Campaign for Safe Cosmetics video stillLead in lipstick, formaldehyde in baby shampoo ... Tainted personal care products and cosmetics isn’t really news to the health and eco-conscious readers of MNN, but most people still don’t know that these products we use daily are virtually unregulated — and contain all sorts of scary, inadequately tested chemicals.

Now, the nonprofit Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is working to shrink that health education gap with a three-part video series. The first video below follows Mia, grassroots coordinator for the nonprofit, while she talks with people enjoying a day at the Boston Public Garden how many personal care products they use every day — and how much they know (or don’t know) about what those products contain.
Future videos will focus on ingredient label loopholes in the cosmetics industry — and the need for grassroots action to push the government to pass better legislation to regulate the personal care product industry. Watch out for those in the coming weeks — and in the meantime, here’s how you can avoid lead and formaldehyde!

Image courtesy of safecosmetics.org

What chemical lurks in your lotion?
Many people still don't know the products they use daily may contain lead, formaldehyde, and other scary chemicals.