Posted by Vishva News Reporter on August 30, 2009


Clipart of a Blonde Woman Applying Lipstick in a Handheld Mirror

Britta Aragon,
a makeup artist who devoted herself to
educating women about
toxic beauty products and healthy alternatives


"Majority of products in your makeup and personal care collection such as
 Anti-perspirant, Lipstick, Sun-screen, Nail-polish, Hair dye, 
contain toxins linked to
and other serious illnesses such as
 infertility and birth defects..

These are just a few of the endless examples.
I am not sure what infuriates me more:
That I continue to put this stuff on my body
or that
 these are available in the first place —
with minimal public awareness and control......"


Women in the ancient Indus Valley Civilization applied lipstick to their lips for face decoration. Indian women and men have been using henna and kohl (kajal) since ages. In fact the history of cosmetics spans at least 6000 years of human history and evidences can be found in Egyptian, Roman, Greek and Chinese civilizations.

As for the lipstick, it is known to have been used around 5000 years ago in ancient Mesopotamia, when semi-precious jewels were crushed and applied to the lips and occasionally around the eyes.

 And the best fact about lipstick – During the Islamic Golden Age the notable Arab Andalusian cosmetologist Abu al-Qasim al-Zahrawi (Abulcasis) invented solid lipsticks, which were perfumed stocks rolled and pressed in special molds, and he described them in his Al-Tasrif. (From My Random Thoughts webpage)

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The above statement contains reference to /span> vED because in the sNskRUt language texts of the entire corpus of vED Sciences extant today....reference to cosmetics, beauty aids, personal care products is mentioned everywhere.....which means presently evolving knowledge on makeup and personal care products in not a new discovery as is perceived today by what we call industrialized, developed, modern nations....

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....Carefree cosmetics contain /> toxins linked to
.......cancer and other illness.... 

A bit of research unearths healthy beauty alternatives

(From: EdmEdmonton Journal:10 Aug 2009: Sarah Petrescu)

Like many women, the majority of products in my bathroom cabinets contain toxins linked to cancer and other illnesses. />
Antiperspirant: Aluminum-based compounds found in most antiperspirants have been shown to boost levels of estrogen, which can promote cancer cell growth.

Sunscreen: Pa Parabens, used as a preservative in many lotions — even natural ones — were found in 18 out of 20 breast cancer tumours in a 2004 study published in the Journal of Toxicology.

Nail polish: Phthalates, plasticizers used to preserve flexibility, are linked to infertility and birth defects.

Lipstick: My L’Oreal Colour Riche True Red tested with one of the highest concentrations of lead, even though it is not listed as an ingredient, by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics in 2007. L’Oreal responded to that study by saying all its ingredients are tested by its safety team of toxicologists, physicians and other experts.

Hair dye: has been linked to bladder cancer and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma since the 1980s.

These are just a few of the endless examples. I’m not sure what infuriates me more: That I continue to put this stuff on my body or that it is available in the first place — with minimal public awareness and control.

So, in this toxic dump of beauty products, who is responsible for sifting out the healthy from the harmful?

Britta Aragon, New York blogger on the subject, says we are — at least for now.

“Unfortunately, at this point, the consumer is the one responsible for being the watchdog. Hopefully we can change that,” Aragon, 35, tells me. “Use fewer, simpler personal-care products; don’t trust ‘organic’ or ‘natural;’ read labels, and become your own authority.”

Aragon, who is originally from Vancouver, is a makeup artist who devoted herself to educating women about toxic beauty products and healthy alternatives when her father lost his fifth battle with cancer in 2007.

So she started Cinco Vidas (‘five lives,’ in honour of her father), a site devoted to toxin-free beauty product information, discussion and healing from chemotherapy and radiation treatments — something Aragon experienced first-hand as a 16-year-old Hodgkin’s cancer survivor.

“I just felt I had to do something,” says Aragon, who is developing her own line of safe, healthy products as well, and recommends the non-profit Campaign for Safe Cosmetics as a great resource.

“While I was caregiving for my father, I witnessed all the side-effects chemotherapy and radiation had on my father’s skin, hair and nails. I discovered very few products that would help and the ones that did were fully loaded with skin irritants and carcinogens,” says Aragon.

“Hopefully more strict formulating guidelines will be implemented and more of these toxic chemicals will be banned from our personal-care products,” Aragon says. Until then, we are left to seek out these non-toxic, natural products — of which there are many. But do they work as well as the “real” thing? Because, let’s face it, that’s what matters.

I recently gave a new all-natural liquid crystal deodorant from Rocky Mountain Soap Company the “Mount Finlayson test’ with pleasing results. After the steep, 200-metre climb up the mountain northwest of Victoria, B.C. in the scorching sun, I did not stink.

The potassium alum (a naturally occurring mineral) inhibits the bacteria responsible for body odour, whereas antiperspirants block the pores altogether. The sweat allowed my body to cool naturally. The deodorant (available online at kept it smelling nice —with the help of essential oils.

A friend sent me one of the best resources for choosing products: cosmeticsdatabase. com.

It allows you to search products by name, rates them on toxicity, lists ingredients and related ill-effects (if any) and compares them to other products on the market. I found out that my Aubrey Organics shampoo and conditioner are relatively low on the toxicity scale — no sodium laureth sulfate makes them a big step up from most items on the shelf — but could contain some preservative parabens.

For more information on toxins /> in beauty products
and healthy alternatives visit:

(By clicking on the website names below)

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
Britta Aragon’s blog
Health Canada’s cosmetic safety list
Learn more about history of
Lipstics and Cosmetics 
by clicking on the name hilite

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