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Toxic Beauty

TSCA reform is desperately needed because, as you’ll discover when you take a look at the ingredients lists in your bathroom and kitchen cabinets, you can’t shop your way out of exposure to toxic chemicals, especially since manufacturers arenĺt required to tell you what’s in their products in the first place.

Since the FDA, not the EPA, regulates cosmetics, regulation of many of our personal care products would not be improved by TSCA reform alone. In order to have more comprehensive reform, we need to also ask Congress to give the FDA the authority to ensure that our cosmetics are safe. More regulation from both the EPA and FDA is needed to ensure that consumers are safe when using all products, whether they are necessities, for personal hygiene, or purely cosmetic.

Change needs to come from the companies themselves, and they aren’t going to make any changes unless the government or your absent dollars tell them to.

To give credit where credit is due, there are a few companies that dedicate themselves to natural, non-toxic ingredients, such as Giovanni Cosmetics, Aubrey Organics, and Dr. Bronners. To find out more about the safety of your cosmetics and personal care products check out the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, or the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. For more information about the movement to strengthen chemical policy, check out Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families.

It’s hard to believe that the search for the perfect conditioner led me to so much information about the dangers of everyday products or to changes in my personal life. These days I try to be as conscientious about my purchases and practices as I can. This means seeking out more natural (and often inexpensive) alternatives to commercial products, such as using apple cider vinegar to prevent razor bumps, using extra virgin pure coconut oil as a skin and hair moisturizer, or using concentrated castile soaps to create my own shampoos, body washes, or even laundry soap.

When possible, I make sure not to reheat my food in plastic tupperware, and I keep a reusable stainless steel/BPA free water bottle with me in my purse. When I do buy new products, I always check the label first. I’m not perfect, and every now and then I do purchase products that contain some not-so-great ingredients because I haven’t found safer replacements for them.

But I shouldn’t have to be an amateur chemist to buy laundry detergent: chemicals that are thought to be harmful should not be able to make it to our grocery store shelves. Stronger chemical laws will keep me, you and our families safer. So, together, let’s send a message to Washington and demand chemical policy reform.

And in the meantime, take action to protect yourself by banning these seven ingredients from your bathroom.

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9:43PM PDT on May 21, 2014

I too found a skincare line that is 100% toxin free. They removed over 1500 toxic ingredients. They have a great SPF and Antiaging line that actually works. And gluten free. Yah!

12:47AM PDT on Aug 17, 2013

I mention that al the time "read the label" if you don't know what those words mean, just search for it, you will be surprised of the number of chemicals.

10:14PM PDT on Jul 25, 2011

I finally found face care that is 100% toxic free 100% natural 100% results in wrinkle reduction and is actually good for you because what we put on our sin gets absorbed in our blood stream

12:08PM PST on Feb 5, 2011

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Organic Award Winning, safe to use, you can even ask the experts, detailed on the bottom of the link page. Download a catalogue and view all the information. I feel so happy with these products. I have learned of other lipstick containing lead..... we should be more aware and take a look at what we use.

1:26AM PDT on Jun 22, 2010


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3:46AM PDT on Jun 12, 2010

I don´t know that simple things can produce even cancer

6:52AM PDT on Apr 27, 2010


12:17AM PDT on Apr 16, 2010

It makes people feel better to believe this, because they think it would make my opinion less credible If it is less credible, than people can close their eyes and ears and do not have to face the truth.
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1:36PM PDT on Mar 27, 2010


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Holland Barret the Health shop, sells comfrey ointment. or google it and it will come up with places…

Thank you. I might try it.

It's crazy what some may flush!!! We should be grateful we have indoor plumbing ... Many do not!!!

I agree with this philosophy. What's the point of being a food snob and not sharing family time?


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