The Story of Cosmetics

If consumers are forced to carry the burden of proof, in that, it is now blatantly obvious that some of the chemicals used in the manufacture of personal care products are causing some of us to become ill and disrupting our lives, then couldn’t our governments just do the humane thing and pass laws (in the US and in Australia) making it mandatory for companies to apply the precautionary principle, meaning that when dealing with hazardous chemicals, they could err on the cautionary side rather than waiting for ‘proof’ to show up? Every time, I use a new product and it affects me, I contact the company just to let them know; but I wonder if that small act does any good?

This seven minute film, produced by Free Range Studios and hosted by Annie Leonard examines the use of toxic chemicals in personal care products. It reveals the implications for consumer and worker health and the environment, and outlines ways in which we can move the industry away from hazardous chemicals and towards safer alternatives. The film concludes with a call for viewers to support legislation aimed at ensuring the safety of cosmetics and personal care products.



Michellina Van Loder is a Professional Writer, Journalist and Blogger. This is where she shares her tales about trail blazing her way out of the Labyrinth of Chemical Sensitivities and Mould. This is also where you will find the latest Research on related topics.

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  1. LOL. After I made my last post, the video started working. I’ve seen that video before. It’s great! Thanks!

  2. I’d love to watch the video, but it isn’t showing up correctly on your page right now. You are so right that the government needs to do the right thing. Money is too powerful, though, so I’m afraid it isn’t going to happen.

    • I don’t know… If people are getting sick and it costs the government money in accommodations (work/or other) and enough people say, “Hey, this isn’t right!?” And then the *important* people find some of the fragrance chemicals (like Limonene and benzene and the aromatic solvents) have sensitised them too. Things will change.

      You are right. Money is powerful. But sometimes things have to worsen before they begin to get cleaned up. *[Miche sits back, feet up on her desk, and crosses finger and toes–hoping for the cleanup]*

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