The Environmental Working Group (EWG) Campaign For Safe Cosmetics Report revealed that 61% of the 48 bath products they tested were contaminated with toxic ingredients that can lead to cancer and other health problems.
- The average women eats more than 4 tubes of lipstick in a lifetime (Aveda).
- The average women absorbs 30 lbs of moisturizer ingredients over a 60 year period (Dr. Hauschka).
Better understanding of how our skin functions has begun to reveal concerns about the possible long term effects of combinations in cosmetics. This is often called the “chemical cocktail effect”. The concerns stem for the fact that most of the ingredients are derived synthetically of from petroleum.
Leaning how to read labels and recognizing problematic ingredients is now a necessary skill of the consumer who wishes to use products that are completely natural. Natural cosmetic products and makeup are safer, healthier alternatives, especially when these products contain mostly organic and naturally derived ingredients (Antczak, 2001).
Switching to all-natural certified organic cosmetics and makeup can help you to avoid feeding your skin harmful chemicals and ease skin problems such as acne, contact dermatitis, irritations, and allergies. Using certified organic products can contribute to healthy skin and a healthy body.
The term “natural” has no definition or regulation as far as cosmetics and personal care products. “Natural” is often thought to be minimally processed and do not contain any hormones, antibiotics or artificial ingredients. Because there is no regulation of what “natural” really is, manufacturers place labels on their products claiming to be natural when they actually contain heavily processed ingredients. This is also true for food.
“Certified Organic” is the most heavily regulated food system. Only “Certified Organic” guarantees no toxic chemicals, pesticides, synthetic herbicides, or chemical NPK fertilizers are used in production.
Organic producers and processors are subject to rigorous announced and unannounced certification inspections by third-party inspectors to ensure that they are producing and processing organic products in a manner you and your family can trust. Unlike natural and other eco-label claims, only organic offers government backed assurance that the products are grown and processed without the use of toxic chemicals, antibiotics and synthetic ingredients.