Whatís Natural About Your Cosmetics? (video)

Anna Lappe, co-founder of the Small Planet Institute, stands in front of a cosmetics display at Whole Foods and tells us about the things manufacturers donít want us to know about their ingredients, and what we should watch out for.

The FDA started drafting regulations in 1978, but 32 years later they still offer only a draft so manufacturers are not required to level with us and verify their claims. For example 1 in 8 sunscreens does not block UVA rays. Your skin is your largest organ and you may be using harmful products for most of your life. Anna urges you to go to the Environmental Working Groupís Skin Deep website where you can find out just what is in your favorite cosmetic that might not be good for you.

Photo credit: Akira Ohgaki Flickr/Creative Commons

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Emma S.
Emma S.4 years ago

Thanks for this. Good to know about Skin Deep.

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Priscila R.
Priscila R.5 years ago

I want to know if the Yves rocher is a eco friendly and a ant animal testing?
Can i trust ???

ana p.
ana p.5 years ago

I did't learn anything with this article. Sorry! It's confuse. I just want some honest scientist to tell us ONCE and FOR ALL what cosmetics in the market we CAN USE! Please tell us! Who is honest in this market?

Roxana J.
Roxana J.5 years ago

interesting information..... thanks !

Victoria Day
Victoria Day5 years ago

Thanks, its daunting to find reasonable priced organic cosmetics that are also cruelty free. I did find Ink-lip, still a little pricey though

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Ana Marija R.
Ana R5 years ago

thanks for sharing:)

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Linda B.
.5 years ago

Every time that I have gone to the EWG web site, they never have the product that I am inquiring about listed : (