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Ugly Things Lurk In the Beauty Aisle

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Author: the Inkslinger

Fundamentally, there’s only one way that toxins in consumer products get noticed by consumers: Somebody begins making noise and keeps the drums going until the media picks up the beat and people everywhere start listening. Bisphenol-a in polycarbonate plastics. Phthalates in toys. Brominated fire retardants in home furnishings. Pick your poison. The pattern is always the same.

The biggest drummer around is the Environmental Working Group (EWG). All hail these chemical-conquering heroes for their ceaseless pounding on critical safety issues. Lately, a key target of their toxicological ire has been the cosmetics and personal care products industry. There are a lot of products out there, and companies can put just about anything into these formulas. No laws demand prior safety testing. No regulations require ingredient approval.

The latest EWG effort to keep us safe from cosmetics toxins is their list of the top nine cosmetic and personal care ingredients to avoid. Click here to read the full article in the Family Health section of