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Green Beauty Presentation


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Women apply more than 200 chemicals to their skin every day. Our skin is our largest organ and it absorbs about 5 pounds of chemicals per year. Something to think about...and something that simply cannot be tolerated.

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Green Beauty Presentation

  1. 1. The Truth about “Green” Beauty Dirty Secrets of the Industry Revealed presented by Stephanie Brua
  2. 2. <ul><li>Probable Carcinogens Found in Baby Toiletries </li></ul><ul><li>Washington Post 3/13/09 </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;The fact that we are bathing our kids in products contaminated with carcinogens shows how woefully out of date our cosmetics laws are and how urgently they need to be updated,&quot; said Rep. Jan Schakowsky (Ill.). &quot;The science has moved forward; now the FDA needs to catch up and be given the authority to protect the health of Americans.&quot; </li></ul>
  3. 3. Can you relate?
  4. 4. That’s YOU… and me too!
  5. 5. University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Center for Environmental Oncology <ul><li>At least two-thirds of all cancers are thought to have environmental causes. Toxins and carcinogens are carried into the body by air, water, soil, or food in three primary ways. They can be inhaled, ingested, or absorbed through the skin . </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  6. 6. Toothpaste Mouthwash Body wash Soap Shampoo Conditioner Body Lotion Face Cleanser Toner Moisturizer Anti-aging Lotion Shaving Gel After Shave Cologne Perfume Acne Medication Hairspray Mouse / Gel Foundation Concealer Powder Blush Eyeliner Eye shadow Mascara Lip Liner Lipstick Lip Gloss Chapstick Sunscreen Bug Spray Bubble Bath Nail Polish Nail Polish Remover Deodorant
  7. 7. Since the 1950s, more than 11,000 unregulated, untested chemicals have been used to produce concoctions for our skin.
  8. 8. What’s going ON?
  9. 9. FDA’s Position “ The FDA contains no provision that requires demonstration to FDA of the safety of ingredients of cosmetic products… prior to marketing the product.” - FDA’s response to the EWG Petition for Safe Cosmetics – September 2005
  10. 10. Since its inception in 1976 , the CIR has met an estimated 112 times and reviewed 1,175 cosmetic ingredients. Spent an average of one hour and ten minutes deliberating the use, toxicity, and safety of each ingredient reviewed. What has the CIR been doing?
  11. 11. Who has the real power?
  12. 12. We can “green wash” them into change!
  13. 13. NO chemical reaction Involves a chemical process e.g. Cocoamide DEA (coconut)‏ Safe Edible Food grade Truly Natural Naturally Derived / Synthesised Natural vs. Naturally Derived
  14. 14. <ul><li>YES : </li></ul><ul><li>promotes biodiversity </li></ul><ul><li>enhances soil fertility </li></ul><ul><li>prevents topsoil erosion </li></ul><ul><li>protects groundwater </li></ul><ul><li>conserves energy </li></ul><ul><li>protects our next generation </li></ul>How can we tell a truly organic product? <ul><li>NO : </li></ul><ul><li>genetic engineering </li></ul><ul><li>pesticides </li></ul><ul><li>synthetic fertilisers, </li></ul><ul><li>antibiotics </li></ul><ul><li>growth hormones </li></ul>An ecological and sustainable farm management system Organic – Back to the Basics
  15. 15. Without a logo an 'organic' claim cannot be substantiated What is Certified Organic? <ul><li>USDA (95-100%) </li></ul><ul><li>Australian Certified Organic – ACO (95-100%) </li></ul><ul><li>European Union / Agriculture Biologique (at least 95%) </li></ul><ul><li>BIO / Germany (at least 95%) </li></ul><ul><li>Quality Assurance International – QAI (at least 70%) </li></ul><ul><li>From Organic Consumers Association </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>YES: </li></ul><ul><li>Minimally processed </li></ul><ul><li>Naturally extracted </li></ul><ul><li>NO: </li></ul><ul><li>Synthetic processes </li></ul><ul><li>Synthetic preservatives </li></ul><ul><li>Animal testing </li></ul><ul><li>Irradiation </li></ul>ORGANIC FOOD STANDARDS Divide the total net weight of the organic ingredients by the total weight (excluding water and salt) of the finished product. Required at least 95%. Synthetics prohibited. 77.4 (organic ) / 80 (organic + natural) = 96.75% What is a certified organic product? Water 20% Organic 77.4% Natural 2.6%
  17. 17. What should I avoid?
  18. 18. Label Reading 101
  19. 19. The Dirty Dozen by Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Chemicals with acronym names : DEA,TEA, PEG-8, PEG compounds, etc. Chemicals that end in –eth or have –eth in the name: Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Ceteareth Chemicals with –amine in the name: nitrosamines, MEA, DEA, TEA Chemicals from petrolatum : petroleum jelly, paraffin, mineral jelly, petroleum wax, 2-nitro-P-phenylenediamine Chemical preservatives: parabens, benzoic acid, salicylic acid, benzyl alcohol, phenoxyethanol, formic acid Sunscreen Chemicals: oxybenzone, DMDM Hydantoin, Triethanolamine Contaminants: 1,4 Dioxane All Fragrances (contain 100s of chemicals – most notorious are pthalates) Antibacterial products: Triclosan Diaper Cream: BHA, Boric Acid/Sodium Borate, Fragrances
  20. 20. Water Dimethicone (silica)‏ Carbomer 941 PEG-50 Almond Glycerides (almond)‏ Sodium Laureth Sulfate (coconut)‏ Cocoamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine Triethanolamine (TEA)‏ Methylchloroisothiazolinone Phenoxyethanol Methyl Paraben (organic preservative)‏ FD&C Yellow No. 6 Fragrance 90-95% 5-8% 1-3% Components of a Typical Ingredient List
  21. 21. Water Dimethicone (silica)‏ Carbomer 941 PEG-50 Almond Glycerides (almond)‏ Sodium Laureth Sulfate (coconut)‏ Cocoamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine Triethanolamine (TEA)‏ Methylchloroisothiazolinone Phenoxyethanol Methyl Paraben (organic preservative)‏ FD&C Yellow No. 6 Fragrance Manufacturers report the following on the MSDS Harmful by skin absorption Eye irritant , Skin irritant Causes TUMORS in lungs and thorax Causes TUMORS in endocrine system Toxicological properties have NOT been thoroughly investigated. Severely irritating to body tissues Corrosive to the eyes React with nitrosating agents to form nitrosamines, which are Carcinogenic <ul><li>Composed of 4 known carcinogens </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Formaldehyde </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dioxane </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ethylene Oxide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Acetaldehyde </li></ul></ul>Toxic to kidney and bladder Causes reproductive disorders Serious damage to the eyes Causes brain degeneration Causes eye stinging and redness Causes redness and burning of skin Toxicological properties have NOT been investigated at all. Harmful by skin absorption Corrosion and burns to the eyes and skin Permanent irreversible eye damage Nitrosating agent
  22. 22. Companies mislead consumers by listing botanical extracts, or 'aqueous infusions' (which are just weak teas) at the top of the ingredient list. Hiding the synthetic surfactant ingredients that make up the core of the product further down the list. The substantial water component of the herbal mixture as organic is incorrectly counted as 'organic', which is prohibited under International Organic Standards. This practice artificially inflates the organic content in order to make a deceptive 70% organic claim. “ Green” Infusions = Green Washing
  23. 23. Common Green Washed Ingredients cocomidopropyl betaine (coconut oil) olefin sulfonate (coconut oil) disodium cocoamphodiacetate (coconut oil) <ul><li>Known Carcinogens </li></ul><ul><li>Coal tar </li></ul><ul><li>Formaldehyde </li></ul><ul><li>Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate (Suttocide)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Imidazolidinyl urea (Germall 115)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Diazolidinyl urea (Germall II)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Quaternium-15 </li></ul><ul><li>2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (Bronopol)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>DMDM Hydantoin (Glydant)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Lead acetate </li></ul><ul><li>Selenium sulfide </li></ul><ul><li>Dibutyl phthalate </li></ul>
  24. 24. Remember Bill Nye, the Science Guy?? “ 20 years ago, 2 times the amount of formaldehyde was needed to embalm t he body … we already have so much from contamination.” Excerpt from the TV show Stuff Happens by Bill Nye :: Bathroom Episode
  25. 25. 5 Practical Ways to Start
  26. 26. Add 1 Organic Item Purse Tip: Download the Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides from EWG
  27. 27. Get Dirty! Purse Tip: Keep Sunscreen, Mosquito Spray, Blemish Gel in your purse for all outdoor events. Organic, chemical-free is best.
  28. 28. Find 1 DIY Recipe Purse Tip: Trade antibacterial gels for a spritz of BioPure
  29. 29. Empower Children Purse Tip: Certified Organic Lip Balm is a must for little girls!
  30. 30. Organic Make-over Purse Tip: A hydrating mist is fabulous for a quick rejuvenating spritz.
  31. 31. The Bottom Line Less is more. Awareness is vital. The life of a product starts before we purchase and lives long after we use it. Guarantee is imperative. “Free from” claims do not equate to safe. Prioritize informed consumerism. Check out local seminars hosted by Organicology at .
  32. 32. Indulge your friends with an Organic Facial Ask me how!