Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Story of Cosmetics

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The Story of Cosmetics

Not Just a Pretty Face

"This book should be read by women and men who have trusted, for too long, the companies whose products get inside their bodies and their minds, to the detriment of their health" Ralph Nader, consumer advocate

I just finished reading Not Just a Pretty Face by Stacy Malkan, the Communications Director of Health Care Without Harm and cofounder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is a national coalition working to eliminate hazardous chemicals from personal care products.

Friday, March 23, 2012


"Boutique for Ladies, Moms, and Babies" as the sign reads for Heroine. The perfect spot to target young women who would be interested in the health effects on babies in the womb. I placed a pile of surveys near the window hoping some customers will help me out.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Skin Cosmetic Database

I am excited to meet with Leeann Brown tomorrow. She is the press secretary at the Environmental Working Group, Oakland. As stated on their website, Skin Deep Cosmetics Database: "It's our mission at Environmental Working Group to use the power of information to protect human health and the environment. EWG's Skin Deep database gives you practical solutions to protect yourself and your family from everyday exposures to chemicals."

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Science of Phthalates

A few days ago, I was able to talk with Dr. Ted Schettler who is the Science Director at a nonprofit research institute called Science and Environmental Health Network. He has written one of the most complete summaries of human exposure to phthalates via consumer products. "Not Too Pretty: Phthalates, Beauty Products & the FDA"was published in 2002. You can click on the link below to see the full report.
Not Too Pretty