Was shocked today when I found “sulphites” in the popular “Scooby- Doo!” Fruit Snacks. How disappointing! Sulphites have been scientifically linked to asthma and are a preservative.
Unlike food and drugs, cosmetics can make it to the counter without pre-approval, according to the Food and Drug Administration. These existing regulations predate public awareness on just how hazardous low-level toxins can be.
In a recent study, which analyzed 17 different name-brand fragrances, the chemicals found in them where anything but eco-savvy! The study was commissioned by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and the research was conducted by an independent lab in California called Analytical Sciences.
What shocked me the most was the three perfume products that contained multiple HORMONE DISRUPTING CHEMICALS. Indeed, a total of 12 different hormone-disrupting chemicals were found in the tested products, with an average of four in each product! Whoa! Three products each contained seven different chemicals with the potential to disrupt the hormone system: Halle by Halle Berry, Quiksilver and Jennifer Lopez J. Lo Glow. In each product, six of these chemicals mimic the hormone estrogen, and the seventh is associated with thyroid effects. Some of these potential hormone disruptors were listed on labels; others were undisclosed and were uncovered in product testing.
The sad part about all this is that, the overall study showed much worse results with regards to other chemicals and ingredients found in the perfumes. If you want an overview of the study, please subscribe to my mailing list.
The folks at Environmental Defense in Toronto found some pretty disturbing stuff lurking in common cosmetics. Below is a list of the cosmetic products that were found to contain the most heavy metals of all the products testing in each category.
Eyeshadow: The Body Shop Shimmer Cues, Almay Intense i-color Trio, Two Faced Eyeshadow Due (contained lead cadmium, nickel, berrylium etc.)
Powders: Sephora Sculpting Disk Powder Trio (lead, nickel, berrylium, thallium). Foundation: Clinique Stay-True Makeup (cadmium, arsenic, nickel, lead)
Mascara: L’Oreal Bare Naturale and Avon Astonishing Lengths (arseninc, cadmium, lead, nickel, etc.)
Lipstick: Benefit Benetint pocket pal (red) (arsentic, lead, cadmium, nickel, berrylium)
Source: Envirionmental Defence, Heavy Metal Hazard: The Health Risks of Hidden Heavy Metals in Face Makeup. May 2011
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Did you know up to ten thousand ingredients are allowed in personal care products? In a new British study, it was found that the average woman puts at least 515 chemicals on her body every day. The scary part of this study was that more than 33% of the women participants had no idea of the key ingredients in their toiletries, with only 9 percent away aware of more of the ingredients in their cosmetics put on everyday.
Many of us girls can’t go a day without makeup and are always putting some form of cream on ourselves – whether it be hand cream in the winter, to skin-darkening sun cream in the summer. What most people don’t realize is that these moisturizer can contain over 30 different chemicals and perfume up to 400! With so many products on the market today and them all claiming similar things, it can be hard to really distinguish which ones are really better for our health.
We all need to be a bit more educated in terms of the products we choose to bring into our home and put on our ourselves. This is partially because of how often they are used – over time the exposure and toxicity levels increase in our bloodstreams.
Here are a few shocking facts about cosmetics:
– One out of 10 ingredients used in cosmetic and personal care products shows evidence of reproductive toxicity in laboratory studies.
– Lipstick can contain petroleum distillates which can cause damage to your nervous system, skin, kidneys and eyes. They also can contain aluminum, a known toxin
-Talcum powder was linked in a 1982 article in the journal of Cancer to a 328% increased risk of ovarian cancer for women who apply it to sanitary napkins and genitals.
– Preservatives in cosmetics extend shelf life by preventing bacterial contamination. Formaldehyde, methyl and propyl paraben are used in a wide range of traditional cosmetics. TO learn more about parabens, refer to an earlier article -click here. Avoid all products containing these preservatives and opt for those that use natural alternatives such as antioxidants like vitamin E.
To learn more facts about the products you use everyday check out our facts section.
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– Baillie-Hamilton, P. Toxic Overload. Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated. (2005)
– Sattler, B., Archer, L., Houlihan, J. (2006) Mirror, mirror on the wall, what’s in my personal care products: A short article baout 300,000,000, guinea pigs
– Skin Deep Report (2006). Online: www.ewg.org/skindeep. Accessed: March, 2013