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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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11:29AM PST on Jan 3, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

8:09PM PST on Nov 10, 2012


3:08AM PDT on May 22, 2012

Thanks for the info.

3:01PM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

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

8:34AM PST on Jan 13, 2012

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.

2:37PM PST on Nov 30, 2011

Thanks for this!

5:53AM PDT on Jun 6, 2011

Thanks for sharing.

7:17AM PDT on May 24, 2011


9:28AM PDT on Oct 3, 2010

Thanks for the info

7:42PM PDT on Sep 23, 2010

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

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