Toxins from personal care products migrate into the environment

Apparently, cosmetics, which are supposed to be for beauty, are not so nice after all when it comes to our well-being. The toxins in them are a major health risk, and not just because we are directly exposed to them. You could throw away all your cosmetics and still be at risk of being contaminated by toxins, albeit of a much smaller mass.

This is because the toxins from cosmetics and hygiene products end up in the environment after use. Soapy water, rinsed-out shampoo and the like are discharged into the sewage system, where they poison the water, soil, plants and marine life. Once in the environment, these chemicals also make their way back to us through the food chain, and often they are even more dangerous.

Given our increasing concern about toxins in food, it's kind of ironic that our fondness for cosmetics, of all things, exacerbates this problem.

But there is no reason to be discouraged. It is important to be in the know and to inform others as well.

Our skin acts like a sponge

It has not yet penetrated our consciousness that our skin is a living sponge, just as susceptible to the harmful effects of toxins as, say, our digestive tract. Our lack of awareness and distrust is driving the rise of the personal care products industry. While campaigns against the tobacco industry are now bearing fruit, such as stickers warning "Smoking is bad for your health," such warnings are not present on cosmetics and hygiene products.

Our skin acts like a sponge

Organic means more than "without poison "

  • hardly any toxic load on the product

  • Protection of the soil and the environment

  • environmentally friendly production methods, waste disposal and packaging

  • No exposure of farmers and workers to agricultural poisons

  • Reduction of the allergy potential of the product

  • mostly fair payment and social security for producers and workers

  • full traceability of the origin and routes of the product

  • no admixture of synthetic substances

conventional cosmetics

  • Contains many synthetic ingredients
  • Uses questionable ingredients, which are however permitted according to cosmetics law
  • Uses mineral oil-based raw materials, parabens, PEGs and silicones
  • There are no regulations and specifications about the cultivation of the raw materials, the manufacturing processes used or the packaging
  • Replaces, covers and disrupts the self-regulation of the skin

Natural cosmetics

  • Prefers natural ingredients over artificial ones where possible
  • Completely excludes ingredients of concern, even if they are allowed by law
  • Eliminates mineral oil-based raw materials, parabens, PEGs and silicones
  • Strict regulation of the entire production cycle: from the cultivation and quality of raw materials, to the processing operations 
  • Strengthens the skin's own activity and self-regulation and supports the natural skin function

In addition to the high standards for the origin of raw materials and the manufacturing process, certified natural cosmetics also pay attention to fair working conditions and animal rights.