"Sorry, I can't tonight, I'm washing my hair. With cancer."
Here's a website to scare the living Bejesus out of you this lunchtime, especially if you applied too much rouge this morning. The Skin Deep cosmetic safety database cross-references nearly 42,000 beauty and skin products and the 8,000 chemicals they're produced from, with over 50 toxicity and regulatory databases. It then provides a hazard rating for each product as well as a "data gap" rating, which indicates how much/how little safety data can be attributed to the product. In many instance, you can also click on a list of products that are considered to be safe, should you wish to stop smearing death all over your face.
Although the database is built on products available in the US, there are plenty which are on sale in the UK markets. When we searched for hair conditioning products, it was Pantene that came out on top, with a long list of exotic chemicals to give you untangled hair with a shine that lasts all day:
A quick google for oxybenzone won't make you feel any better. So why would such products ever reach the market? According to Skin Deep, "due to gaping loopholes in federal law, companies can put virtually any ingredient into personal care products... even worse, the government does not require pre-market safety tests for any of them."
Googling will also find you criticism of the database, such as the validity of the research sources used, and failing to differentiate between organic and non-organic products. For our money, if there are two products which do the same job, one with a safe rating and one with DANGER scrawled across it, we'll plump for the former, thanks.
via [Boing Boing]