What difference does it make if we put petroleum on our faces and bodies? Should we stop buying beauty products altogether or should we make the switch to natural/organic cosmetics?
Greenpeace has a short answer to these questions: on its website, there is a classification of most commonly used household cosmetics – called “Le Guide Cosmetox” – in terms of how much they contain in the way of toxic chemicals. It’s easy to read because it is color-coded – red being the worst offenders, orange the middle way and green the best options. Not a single one of the products I use featured in the green columns. Colgate toothpaste, Klorane shampoo for adults and children – all were in the red, along with every perfume you can name.
So what are the alternatives?
First, check for the Ecocert label in France, which divides products into “ecologique” and “biologique”. The former guarantees components derived from 95 pct organic agriculture, while the latter contain only 50 pct. Both promise less than 5 pct non-vegetal components.