The average woman eats 7lbs of lipstick in her lifetime! Would you like a side of fries with that? Or are you ready for a Cosmetic Detox?
If you’re interested in finding out the purity level of products you’re currently using, check out Better Organic Choice.
BOC was launched by beauty industry insiders Karim Orange and Jolene Hart to provide us a virtual organic assessment of our beauty products. Simply visit the BOC and submit a list of your favorites. They’ll give you suggestions on how to painlessly replace the biggest offenders.
Jolene Hart answered a few of our questions.
(FL) What 3 products should we replace first?
(JH) I recommend finding an organic body lotion right away. The skin absorbs 60% of what we apply to it. Even small amounts of toxins contained in conventional products add up when applied to large areas of the body on a regular basis.
Nail polish ingredients can be the most toxic. Replace your old ones with water-based polish, or at least a ‘3-Free‘ polish without toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate.
Finally, Karim, our BOC makeup expert, recommends organic lipstick or gloss, because anything that goes onto your lips will be ingested.
(FL) What are the most dangerous ingredients and why?
(JH) 1. Phthalates: it’s endocrine-disrupting chemicals can be especially dangerous for young, developing bodies and it’s linked to fertility issues.
2. Formaldehyde: this is a carcinogen linked to many cancers. It’s banned in Canada and Japan.
3. Parabens: another endocrine disrupter. Parabens appear in products ranging from shampoo to facial cream to makeup. They are absorbed quickly and can accumulate in fatty tissue.
(FL) What is used to preserve “green” products?
(JH) Many natural companies use airless packaging to reduce the need for preservatives. Popular natural preservatives include grapefruit seed extract, vitamin E, honey and some essential oils that offer natural preservative properties.
Karim Orange is an Emmy-nominated makeup artist and eco-beauty advocate.
Jolene Hart is a natural beauty expert and former InStyle beauty writer.