Halloween is here. Party weekend. Dress up. Monday night ‘trick or treat’. The fun begins. Whether you read this now or later in the week, whether you actually do dress up, paint your face, become someone or something on Halloween, this article applies to all of us, all year long. All the time.
We use cosmetic products on our bodies, daily. Halloween merely requires excess. Our concern is to avoid the toxins as much as possible. A few years ago I wrote this poem, ‘The Trust and The Truth’. Our customers loved it and I thought I would share it again as many of us are about to embark on transformations that may enter a spooky realm. Whether we transform ourselves daily, or only on Halloween, we need to be aware of the journey.
Clean with soap,
Shampoo the hair,
Lotion the bod,
Talc with care,
Polish the teeth,
Gargle and spit,
Spray the hair,
Cream a bit
Apply the blush,
Redden the lips,
Shadow the eyes,
Lengthen the lash,
Line the mouth,
A perfume splash
The final touch,
SPF in tow,
No sun for me,
The fatal foe
(THE MUMBO JUMBO RECIPE)
Soap with PH 9
and Cocoamide DEA.
Sprinkle on a little asbestos.
Petroleum the body to moisturize
Polish teeth with saccharin and more petroleum
Rinse the mouth with toxic alcohols.
Coat hair with PVP¹s
Paraben and propylene glycol to moisturize
Lather on the paraben and glycol again as a cover up
Highlight the cheeks with FD&C Red #3
Paraffin and benzo the lips
Feeling deadly yet?
Toxify with Iron Oxide to color the eyelids
PVP the eyelash along with the all the bacteria
that hangs out in the mascara.
Ethylhexyl acrylate to outline the lips with more carcinogens
Add a spritz of toxic scent toluene and benzaldelhyde
Add the pièce de résistance for the final touch: Padimate O and BNPD
preservative in the sunscreen, creating a carcinogen with a wild name:
Mumbo Jumbo ..I am now a toxic bath of cosmetic pleasures.
If you have not seriously thought about the toxic baths we indulge in daily, it is time. When you realize what might be absorbed into your skin, it makes for a very scary place. Maybe more scary than actually seeing a ghost!
People are asking questions, reading labels, searching the web, and questioning what it is they are putting onto their bodies. This is a good thing.
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, defines COSMETIC as: ‘A preparation, such as powder or a skin cream, designed to beautify the body by direct application.’ In the USA, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates cosmetics, defines cosmetics as "intended to be applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance without affecting the body's structure or functions".
According to these definitions, one could infer that if you apply a cosmetic makeup, or a cream or a lotion, or wash your hair with a shampoo, you beautify and clean, but the cosmetic product is not deemed to actually affect your body itself. I do not understand how this can be? Everything affects us, from the pollution in the air, to what we breathe, to what touches our skin. Some things benefit, others do not. Thus the word ‘cosmetic’ should not really be defined as such. A better definition might be ‘intended to be applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance but possibly affecting the body's structure or function’. This would of course open up a whole new can of worms in the ‘cosmetic’ world.
Health Canada defines Cosmetics as "any substance or mixture of substances, manufactured, sold or represented for use in cleansing, improving or altering the complexion, skin, hair or teeth and includes deodorants and perfumes." This definition also includes cosmetics used by professional esthetic services, as well as bulk institutional products (e.g. handsoap in school restrooms).”
Heath Canada has two other categories if the product does not fit into here. Health and Natural Health Product. There are rules and regulations specific to all three categories.
We can all be vigilant as to what we choose. Read, research and care what we consume, both internally and externally, because the external can become the internal. This Halloween, and after, know and trust what you paint onto your skin. Learn the truth.
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