13 Gross Ingredients Hidden in Your Beauty Products
Lipstick that contains bug juice, soap made of human breast milk ... see what you've been slathering on your face and body
We did some online digging and got in touch with our researcher friends from Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database and Stacy Malkan from The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, author of "Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry". We reported not so much on the dangerous ingredients to avoid, but more like omg-we-can't-believe-our-lipstick-has-bug-juice-in-it (yes, bug juice) type of stuff. And it doesn't stop there. We found that some beauty products contain pretty much everything in the circle of life from placenta to road kill -- we're not making this up.
The purpose of this story is not to point fingers or out any makeup, skin care or hair care companies because sometimes there is a communication break down in the supply chain, and some cosmetic companies aren't even aware of the shocking ingredients in their products. In addition, many companies have phased out the use of some of these disturbing ingredients such as whale vomit (more on that in a minute…). Instead we just thought we'd lift the veil of the amazing smells and technologies of beauty products and unwrap the cute packaging to show you some of the medieval-sounding ingredients that are shockingly still used in some cosmetics. See what gross ingredients might be lurking in your lotion, powder, soap or lip gloss now.
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