After reviewing the list of 400 lipsticks found to have some amount of lead (measured in parts per million) I found that all three of the lipsticks I was carrying in my purse were found to have lead. grrrrrr. So once again, my faith in corporate America is dashed.
|My Leaded Lipstick Collection|
In the late hours of that evening, I spent some time reading the EWG report, reviewing their database rating the safety of products, and found myself with no more answers and more questions. Clearly, to understand what's safe and to not be alarmist I need to go back to college and get a degree in chemistry.
So what am I meant to do? Continue with life as usual and use my leaded lipsticks, makeup, lotions, shampoos, and fragrance products filled with possible carcinogens and unnecessary chemicals? *Le Sigh*
I love the idea of the EWGs database, Skin Deep. My issue with Skin Deep is that I have a difficult time finding my products. Can someone wave a magic wand and make a Droid app that I can use to scan the bar code on my products and then the Skin Deep rating will pop up? THAT would be useful. So, while I wait for that to happen, I got rid of my lipsticks and bought a couple of Aveda brand lipsticks and hoped for the best. I can't find these Aveda lipsticks on the Skin Deep Database. Maybe I'm doing something wrong?
I'm going to start to pay more attention to the products we buy, especially those we put on our bodies. I'm going to attempt to identify more ingredients. I've really liked using the couple of simple soaps like Dr Bronner's and Kiss My Face Shampoo. The ingredients label is at least readable. It's a start and I feel a little more in control.
Have you looked at the Skin Deep database?
Can you offer any advice or help in decoding product ingredients? Please share!
I'm Linking up with Megan at Sorta Crunchy.