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Toxic Beauty Documentary- My Review and Takeaways

If you have yet to watch this Toxic Beauty documentary on Prime, it is a must-see!!!!

It goes into uncovering the Johnson & Johnson lawsuit, the link between ovarian cancer, endocrine disruptors, hormone disruptors, and allergens caused by the toxins in our beauty products.

Watch my under 10-minute video below where I give you my takeaways and review from the Toxic Beauty Documentary. Otherwise, keep reading below.

Ready to check your products to make sure they aren’t harmful? Grab your free list of Harmful Ingredients to Avoid in your beauty products here.

Takeaway #1 from the Toxic Beauty Documentary: Johnson & Johnson Lawsuit

Over 16,000 lawsuits are filed against Johnson & Johnson because their baby powder is linked to ovarian cancer. The documentary showcases many of these women that are filing lawsuits. Along with Deane Berg, the whistle-blower who recovered from ovarian cancer caused by Johnson & Johnson.

Many of these women were not able to make it to their court case before passing away. Talc in Johnson & Johnson baby powder is the ingredient that was discovered in ovarian tumors.  

One of the dangers behind talc is it potentially can contain asbestos.

Talc is also hazardous when used in loose powdered cosmetics. It is harmful to your respiratory.

Johnson & Johnson still claims to this day that their baby powder is completely harmless and is safe to use. However, after hearing many women’s stories and the lawyers and doctors sides in this documentary, I would not touch this stuff.

Talc is found in a lot of cosmetics, such as face powder, foundation, eye shadow, lipstick, blush, and more.


Takeaway #2 from the Toxic Beauty Documentary: Professionals having to leave the industry

The documentary interviewed Rose-Marie Swift, make-up artist and founder of RMS Beauty. She was told by a chemist that the cosmetic industry is destroying women’s CELLS.  

She asked him, “Why don’t you say something?” His response, “I can’t.”

She had fallen ill and had lab work taken. The lab technician had asked if she worked in the cosmetic industry. The chemicals that were found in her workup are commonly found in cosmetics and not people.  

That is when she went on to find a more natural, non-toxic way and created her own brand RMS Beauty.

I, too, have heard personally from the owner of Surface Hair, Wayne Grund, that he had created his line because he was becoming ill and having allergies due to the chemicals he came into contact with on a daily basis in the salon.

It is terrifying for me as a hairstylist that I am surrounded by numerous chemicals on a daily basis that can be harmful to me. I personally don’t feel that our beauty should come at a cost to our health.

Takeaway #3 from the Toxic Beauty Documentary: Harmful ingredients and what you can find them in

The documentary went on to call out certain harmful ingredients and what we can find them in. I will list those here for you:

Phthalates, which are endocrine disruptors linked to developmental disorders and reproductive harm and cancer. Found in fragrance lotions, body wash, hair products, skin products, baby products, nail polish, perfume, and colour cosmetics.

Parabens are endocrine disruptors linked to developmental disorders and reproductive harm and cancer. Commonly found in deodorant, antiperspirant, soap, hair products, shaving products, and fragrance products.

Coal Tar as dangerous and found in hair color and mascara. 

PPD reported as one of the top allergens. PPD is common in hair color and can be the cause of many reactions. The documentary showed an example of a man who had a severe allergic reaction from PPD when he used the hair color Just For Men on his beard.

Methylisothiazolinone and Methylchloroisothiazolinone are preservatives that were initially thought to be a safer preservative but discovered it is harmful. They are linked to lung toxicity and allergens.

Formaldehyde, which is a carcinogen, was used to replace parabens but is just as dangerous. It can be known as DMDM Hydantoin and Diazolidinyl Urea. They are found in nail products, nail glue, eyelash glue, hair gel, hair-smoothing products, baby shampoo, body soap, body wash, and colour cosmetics.

Unfortunately, these are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to harmful ingredients in our cosmetics.

Takeaway #4 from the Toxic Beauty Documentary: How you can reverse the toxins in your body

Mymy Nguyen, a medical student, had a benign breast tumor removed when she was 24. Never having had a history of breast cancer in her family, she began looking at the link between cancer and cosmetics.

She met with an independent lab to sample 3 days of urine. She wanted to see what the levels of phthalate in her body were. She gave 3 days of samples from morning urine and evening urine. 

Day 1 was her starting day, where she used zero products. No shampoo, body wash, deodorant, hand soap, nothing! Her levels of mono-ethyl phthalate (MEP) were 95% higher than the average American.  

Day 2, her levels showed a drastic improvement, until her evening urine sample after she had put all of her make up on had used products all day. The levels started to spike.

Day 3 showed great improvement as she used only non-toxic beauty products.

MEP is commonly found in personal care products. As mentioned above, phthalates are linked to hormone disruption, developmental and reproductive problems, and cancer.

Her main concerns are developing cancer and infertility problems. These are genuine concerns amongst many as they should be.

If you think back to when you were little and playing with your mom’s make-up, you thought nothing of the harmful side effects. No child would. As a mother and you are putting countless products on your children, have you began to wonder what’s in them?

It is so scary that our beauty products are allowed to contain harmful ingredients, such as the few mentioned above. Now it’s up to us to make sure we avoid them.

What’s next?

Ready to check your products to make sure they aren’t harmful? Grab your free list of Harmful Ingredients to Avoid in your beauty products here.

Jenny Brereton

I love teaching women how to transition to clean beauty products.  It gives them the control in knowing that what they use is safe for them and their family.

To learn more about Jenny click here.

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