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Know Your Cosmetics Ingredients: Top Five Ingredients to Avoid
From Planet Green
Mercury, Lead, Placenta and Fragrance are ingredients we need to avoid in personal care products. In fact, nearly 90 percent of the 10,500 personal-care-product ingredients known to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have not been evaluated for safety!

Contaminants in Bath Products

From The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
Product tests released by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics in March 2009 found two known carcinogens, 1,4-dioxane and formaldehyde, in dozens of bath products for babies. This is a must article for review.


Fragrance
From The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
Synthetic fragrance is chocked full of phthalates which may pose a health risk. Phthalates have been found to disrupt the endocrine system. Several phthalate compounds have caused reduced sperm counts, testicular atrophy and structural abnormalities in the reproductive systems of male test animals, and some studies also link phthalates to liver cancer, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control’s 2005 National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals.


FDA Regulations
From the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
The agency charged with oversight of cosmetics, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has no authority to require pre-market safety assessment as it does with drugs, so cosmetics are among the least-regulated products on the market.


What Is the Compact for Safe Cosmetics?
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics created the Compact for Safe Cosmetics to improve the safety of cosmetics and personal care products and to provide better information about product ingredients so consumers can make informed decisions about the products they buy.


Beyond Parabens: 7 Common Cosmetics Ingredients You Need to Avoid
From Treehugger.com
This excellent article exposes risks that are faced everyday in the use of personal care products. Educate yourself and know what to avoid. Many companies have eliminated parabens but do you know what other hidden dangers may be lurking in everyday personal care products?



5 Ugly Truths You May Not Know About the Beauty Industry

From Treehugger.com
Especially interesting in this article is the practice of “Pinkwashing”. Companies that donate to breast-cancer research still use carcinogens in their products. Also read about how many personal care products contain toxic chemicals not listed on labels.