The hidden dangers of personal care products

Heather Gehlert interviewed author Stacy Malkan for an article on Alternet titled I’ll Have My Cosmetics With a Side of Infertility, Please:

Carcinogens in cosmetics? Petrochemicals in perfume? If only this were an urban legend. Unfortunately, it’s a toxic reality, and it’s showing up in our bodies.

In 2004, scientists found pesticides in the blood of newborn babies. A year later, researchers discovered perchlorate, a component of rocket fuel, in human breast milk. Today, people are testing positive for a litany of hazardous substances from flame retardants to phthalates to lead.

In her new book, Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry, Stacy Malkan exposes the toxic chemicals that lurk, often unlabeled, in the personal care products that millions of American women, men and children use every day.

It’s an interesting, informative interview and if you use any personal care product like shampoo or deodrant, you should read the article.

PS: Some resources from the article that you can visit:

To learn more and take action, visit To find out what toxins are in your personal care products, go to And to buy the book, check out .


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