Thursday, April 8, 2010

A Dirty Secret

An important beauty article.

Thank you Jennifer, for bringing this to my attention and for being concerned. As you should.

Did you know that the "fox guards the henhouse" in regard to the beauty industry here in the US?
The US government does not, I repeat, DOES NOT make certain that the lotions and potions you are putting on your body each day are safe.
From the soaps you bathe with in the morning to the hairspray you use to finish off your style.
The US Food and Drug Administration DOES NOT have the authority to require your personal care products be tested or even recalled if they are defective or harmful.

The beauty industry polices itself with the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) panel that is funded and run by the cosmetic industry! Specifically, it is funded by its trade association, the Cosmetics, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association. This panel has 7 voting members, including NON-voting memberships for the trade association, the FDA and a consumer group.

Gross. It's time to wake up, consumers. Yes, you.

There is a lot we feel that we cannot control in this world, but we CAN control what products we put on our bodies every day. You can.

An important book that inspired me a couple of years ago -- Not Just a Pretty Face - The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry by Stacy Malkan.
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