What could be more healthy than a refreshing body wash, a nourishing shampoo, a minty fresh toothpaste and a moisturizing facial cream? Commercials, magazine advertisements and billboards bombard us with the message that soaping and scrubbing, exfoliating and moisturizing are only beneficial to our health.
Yet the glossy images of well scrubbed individuals hide a dangerous secret:
Too many of the toiletries and cosmetics we use are carcinogenic cocktails of hazardous waste. Most of the chemicals which go into our toiletries are no different from the harsh toxic chemicals used in industry. Far from enhancing health they pose a daily threat to it. For example, propylene glycol (PG) is a wetting agent and solvent used in make up, hair care products, deodorants and after shave. Its also the main ingredient in antifreeze and brake fluid. Similarly, polyethylene glycol (PEG), a related agent found in most skin cleansers, is a caustic used to dissolve grease... the same substance you find in oven cleaners. Isopropyl, an alcohol used in hair rinses, hand lotions and fragrances, is also a solvent found in shellac.
We are trying to educate people about the dangers of these and other chemicals.
Today people are becoming more aware of the dangers and a lot of companies are jumping on the band wagon and using the terms "pure" "natural" and "organic" on prodcuts that still have synthetic chemicals in them.