The Best Salicylate-Free Makeup and Skincare

by | Aug 30, 2022

You’ve spent years perfecting your makeup and skincare routine only to discover you have a salicylate sensitivity…now what!?

While safe for most people, those with a salicylate sensitivity need to limit their exposure to the pervasive chemical, found in everything from fruits and vegetables to medicines and yes, makeup, so as not to elicit a reaction. For makeup and skincare aficionados alike, many of the products we’re used to applying to our skin contain salicylates, posing a problem for the highly sensitive. Salicylates can be absorbed through the skin, leading to reactions not only on the skin but in different body systems (e.g gastrointestinal, nervous, respiratory, etc.) depending on where your target problem lies. Fortunately, there is now a range of wonderful salicylate-free cosmetics available to purchase, you just have to know where to look.

Eager to build my own salicylate-free product inventory, I conducted a deep dive into the best salicylate-free makeup products out there. Below you’ll find a list of the most recommended for each cosmetic category, including an unscented candle and bath powder recommendation, because, you know, treat yo self!

Hopefully, the list provides a little help to those searching for makeup and skincare alternatives. Also, if you have any of your own salicylate-free makeup recommendations, please feel free to share below.

Note: if you’re in Australia, please see Australia specific version.

Brigid xx

Salicylate-Free Makeup and Skincare List

Facial Cleanser

Cleure Cleanser

USD $19.00


Facial Scrub

Cleure Exfoliating Scrub

USD $31.00


Anti-Wrinkle Serum

Freeze Frame Boost Serum

USD $39.00


Niacinamide Serum

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% 

USD $6.00


Face Moisturiser

Cleure Day Cream Moisturiser

USD $26.00


Eye Cream

Freeze Frame Revitaleyes

USD $46.00



Cleure Sunscreen SPF 30

USD $40.00


Liquid Foundation

NYX Can’t Stop Won’t Stop 24 Hour Foundation

USD $15.00


Powder Foundation

Flower Light Illusion Perfecting Powder

USD $11.49




Light Illusion Full Coverage Concealer

USD $11.99



Flower Blush Bomb Color Drops for Cheeks Nectar

USD $11.49



Day Glow Highlighting Glaze

USD $10.99



Fully Charged Mascara Powered by Magnetic Technology

USD $22.00



Forever Wear Long-Wear Eyeliner

USD $9.93


Eyebrow Pencil

Micro Brow Pencil Vegan Eyebrow Pencil

USD $11.00



Mini Soft Glam Eye Shadow by Anastasia Beverly Hills

USD $29.00


Lip Balm

Lanolips Original 101 Ointment Multipurpose Superbalm

USD $24.00



Andrea Rose Lipstick

USD $21.75


Lip Liner

Andrea Rose Lip Liner

USD $12.00


Nail Polish

OPI Nail Lacquer 15ml

USD $13.99


Bath Powder

Skinfriend Oat and Zinc Bath Powder

AUD $15.40


Note: While I’ve done my best to make sure the above products are free from salicylates, please make sure to always check the ingredients list before using as manufacturers can change their products without notice. It’s also a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional and/or do a patch test on your skin/head before applying liberally to see if you experience a reaction.

DISCLAIMER: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. 


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