I've been bombarded with emails and tweets in regard to my current support of the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010. (Please research their links. They all have very valid concerns and I highly respect their opinions.)
Being a small business owner, I do have some concern that this bill will be adulterated (aren't they all?) and be detrimental to small business.
That being said, at this time, I am more concerned that the hazardous chemicals that are in the beauty and personal care products of every man, woman and child in this country, be removed.
There is also concern, and rightly so, that there are chemical compounds in herbs and essential oils that may be harmful as well. Come on.
Yes, too much cinnamon may be detrimental to someone with a heart condition. But, I cannot imagine that when all is said and done it will be an issue under this bill. I believe those that are against this bill are overreacting here.
I could be wrong and I certainly will keep an eye on what is added to this bill, but let's not overreact.
Seventy years is 3 1/2 generations. That is how long that Big Beauty has gone unchecked in this country. How has this affected the genetics of these 3 1/2 generations?
Why is one in 8 women going to get breast cancer in her lifetime? Why is a man almost guaranteed to get prostrate cancer IF he lives to the age of 85? We read about these statistics every day. It is frightening!
Understand, I am NOT blaming Big Beauty for all of the health ills of the world. We are bombarded every day by chemicals in our environment and in our food, etc.
That being said, please consider that we each put an average of 11 products (some figures go as high as 23) on our bodies each day, (Think shampoo, shave cream, lotion, mascara, lipstick, body wash, soap, aftershave, moisturizer, toothpaste, mouthwash, hand sanitizer, conditioner, etc., etc.) this can put our bodies under a lot of stress when these products are laden with ingredients that are linked to cancer, birth defects, infertility, etc.
Until Big Beauty cleans itself up, or is forced to, do your research. Know what you are putting on your body. We can control that. And, we can choose to spend our dollars on personal care/beauty products that are not laden with controversial ingredients.