Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Story of Stuff: The Truth about Cosmetics

Have you ever read the label on your shampoo bottle and wondered what the heck is 'Diathanolamine'?  And then you figure, well heck, they wouldn't put it in the bottle if it wasn't safe.  Well, think again.  This is something that has interested me for a long time, and yet, many people still remain surprised that many of their personal care products, the ones they love, use everyday, and trust, contain a host of chemicals which are known hormone distruptors, carcinogens, or toxic in some way.  Even shampoos and baby care products!  Since educating myself on this, I've researched and found alternative products that work just as well and give me the results I want without all the toxic ick.  Here's a link to a post I wrote earlier this year that expands on the matter, and includes a handy downloadable pocket guide of the top 12 worst chems to avoid.  So, I was really excited when I received this email today about Annie Leonard's new video, "The Story of Cosmetics"; you may have heard of her earlier, popular video "The Story of Stuff "(if you haven't seen it yet be sure to watch it too!).  Annie delivers her message in an informative but upbeat way - the video is only seven minutes long, but it so worth watching.  You'll be surprised, then outraged, but once you calm down, do something about it!  Click here, read this, and then try out 'Skin Deep' yourself and sort out what's safe, and what's not.  Not to be too heavy, but the sooner we deal with the nasties, the quicker we can be healthier and safer.  Cheers!

1 comment:

  1. The story of Stuff is I think the best made one out of them. Very informative, and very inspiring to re-evaluate one's consumption habits and reasons. The story of cosmetics is great too but I think the issue is more than just the ingredients. I think a lot of the cosmetics industry is psychologically harmful as well since they rely on and feed people's insecurities so they can sell more. I love women with gray hair, and hey, it uses no hair-dye! You save money, time, packaging, energy in production, there's no maintenance, and one day we'll figure out nothing looks better than the authentic and natural. Think about all the wigs and the crazy make-up of the Victorian times... Or those ladies you see with gaudy amounts of make up... crazy right? Not very contemporary... And there is a trend towards more natural shades and less make-up. Here's a crazy idea, how about no make up! There is nothing wrong with attempting/wanting to look beautiful but make it real and authentic. Take care of your skin, hair, and feed and nurture them if you like but don't apply fake stuff that you'll wash off later. Imagine the time women of the world would save!



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