it contains any plant or agriculturally derived product you
might consider to be natural. It is the consensus of opinion that
Organic pigments are those which almost all allergic reactions
are attributed to. Today, safe and reputable pigment
manufacturers are in business to educate the public and insure
technicians and consumers that the public at large is not at risk.
So it pays as a professional to purchase pigments from a
reputable pigment manufacturer. As a CPCP, (Certified
Permanent Cosmetic Professional), in the industry for over 25
years, I can attest that I nor any of my clients has ever reported
an allergic reaction from any pigment, Organic or otherwise.
Natural is a term that is personal and is not used to describe any
color additives as pigments are not labeled as natural and not
agriculturally certified organic. Any person who is calling their
pigments natural or organic are in most cases misinformed.
Although Natural and Organic sounds good, it may be better to
have your procedures done by a skilled and reputable
professional who is knowledgeable about permanent makeup.
By Pamela Netz, CPCP
• From Dirt to the Skin, A Study of Pigment,
Author: Elizabeth Finch-Howell, CPCP
• Digging Up the Dirt: Organic & Inorganic
Pigments, Author: Pat Shibley-Gauthier, CPCP
Author Pamela Netz, CPCP
is a credentialed Permanent Cosmetic Professional working in Oro Valley, Arizona. Lifetime member of the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals. Pam works in an upscale private licensed business office located in the beautiful Northwest area of Tucson in Oro Valley.