Monday, September 1, 2014

Today's Tidbit: What gets through your skin?

Myth – Cosmetic ingredients are applied to the skin and rarely get into the body. When they do, the amounts are too low to matter.

Fact – People are exposed to cosmetics ingredients in many ways: breathing in sprays and powders, swallowing chemicals on the lips or hands or absorbing them through the skin. Biomonitoring studies have found that cosmetics ingredients – such as phthalate plasticizers, paraben preservatives, the pesticide triclosan, synthetic musks and sunscreen ingredients – are common pollutants in the bodies of men, women and children. Many of these chemicals are potential hormone disruptors (Gray 1986, Schreurs 2004, Gomez 2005, Veldhoen 2006). Cosmetics frequently contain enhancers that allow ingredients to penetrate deeper into the skin. Studies have found health problems in people exposed to common fragrance and sunscreen ingredients, including increased risk of sperm damage, feminization of the male reproductive system and low birth weight in girls (Duty 2003, Hauser 2007, Swan 2005, Wolff 2008).

Source: Environmental Working Group

Friday, August 29, 2014

1,000 Mascaras No. 24: Clinique High Impact Mascara

Post by Meagan

On the never ending quest for the perfect mascara . . .  Clinique is one of those brands I used in high school, so now I tend to shy way from it.  I received this travel size in a Sephora gift and I must admit, it's pretty damn good.  

First off, the brush is great.  It's not too small so that I stab myself in the eye, but it's not so large that I can't get to the base of my lashes.  The formulation:
            --not too thick
            --no flaking or caking
            --super black, not grayish
            --stays put all day
            --doesn't dry out in the tube
            --doesn't run
            --easily removed with soap and water
Eye on the left has mascara; eye on the right does not

Downsides of this mascara:  Clinique says it does not test on animals unless required by law, however, they are owned by Estee Lauder whose products are sold in the Chinese market.  Animal testing is required by law in China.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Lip Quickie: Lotus Cosmetics Lip Gloss in "Raspberry"

Post by Beth

This all natural lip gloss from Lotus Cosmetics, which you may remember from this post, is wonderful.  It is super shiny and is made with antioxidant-rich botanical extracts, essential oils and pigments.  It is so moisturizing, it feel like wearing lip balm.  The color I am wearing is "Raspberry,” which is a pinky-purple color, which I wear when I am feeling particularly "girlie."

Lotus Cosmetics does not test on animals.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

1,000 Mascaras No. 23: Karadium Mascara

Post by Rosie

Karadium  "On the Top Fiber Mascara Curling" is one of the South Korean brands making a big splash in the cosmetic world. 
Lashes on left no mascara; lashes on right with Karadium

It is a great mascara for daytime and a professional look. It is not a thick mascara that will give you drama, but it does give excellent separation and length. The color is a nice softer black. It lasts through the day, resists smudging and removes easily without special cleansers. The long, slightly curved, wand adds a slight curling effect. 

Bottom lash line: A fine mascara.

Animal testing of Karadium could not be determined.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Today's Tidbit: What does safe mean?

The FDA requires cosmetics companies to “adequately substantiate safety” of products, or else carry a warning label that says the safety of the product has not been determined.  But there are no protocols or definitions for what it means to “substantiate safety,” no requirements for companies to demonstrate safety—and not surprisingly, no products carrying the warning label.  In 2014, EWG [Environmental Working Group] petitioned the FDA to recall products that violated the recommendations of the industry’s safety panel, clarify what it means for companies to “adequately substantiate safety,” and investigate products containing the most toxic chemical ingredients.  The FDA denied the petition on all counts; the agency said it did not have the authority to take action. (p. 61)

Malkan, Stacy (2007) Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry. Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers.