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BUYER BEWARE - You may have seen these ads plastered all over social media selling fun boxes full of feminine goodies. If you shop at Sephora or other chains like Ulta then you’re aware of how expensive those products are on their own. $200 worth of products for $40? That’s a steal! It sounds too good to be true! Plus “Fit” means it’s good for me right? Healthy, natural… Then upon first look at the products I discovered it is in fact too good to be true. One of the first ingredients in the most desirable (IMHO) product, the Pure Cosmetics Nude Collection palette, is talc. Perhaps “fit” means perfectly tailored to give it’s demographic cancer.
Talc is linked to ovarian cancer. Classified as probable carcinogen by the National Library of Medicine (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov): The most reliable long term study saw 33% increase in likelihood. There is enough evidence to support class action lawsuits. Yet here is a heavily advertised product, marketed to women, that likely causes cancer.
After learning all of this I started to take a closer look at the rest of my cosmetics. The other day I was really excited to get my VIB Birthday gift from Sephora. The gift I chose was Tarte which advertises, “high performance naturals.” “Awesome,” I thought. It was the 12-hour blush in Paaarty and Tarteist Lip Paint in Birthday Suit. I loved them! Then I read the back… Talc. Sure it’s natural. But so is uranium as it goes. Even the previously mentioned palette deceptively touts that it's, "paraben free," giving the illusion of safety. I see this as predatory marketing given the market and public knowledge of the risks.
There is the FDA for drugs and supplements. There is the USDA for food and agriculture. There is the EPA for the environment. But there is no body governing the literal Wild West of cosmetics. Talc is the bottom of the barrel when it comes to gender specific carcinogens in cosmetic products. (Search: Parabens; breast cancer, formaldehyde in hair dye) The ncbi.gov website recommends using corn starch based cosmetics. Therein lies another problem: Persistent pesticide residues including glyphosate; another probable carcinogen, BT toxin, etc. At least those aren't gender specific.
That was enough research for me. What can you do about it? Well some groups like EWG.org are advocating legislation like the Cosmetics Safety Bill.
We covered talc as one of our Cancer Cocktail© segments LIVE here on The Real News radio show on May 13th, 2014. You heard it here first. Thanks for reading The Real News.