I’ve received a lot of reader questions over the past month about blacklight reactive products. As I’m a big fan of things that glow in the dark, as well as blinky lights, I know a bit about it. There are some really cool glow in the dark products as well as black-light reactive products.
Glow in the dark LED Poi are my favorite blinky light toys. I sooo need to get my own set, because I constantly get entranced watching my friend Lea spin these. I love it so much that I’ve been learning to spin. If you’ve never seen LED poi being spinned, go check it out here.
Kryolan has a line of Invisible Luminescent Makeup/Body Paint. It comes in white, blue, orange and green. The colors go on invisible but under blacklight they glow. They also make several other types of blacklight reactive makeup, including lipsticks. These are FDA approved. These should not be used on the eyes though, from what I can tell. Update: Here’s a disclaimer from Kryolan about their Dayglow colors line, and an ingredients list.
You can also get glow in the dark earrings. When I used to wear 3 earrings in each ear, I often had 3 pair of acrylics in pink, blue and yellow.
Manic Panic makes colors of dye that are blacklight reactive. Electric Lizard, Electric Banana, Pretty Flamingo, Electric Lava, Hot Hot Pink and Wildfire. I used to dye my hair with Wildfire mixed with another shade of red so I had glowy bright red hair.
You can buy hair accents, braids, twists, falls etc, from I Kick Shins in blacklight reactive colors. Platinum Blond, Mixed Blond, Light Mixed Blond, Autumn Mix, Red, Neon Magenta, Hot Pink, Baby Pink, Orange, Neon Orange, Yellow, Neon Yellow, Lime Green, Sky Blue, Lavender, Purple with White Tips, Neon Violet, Silver White, Silvery Snow, Creamy White, Snow White and Grey are all blacklight reactive.
Aromaleigh makes some of their Rocks! line blacklight reactive. Brownsugar, Suspectdevice, Prettyvacant, Peek-a-boo, Coralfang, Deathvalley, Atomic, Bigneonglitter, Flowersofromance, Prettyinpink, Iwantcandy, Newrose, Personalitycrisis, Teenagekicks, Psycho-candy, Tempted, Heartofglass, Lookinforakiss, Obsession, Raspberryberet, Funkytown, Purplerain, Spellbound, Hitormiss, Blueorchid, Ladystardust, Bodyelectric, Bluemonday, Endlessea, Oceanrain, Justlikeheaven, Strychnine, Greenhell, Venom, Swampthing, Avalon, Poisonivy, and Lazysod are all blacklight reactive. These are all eye safe.
Of course, there’s also nail polish! I found an unexpected UV reactive polish in Color Club’s Milky White Base Coat, which glows no matter what polish I have on top of it.
You can see me wearing hair from I Kick Shins in Snow White, as well as makeup from Aromaleigh in BodyElectric and FlowersofRomance.
If you’re ever curious about whether or not a product is safe or hazardous, you can always run the ingredients list through the Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database. The ingredients are rated as follows with 0 through 10, 0 to 2 low hazard, 3 to 6 moderate hazard and 7 to 10 high hazard.
Because I was curious, I ran the Aromaleigh Rocks! shadows through the database.
Ingredients: mica(CI 77019), titanium dioxide(CI 77891), iron oxides(CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499). May contain polyester-3, D&C yellow 5, D&C blue 1, D&C red 40, calcium sodium borosilicate, ferric ferrocyanide (CI 77510), tin oxide (CI 77861).
mica – 1 to 3
titanium dioxide – 1 to 4
Iron Oxides – 2
Polyester-3 – 0
D&C yellow 5 – 0
D&C blue 1 – 1 to 2
ferric ferrocyanide – 1 to 3
D&C red 40 – 0
calcium sodium borosilicate – 0
tin oxide (CI 77861) – 2
This leads me to feel that they’re safe.
All of the above ingredients are safe by my standards and the FDA. So, what’s not safe? Any eye shadows that are sold with luminescent zinc sulfide. This ingredient is NOT FDA approved for the eyes. I checked the FDA for the full information on this.
To be clear, in makeup, blacklight reactive is what you want to purchase if you want it on your eyes or your lips. In other products, like hair or blinky toys, blacklight reactive or Glow in the Dark is normally fine.
Do you have any favorite glow in the dark items you love? Do share!
Edited to Add:
I contacted Aromaleigh regarding the change in the Rocks ingredients. Here is the response that I received back from the company:
When Aromaleigh first created the Rocks line, pre-mixed base colors were used with a ‘may contain’ list on them. It was the same for the lipsticks, too. Pre-mixed liquid color toners were used to create the shades, not powdered dye. Just like the lipsticks, all of the ‘may contain’ ingredients on the premixed tone colors had to be listed. When evaluating ways to improve Aromaleigh, the company realized that it was more cost-efficient to make the shadows from batch-certified dyes that did not have any ‘may contain’ ingredients. This is why the ingredients list changed.
From my understanding of what Aromaleigh said, the ‘may contain’ stuff means that it could have trace amounts from being made with the same machinery/tools as stuff that does contain it. It’s the same with a box of Organic Truffles that I have. It says it ‘may contain’ nuts, but it doesn’t contain nuts. There can be trace amounts of nuts in the box.
By buying batch certified dye colors where there is no ‘contamination’ aka trace amounts, Aromaleigh can say ‘it only has these dyes.’ This certainly reinforces that the ingredients that are being used match up to the approved dyes from the FDA List.
Here is the response that Aromaleigh posted on their forums regarding the ingredients issue:
Email from Sept. 17, 2009
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