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.


Jen said...

Thanks for the shout-out! The idea that they don't regulate what is organic in beauty products was alarming to me, and you know how I feel about unnecessary regulations. This one isn't. How can we know, as consumers, what is good and bad? Luckily I can just pop in your store and ask you but a lot of people don't have a go-to gal for honest product answers. And what about the small businesses, the ones who are using healthy ingredients? Who advocates for them. Again, I am lucky because I can go to your shop and you will tell me what is good, what is bad and what I should run away from, but most people by their products at the drug store or department store and those people don't know jack about any of this. Sorry, I rambled on a bit.

Becky Sturm said...

Jen, you're right. It is a slippery slope in regard to government regulations. I would rather that these disgusting beauty companies thought about our health and less about their fat wallets.
The EU has banned about 1100 ingredients in beauty products. The US has banned a handful. What!?

Keep in mind that corporate beauty has to pay for their full page ads and well-known spokesmodels.
That is money NOT going into the actual beauty product ingredients.