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Most skincare chemicals were first developed for industrial use

In the six years since Bill first wrote this, not much has changed except we, as consumers, are becoming better informed and our range of choices has expanded.

‘Most of the chemicals used in cosmetics were originally developed for use in industry and have not been tested for long-term human health effects such as birth defects, reproductive toxicity, generic toxicity, immune system toxicity, nervous system toxicity, endocrine toxicity and other health problems. Although legislation stipulates products must be ‘safe’, it is largely up to the manufacturers themselves to determine what is safe. Regulators rely mostly on the information supplied to them by the manufacturers. While it would seem logical for manufacturers to provide products with health safety as a top priority, for financial reasons this is seldom the case.’

by Bill Statham The Chemical Maze Bookshelf Companion (Possibility.com 2006, p2)

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Lindy Schneider is a writer and researcher with a keen interest in health, wellbeing and natural childcare. She is an advocator of a chemical-free lifestyle in the best interests of her family, the community and a sustainable world.

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