Time to get environmental…

I picked up a recent copy of SNR featuring a cover story called “The Chemistry of Beauty“. It discussed the chemicals and toxins used in beauty products – most of which are completely unnecessary.

I did some additional research on The Cosmetics Database and found that most of my products don’t make the cut. It was really disappointing to see that the culprit in most of my products was the fragrance. FRAGRANCE. Completely unnecessary in my opinion. I seek out items that are as unscented as possible – too many manufactured scents make my head spin.

The Cosmetics Database features the “Skin Deep” safety guide to cosmetics created by researchers at the Environmental Working Group. The group has researched and tested products to determine their toxicity and harm levels. “Skin Deep pairs ingredients in more than 25,000 products against 50 definitive toxicity and regulatory databases, making it the largest integrated data resource of its kind. Why did a small nonprofit take on such a big project? Because the FDA doesn’t require companies to test their own products for safety.”

I’m amazed at how many of these toxins are neurotoxins (affecting the brain), developmental/reproductive toxicity (affecting fertility) and cancer causing. All for the sake of beauty?? No thank you. I’ll be transitioning over to the non-toxic variety.

It’s interesting stuff… hope you enjoy!

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3 Responses to “Time to get environmental…”


  1. 1 Kirstin Parmeter-Nusser August 16, 2008 at 3:37 AM

    Wow- Thanks Suzy. I had never seen that site, and it turns out the eye cream I am using is one of the worst offenders out there. I’ll be on the hunt for a better eye cream and moisturizer. If you have ny suggestions after doing your own research, let me know!
    Kirstin
    P.S. Great bloginess by the way ; )

  2. 2 Anne Parmeter October 31, 2008 at 8:58 AM

    Hi Suzy, so I used to work for a handmade skincare company called Lush. We were put through training to learn about the purpose of all of the ingredients. It’s really true that a lot of stuff out there has tons of preservatives and creepy colors. The stuff from Lush is all scented with flower and plant oils, and yet I find the products to be more effective than the drug store crap. Oh, and at Lush you can purchase products (like the shampoo and conditioner I use) that have no water, and therefore need to preservatives or packaging! No plastic bottles! Okay, that’s the end of my pitch. I’m clearly still addicted to the stuff. http://www.lush.com

  3. 3 suzyness November 1, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    That is such a great idea – I LOVE Lush. We don’t have a store in Sacramento, but we’re getting one soon. I’ve been to the store in San Francisco many times and can’t wait until we get one here!

    It’s crazy how much bad stuff is in our beauty products – we don’t even know what we’re putting on our skin.


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