Toxic Cosmetics


  •  Many cosmetics and personal care products contain harmful ingredients ranging from plastics, heavy metals, carcinogens, neurotoxins, reproductive toxins, and chemicals linked to cancer.
  • Less than 20% of chemicals used in cosmetics and personal care products have been assessed for safety.  The rest of the chemicals we don’t know what kind of side effects there are.
  • Names on cosmetics like “Herbal”, “Natural” and “Organic” have no legal definition or regulation.
  • There are no regulatory agencies like the FDA that assess the safety of personal care products of their ingredients and the US hasn’t passed a law regulating personal care products since 1938.  FDA can’t even recall a product that has been found to be harmful.
  • The European Union has banned over 1300 chemicals in personal care products deemed hazardous to health.  The US has only banned 11 of those chemicals.


Beware of the following:

  • Products with “fragrance” often have dozens of unsafe chemicals
  • “Foundation” can contain heavy metal chemicals like arsenic and titanium dioxide which can cause cancer when inhaled
  • “Eye Shadow” can contain formaldehyde , titanium dioxide, heavy metals and mineral oils made from crude oil
  • “Eyeliner” can contain heavy metals like lead and arsenic link to cancer and reproductive harm
  • “Blush” can contain parabens that can mess with your hormones, mineral oils, and talc that can have asbestos
  • “Mascara”can contain formaldehyde and dyes like carbon black and D&C Black no.2 linked to cancer
  • Up to 3/4 of lipstick tested by the FDA contained lead, mineral oils and preservatives like BHA which is linked to cancer and reproductive harm.




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