elodie_bamboo-01 The next time you are at the store picking up your shampoo or body lotion, arm yourself with knowledge to make informed decisions about the products you choose.

Cosmetic companies spend millions of dollars on marketing campaigns to ensure you pick their products over all of the others. Between the commercials and the incoherent ingredient labels, how are you supposed to know what is ACTUALLY good for you?

Be a smarty pants and learn to read labels with these:

David Suzuki Foundation’s Dirty Dozen
Environmental Defence’s Toxic Ten

Look up ratings for any product using these:

Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database
The Good Guide
Think Dirty

For those activists at heart:

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment

Extra Credit:

Fairly Foul- Documentary by YMCA Muskoka
The Green Beauty Guide- by Julie Gabriel
There’s Lead in your Lipstick- by Gillian Deacon
No More Dirty Looks- by Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt
Ecoholic- by Adria Vasil
Pre-Polluted: A report on toxic substances in the umbilical cord blood of Canadian newborns
Toxin Toxout – by Bruce Lourie and Rick Smith





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