Cosmetic Gifts Shouldn’t Be Toxic

Packaged fragrance and cosmetic gift sets are everywhere during the holidays.  Your sister may not even wear perfume, but when you see one of those beautifully wrapped boxes with a lotion and shower gel… suddenly you just have to get it for her.

Did you ever stop to think what’s inside those designer bottles?  Or what’s in any of the 12 or more personal care products you probably use each day?

Well, Annie Leonard has.  You may remember Annie’s simple, but powerful video, The Story of Stuff.  This time in The Story of Cosmetics, she explains the toxins in our personal care products, the harmful effects, and what we can do about it.

Mercury in mascara?  Lead in lipstick?  The skin is the body’s largest living organ.  Anything that goes on the skin ends up inside the body.  Sunscreens are loaded with chemicals, and many of us coat our children in them all summer long.  These issues and more are what the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 seeks to regulate.

But until then, it’s wise to educate yourself on what you’re putting on your body.  Our favorite resource is the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Review database.

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