have you ever wondered what your deodorant, shampoo, mouthwash, or makeup is made of? have you ever read the list of ingredients on the label (if they're even printed on the package)? do you really know what goes into the stuff that goes on you?
during winter break, i decided i'd buy some new makeup. you know, new year, new me, etc. i settled on a tinted lip conditioner with spf. i was happy that it had almond oil, shea butter, avocado extract, wheat germ oil, and vitamins a & e, but butylene, ethylene, and stearine copolymer? um, not so much. now, i'm no chemist, so i did what any inquiring mind would do, and i googled it! =)
goodguide.com was the first hit. since i'd never heard of this website, i checked it out, and they seem to be 2 legit 2 quit! goodguide was started by some concerned parents (who just happened to be scientists and professors at m.i.t. and u.c. berkeley). they review the health, environmental and social impacts of the products we use everyday. their vlog tells the backstory, and it's worth hearing! they were voted the 2008 website "most likely to make the world a better place."
goodguide.com gave my tinted lip conditioner a 3/10 health & safety rating based on "the safety and toxicity of its ingredients" and " the product's potential cancer hazards." i was scared straight! there was no way i was going to put that stuff on my mouth! that stuff went back to the store, and i went back to goodguide and got more information on what to use and what to toss. i don't like to be preachy, but i hope you will, too. read the results of this study and decide for yourself.