The Story of Cosmetics: the Ugly Truth of “Toxics In, Toxics Out”

I’m thrilled to be working with the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and my partners, 3 Green Angels, to launch a educational push called the Story of Cosmetics today.  We’ll be hosting a special Twitter party tonight at 8pm CST (using the hashtag #ecowed) to talk about the products we use, learn what’s really in them, discuss the health implications and figure out what we can do.

And immediately following the special #ecowed with The Story of Cosmetics, we’ll be talking further about toxicants in soaps and detergents with our all-time favorite maker of safe personal care products, Earth Mama Angel Baby, at 9 pm CST.

Learn More about Shockingly Toxic Personal Care Ingredients

Do you wonder what is in all those products we slather on our bodies or on our children? What actually is in fragrance? What is triclosan? What are formaldehyde donors? How do you even pronounce any of these ingredients?

And who makes sure these things are safe?

Are you ready to discuss these issues? Well, then we have an #ecowed Twitter party for you! Please join us for a very special #ecowed Twitter party this Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at the special time of 9 pm Eastern (6 pm Pacific) as we talk about The Story of Cosmetics – The Ugly Truth of “Toxics In, Toxics Out.” If you need some details on what a Twitter party is, check out the information here.

The Story of Cosmetics is created by The Story of Stuff Project with free range studios and in conjunction with The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. The Story of Cosmetics examines the pervasive use of potentially toxic chemicals in everyday personal care products – products we use because most of us believe that somebody – somebody like our government regulatory bodies – has decided that the products and their ingredients are safe. But that isn’t quite true – the FDA only bans 9 ingredients in personal care products and regulates colorants. Other than that, cosmetic companies are pretty much free to use what they want. Compare this to the European Union, which has banned or limited more than 1,100 ingredients in cosmetic products.

The Story of Cosmetics examines the health implications of the decisions to use these ingredients in every day products – in our shampoos, body washes, bubble bath, lipstick and more.

>>  FIND out more about the Story of Cosmetics in their FAQ at  The following important questions are covered:

  • Carcinogens in baby shampoo?
  • What’s pinkwashing?
  • But isn’t it better living?
  • But it’s just a little bit, right?
  • How do I find safer products?
  • Shouldn’t there be a law against this?
  • What about salon workers?

The #ecowed Twitter party is brought to you by:

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  • Emma G

    Hi there ladies

    For years now I have been visiting your site and have even bought items from you when the budget has allowed.

    I was just wondering do you have a list/guide of the different cosmetic brands out there ranked in order of least toxic to to most toxic?



  • LSH

    Ditto to Em's request for list of brands of cosmetics ranking best-worst or suggested brands in price categories.


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