It is quite captivating to learn more about the cosmetics industry. There are many conventional makeup companies around the country that sell their products in your local convenience or drug stores that you have seen and used before. In order not to single out any cosmetics company individually, we will not call names of these multi million dollar companies, however, we all know about them.
These organizations are creating makeup most of us women wear here in the United States. You would think that these companies would be strictly regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), however, that is not the case at all. The regulations are very minimal and not very strict whatsoever. FDA allows for many carcinogenic ingredients to be present in these lines of makeup, as long as these companies meet the FDA minimum threshold. Meaning they can add a minimum allowed of one or more questionable ingredients without breaking the FDA guidelines. However, overtime adding these harmful ingredients (even the minimal amount) on your skin may result in poor outcomes for your health.
In essence, due to the lack of regulation, various unsafe ingredients are continually being added to makeup products. Rather than using organic ingredients in their formulations, which take time to grow and cultivate, these companies formulate synthetic ingredients in their labs that they can mass produce, which cost them pennies on the dollars.
Do you wonder when will these companies start changing the bad ingredients with costly organic ones? Most likely when the consumer awareness is high and people demand safer products. However, there are no incentives for these companies to make any changes any time soon, as they make great margins by using cheap and unsafe ingredients. Thankfully, more up and coming companies in the last few years have started to gradually move towards a more natural and holistic direction, while creating safer cosmetics and body care products, one of them being us Olga's Organics.
This TreeHugger article is very eye-opening, and we highly recommend for you to check it out. We as consumers deserve to know more about all we put on our skin.
Some of the staggering statistics TreeHugger presents in their article are the following:
- 4 pounds: Average amount of lipstick a woman will ingest over her lifetime.
- 11: Percentage of the 10,500 ingredients used in personal-care products that the U.S. government has documented and publicly assessed for safety.
- 1,110+: The number of ingredients banned in cosmetics in the European Union.
- 10: The number of ingredients banned in cosmetics in the United States.
- 600: The number of companies that have signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics.
- 20: Percentage of personal-care products that contain at least one chemical linked to cancer.
- 22: Percentage of cosmetics contaminated with possible cancer-causing impurity 1,4-dioxane.
- $160 billion: Amount spent annually on skin- and hair-care, makeup, cosmetic surgery, fragrances, health clubs, and diet products.
Did you learn something new today? What do you think now about the makeup you use, will you take any steps to eliminate unsafe products from your daily routine?