There are almost as many aisles of cosmetics in our grocery store as there are of food aisles. And while we take the time to look at the nutritional information on food packages most of us don’t think twice about the ingredients in cosmetics. As long as the cosmetics does it’s job or at least smells good it’s welcomed into our home environment and into our bodies. It doesn’t help that the ingredient lists on most cosmetics are often undecipherable. And even if you want to find something less toxic you have to deftly navigate through the currents of cosmetic greenwashing.
But think about it. How many cosmetic products do you use every day? (I put up a poll on the sidebar) …and do you know what’s in them?
The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Safe Cosmetic Database is a great place to do a background check on your favorite cosmetics. They even have this handy Shopper’s Guide print out. You need to armed and ready when facing the world of cosmetics.
I don’t use a lot of cosmetics but over the last year I’ve been slowly making the switch to healthier alternatives. Sometimes safe cosmetics are pricey and so my latest project has been making my own beauty products. In the long run think it’ll be less expensive and a good way to know exactly what I’m exposing my body to. I’ll be sharing some cosmetic recipes soon.