Two hundred and thirty-two

While I’m on the topic of makeup and skin care, I decided to look through all the beauty products I use and see what ingredients are in them.  I started by using the PETA lists on companies the Do and Don’t Test on Animals and the company websites.  I divided my makeup and body care in to two piles – the don’t test on animals pile including my Revlon eyeliner, Almay eye shadow, Tarte tinted mosturizer, Marcelle lotion and St. Ives face scrub; the do test on animals with my L’Oreal mascara and Degree antiperspirant (I hear the aluminum in antiperspirant isn’t good for you anyways).  Mascara and deodorant are out.  I can’t find any information on my Quo blush and My Fruits & Passion perfume website says “none of our finished products are tested on animal” (does that mean the ingredients before the “finished” product were?).

From there I took the Don’t Test on Animals list and tried to determine if there are any animal products in them.  Do you know how hard it is to find out ingredients of products?  As told by Kait in my post yesterday, there are no regulations in the cosmetics industry that requires the companies to publish their ingredients.  The products I could find the ingredients lists for, I then had to cross-check with PETA Animal Ingredient List.  What a pain in the butt!  Tarte stood out as they have both vegan-certified products and are mostly natural.  St. Ives has lanolin – a product of the oil glands of sheep, extracted from their wool.

Once I started looking at the ingredients, though, I realized most of the stuff I use is comprised of a bunch of scary looking chemicals that I can’t imagine are good for me.  I’m not sure it matters whether they’re vegan or not, if they have cancer-causing ingredients in them…

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6 thoughts on “Two hundred and thirty-two

  1. Not to be all Capatin Negative here, but you should probably do some checking before blanket statements like “…the aluminum in antiperspirant isn’t good for you anyways”. Although it *is* a neurotoxin in sufficient quantities, there has yet to be a study that shows a causal link between aluminum in antiperspirant and either breast cancer or Alzheimer’s disease (the two most common diseases cited as being caused by aluminum found in antiperspirants. (http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_myths_about_alzheimers.asp) (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18829420) Aluminum is readily eliminated by the kidneys, and can build up only if administered intravenously or in someone with renal dysfunction. (http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/165315-overview)

    As for ‘scary looking chemicals’, Heath Canada monitors cosmetics and personal care products to prevent exactly that. They have a list of banned ingredients, labelling requiremtns, and a hotline to report any adverse effects. (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/index-eng.php)

    Please don’t buy in to scaremongering, or perpetuate same, without looking into it. This is the road that leads to people refusing proven medical treatments because of a percieved but baseless claim.

    • Thanks Chris. And by no means are you Captain Negative. I appreciate any and all comments, especially ones as researched as yours.

      I agree that I shouldn’t make blanket statements, but I did say “I hear that” before my statement. The research I read all say that there is conflicting results and that more research needs to be done. And yes, they are scary-looking chemicals. When there are natural alternatives out there, why should we be putting tons of chemicals into our body through our largest organ? Whether Health Canada monitors them or not. No one has all the answers and only time and more research can tell conclusively if our world of chemicals has a negative effect on human health.

      It’s a personal decision that needs to be made, and through the information I have read I want to make the personal choice to use more natural products. And by no means do I think that people should refuse proven medical treatments or am trying to scaremonger. Being aware of natural alternatives to products can’t be a bad thing. And this blog is about my journey and the choices I am making. I am posting the research I find and trying to share what I learn about veganism (and topics that stem from that) through my own experiences. I am learning and growing as I go and my opinion changes daily through the information I find and the people I talk to. Ultimately, it’s everyone’s personal choice what products they choose to use or what lifestyle choices they make.

      I appreciate your input, even if we might not see completely eye to eye on this. It’s important to do your research when making those choices. I will try not make any more blanket statements that could be perceived as spreading unproven information, without explaining where I got the information from and the reasons I feel the way I do. I’m sorry for that.

  2. I am completely with you on the learning and growing- but remember to check your sources. I’m personally getting tired of hearing easily-disprovable, scientifically dubious claims go unchallenged, on the flawed basis of “natural=good, artificial=bad”, or “modern science is evil”. Bracelets that have holograms or ‘negative ions’ to enhance physical performance, homeopathic treatments that contain only sugar and water being promoted as cures and preventatives for serious diseases, or medical practices that have been repeatedly shown to have no benefit beyond the placebo which are thought to be effective just because they’re ‘ancient’. Some of these cause minor to moderate financial harm, and others have caused very serious medical problems, and even death (when someone, say, allows their naturopath to treat their cancer.).

    Please, as a favour to me as someone who cares about you, just keep a skeptical mind about claims until you have evidence to back it up. Bogus health products, supplements, and treatments are getting away with claiming to help people when their products have been repeatedly been shown to have no effect, or occasionally a negative one. (e.g. a 17% rise in incidence of prostate cancer in men taking Vitamin E and Selenium supplements: http://www.crab.org/select/)

    I seem to have made myself an amateur advocate for rationality over the last couple years- if you’d like to speak further, I’d be more than happy to. Plus I haven’t seen you in far too long (again!).

    • Thank you for your concern Mr. Mott. I am always skeptical about things, especially when it comes to my health – from both the medical/scientific side and the natural side. Research is definitely key. My point has only to do with body care and makeup, though, and not medical treatments. Putting a bunch of chemicals on our body for vanity, when there are natural options out there, doesn’t make sense to me. And that was what I was talking about.

      I do, however, believe that a combination of natural and scientific/medical treatments are a good thing. My friend actually recovered completely from stage three cervical cancer from naturopathic methods, in conjunction with visits to the doctor to check on her health. So although there are times when things are bogus, there are also times when those homeopathic treatments help. Research is once again the key. But just as you want me to keep a skeptical mind, you should keep an open mind that some of those natural methods do work.

      I’d love to speak further and it would be great to catch up. Let’s set up a lunch.

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