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How do you Pick your Beauty?

  • Honest Beauty lipstick –  antioxidant blend of coconut oil, murumuru butter, and shea butter, $18
  •  Hemp Organics lipstick –  made from 95% certified organic ingredients $15.80.

and Revlon is $5-10 and it lasts for 3 years. Can you imagine why it lasts that long?

Some Stores that Put Healthy First!

100% Pure – a whole line up of beauty. Take a look.

Drunk Elephant – this company describes ingredients and source, uses natural and “low-hazard” synthetic ingredients; that’s the way founder Tiffany Masterson, wants it.

Tata Harper –  has a natural beauty market, whose value is expected to reach $13.2 billion by 2018. Uses high-performance ingredients including Spanish lavender extract to help reduce wrinkle formation and retinoic acid from rosehip seed oil (instead of Retinol).

The Detox Market, the green beauty e-commerce shop; founder Romain Gaillard.

Ulta – beauty retailer in the U.S. – 950 stores, has natural products that includes a top-selling lip oil infused with green tea and avocado extracts.

Sephora – has natural products cleansers, anti-aging, shampoos, but also – biotechnology-backed Biossance, a 100% plant-based skin care line. Also has a “Naturals” landing page showcasing hundreds of items.

Beautycounter –  has their own line of products range from makeup basics like lipstick and blush to sunscreen and body scrubs.

Birchbox  – a NY startup debuted an “Ingredient Conscious” shop category.

WHY pay more?  Parabens and phthalates, , have been found to be endocrine disruptors linked to increased risk of breast cancer. A recent study  from UCB showed that stopping use of the chemical crap, can lower levels of people’s hormone-disrupting chemicals.

Remember, naturals have a shorter shelf life (2-3 months)!  You can also MAKE YOUR OWN cosmetics, then you know what you are getting. This is big-business and big money, you must read the label. We will know that we have made a change when the label is no written in “mouse print” and you can eat any of the cosmetics, creams, and lotions while actually being able to say the ingredients out loud!  Look at coconut oil, try out plant based products, recycle the jars of questionable stuff.

A lot of HOW you look, depends on WHAT you eat. Put down the cookie. Eat an Avocado.

Look for more interest in this area from businesses, start-ups and lawyers. Even Dianne Feinstein, a CA senator thought about legislation and  introduced the Personal Care Products Safety Act. Please understand, YOU must know what you are putting on your face, I have almost no faith in legislation. It seens to add more watchers and less do-ers.

Chemicals and Cosmetics and Companies that still don’t get it!

Revlon and L’Oreal continue to use Quaternium-15 and DMDM hydantoin — preservatives that slowly release formaldehyde. Health experts classify formaldehyde as a carcinogen when inhaled. Research here.

What’s more, Revlon and L’Oreal continue to use long-chain parabens as preservatives as well. Some parabens are endocrine-disruptors—that is, they interfere with the hormones that regulate the development and growth of our reproductive system.

Ken Cook – Presents at Seminar:

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Ken Cook is co-founder and president of the 1.3 million-member Environmental Working Group (EWG). With a focus on toxic chemicals, air and water pollution, and industrialized agriculture, EWG’s research and analysis have ruffled feathers and changed policy at the USDA, the FDA, in the halls of Congress, and even in the White House.

They have blown the cover on who’s really benefitting from hundreds of billions of farm subsidy dollars funded by U.S. taxpayers – and it’s not your local organic kale farmer. But there’s good news, too!

You’ll learn the truth about pesticides, organic food, and how to protect yourself from the “dirty dozen.” Find out more about Ken’s work by clicking here.

To listen to a rebroadcast – for a limited time for free- click here to see the listings.  Part of the 2014 Food Summit.