Monday, August 26, 2013

What's in your lipstick!?

It's amazing. 
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Just when the seemingly endless pursuit for healthy personal care and cosmetics comes to a halt with the promise of greater government oversight, popular drug store brands sneak toxic chemicals back into their products while we wait for subcommittees in Washington to show some backbone. 

Back in 2007, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics tested products made by L'Oreal, CoverGirl, and Dior and found that they contained lead - a highly toxic substance that causes brain and nervous system damage. The companies pulled their act together out of fear of losing their bottom line and consumers were led into a false sense of safety. Fast forward to 2013. A recent study conducted by the University of California - Berkeley found lead and other toxic heavy metals in lipstick, yet again. It's like a little kid being caught red-handed with his fingers in the cookie jar and then doing it again when he knows no one is around to catch him in the act. The only difference is that these huge cosmetic companies are knowingly causing consumers tremendous harm with no regard for public health or safety.

One thing is for sure. Consumers have a lot of power, and knowing where to best spend their purchasing dollars is the first step to changing the tides when it comes to public health. Spreading that knowledge is just as important. We have to keep the momentum building to a point where the scales have a chance to tip in our favor. 

Don't forget to use your biggest weapon when it comes to personal care: the Environmental Working Group's Cosmetics Database with over 64,000 products and ingredients. If you're nervous about what products to choose for yourself or for your family, take 5 minutes to look it up. Five minutes is all it takes to feel confident about your purchase. You can also always feel free to email us at to learn more about toxin-free living.

Source: Green America Newsroom, August 7, 2013.