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Many cosmetics on the shelf today are tainted with heavy metals. Most of the time, the contamination begins with the ingredients that are being used to add colour. For example, coal tar dyes(p-phenylenediamine and colours listed as "CI" followed by five digits) P-phenylenediamine is used in some hair dyes; other colours are used in a variety of cosmetics.

"They have the potential to cause cancer and may be contaminated with heavy metals toxic to the brain. Only 20% of over 12550 products tested contained none of the "Dirty Dozen" chemicals." (http://www.davidsuzuki.org/publications/downloads/2010/DSF-report-Whats-inside-that-counts.pdf)

Safecosmetics.org found 61 percent of lipsticks contained lead, with levels ranging up to 0.65 parts per million. Lead-contaminated brands included L’Oreal, Cover Girl and even a $24 tube of Dior Addict. - (See more at: http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/regulations/us-laws/lead-in-lipstick/#sthash.vB8I329W.dpuf).

Yikes! when you consider that the average lipstick wearer can consume up to 4 tubes in a lifetime it makes you feel a little sick. So what to do? Besides crawl under a rock and wait to hear that it too will give you cancer? Like everything, moderation is best. I only highlight my hair once a year to hide my grey. My hair won't win me any awards but at least I am not contributing to the toxic bio accumulation of heavy metals in my system, that could lead to Alzheimer's. This scares me more than looking older or out of style.

I also only use natural mica and oxides and ultramarine pigments for my colour cosmetic formulations and this is the only make up I wear. Absolutely NO COAL TAR DYES! I know my cosmetics are safe and free of heavy metals and if I accidentally eat some of my lipstick, I am not going to get sick. I also follow this natural beauty cleansing routine every evening, helping to limit my exposure to excessive chemicals by not using commercial products.




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