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Human Chemistry Set

by Natalie Elliott |

It feels like the personal care and cosmetics industry are using us all as an experiment and we need to call this out.However, in 2016, two weeks before Christmas, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and there followed a dawning realisation for me.

In the 1990s Anita Roddick put an end to testing on animals. I feel a deep calling for the new movement: putting an end to testing on humans!

Since Anita’s movement, we have collectively been appalled by the images emerging from test laboratories around the world. The images that revealed the bodies of innocent animals riddled with the negative effects of chemicals and toxins. Thankfully, her motivation put an end to the practice of testing on animals.

However, since this time it appears that human allergies, diseases and deficiencies are on the rise,

“Cancer is on the rise, infertility is on the rise, allergies in children are on the rise, and people can’t figure out why,” Nneka Leiba, Director of healthy living science at EWGi.

Current regulation on the self-care and cosmetics industry permits the use of ingredients that are known to be harmful and potentially have negative effects upon the human body.

Although they are being presented with the hard facts, beauty companies are still trying to convince us that small doses of these poisons and toxins will not cause us much harmii. Do you want to take that risk with yourself or your child?

My opinion is that of the hundreds of reports published, even if one in 10 of those saying these products are unsafe are actually correct, why take the risk?

Your mother, father, sister, brother, child or lover are not test dummies. Society did not sign up for this level of risk.

I don’t intend to risk mine or my family’s health with this. But now I ask, why are these ingredients being used? Why do personal care and cosmetics companies use these harsh ingredients? Who decided playing human chemistry set was acceptable?

i Zanolli, L. The Guardian (online). ‘Pretty Hurts: are chemicals in beauty products making us ill?’ https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/23/are-chemicals-in-beauty-products-making-us-ill ii https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/365-all-in-the-dose