Toxic Cosmetics - No Nasties Please!

April 3, 2016

Maybe its natural, and maybe you’re worth it. Actually, it is definitely natural, effective, and you are totally worth it! We are talking clean personal products and cosmetics that are good for you and the planet. It is time for you to ditch the cheap, toxic, and popular brands of personal care products that are filled with toxic chemicals. According to the FDA, cosmetics include skin moisturizers, perfume, lipsticks, nail polish, makeup, shampoos, toothpastes, deodorants, and hair products.  So this category includes the fellas too! Even though, women are likely to use twice as much of products, cosmetics doesn’t just mean makeup. It applies to all the hygiene and beauty related products we use on a daily basis.  



We aren’t kidding about the “no nasties” rule! Cosmetics contain harmful ingredients that include carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, developmental disorders, and hormone disruptors. WTF! Yes, most of these ingredients are banned in European countries, but are still allowed in America and other countries. Why would it possibly be ok to apply any product that was even manufactured near these ingredients on your skin? We want you empower you with knowledge and be aware in order to make smarter decisions for your precious skin. Don’t be completely disheartened, the good news is that the power of choice lies within you. There are plenty of natural brands and educative tools to learn from to make the switch on our awesome quest to a natural lifestyle.


The Nasties

It is a fact most cosmetics such as lotions, deodorants, eyeshadow, lipsticks, and other products are routinely tested for skin reactions such as allergies and irritations. However, most products are not even tested for short-term health effects, let alone any long term results concerning the safety of the ingredients. As a result, very little information is known about the long term impact of cosmetic products that actually contain carcinogens, which are cancer causing ingredients! The list of carcinogenic nasties include parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, petroleum, 1, 4 dioxane and other pesticides. According to Organic Consumers Association, people (let’s not leave the men killing the makeup scene, Drag Race anyone?) who wear makeup absorb up to 5 pounds of chemicals into their body each year and women use more than 20 different products each day! That is a lot of toxic absorption action.


In addition, the FDA doesn’t regulate any chemicals used in the cosmetics and the labels can be dangerously misleading. Not all labels are created equal or factual, so always double check  your organic certification labels (see below). Let’s be smart consumers with a lot of respect for our environment.  


School Yourself

Skin is your body’s largest organ so be good to it. According to Toxic Beauty, the carcinogens in cosmetics pose a greater risk of cancer to our bodies then ingesting through food because it absorbs into our circulatory system directly. It takes only 26 seconds for the chemicals to enter our bloodstream. Long gone are the days where you don’t pay attention to the weird scientific ingredients that you can barely pronounce let alone comprehend. You can educate yourself about these mystery ingredients and see how they affect you. This does not have to be complicated either. There are two awesome resources you can use to screen your products before you make a purchase. Check them out below:


  • Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep: A cosmetic database that provides hazardous ratings per brand name or product that ranges from 1 to 10. 1 being the least toxic.

  • Think Dirty: An awesome and easy to use app that lets you scan your cosmetics. They call themselves the consumer revolution for safer cosmetics and we believe in them! Begin downloading now.


The Deets on Natural Cosmetics

Enter the new era of natural brands that actually care about your skin, body, and our planet. No, you don’t have to rub twigs, branches, and dirt powder to get natural makeup. Contrary to popular misconceptions, there are plenty of natural and effective cosmetic choices that get the job done flawlessly without the toxins. Yay! Some of the brands that we love and trust are Alima, RMS, and Zuzu Luxe, John Master’s Organics, Derma-E, Tom’s, Thayer’s, Dr. Bronner’s and more. To check out our personal review on John Master’s Organics click here.  For an in depth review of Alima from us, click here. There are a ton of cool Half Hippies creating trustworthy products so we suggest to pay attention to the labels and the ingredients carefully. When in doubt, run them through your newly founded resources above!


Check out this simple and in YOUR FACE short film created by The Story of Stuff Project and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a coalition to protect the health of consumers and workers by securing the corporate, regulatory and legislative reforms necessary to eliminate dangerous chemicals from cosmetics.




The next time you are tempted to buy cheap or questionable cosmetics, let the early 2000s Britney Spear’s in “Toxic” be your spirit guide.  Don’t even go there boo boo! Be good your skin and spread the knowledge.



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