To date, the European Union (EU) has banned 1,100 chemicals in cosmetics; the Food and Drug Administration in America has banned only ten. Yeah, I said 10.
Hello America???!! WTF?
One of the best examples is that Cover Girl waterproof mascara contains the same ingredient (petroleum distillates, an oil by-product) as Dr. Scholl’s Wart Remover—both of which are illegal in Europe (oh, so that is why “every lash for volumized at their boldest, rain or shine” like the commerical says!)
How lovely. But at least we LOOK good right girls?
Many of the chemicals banned in the EU—but found in FDA-approved beauty products—cause cancer, birth defects, genetic mutation, and organ damage. Why is the US regulation system so different from that of our European neighbors?
The EU has been far more critical and demanding of its beauty product manufacturers than the United States, it seems. EcoSalon reports that even though the 10 chemicals that the US has banned is a good thing, the States can’t prevent other countries from importing harmful products (such as mercury in bleaching creams) – things that would never see the light of day in Europe. The contrast between the two legislative bodies that cover makeup is truly striking and is making me consider switching to the more expensive European brands. [Links]
I’m already forking over a ton of $ on organic berries for my family (3 times the cost of regular pesticide soaked variety), milk with no hormones or antibotics (in an effort to keep my kids under 7 feet tall, and my daughter from getting her period at 10), not to mention ditching the aluminum laced deodorant that can only be found in health food stores (yet scientists are finding aluminum in the lymph nodes of breast cancer patients).
With that inspiring post, I am off to the great Northwoods for a nice vacation (while slathered in DEET which will likely cause me to grow a third eye, but what the hell, bring it on).