It would be reasonable to assume that we don’t need to ask the question, are our cosmetics safe? Safe cosmetics should be taken for granted shouldn’t they? After all, we have a government and corporations that look after our interests?
Sadly no. Neither the government or the major cosmetics companies take steps to ensure that our cosmetics are safe, and as a result there is a whole range of dangerous cosmetics and skin care products on the market which contain dangerous ingredients including lead, 1,4-dioxane and paraben.
The FDA doesn’t test the ingredients found in mainstream cosmetics, and so the big brand companies can, and do, put anything that they want in their products. The government doesn’t protect the women of America against corporations that are prepared to use unsafe ingredients to sell their products.
This is now such a problem that there are whole organizations set up to raise public awareness about the risks of dangerous cosmetics, and the need to find a source of safe cosmetics.
Sadly though the government isn’t listening to the Campaign For Safe Cosmetics, and the cosmetics companies aren’t listening either. There is nothing being done to protect US women from dangerous ingredients found in mascaras, bronzers, eye shadows, lipsticks, blushes and more that women here are using daily not realizing they are taking a risk with their health.
There’s lots of examples, here’s 2.
The Campaign For Safe Cosmetics initiated laboratory testing of major brand name lipsticks in 2007. The report was astonishing. More than 50% of big brand name lipsticks, including some of the biggest names that you may well use now, contained lead. And you’re not even immune if you buy the most expensive brands, they were represented amongst the lipsticks that contained lead as well.
And in 2002 more tests found Phthalates in the majority of 72 major big brand beauty and personal and body care products and cosmetics, including products from Christian Dior, Revlon and Calvin Klein. Phathalates are a family of industrial chemicals that are linked to defects in male reproductive organs and birth defects.
And included common household use products like shampoos and toothpastes as well as beauty and cosmetic products.
Despite the fact that Phthalates weren’t listed on the labels they were found in 52 of 72 products tested.
Now is that scary or what?
So should you just swear off cosmetics? No not at all. There are excellent and safe cosmetics available but they aren’t made by the big brand names and aren’t found on the shelves of your local store. They are made by companies that are prepared to evidence their commitment to making safe cosmetics. They have signed a pledge on the website of the Campaign For Safe Cosmetics evidencing their commitment to making cosmetics using only ingredients known to be safe.
And the companies that make them aren’t household names, in fact chances are that you’ve never heard of them. But their products, including their safe cosmetics, are first class.
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