I was reading through the ingredients of my all time favorite makeup product today and I was shocked at what I found! I love my lip and cheek stain, it’s my favorite makeup product ever but I don’t think I can use it anymore, the potential health effects are just too scary – cancer being one of them.
I know you’re probably thinking that I’m crazy and paranoid, but really I’m not. You can take a look for yourself. The Body Shop very kindly lists ingredients for all their products on their website. All you need is to look up the ingredients to see for yourself. Even their products that they advertised as ‘Specialist Skincare Powered By Nature’ contain a heap of questionable and even proven bad ingredients.
The Body Shop is great how they’re against animal testing, they support community trade, activate self esteem, defend human rights, and apparantly protect our planet …but even though that’s all great and I’d love to support them because of it, I just can’t see why they put all those really bad chemicals into their products.
Take my favorite lip and cheek stain as an example. I put that stuff on my lips. We all know that our skin is a porous organ that absorbs anything we put onto it, but our lips are even worse. Anything you put onto your lips you’ll probably end up eating. So I’m eating chemicals in my lip stain that could potentially lead to cancer, neuro and reproductive toxicity, allergic reactions, hyperactivity, skin rash, hyperthyroidism, gene damage, asthma, light sensitivity, learning difficulties, benign tumours and thyroid tumours. Err, no thanks.
Sorry Body Shop, you did have my most favorite makeup product of all time, but there are just too many natural makeup and skin care lines appearing every day that do a good job of not testing on animals and manage to create quality chemical free products as well. I’ll come back when you’ve got a new 100% natural line of products.