Did you ever see the story of stuff? I watched it a long time ago and remembered thinking it did a good job of pointing out some problems with our high-consumption society, but dropped the ball when it came time for a solution.

Their latest video, The Story of Cosmetics, was even worse. From start to finish they preach “you’re just a victim” of the big bad industry. Yes, of course the cosmetic industry is bad. They make a fortune off of lies.

It is the job of these companies to make us believe that if we just cover up problems with shampoos, cleansers, deodorants, and makeup that we will be more attractive and therefore happier. They don’t care what goes into these products as long as they perform some sort of slight of hand that they can heavily market to a group of people with disposable incomes who take no responsibility for what they put in or on their bodies.

It is not the responsibility of a government or manufacturer to protect us from ourselves and our own poor decisions. We have to realize that a large corporation’s first priority is the bottom line.

The Real Solution

You wanna’ know how to protect your family from toxins hidden in even the most “organic” of personal care products? Don’t buy any of them. Not a single one.

  • Wash your hair with baking soda and vinegar.
  • Wash your face with a real soap, made by yourself or someone you trust.
  • Give your babies a bath with this same soap.
  • Don’t spray anything on your body or hair unless it’s water or an essential oil.
  • Find a deodorant alternative that works for you. Coconut oil is great.
  • Don’t wear makeup.

The bottom line is this: if you buy a product that contains toxins then you are responsible for those toxins entering your body. If you can read, you can avoid them. If you stop buying toxic products eventually companies will meet your demand for cleaner products.

No one cares more about the health of your family than you – take responsibility.