Jun 14 2010

Toxic Cosmetics? Help is Here!

Since, for some unknown reason, the U.S. government  (FDA) does not  test cosmetics before they enter the market place, it’s up to us to decipher what products are safe.


First, let me share the facts………….

The average person applies 10 different skin care products on his or her body every day.

·  The average amount of lipstick a woman will ingest over her lifetime is 4 pounds


·  Only 11% of the 10,500 ingredients used in personal-care products have been documented and publicly assessed for safety by the U.S. government

Phthalates, for example, which are often found in artificial fragrances, are a class of hormone disruptor known to cause birth defects, sperm damage, infertility, and the feminization of baby boys, for instance.

More than 1,110 personal-product ingredients have been banned for use in cosmetics in the European Union because of concerns that they may cause cancer, birth defects, or reproductive ills. By contrast only 10 are banned here in the U.S.

I’ve been  researching what products are safe, and what are not,  for my own personal use for years, and as many of you know, to say it’s a lot of work is an understatement!

The Solution (part of it anyway)?……………Skin Deep!

SKIN DEEP takes some of the legwork out of it for us. Skin deep is a website created by the EWG (Environmental Working Group).

Simply plug in a product you’re questioning and it will rate it’s safety and tell you why it received the rating it did.

You still have to try the products of course to see if they work for your hair, or skin type, but it’s  a big time saver for the safety issues.

Click here for their printable Shoppers guide. It tells you what chemicals/toxins to avoid. You can keep it in your purse as a quick reference.


This site has been a huge time saver for me. I find myself on it at least once a week. I’m hoping it will help you in your quest for a non-toxic life as well


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