When you arrive home with a new red lipstick – the last thing on your mind is what’s inside it. The question we usually want to know is “Is it durable or not?”, “is it matte or glossy?”, we really don’t want to know what its made of.
1. There really aren’t any hard restrictions on makeup
The Food and Drug Administration in the United States does not check the materials that make the make-up because it is not food or medicine. This means that stuff confiscated in other places are allowed here. Parabens are related to breast cancer, Ethylene oxide or any other substance can get a straight OK in the manufacturing process.
The FDA does supervise this, but under the FD&C Act, which only checks for adulterated materials or logo authenticity.
2. Make-up companies do not have to check their products
At Least not in a way that’s seen to the public. the FDA has no authority to approve products but the companies has “legal responsibility” to make sure their products are safe.
The way to do that is to claim their product is legitimate and compare it to similar substances in other products. as long as this goes on – there is nothing to stop the product from reaching your hands.
3. 80% of self-use makeup products has not been tested for safety and safe use.
This is pretty much self-explanatory.
4. “Fragrance” can actually be anything
It could be some oils boiled together in a lab or something chemical altogether, who knows? smell is smell though – it could be ANYTHING.
5. “Organic” probably doesn’t mean what you think it means
There is no standard about what can be defined as “natural” or “organic”, as long as its not leading you astray – for the FDA it’s just enough. If a product is made out of cucumber essence and 97% chemical – it can be defined as organic.
6.”Not tested on animals” and “cruelty free”?
There is no legal definition for these terms. not whatsoever. This is under ‘recommendation’ only. (although some serious companies probably don’t do experiments on animals)
So while you put on your blush, you cant really know what went on with the fluffy soft bunny in the lab.
7. The average woman put around 13 products on her face a day, this means 515 different substances on her skin.