From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO...
Last week's blog covered common household chemicals and ten ways to reduce your chemical exposure. With this post, I want to talk about cosmetics and all the other body care products we use on a daily basis-specifically lipstick. Well, not just lipstick but the lead found in lipstick.
Yep. You got it. Lead in lipstick. So for all you new parents searching for de-leaded homes, try opening up your medicine cabinet first. In October 2007, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics tested more than thirty brands of lipsticks and found that 61% of lipsticks contained lead. This certainly gives the phrase “hugs and kisses” a whole new spin.
In 2009, following pressure from consumers and a letter from three US Senators, the FDA released a follow-up study that found lead in ALL samples of tested lipstick. Levels ranged up to four times higher than the levels found in the Campaign study. The FDA found the highest lead levels in lipsticks made by three manufacturers: Procter & Gamble-hello Cover Girl, L'Oreal (L'Oreal, Body Shop and Maybelline brands) and Revlon. Guess what happened next?
That’s right-nothing happened until July 20, 2010. Representatives Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., introduced the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 (H.R.5786), which gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority to ensure that personal care products are free of harmful ingredients. Now don’t get too excited, because this was just a small step in the right direction more than seven years ago. For more information about this bill, go to: http://www.safecosmetics.org/section.php?id=74.
The good news is that over the past several years, consumers have been demanding more green, organic, and eco-friendly products which has resulted in the green beauty market being flooded with options from lipstick to deodorant to eyeliner and dental floss. I think that the best news is that many of these products perform better than their not-so-safe-or-green comparisons.
Check out this great video short from our favorite Anne Leonard (aka the woman in the Story of Too Much Stuff) to learn more about the Story of Cosmetics:
What’s a cosmetic junkie to do in the meantime? You can evaluate almost any item in your cosmetic bag on the Environmental Working Group's website: www.ewg.org. Check out last week's blog for a list of ingredients to avoid. Please read labels! Finally, here is a list of some of our favorite companies to get your feet wet in the eco beauty world.
- www.ewg.org (For a general list of all skin care products-you can type in whatever you have at home & check the ranking)
- www.janeiredale.com (Make up & Skincare)
- www.marieveronique.com (Sunscreen & skincare)
- www.mychelle.com (Sunscreen & skincare)
- www.badgerbalm.com (Sunscreens, moisterizers & more)
- www.acureorganics.com/moroccan-argan-oil.html (Argan oil)
- www.orawellness.com (Oral care)
- www.drbronner.com (Soaps)
- www.primalpitpaste.com (Deodorants)
Happy shopping & enjoy!
Have more questions about organic skincare? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO
Jessica L. Molleur is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She first became interested in acupuncture as a soccer player searching for an alternative to knee surgery and discovered the many benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis and a Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Jessica is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Chinese Herbology through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is also a Diplomate of Acupuncture Orthopedics, a specialty certification held by fewer than 500 acupuncturists in the United States.
Jessica currently maintains a private acupuncture practice in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, which was awarded Best Acupuncture Center by Boston Magazine. Areas of specialty include women's health, pregnancy, infertility, pediatrics, and sports medicine. If you are interested in learning about the benefits of acupuncture for fertility and IVF, please visit the acupuncture + fertility page. New patients can book online to schedule any acupuncture service including a complimentary consult. Jessica also serves as a health care consultant for a number of integrative medical institutes. Her clients include IVF and infertility centers, functional medicine offices, orthopedic facilities, concierge practices, and green spas. Please contact OMBE for more information about these services.
Prior to her consulting work, Jessica founded an integrative health center in Boston. The eco-friendly center was one of the first twenty-five companies certified as a Sustainable Business Leader in Boston. During its ten-year tenure, the center provided services including acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, naturopathy, nutritional counseling, personal training, Pilates, and yoga. Studio offerings included mom and baby programming, Mongan Method Hypnobirthing, natural childbirth education and the Holistic Moms Network. The center was the recipient of several awards, including Mayor Menino's Green Business Award, a multiple recipient of Boston Business Journal's Best Workplace, Boston Magazine's Best of Boston Award for Massage Therapy as well as Best Eco-Friendly Massage, Eco-Beauty Bar, Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, Pilates, and Workout.