“Apply poison, rinse, reapply”…

April 5, 2011

The poisons in personal care products

The simple instructions on shampoo bottles – apply, rinse, repeat – belie the toxicity of some of the ingredients inside those bottles.  Personal care products are weakly regulated, and their ingredients often include known carcinogens, endocrine disrupters, reproductive toxins and more.  Yet we trustingly apply them daily to our skin, where they can be directly absorbed.  Yuck, and worse, poisonous.  For a frank overview, just check out The Story of Cosmetics, an incisive eight-minute video.

The David Suzuki Foundation has singled out the Dirty Dozen of cosmetic ingredients, and has developed a wallet-sized Sustainable Shopper’s Guide to help you choose personal care products that don’t contain toxins.  And if you’d like to check out how the products you presently use rank, the cosmetic database rates the toxicity (or non-toxicity) of thousands of brand-name personal care products.


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