nonlatexFor years we’ve been asked whether our makeup sponges are “latex free.”  And for years we’ve been told that they are.  That’s because you have nothing to worry about.

Ever since latex was shown to cause allergic reaction a few decades ago, the myth has survived that sponges are either “latex-ridden” or “latex free.”  The issue really began with a small number of healthcare professionals that used latex products made by a dipped vulcanization process.  The allergic reaction was related to the use of some medical products (like gloves) and developed into a wide-spread concern over all latex products.  The hype far outweighed the harm.

Today, the cause for concern is minimal because the manufacturing process for makeup sponges is different.  Furthermore, most factories follow strict manufacturing processes, with many subjected to thorough safety and quality audits required by their customers.

Most high-quality makeup sponges in the US are made of nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR).  These are the sponges you typically find in compacts.  Most mass market or drug store wedges are styrene butadiene rubber (SBR).  These are the “bag of wedges” that are considered disposable by consumers and professional makeup artists.  In neither case will you find latex allergy issues.

Avoid Using Latex Products

Latex allergy symptoms may include hives, itching, stuffy or runny nose. It can cause asthma symptoms of wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing. Symptoms begin within minutes after exposure to latex containing products.