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You may think that the products you are buying are safe when they don’t have any alarmingly harmful chemicals listed on the label, but there are many concerns that you really have to look for. You have to ask yourself, “How was this product made? What did this company test my product on before they knew it was safe? What do all these vague words mean?” Industries are only required to disclose so much on the label of your products. A huge portion of the products used daily are tested on animals. They also contain an overwhelming amount of carcinogenic chemicals that you will be oblivious to without being educated about them. Cancer and other causes of death can prevented with little knowledge and simple precautions.There are 195 countries on planet Earth. Of those, 80% still allow animal testing. It is actually a requirement in China. These places do not just test cosmetics on animals, they do pharmaceutical, drug and nuclear testing on them. PETA UK has accused nine leading cosmetics brands of breaking European law by selling products tested on animals for the Chinese market. Many beauty industries don’t sell to China just because of the fact that they test on animals. The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund are trying to end cosmetic cruelty through the #BeCrueltyFree USA campaign.52% of research is on guinea pigs, hamsters and rabbits, 10% is on farm animal species, while 11% is on dogs or cats and 9% on non-human primates. The registration of a single pesticide requires more than 50 experiments and the use of as many as 12,000 animals. In tests of possible carcinogens, some involve killing pregnant animals and testing their fetuses. Up to 90% of animals used in U.S. labs are not counted in the official statistics of animals tested.There are many things you can do to prevent animal testing. Always buy cruelty free products. Educate Others on the horrors of animal testing. Use your freedom of speech. Speak up about classroom dissection. Let your body be tested after you pass instead of an animal.Phthalates are a group of chemicals used in hundreds of products to increase the flexibility and softness of plastics. They are known to be endocrine disruptors and have been linked to increased risk of breast cancer. They are present in numerous cosmetic products. Parabens are synthetic compounds used as preservatives in health, beauty, and personal care products. They are  used in cosmetics to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and molds. They are possibly associated with the increased risk of breast cancer. Synthetic musks are chemicals used in personal care product fragrances. The discovery of musk compounds in human fat a decade ago prompted Japan and Germany to ban some musk compounds. Possible health concerns in these musks are endocrine disruption, organ system toxicity, reproductive toxicity and bioaccumulation.Methylene chloride is a volatile, colorless liquid with a chloroform-like odor. Methylene chloride was banned by the FDA in 1988 but still may pop up in fragrances due to lack of enforcement. Methylene chloride is irritating to the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract.Talcum powder is a  mineral that helps eliminate excess fluid in the lungs by closing the gap where fluid accumulates. An example would be Johnson’s baby powder. It is a risk factor for ovarian cancer (Carcinogenic). It is also a lung irritant. It contains formaldehyde, a known carcinogen associated with leukemia specifically.Cover Girl Replenishing Natural Finish Make Up (Foundation) contains: butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), which is carcinogenic; Triethanolamine (TEA), which interacts with nitrites to form carcinogenic nitrosamines; Lanoline, which is often contaminated with DDT and other carcinogenic pesticides; Parabens, which is a contact dermatitis; Fragrance, which contains a wide range of unlabeled, untested, and toxic ingredients, also a contact dermatitis.Exfoliating face and body washes contain Polyethylene, a plastic substance, used to create scrubbing beads. This substance is found gathering in Lake Erie, Lake Superior, and more, polluting the waterways. It is also used in toothpaste, sunscreen, lip gloss, eyeliner, shampoo, deodorant, and soaps.Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal agent used in most antibacterial products like hand cleansers and sanitizers, deodorants, and laundry detergent. It is  linked to an increase in antibiotic resistant organisms, which have increased the risk that infections can be deadly. When washed down the sink, it can change the biochemistry of amphibians, fish, and aquatic plants.Cosmetic chemicals found in fast food are: Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, which is found in shampoo and soap as well as in the bread products at all fast food joints; Calcium Disodium EDTA, which is found in skin products and hair conditioner (used as stabilizer) and in Taco Bell’s bacon ranch sauce, Arby’s light Italian dressing and Burger King’s tartar sauce; and Ammonium Glycyrrhizin, which is found in facial mask products, and in Burger King’s “breakfast syrup.”Be aware that there are lots of chemicals not disclosed on fragrances. The average fragrance product tested contained 14 secret chemicals not listed on the label. Fragrance secrecy is legal due to a giant loophole in the Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act of 1973, which requires companies to list cosmetics ingredients on the product labels but explicitly exempts fragrance. Ingredients not in a product’s hidden fragrance mixture must be listed on the label.There are many ways to avoid being exposed to the toxic chemicals in cosmetics and fragrances. Choose products with ingredient lists that do not include the word “fragrance”. Be suspicious of the phrases “fragrance free” or “unscented” or “natural.” Buy cosmetics from companies with no untested ingredients. Watch out for mineral makeups that use nanoparticles.

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