What is in the cosmetic, skin and hair care products that you routinely use? You may be shocked at the results. According to reports by ABC News and statistics compiled by the organic skin care company Beautycounter, the number of chemicals is alarming. While European countries have banned almost 1400 dangerous chemicals, the U.S. has only banned a total of 11. The average woman uses 12 beauty products containing over 120 chemicals in her daily routine, some of which are known to cause health problems. The average male uses 6 beauty products containing up to 80 harsh chemicals. While many of us give careful consideration to what we put in our bodies, we don’t often consider what we put on our skin, the body’s largest organ.
Gregg Renfrew, CEO and founder of Beautycounter, not only has built a company around safe, organic cosmetics, but she is also actively lobbying on Capitol Hill for change. While it seems counterintuitive for a business person to push for increased regulation, Renfrew has her reasons and her concerns appear to be legitimate. While Renfrew pushes hard for increased regulations, her competitors in the Big Cosmetic industry are pushing hard as well. Cosmetic companies spent nearly $33 million lobbying Congress last year not to regulate their industry, claiming that it would harm innovation. Considering no new cosmetic regulations have passed since 1938, it seems that their past efforts have been quite successful. Check out the following list of known chemicals in the cosmetic industry and ask yourself if this sounds like “innovation” or cost controls at our expense.
Here’s a quick roundup of what you may find:
- Lead in lipstick
- Parabens in deodorant
- Mercury in skin lightening creams
- Toluene in nail polish
- Diethyl phthalate in perfumes
Over 85,000 chemicals have been added to cosmetic, personal care, and everyday cleaning products since 1938, 80-90% of which were never tested. The team at Organaca strives to bring you to the best and safest organic and natural beauty products from around the world. We are constantly evaluating our product line for unsafe ingredients and will continue to remove those products from our offerings as they are discovered. We will remain vigilant in monitoring what our members put on their bodies, and we fully support the lobbying efforts of Beautycounter and like-minded organizations.
Best practice? - Find products with the fewest number of chemicals on the label, and preferably with natural and organic ingredients which have not been tested on animals.