Seen and Heard
The Ugly in your Beauty Products
Site shows dangers of primping products
-Julie Ryan Evans
I’m a serious product junkie. Ask me about any lipstick, moisturizer, hairspray or conditioner and I can probably give you a personal review. Beauty booty is among my favorite indulgences-hey, it always fits, unlike jeans!
But my innocent indulgence doesn’t seem so innocent after I came across this site: cosmeticsdatabase.com. They rate a slew of cosmetics, hair care products, perfumes and other of my favorite things on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the most harmful to your health. Then they tell you all the terrible things they’re linked to.
Since I tend to buy primo products (I know they say the drugstore stuff works just as well, but I don’t buy it-pun intended!) I thought mine would fare pretty well. I thought very wrong!
My Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray got a 5! It says it’s linked to: cancer, developmental/reproductive toxicity; violationships, restrictions and warnings, allergies/immunotoxicity…” and more! Holy hairspray!
Oh and my new-found love-Laura Mercier Cream Brulee lotion (heaven! Seriously I want to eat my arms when I wear it.) got a seven!!! Interestingly, almost all the concerns are the same, but the level of severity varies.
Even Origins (which sure looks and sounds healthy), didn’t make the grade-their Once Upon a Shine Lip gloss got a seven! Prescriptives Eyelash Curler Shaping Mascara-a seven too!
A lot of things I do use aren’t on their list. There’s a place you can add them, but I’m thinking no. I’d rather go back to my ignorant beauty bliss! As it is, I’m never going to look at my cosmetics bag the same way.