Why Aren’t We Talking More About Beauty’s Link to Big Oil?

Robert Hundley

As I was bingeing “Domina,” a show about historic Rome, I found the main character used her eyeliner with a stick of charcoal. Marveling at the makeup’s simplicity, I questioned what substances my personal magnificence plan applied. I grabbed my eyeshadow palette and Googled until I identified the solution: petrochemicals.

Oh, indeed. The exact same companies extracting oil from the earth and refining fossil fuels into gas also supply some vital parts in our cherished cosmetics. The components outlined in small print on the back again of my possess eye shadow palette incorporated quite a few of the most generally found petrochemicals: petrolatum, mineral oil, fragrance or fragrance, phthalates, amongst at the very least a dozen some others.

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