Personal Care Products

by Ms. S on June 20, 2010

Please note that this section contains my personal notes from my readings on this topic.

This video sums it up quite nicely:

“The average adult is exposed to 120 chemicals every day by using personal care products. Your morning routine probably exposes you to well over 100 chemicals. Over 800 chemicals used in personal care products are known to be toxic.”

Squeaky Green pages 84-85

The United States lags behind many other parts of the world in safety standards for personal care products.  The European Union has banned more than 1,100 chemicals from cosmetics because they are known or highly suspected of causing cancer, genetic mutation or reproductive harm.  In contrast, the United States bans or restricts only 11 chemicals from cosmetics.

– “No More Toxic Tubs: Getting Contaminants Out of Children’s Bath and Personal Care Products; page 21

From The Toxic Sandbox (2007) by Libby McDonald; pages 95 – 96:

The good news is that, thanks to the European Union’s 2005 ban on DEHP and DBP in personal care products, international cosmetic companies like Revlon and L’Oreal are now making phthalates-free cosmetics. In addition, a number of domestic beauty product companies have responded to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics — an aggressive effort launched by a consortium of environmental groups to eliminate toxic chemicals from cosmetics, lotions, and hair care products. Some of the better-known companies that have signed on to the campaign include Revlon, L’Oreal, Kiss My Face, the Body Shop, Urban Decay, Burt’s Bees, Aveda, and Aubrey Organics.

To ensure that your teenagers — whose hormonal systems are undergoing a growth spurt — are not using makeup or personal-care products that contain phthalates, visit the Environmental Working Group’s website and download a list of safe beauty products.


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