When will we start putting REAL demands on the cosmetics and skin care industry?
The organic industry is booming. We buy more and more organic foods. We search for organic clothing, and organic gardening is becoming really popular.
One industry that has been left out is the cosmetics industry. Sure there is mineral makeup and products that are called “natural” or “ organic ”.
But what do the words “natural” or “ organic ” mean to the cosmetics industry?
For example one common skin care ingredient is methyl paraben. Metyl paraben has been found in breast cancer tumors but since it is maybe out of carbon it can actually be called “ organic ”.
Is this a matter of ethics or is it simply human business without rules and regulations?
No matter how much we wish that we lived in an ethical world, we have to realize that we don’t. No matter what industry most companies are there to make money, period. I don’t believe that the cosmetics industry does not have less ethics than other industries. But the food industry is full of regulations. While the cosmetics industry is pretty much free to do what they want.
This is from the FDA Handbook:
“With the exception of color additives and a few prohibited ingredients a cosmetic manufacturer may, on his own responsibility, use essentially any raw material as a cosmetic ingredient and market the product without approval. “
I guess that is fine if you believe that what we put on our skin is not absorbed. Or that it does not affect us. But who still believes that today?
Skin care on the market today is loaded with toxins that can cause:
“Piggybacking on the popularity of the organic food movement, hundreds of skin and body care products have added “ organic ” to their labels. Unfortunately, the word is often just marketing hype, and products can contain a long list of chemical and synthetic ingredients. Many of these chemicals are known carcinogens, hormone disruptors, and neurotoxins.”
The article continues:
“Research shows that the skin and scalp readily absorb chemicals and toxins. In fact, toxins absorbed through the skin and scalp can be even more harmful than those that are ingested, because they bypass the liver ’s detoxification process and pass directly into die bloodstream and fat cells.”
The products are Certified Organic to Australian and US standards. Some of the products contain non-agricultural ingredients such as clay and minerals. These ingredients can not be certified organic since they are not produced or grown in any way. They simply exist in nature. These products bear the logo of the Biological Farmers of Australia.