Photo: How squeaky clean is your beauty regime?

Getting made up with makeup (Credit: Linda Mackie)

How many cosmetics make up your daily dose? Not just lipstick and nail polish — shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, makeup, toothpaste, shaving cream, sunscreen, deodorant, and on and on — it's not uncommon for the average person to use 10 personal care products each day. Quick — do a tally in your head of the stuff you smear on your body daily — guys, too!


Perhaps more shocking than the sheer number of products we slather on ourselves is: what are pit stick and body wash made of anyway? Turns out, the ingredients in ''beauty products" aren't all that pretty. Inside those 10 average personal care products are more than 100 unique chemicals — not including the ones lurking under "fragrance".

U.S. researchers found that 1 in 8 of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals. Many are also cancer causing, pesticides, reproductive toxins, endocrine disruptors, and plasticizers. Yikes.

Just how common are these key chemicals of concern in the products Canadians use each day? To help find out, the David Suzuki Foundation is asking you to pull back the shower curtain and really look at the products you use. Dig them out and read the labels on your favorite soap, toothpaste and hair care products. Look for the Dirty Dozen in the ingredient lists, then log on and take our online survey. (Update: Online survey is now closed)

Everyone who participates in our survey is eligible to win fabulous prizes. You'll also receive an exclusive all-natural cosmetic recipe from yours truly.

Lindsay Coulter,
Queen of Green

April 8, 2010

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Apr 20, 2010
12:53 PM

The Skin Deep database is a fantastic resource! It really helped me to make some decisions when I was looking at alternatives for the products I previously used.

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