Here are some of my problems with the current cosmetic and bath and body industry:
--> Words like "natural" are not federally defined.
--> Toxic chemicals are allowed in products because of their small dosage.
--> There is little regulation on commercially marketed products.
Where do I stand? Well, "natural" should mean derived directly from a natural, unprocessed ingredient without additives. Products should specify whether they are "organic" (meaning certified organic) or "contain organic ingredients." I also believe that no toxin is safe in any dose, and manufacturers should not be able to assume the customer is not coming into contact with other doses of similar toxins that could increase the total amount consumed. These are just a few examples of why I believe in natural, organic products.
It is also why I believe in the freedom of knowledge. I'm saying that toxins of any form should not be allowed in products. Manufacturers must disclose all ingredients completely on the label. We make tobacco packs display a warning from the surgeon general, why not on bath and beauty products? People should ultimately have the choice of what to buy, but conning unwitting customers through the deliberate hiding of information is wrong.
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Now, I do not agree with the entire Safe Cosmetics Act proposed in the aforementioned video. I believe that it is a good starting point but too overly strict in some areas and vague in others. I support better regulation. However, I believe this bill would seriously inhibit the growth and progress of the handmade movement.
What can you do?
--> As a handmade bath and beauty artisan, label all your products (both online and on the label) with your ingredients! Take the step toward regulation through initiative!
--> As a consumer, do your homework. Don't buy products that contain toxins, carcinogens, and harmful preservatives. Opt instead for pthlate, sulfide, and paraben free preservatives in your products or 100% natural or organic products.
--> Support the handmade movement! Remember, though, you must buy responsibly. Purchase from sellers who disclose all ingredients before purchase.
--> Vote to decline the Safe Cosmetics Act in favor of an amended bill written by cosmetic and bath and body experts rather than politicians and biased company leaders!
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