The next time you are at the store picking up your shampoo or body lotion, arm yourself with the knowledge to make informed decisions about the products you choose. Cosmetic companies spend millions of dollars on marketing campaigns to ensure you pick their products over all of the others. Between the commercials and the incoherent ingredient labels, how are you supposed to know what is ACTUALLY good for you?

Be a smarty pants and learn to read labels with these:

David Suzuki Foundation’s Dirty Dozen 

Environmental Defence’s Toxic Ten

Look up ratings for any product using these:

Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database

The Good Guide

Think Dirty

For those activists at heart:

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment

Extra Credit:

Fairly Foul- Documentary by YMCA Muskoka 

The Green Beauty Guide- by Julie Gabriel

There’s Lead in your Lipstick- by Gillian Deacon

No More Dirty Looks- by Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt 

Ecoholic- by Adria Vasil 

Pre-Polluted: A report on toxic substances in the umbilical cord blood of Canadian newborns

Toxin Toxout – by Bruce Lourie and Rick Smith

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