I am completely surprised by what I have learned today. The cosmetic industry is shockingly unregulated to the point that consumers are practically being used as test subjects. Cosmetic manufacturers can put just about anything into their products regardless of health or safety concerns. Though there isn’t always definitive evidence that a given chemical can cause adverse health affects, the fact that so few have been studied for safety is of significant concern. Plus, there’s the effect over time of all these chemicals we’re applying to our bodies to consider.
To protect your body and reduce your impact on the environment, make sure to follow these guidelines.
Labels are not to be trusted and are no indicator of safety.
Words like “natural” and “hypoallergenic” may look appealing but both have practically no meaning in the world of cosmetics. “Natural” includes products which may contain natural ingredients but there are very likely synthetic harmful ingredients. “Hypoallergenic” simply means chemicals, which are irritants have been removed.
Scrutinize ingredients list.
It’s easier than ever to check the safety of over 7,500 products using the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Skin Deep online database. There’s even an app for that.
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Check companies that have made a commitment to safe products.
The Compact for Safe Ingredients is a pledge to not use 450 unsafe ingredients. Find out who has signed the compact here. View the Story of Cosmetics video below.
“Best Option” Cosmetics Companies
The following companies have signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics and either use organic ingredients or are members of Green America’s Green Business Network™.
- Canary Cosmetics — www.canarycosmetics.com
- EccoBella Botanicals — www.eccobella.com
- Evan’s Garden/Organic Beauty Inc. — www.evansgarden.com
- Honeybee Gardens, Inc. — www.honeybeegardens.com
- Saffron Rouge, Inc. — www.saffronrouge.com
- Sevi Cosmetics — www.sevikay.com
- Suncoat Products — www.suncoatproducts.com