Mercury in mascara? Toxic chemicals in lotion? Did you know that personal care products do not need to be tested for safety? Did you know that personal care products can include just about any ingredient, including lead, placenta, and nanoparticles?
Yup, it’s sad but true. And as long as we keep buying, there is no reason for these big-name companies to hold up to a higher standard of safety. They exist all in the name of profits, sometimes even sacrificing the very health of their consumers.
So, what’s a girl to do? Check out EWG’s Cosmetics Database and do a little research! The Environmental Work Group has done a great job of exposing the bad guys along with sharing the names of companies that really do have your health and best interests in mind.
Here’s how it works: The EWG has researched the effects of a number of ingredients found in many of the skin care, hair, oral care, and even baby products out in the market. They then have rated each ingredient on a scale of 0-10. 0-2 being low hazard, 3-6 moderate hazard, and 7-10 high hazard. Want to know more? Simply click on the ingredient and find out what types of hazards have been linked to the ingredient, such as cancer, allergies, neurotoxicity, and more.
So let’s try this together. Click on the link and type in an ingredient in the “Search” box, such as “oxybenzone.” The site will then match the ingredient and tell you how many of their researched products contain the ingredient (948) and the level of hazard (9). Click on “Oxybenzone” and find out what the hazards are for this ingredient, including the research to support the statements.
You can also research specific brands and products you may be currently using. For example, in the “Search” box, type in “Burts Bees.” The site will show that they have researched 198 products under Burts Bees and will show a hazard range of 0-6. Click on the “198 products” link to view all of the products, their hazard score, and the concerns for the ingredients included.
Another great way to use this site is to search for safe alternatives for common cosmetics, such as tanning oil, toothpaste, make up, and lotion. Click on the product link of your choice at the top, such as “Sun” –> “Tanning Oil.” Then click on “Score” to view the least hazardous products available to the most hazardous products. I’m not sure about you, but I’m looking out for the Tropical Sands Tanning Oil.
There’s a wealth of information on this site, and I encourage everyone to check it out.
Remember, what goes on your skin, goes in your body. And with big-name companies putting cancer-causing toxins in our products, it is definitely up to us to stand up for our health and well-being by not putting another dollar in their hands. Hopefully this will shake them up to do what is best for the people they are serving . . . and make our next generation a little better for it.
What’s your favorite all-natural cosmetic product?