Whether you’re hippie or health-savvy, chances are your bathroom cabinet contains more than a few “organic” items. But exactly what does organic entail? A lawsuit by the Center for Environmental Health reveals that numerous “organic” beauty products actually contain very few organic ingredients, if any at all.
According to California law, 70% of a product’s ingredients must be organic in order to qualify for that label, but the federal government failed to set down similar regulations. As a result, the standards for what passes as “organic” are somewhat ambiguous. After testing items purchased from Target, Walgreens, and Whole Foods in the Bay Area, researchers identified a whopping 26 brands (many of which you might recognize in your own home) guilty of mislabeling their products. One of them included a “Kids Hair Softening System” by Organics by Africa’s Best, which contained cancer-causing, hormone-disrupting chemicals. The package, shamelessly covered with smiling little girls, warned that contact with eyes could cause blindness.
Though the term “organic” might not be clearly defined, you’d think that companies would have the decency to keep toxic chemicals out of their beauty products. Apparently not.