I'm officially freaked out. This is not directly related to Haiti, but is related to our general call to stewardship of our bodies and our home (planet).
Want to know what chemicals are in your favorite cosmetics/lotions/sunscreens/beauty products?
Want to know how your products rank in toxicity, or which of its ingredients are neurotoxins, or harm your fertility/hormones, or cause cancer?
I typed in the lotion I used not one hour ago after exiting the shower. It apparently contains two chemicals that are banned in Japan because of their ability to cause reproductive problems even at very low doses, as well as one chemical known to cause cancer even at very low doses.
My sunscreen apparently only ranks a 4 out of 10 in effectiveness, and over 70% of other sunscreens rank higher in the only thing I care about a suncreen being able to do- block the sun's rays.
My Physicians Formula bronzer, which I bought specifically because it is labeled as organic, ranks a 7 (10 is the worst) for toxic chemicals, including 5 carcinogens, 4 nervous system toxicants, 4 endocrine system toxins, and 7 toxins causing developmental/reproductive damage (see the full list of its toxic contents here).
When it is not 1 am, I am sitting down to do more research- if I can use this site to find the ugly stuff, I must be able to find something I can buy at a CVS or Walgreens that won't poison my future children and mutate my cells.