I recently got an app on my phone called “Think Dirty”. I know, sounds bad. But its an app that tells you what’s in the cosmetics that you use and how good (or bad) they are for you. It shows all the ingredients and rates things on a scale from 0 (good for you) to 10 (really bad). Naturally, I looked up everything I currently have in my bathroom. Soap, shampoo, lotions etc. I was shocked. I guess I haven’t taken great pains to make sure everything I have is “healthy”, but I am a HUGE fan of LUSH and their stuff seems so good for you since they are “fresh handmade cosmetics”. Here are a few quotes from the LUSH website.
“At LUSH, we believe in protecting people, animals and the planet.”
“We take our commitment to this seriously. The core of our philosophy is based on the highest levels of ethical standards with the lowest possible impact on the environment.”
“In designing our products, we go for natural ingredients and use as few synthetics as possible.”
“We’re proud of every single ingredient we use in our products.”
I currently have 9 products in my bathroom from LUSH ranging from shampoo, lotion, soap, and face masks. I spend SO much money at this store throughout the year. All the products when looked up in the Think Dirty App are a 9. Yes, a 9. That means they are BAD. I was horrified and SO upset that I have been spending so much money at this store that claims to have such great natural products and all the while their products contain things like:
Methylparaben (causes breast tumors)
Proplylparaben (causes breast tumors, endocrine disruptor and is banned in several countries)
Isoeugenol (causes respiratory and skin irritation and is banned or restricted in several countries)
Phenoxyethanol (causes skin irritation and depresses the central nervous system)
Talc (causes ovarian cancer, respiratory & skin irritation and is a carcinogen)
Needless to say I will no longer be shopping at LUSH and will begin the search for healthier cosmetic options.
From a former LUSH fanatic
it’s all so interesting and SO crazy! i’m grateful to learn about all the INs and OUTs of what’s in our beauty products. i ended up going to earth fare and looking through all of their face cleansers, face lotions, etc. they have some GREAT options! still – not all are awesome, but there are some great options there.
I bet Whole Foods has some good options as well.
Oh, yeah! Good idea! There’s also Green Life. AND – there’s also the option of making your own! And I’m TOTALLY not opposed to that.