‘green’ cosmetics let down

‘green’ cosmetics let down

I was so excited to hear all of the good things that Cargo ‘Plant Love’ lipstick had to offer. They have put the lipstick in corn derived plastic and the box is made of recycled paper that can be planted to grow flowers. I was thrilled at the thought of such ecologically responsible lipstick sold in a mainstream way. Advertising a lack of petroleum byproducts and a short list of beneficial botanicals it sounded too good to be true. It has celebrity backed colors in adorable bright hues yet suspiciously I could not find ingredients listed anywhere online. I anxiously sought it out at my local Sephora only to find that not only does it contain parabens, it is not even vegetarian, containing lanolin. I could not have been more disappointed. I was so ready to go load up on lovely lipsticks and report back to you here about this responsible healthful beauty product. Wrong-o. How disappointing. At least they packaged it well, even if the product is a let down.

Who cares? You should.

Parabens: Listed in everything from food to antiperspirants as Sodium Methylparaben, Isopropyl Paraben, Propylparaben, etc. The use of these synthetic preservatives has been restricted and banned by the European Union. Parabens are a human skin toxicant, irritating allergies leading to rash, peeling, hives, etc. These effects may be cumulative after many years of use and deposits of parabens have been found in breast cancer tissue.

Lanolin:[click here for my previous post on lanolin for more info] “A product of the oil glands of sheep, extracted from their wool. Used as an emollient in many skin care products and cosmetics and in medicines. An allergen with no proven effectiveness. (See Wool for information about cruelty to sheep.) Derivatives: aliphatic alcohols, cholesterin, isopropyl lanolate, laneth, Lanogene™, lanolin alcohols, lanosterols, sterols, and triterpene alcohols. Alternatives: plant and vegetable oils.” Please read the PETA factsheet on the wool industry.

Wool: From sheep. Used in clothing. Ram lambs and old “wool” sheep are slaughtered for their meat. Sheep are transported without food or water in extreme heat and cold. Their legs are broken, their eyes are injured, etc. Sheep are bred to be unnaturally woolly and wrinkly, which causes them to get insect infestations around their tail areas. Farmers’ solution to this is a painful practice called mulesing. When being sheared, the sheep are pinned down violently and sheared roughly. Derivatives: lanolin, wool wax, and wool fat. Alternatives: cotton, cotton flannel, synthetic fibers, ramie, etc.

Not what I want to be putting on my lips, even if it does come in cheerful colors.

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