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11 beauty products that may be ruining the planet

By: Julie Knapp on July 12, 2010, 12:22 p.m.
Woman dips her hand in a paraffin dip

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Paraffin dip

When you opt for a paraffin hand or foot treatment at the nail salon, you’re supporting the oil industry. Paraffin wax, often used to make candles, is a byproduct of petroleum. Stick to a regular mani/pedi instead and rely on moisturizing creams to soften your skin.