Cosmetics – A Story of Beauty and Toxic Chemicals

The Story of Cosmetics, released on 21st July 2010, examines the pervasive use of toxic chemicals in our everyday personal care products, from lipstick to baby shampoo. The seven-minute film 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.

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The Story of Cosmetics was co-created and released by The Story of Stuff Project and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a coalition effort launched in 2004 to protect the health of consumers and workers by securing the corporate, regulatory and legislative reforms necessary to eliminate dangerous chemicals from cosmetics and personal care products. The movie was produced by Free Range Studios.


There’s more to your makeup than meets the eye. New research shows that health-related complaints about cosmetic products like shampoo and makeup are at an all-time high since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began keeping track more than a decade ago.


We all like to stay healthy and many of us also like to look good. To achieve a healthy life and good looks, many people end up using many personal care products, and most of them have a high chemical content. There are actually several chemical-based personal care products that are safe for our body, but you should definitely watch out for some of the harsher ones. These chemicals are very powerful, and if they’re used regularly for a long time, they have the ability to affect the skin in a variety of unpleasant ways. These chemicals also show immediate reactions on overly sensitive skins.

There are various chemicals used in the preparation of cosmetics which should be used with caution, or else they can have harmful effects.