The Story of Cosmetics: The Safe Cosmetics Act with Stacy Malkan
Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry is an excellent book that talks about the film, "The Story of Cosmetics" including the toxicity and lack of regulation of the cosmetics industry. Makeup, hair dyes, lipstick, and even baby shampoos are linked to cancer, birth defects, fertility problems, skin problems and much more. The amounts of toxins in each product is small, but they clearly add up to create a major issue. The Safe Cosmetics Act was recently passed and changed the regulations of cosmetic products. It requires cosmetic companies to disclose all the ingredients in their cosmetics, require safety review by the FDA, and phase out the most harmful chemicals.
Story of Cosmetics
The Story of Cosmetics, released on July 21st, 2010, examines the pervasive use of toxic chemicals in our everyday personal care products, from lipstick to baby shampoo. Produced with Free Range Studios and hosted by Annie Leonard, the seven-minute film by The Story of Stuff Project reveals the implications for consumer and worker health and the environment, and outlines ways we can move the industry away from hazardous chemicals and towards safer alternatives. The film concludes with a call for viewers to support legislation aimed at ensuring the safety of cosmetics and personal care products.