Do we really know what goes into the personal care products we use everyday? Some claim make-up, deodorants, lotions and shampoos — including baby products — are made of highly toxic chemicals and the FDA isn’t doing much about it.
A couple of months ago, my father sent me an e-mail with a list of lipstick brands that were poisoned with lead, thus causing lip cancer in women. I thought the e-mail was just another annoying scam and ignored it. I seldom wear lipstick anyway. Scratch that, I chose to ignore the email simply because I don’t want to believe that the companies whose products are supposed to make us look prettier are actually killing us. Now I understand what’s wrong with that lipstick that makes my lips burn every time I wear it.
Cancer, reproductive and neurological damage are just a few of the perils of today’s toxic cosmetics as explained by Annie Leonard, author of the book The Story of Stuff .
Watch the video below, The Story of Cosmetics, where Leonard explains what’s wrong with our personal care products.
Scary, huh? I guess this means we should migrate to organic, toxin-free cosmetics, too.
Now, I don’t want to use this forum for political discussion, but if you’re interested in learning more about what legislators are doing about this issue, read this blog post from Time Magazine.