Do You Fear Cosmetics?
There is so much misinformation and fear in regards to cosmetics littering the information super highway. Just when you think there couldn’t be another article, quote or statement scaring consumers about the safety of their cosmetics, another one appears.
FEAR – Fear Everything and Run! Seriously? Quite frankly, I am tired of this mentality. I’m scared for the people that buy into the misinformation perpetuated by the likes of the EWG and The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. I’ve heard many say, “don’t even give them the satisfaction of including their names in a post. It just gives them credibility”. In order to correct the fear mongers, they must be named. We speak the truth here and the truth of the matter is, these two organizations are helping to misguide consumers. Why? For the life of me, I can’t figure that one out. Some say it’s money. Others say it’s for political gain. I say my head hurts.
Here are just some of the misinformed titles, quotes or statements running rampant on the internet in regards to cosmetics:
- Carcinogens in Cosmetics
- The Toiletries and Cosmetics in Your Bathroom is a Toxic Pit
- Getting Safe Cosmetics
- Don’t Put Chemicals On Your Skin: Use Natural Skin Care Cosmetics
- The body absorbs 5lbs of make up chemicals per year
- If you can’t pronounce it, it can’t be safe
And the list goes on and on and on.
After reading some of the articles that had the above titles, I thought my head would explode. Instead of thinking my little voice couldn’t do anything to change the information circulating the globe, I reminded myself that Personal Care Truth is being read, and read by many! I decided it was high time to get some things off my chest.
Even though the titles, quotes or statements are different, the rhetoric is the same. Same old tired sound bite. The only thing missing from the posts I read, is the science proving the ingredients found in cosmetics are harming consumers. Without definitive proof that cosmetics are causing harm, I am not one to change the way I do things. I’m not against safe cosmetics. I’m against corporate bullies trying to change the cosmetic industry based on information they can’t back with scientific facts. While I’m at it, I’ll say it again….everything is a chemical, whether it be natural or synthetic.
The recent announcement of Weleda backing the Safe Cosmetics Act and teaming up with the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics wasn’t really a surprise. What I’m actually wondering is what Weleda will do if they have to list all the essential oils that make up their “Fragrance (Parfum)”, as listed in their ingredient decks.
I realize I’m not supplying any science with this post. I didn’t have time to get a CT Scan to show what my brain looks like on misinformation overload. So, I guess it could be considered a rant. Or, just me supplying information that I’ve come across that is all about scaring you instead of providing you with the facts.
Before I go, here are a few more for your reading pleasure:
- Mineral oil is a derivative of petroleum, which is gasoline. Would you go to the gas station and rub gasoline on your arms, legs, and face?
- Toxic Burden: Women Put 515 Chemicals on Their Faces Every Day
- Cancer Causing Cosmetics:: The Poisons in Your Bathroom
Do you fear cosmetics?
More about the author: Lisa is the CEO, Founder and Creator Extraordinaire of Cactus & Ivy, a manufacturer of cruelty free and vegan spa, bath and body products. Read more from this author