Do You Know What Nasties Are In Your Cosmetics? (video)

Annie Leonard does it again with a new, powerful animated short. This time her target is the cosmetics industry. She examines the pervasive use of toxic chemicals in our everyday personal care products, from lipstick to baby shampoo. She describes bathrooms all over America that are minefields of chemical nasties, most of which have links to asthma, learning disabilities, birth defects, and cancer.

We may think that the products we buy in the drugstore are safe, particularly the ones for kids with reassuring words on the label like gentle, natural, pure, dermatologists approved. But when you read the fine print it’s a different story.

Leonard says that when she spoke with scientists and did the research she “got so mad about this I joined with the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics to make [this] new video.”

The video concludes with a call for viewers to support legislation aimed at ensuring the safety of cosmetics and personal care products, asking us to tell our representatives in Congress to support the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 which will strengthen FDA oversight and regulation of the cosmetics industry. Also, sign this petition to ban all lead from cosmetics.

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Duane B.
.2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Penny B.
.3 years ago


Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton3 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Yulan Lawson
Yulan Lawson3 years ago

Thanks for the information, I will now shop with all this in mind. Very important for all of us to know.

janet T.
janet t.3 years ago

The only good brand, totally natural, to use that I know is Aubrey's Organics, all the other natural brands are being bought up by big corporations and the bad ingredients are sneaking back in. It is so sad.

Emma S.
Emma S.4 years ago

Thanks for this!

Marcia Machado
Marcia Machado4 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Kim S.
Kim S.5 years ago

Thanks for the info

Heather M.
Heather M.5 years ago

I use physicians choice - if you have an iphone - try this application. You can search all kinds of products and decipher the ingredients clearly