Now that I renewed my Netflix subscription, I have been watching documentaries like crazy. Today I am watching one about America’s obsession with beauty entitled America The Beautiful. There are so many points I could make from this documentary. However, there was one point that really stuck out to me. At the time of the taping of the video, there were only a few chemicals banned in the United States. Less than a dozen. However, in the European Union it was more than 400! What?! I did some internet research and found the Cosmetics Directive for the European Union from 2003. I want to share with you some of the ingredients that are banned (at a certain level) in Europe so you can hopefully avoid them.
Here are ingredients I found listed in the document:
Amylcin namyl alcohol
Methyl heptin carbonate
Oak moss extract
Note that in the United States, companies do not have to list all of their ingredients because they are considered trade secrets. As a result, you may never know that some of the products you use contain some of these.