The Chemical Industry & The Beauty Industry
(And Why We Have to Teach Our Daughters Well)
The following studies were conducted by The Environmental Working Group on chemicals used in skin care and reveal why it's important to teach our daughters discernment, and why it's crucial to value our inherent beauty and our uniqueness.
In launching a new platform I've perused many articles I've previously written and edited them to bring additional focus to our current corporate / political agenda. Our purchasing power is extremely powerful as it affects our health, the health of our environment and if used wisely, will create the kind of world we wish to live in. I have also included an article (written by a mother of 4 daughters) and her brilliant confrontation of the "beauty industry's" standards and their manipulative marketing techniques that target our daughters and all women. Note: all of the studies I've listed below are fact, gleaned by me through various data bases and hours of online research; however, due to moving across country some of my research data has gone into "cyberspace / I don't know where" but all can be validated by searching The Environmental Working Group (if their website has not received a "gag order" by current administration). Enough said, eh?
As you read the following studies please keep in mind that “cosmetic” is a broad term used intentionally by the "beauty industry" as their ingredients are not regulated and “cosmetic” covers anything that we put on our body. Note: this "non regulation" is not acceptable by other European nations that have strict regulations and guidelines of chemicals "deemed appropriate" for what one places on their bodies. What is deemed acceptable by the beauty industry & corporate owned America is outlawed in other nations, nations that care about their citizens and enact guidelines to protect them.
Laboratory tests revealed that adolescent girls across America are contaminated with the chemicals commonly used in cosmetics and body care products and in a study of 20 teens tested each had an average of 13 hormone-altering cosmetic chemicals in their bodies and these studies also revealed "among girls born today, one in eight is expected to get breast cancer and one in 30 is expected to die from it”.
Unethical corporations weigh the cost of purchasing pure or certified ingredients against the potential liability of selling products that may contain carcinogenic impurities as their "potential liabilities" are low risk and as noted "cancer typically has a long latency period and a doctor can rarely trace the disease back to a particular exposure and this self-regulated industry fails to adhere to their own Safety Panel’s advice or heed the health warnings inherent in cosmetic safety standards set in other countries.
The Bush administration (along with their Chemical Industry interests) lobbied hard against the precautionary measures of “testing product safety before they hit the market” but they argued “it would stifle innovation and place excessive costs on the industry".
More than 750 personal care products sold in the U.S. violate industry safety standards and cosmetic safety standards in other industrialized countries
The European Union passed a law banning the use of suspected CMRs (carcinogens, reproductive toxins, and mutagens) and as such, the major multinational cosmetics companies reformulated their products for the European market but still peddle toxic products, loaded with CMRs, here in the United States and elsewhere.
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics contacted 250 cosmetics companies asking them to make their reformulated products available globally. None signed on.
L’Oreal failed to respond to letters requesting meetings and information about chemical usage; Revlon sent a form letter implying phthalates are “perfectly safe” (a claim refuted by government panels in several countries); Unilever failed to respond to repeated requests.
I have been formulating 100% plant based / organic skin care for over 20 years and I'm continually surprised that consumers still consider "organic is expensive". Considering the cost Breast Cancer and other related illnesses along with a polluted environment, I believe Organic to be quite inexpensive.
Here is the exceptional article (written by the mother of 4 daughters) who "balked" at the Beauty Industry's standards and wrote "Dear Beauty Industry, I'm Not Buying It". This is not to be missed!
Elise Muller, Proprietor / Artisan