Manufacturers would have you believe that it is impossible to
provide pure products without toxicity.
That would seem to be untrue, as many manufacturers are able.
This is a response from a manufacturer of cosmetics that is not uncommon.
You will get similar responses from manufacturers of all sorts of goods,
foods and personal care products if you ask specifically about ingredients.
It is not ok to poison an unsuspecting public just because the FDA says it's OK. It's not OK to take money for a line of products that are advertised as pure, organic and safe, when a manufacturer knows there is the potential of toxic materials included as ingredients. Instead of you, the buying customer, being the focus of concern, you are the focus of deceit.
Before you apply anything to your body, hair, face or skin, know the ingredients and ask the right questions of manufacturers. The website EWG's Skin Deep, www.ewg.org/skindeep/, has a 1-10 number system to score toxicity of most of your favorite brands. It is worth a few seconds of research to make sure your purchases support your health.
Below is a reprint of the letter I received after asking specifically about the mercury and lead content of Origin's product line.
Thank you for taking the time to contact Origins.
Consumer safety is a top priority at The Estée Lauder Companies and our products undergo our rigorous safety evaluation process.
Lead and other heavy metals are never added as ingredients to our products. However, these earth elements are ubiquitous and found naturally in air, water and soil. So they may also be found at extremely low amounts in some of the raw ingredients used in formulating cosmetics, such as lipsticks.
Again, thank you for contacting us. We hope you will look to Origins for product honesty, performance and concern for the environment.
Consumer Response Representative