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What’s in My Makeup Bag?!

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A recent survey at PSU revealed that women use an average of 10 personal care products a day, most of which contain toxic chemicals. Many of those chemicals are linked to hormone disruption, cancer and other long-term irreversible health impacts.

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In the spring of 2011, 1,008 Portland State University undergraduate women took a survey about their buying habits and attitudes regarding personal care products: deodorant, shampoo, skin lotion, toothpaste and anything else you put on your body to cleanse, enhance or cover up your natural features.

The results were alarming:

  • These women use an average of 10 personal care products a day, most of which contain toxic chemicals
  • Many of those chemicals are linked to hormone disruption, cancer and other long-term irreversible health impacts
  • Because of a broken oversight system, these personal care products are not adequately tested or regulated, and manufacturers aren’t required to list all ingredients on their labels

What’s in My Makeup Bag?! reveals that these young women care about the ingredients in the products they use and believe that it is important to regulate these ingredients for safety. But in reality, manufacturers aren't required to disclose all product ingredients, and Oregon women don't have a full understanding of their health impacts.

Who will protect women from toxic chemicals?

It’s your makeup bag, your market and your laws. You can help.

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