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Not Too Pretty: Organic Cosmetics Make a Compact


This is a guest post by Kelly Dunleavy, a writer living in Northern California.

While we may not be using arsenic as a cosmetic anymore, the make-up we put on (almost) every day can still have punishing and dangerous chemicals. Of course, there are organic and safer versions. But, why not demand an overhaul of the industry?

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is working to get rid of dangerous chemicals in the cosmetics we use. Since personal care products aren’t currently regulated by the FDA, keeping those carcinogens in your compact is totally legal right now.

The Campaign has gotten companies to sign on to their pledge to remove toxic chemicals from their products and you can help put the pressure on companies to clean up their mascara and lipstick.

Read more of the gory details in their 2002 report: Not Too Pretty.

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Written by Kelly Dunleavy

Kelly lives in San Rafael, CA (which is across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco). She competes competitively in triathlon and spends nearly all her time on her bike, in the pool or out running some of the best trails in the country.

After graduating from UC Berkeley, she worked at a start-up fashion magazine for a year and learned more about fashion and photo shoots than she ever wanted to know. She's starting a new job as a reporter for the local MarinScopes newspapers and harbors dreams of becoming the female Edward Murrow. You can read more about her at her website and blog:

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