by Purple Herbal
Learn what ingredients used in makeup could be hazardous to your health
By Bryan Walsh.
Time Magazine, Wed. July 7, 2010:
It began, as few great scientific discoveries do, with a $400 hair treatment in West Hollywood. Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt had decided to get Brazilian Blowouts — only to find out later that the secret straightening ingredient was formaldehyde, a known carcinogen.
That revelation prompted the two journalists to begin researching the cosmetics industry. They found that it was more toxic and less regulated than they’d ever suspected. They detail their findings in the new book No More Dirty Looks, which also highlights ways to look good and be green at the same time. Some advice from the authors:
Many shampoos and conditioners contain sulfates and preservatives like parabens, both of which are potential hormone disrupters
Seek out organic shampoos and conditioners — the authors recommend the John Masters line — or make your own with baking soda and mayo
Mascara contents may include mercury, a neurotoxin, and coal tar, a carcinogen; eye shadow can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, linked to cancer
Activated charcoal can sub for conventional eye makeup
Lots of big-name moisturizers have parabens and other preservatives, while many sunscreens contain oxybenzone, a hormone disrupter
Extra-virgin olive oil [try grapeseed, apricot, or rose hip seed oil too] is a natural moisturizer, and Soléo Organics makes a good all-natural sunscreen
Your favorite lipstick may be contaminated with lead, a neurotoxin, as well as BHA, a potential carcinogen
Use an organic alternative like RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek, which is also a blush