A Little Perspective, Please
As you can probably tell from this graphic, I'm letting off a little steam today. Welcome to a one-post-series of mini-rants – all inspired by comments, discussions, and 'tudes I've witnessed on a few online forums over the past several weeks.
Engaging in a discussion rife with sardonic comments, condescending attitudes, and personal insults is not my cup of tea. My usual MO is to step back and observe quietly or simply exit.
Bad behavior seems to have become some sort of acceptable norm in some online gathering places.
Well, I don't approve.
So today, I shall rant and lecture a little bit.
Experiment at Your Own RiskThe first headline: it is not a manufacturers job to guarantee your safety regardless of how you may decide to use any given product.
If you think it's a brilliant idea to save money on lipstick by melting childrens coloring crayons and using them to paint your lips, then you are not allowed to yell at the company for using colorants that are not lip safe.
Because they are not obligated to use lip-safe colors in CRAYONS.
Because they are making CRAYONS.
There's a difference between using and misusing a product. Sheesh!
No wonder there are scads of warnings on labels these days.
Check For Poison in ToothpasteAnd speaking of warning labels on personal care products: they are there for your safety, but that doesn't mean you should stop using common sense.
If a toothpaste tube warning says to 'call the poison center if ingested', it does NOT mean they put poison in the toothpaste!
I've checked, and there is NO poison in toothpaste!
That warning is in all likelihood placed on the label so parents will know what to do in case a child gets hold of a tube and swallows some.
Just as crayons are not created to be used as cheap DIY lipstick ingredients, toothpaste is not meant to be ingested, but then - I'm pretty darn sure you already know that!
Opinion is Not FactIt's not at all cool to preach about the dangers of ingredient X (and scare the crap out of others) because you personally find it unacceptable when ingredient X has been tested and approved as safe for use in cosmetics and food for DECADES – even under the strictest guidelines on the planet (Europe).
Opinion is opinion. It is not fact.
If you are looking for alternative options because you prefer to avoid ingredient X, then by all means look for alternatives, but be honest about it!
What works for you may not work for everyone. If it did, the world would only need ONE kind of cosmetic product.
For me: petrochemical ingredients are a no-no because MY skin does better with plant-based ingredients.
My personal opinion about petrochemical ingredients does not change the fact that they are not dangerous or bad.
If they were as toxic as everyone keeps claiming, people would have been dropping dead right and left for decades from using personal care products.
Consider the SourceAnd if you are looking for alternative options to ingredient X because you've come across something that causes you concern and worry, then check the sources – before you get yourself into a tizzy and start spreading misinformation!
There are scads of cosmetics ingredients that are being vilified on 'consumer-friendly' watchdog databases. Most of these so-called databases claim they will help you easily spot 'the nasties', but take a closer look.
How are they arriving at their conclusions?
It is grossly misleading to give ingredient X a dubious 'rating' because mice died from inhaling it at 100% when ingredient X is intended for topical application at 0.5%.
When facts are twisted, even water becomes a toxic ingredient.
Unreliable sources don't deserve to be cited and they definitely don't deserve your time.
If you're interested in reading more on this subject from me, check this post about how some of these 'watchdog' ingredients databases are deliberately scaring the crap out of innocent, well meaning consumers.
Check Who You CiteA lot of people in discussion forums will refer to experts as sources. Understandable, but – again – check the sources!
One recent discussion involved a rather rude person (let's call her 'Rudy') who claimed to personally know a 'master formulator'. She was not only condescending, but diligent about repeating this term in her comments as she served up one dubious 'fact' after another.
I have been formulating for many years and met a lot of folks in the industry, but have never heard of a 'master formulator' of cosmetics.
Nevertheless, I don't know everything. Maybe it's a new term or title. As 'Rudy' chose to first answer me with a snide remark and then ignore my second polite query, I spent a bit of time trying to find out more. I searched the net, dug around, and asked colleagues.
Nobody I asked (all cosmetics formulators) had ever heard of such a title.
Google pointed me to a master perfumer, and a 'master formulator' selling 'unique and amazing herbal supplements', but nothing in the cosmetics industry.
My conclusion: 'Rudy' was citing 'information' from a con.
There are cons everywhere – and the cosmetics industry is unfortunately no exception.
Cons always have an agenda –and it's never in your favor.
Question (without attacking).
Not everyone is who they claim to be.
All Natural isn't Always All SafeThis argument is really getting old, yet continues to circulate: 'if you can't pronounce it, it's probably dangerous'.
Well, then, try and pronounce this one: Guar Hydroxypropyl Trimonium Chloride.
That scary-sounding, almost unpronounceable ingredient is guar gum. It's all natural and quite safe to use (although if you swallow a kilo of it, you will probably not be feeling well at all).
Hogweed is one of the most all natural poisonous plants you can come across.
Henna has its downsides as well.
Check Your 'tude, DudeUse your head – check your sources, and show others a little respect – even folks you disagree with.
Even if you do happen to know a whole lot more than someone else on a given subject, nobody appreciates a sarcastic, sardonic, or condescending tone.
Everyone thrives in a positive atmosphere - so be nice!
Thanks for reading.