"Lead in lipstick? 1,4 dioxane in baby shampoo? How is this possible? Simple. The $35 billion cosmetics industry is so powerful they’ve kept themselves unregulated for decades. Stacy Malkan’s new book, Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry (New Society Publishers, Oct. 2007), chronicles the quest that led a group of health and environmental activists to the world’s largest cosmetics companies to ask some tough questions:
Why do companies market themselves as pink ribbon leaders in the fight against breast cancer, yet use hormone-disrupting and carcinognic chemicals that may contribute to that very disease?
Why do they put chemicals linked to reproductive harm into products used daily by men and women of childbearing age?As doors slammed in their faces and the beauty myth peeled away, the industry’s toxic secrets began to emerge. The good news is that while the multinational corporations fight for their right to use hazardous chemicals, scientists and entrepreneurs are developing safer non-toxic technologies and building businesses on the values of health, justice and personal empowerment."
This is a very important read that's going to the top of my reading list. After discovering this spring that the strange nagging raspiness of my respiratory system was caused by Bare Minerals, I was slapped awake and realized that the makeups and beauty products I was using might not be good for me. The realization lead me to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and subsequent research made me throw away my collection of products to start from scratch with all natural ones. But the issue still nags me, especially after years of using acne products which use a lot of chemicals and considering I've been trying to conceive for a year now, perhaps this book will have some answers. I'll do a post after reading the book.