Dan Sedick is the daughter of a past colleague of mine, she has written a great article and called it ‘My 2 Cents’. It is full of great links and info on how we can change our habits and impact on nature. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
My 2 Cents
by Dan Sedick (Notes)
on Friday, 12 October 2012 https://www.facebook.com/notes/dan-sedick/my-2-cents/10151178129548808
English: The types of vertebrate animals used in lab research in Europe in 2005 Category:Animal testing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
So over the last few years I have had several conversations with people regarding the impact their cosmetic purchases have on both the planet and their own health and bodies. Anyone who knows me knows that I go through phases where I am passionately interested in researching something,
I recently found out some new information about this so I thought I’d put up my 2 cents worth here, for those who are curious, and for those who have asked, to maybe interest someone enough for them to start asking questions of their own.
Firstly, chemicals and petro-chemical bi-products are really bad for you. There have been inquiries that have linked chemicals such as hair bleaches with
and there is no doubt that introducing vast quantities of unnatural products to your world will have a negative impact on you whether it be from covering your skin with it in cosmetics, breathing it in through cleaning products or ingesting it through food.
I found this amazing website that rates the toxicity of cosmetics and health & beauty products, unfortunately it is an US based website so it doesn’t cover off a lot of Australian companies, however there is a section where you can enter the ingredients of your products yourself and it will give you an estimated safety rating. It’s pretty straightforward, green is good, yellow is not good, red is bad, what IS surprising is the amount of everyday products that you would reasonably expect to be safe coming into the red ratings (like Chapstick, which you put onto your lips and in most cases end up swallowing) Other than looking everything up a fairly easy AT A GLANCE way of avoiding the more harmful products is by avoiding anything with
-Sodium Laureth Sulphate
-Sodium lauryl sulfate
-Sodium myreth sulfate
-Sodium pareth sulfate
-Magnesium laureth sulfate
They are most common ingredients in shampoo soap and moisturizers
Oh and that website is here………
Secondly – be careful of Talc. It is a mineral substance which means it doesn’t break down so if it gets inside you, into your blood stream or because you put it in your underwear to feel fresh it won’t break down inside your body, your body will see it as a foreign substance and start trying to isolate it. This is commonly known as a cyst. You can read more about that here
Apart from that Talc mining in India is threatening Tiger habitats which you can read more about here
Or if you just want to read about all of it at once you can do that here
but the base message here if you can’t be bothered checking out the links, is that talc is bad m’kay.
I will talk about Palm Oil here when I have more information about how to recognize palm oil safe products
Before we go on I want you to know that I AM NOT A VEGAN, hell, I’m not even a vegetarian, so don’t think this is a self-righteous rant, it’s not. I just think that there is a big difference between killing animals for sustenance and killing animals for vanity. I also have no problem with using honey or beeswax in my products, I have my own concerns with how the dairy industry is run and battery farms are an issue we’ve all been made aware of, but mainly I don’t require my products to be vegan, if they are it’s a bonus but if not I DO expect them to at least be vegetarian, nothing should have to die so I can look pretty. My concerns here lie with the fact that the industry goes so far out of its way to hide the truth from us that most people are unaware of the facts and are therefore having the right to make their own educated decision taken away from them….
Animal Testing, this old song is one you have heard about a million times. If you have forgotten you can find some information and explanations here
What you may not know is that there are still A LOT of companies doing it, the main protagonists are Johnson & Johnson, L’Oreal, Proctor & Gamble, Unilever, Elizabeth Arden, Colgate Palmolive & GlaxoSmithKline. Also Shiseido (Shame on you Angelina Jolie, we thought you were conscientious) What you may not have realized is that the cosmetics industry is heading the way of the media in that a few companies parent most of everyone else and then it becomes an issue not of whether YOUR product is tested on animals but rather if your money will END UP going to a company that tests on animals. I love that some of these products/child companies openly advertise as being against testing and/or cruelty free when they are owned by an evil bunny torturing giant ( *cough*cough* Body Shop *cough*) So for your information….
JOHNSON & JOHNSON OWN (not a complete list)
– BAND AID
– CLEAN & CLEAR
L’OREAL OWN (not a complete list)
– THE BODY SHOP
– YVES SAINT LAURENT
– DIESEL FRAGRANCES
– ARMANI FRAGRANCES
– RALPH LAUREN FRAGRANCES
– STELLA MCCARTNEY FRAGRANCES
– VIKTOR & ROLF FRAGRANCES (Shattered my favourite *sad face*)
PROCTOR & GAMBLE OWN (not a complete list)
– MAX FACTOR
– HEAD & SHOULDERS
– HERBAL ESSENCES
– VIDAL SASSOON
– NICE & EASY
– GUCCI FRAGRANCES
– ORAL B
UNILEVER OWN (not a complete list)
There are other many culprits too and I found a great Queensland based website that lists not only Animal Testing companies but also Vegan, Vegetarian and Cruelty Free companies on their site
You can find out who owns what fragrance companies here
I also just want to point out that Burts Bees is owned by Clorox who do animal testing and Benefit Cosmetics are testers too. There are several companies that do animal testing specifically so they can sell into the Chinese market which legally requires it (make of that what you will) these companies include Estee Lauder, Mary Kay, Avon, L’Occitane & Jurlique
Finally (for today hahaha) I just wanted to brush over a few secret ingredients that you may not be aware of because while you probably know that lots of cosmetics aren’t vegan, honey/beeswax/silk/milk/egg whites etc are common ingredients and that’s fine unless you are vegan, what you may not have realized is that a lot of make up isn’t even VEGETARIAN!
Yep its true, tons of mascaras, eye liners, lipsticks etc have an ingredient in it called Carmine (Crimson Lake, Cochineal, Natural Red 4, C.I. 75470, or E120,) which is made out of crushed up dead beetles (apparently despite technological advances and whatever else we are still stuck in Cleopatra era cosmetics) It’s in SO MANY PRODUCTS! I check the ingredients online or in the ingredients listings in Priceline before I buy now because the idea of choosing to put dead bugs on my mouth is a pretty good gross out, anything that’s red black or brown is a potential beetley graveyard. Oh and on that note, the same ingredient is in food under the name COCHINEAL, yep, your red velvet cupcakes are full of dead bugs.
Also, according to Scienceworld, “In order to give some lipsticks (as well as nail polish, some paints and some ceramics) a nice “shimmery” effect an ingredient called pearl essence (also known as “pearlesence”) is added to them. Pearl essence is the silvery stuff found in fish scales and is harvested primarily as a by-product of Herring fisheries”
The more I look into cosmetics the more I’m horrified by the things that have to die to make us look pretty.
AND FINALLY – please be aware that there are no laws regarding the use of the word ‘ORGANIC’ it can be registered as part of a brand name even if the product itself is chock full of toxic crap and you as the consumer may buy this product in good faith believing it is ACTUALLY organic. This is often the case in supermarkets best to check it out before you buy
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