Friday, May 13, 2011

For the Love of Boobies

High school kids love boobies.


We know that because so many of them across North America have been threatened with suspension this week for wearing bracelets that say so.

The naughty little bracelets are part of a breast cancer awareness programme aimed at teens.



Apparently Proctor and Gamble doesn't love boobies as much as the kids do.



Proctor and Gamble is using parabens, a chemical preservative, in their Oil of Olay Regenerist skin care line - even though parabens have been found in human breast cancer tumours.


I found out about this because I follow Toronto artist/writer/woman with a green conscience, Frankejames on twitter and she mentioned it this week.



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I haven't been using the Regenerist line but I have been using an Oil of Olay face wash so I decided to get out the magnifying glass and take a look at the ingredients.


I didn't find parabens listed on that product but I did find a cheery looking substance
called methylchloroisothiazolinone.


"Well, well," I thought, "what's the good news here?"


I googled methylchloroisothiazolinone and found that although not proven to be a carcinogen (yet), it  "can be a skin and membrane irritant or cause chemical burns.

It was largely removed from most cosmetic products except for those with only short duration skin contact such as rinse-offs".   (wikipedia)



Eek.





 


Frankejames suggested looking for a cosmetic line with an Ecocert logo.









My quest for a safe facial product started and ended at The Body Shop.


 The woman who waited on me was quite familiar with the Ecocert logo and suggested the Nutriganics line, suitable for women "in their prime", like moi.






Not only does Nutriganics have the Ecocert logo, it also has the FCS* logo.



Organic and ethical!


Jeesh.


How much on the side of all that is right and good can one woman get??



Anyway, wearing my new Saint Frances persona, I am suggesting that if you love your boobies you read the ingredients on your cosmetics jars


and

if you love other people with boobies you suggest they do the same.







* FSC stands for Forest Stewardship Council.
It means the product came from a forest that environmentalists, developers and first nations people have worked together to manage ethically.

$ Note:  I bought the 50 ml day moisturiser and the 50 ml  night moisturiser @ $22 each and as there is sale this week at The Body Shop, I got the Face Wash for free. 
 



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