Tuesday, December 11, 2007

How Safe Are Your Cosmetics?

Sorry I didn't have time to post yesterday. I was stuck working a 13-hour day and was brain dead by the time I made it back home. 'Tis the season?

I received an interesting email from one of my fellow bloggers with a link to Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database that tells you how safe your cosmetics products are (or aren't!). They have a searchable database that lists hundreds of beauty products and rates them as being either low hazard, moderate hazard, or high hazard. This site also tells you if a company conducts animal testing or has signed their Compact for Safe Cosmetics.

I did a quick search on two of my favorite products, Maybelline Great Lash mascara and DuWop Lip Venom. Here's what I learned about each product:

MAYBELLINE GREAT LASH MASCARA, BLACKEST BLACK
Rating of 5: Moderate hazard
Ingredients in this product are linked to:
yesCancer
yesDevelopmental/reproductive toxicity
yesViolations, Restrictions & Warnings
yesAllergies/immunotoxicity
yesOther concerns for ingredients used in this product:
Neurotoxicity, Persistence and bioaccumulation, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Multiple, additive exposure sources, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Enhanced skin absorption, Contamination concerns, Occupational hazards, Biochemical or cellular level changes

This manufacturer:
noCompact for Safe Cosmetics signer
yes Conducts animal testing

DUWOP LIP VENOM
Rating of 3: Moderate hazard
Ingredients in this product are linked to:
noCancer
yesDevelopmental/reproductive toxicity
noViolations, Restrictions & Warnings
yesAllergies/immunotoxicity
yesOther concerns for ingredients used in this product:
Neurotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Miscellaneous

This manufacturer:
noCompact for Safe Cosmetics signer
unknown Conducts animal testing

This site is amazing and is really worth a look if you're concerned at all about the ingredients in your cosmetics. You should really click over and look up your favorite products--its fascinating and scary.

1 comment:

finding the filth said...

so glad you liked the site! and thanks for spreading the word!