I have done other posts on cosmetics, mostly on how to make your own that will be both non toxic and safe for women with allergies. I have also done a previous post on the toxins in cosmetics. But there is a lot more to be said and I thought it might be a good idea to tell everybody what those toxins are so you can start looking at labels. But, did you know that cosmetics do not require approval from ANYONE before they appear on the shelves in your store? I mean, seriously, the FDA does not regulate cosmetics AT ALL. If you don’t believe me, go to this page on the FDA website. And for those of you who don’t want to just leave this page at the moment, here is the drift of what they state:
“Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act, cosmetics and their ingredients are not required to undergo approval before they are sold to the public. … This means that manufacturers may use any ingredient or raw material, except for color additives and a few prohibited substances, to market a product without a government review or approval.”
Now, to be fair, they do ban a few substances. I mean, they aren’t allowed to load up on Mercury or Chloroform, both known to be dangerous, but they are still allowed to load up on a lot of crap that is gonna make you sick when you read this. Especially when you realize that these same toxins are banned in many other industries and that most of them are banned on the European market. And here I was foolish enough to think that we had the most sophisticated system in the world. I guess I got fooled by the constant refrain I keep hearing about how rich and powerful we are. Not quite the same thing.
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I have long been bothered by perfumes, fragrances and air fresheners because I have an out and out allergy to these products. They are unable to tell me what I’m reacting to, whether it’s the smell itself or any one of many chemicals, some of which are unnamed. It is true that the manufacturers of perfumes and fragrances have the right to hide their ingredients, said to be “trade secrets”, from their competition and, subsequently, all of us. So I am sure I will never know which chemical I am allergic to even if I were to be tested for all of those on the labels. So many ingredients are not on the labels that it makes such an effort ridiculous. So what do I do? I buy every thing I use in an unscented, hypoallergenic version and, if available, organic and chemical free.
So what does this have to do with you? Well, the truth is that many symptoms that occur after exposure to these chemicals are not known to be allergic by definition but they are as damaging as any chemical exposure. We are exposed to an enormous amount of toxins in our current industrial world, from fumes to saturated air. Just think about it from the point of view of fragrances alone, discounting all other sources like petrol, various gases, industrial chemical run off and smog. We are exposed to a huge litany of these products such as in hair sprays, perfumes, air fresheners, room deodorizers, carpet dusters, makeup, laundry detergents, soaps, shampoos, deodorants, candles, incense, cleaning products including the stuff you wash the floor with and rub all over the furniture. If you think about it, the amount of it is truly astronomical. And how is it affecting you?
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