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Toxic Beauty Documentary - Our Thoughts

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The new Toxic Beauty documentary from director Phyllis Ellis is a must-watch for anyone that uses beauty products — especially anyone with doubts about the need for clean beauty. In an era where we demand transparency, more people are turning to clean beauty products, including Love, Indie B. 

If you’ve ever wondered why clean beauty exists and why commonly-used products have toxic ingredients in them, I’ll recap key takeaways from the documentary, share more about the importance of non-toxic beauty, and tell you what Love, Indie B. means to me.

Toxic Beauty: What is it?

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There’s been little to no change in the regulations around beauty products since the 1930s.

The beauty industry is largely self regulated. As stated in a Vogue article about the documentary, “...a postmarket regulatory system (which is to say, is not really regulated), most ingredients aren’t reviewed by a government agency before they go to market. Regulation kicks in only if customers report problems post-purchase.” 

Corporations fund research to prove their claims, which is a backwards approach to science. It's important that consumers know who’s deeming ingredients safe.

The Toxic Beauty documentary focused heavily on Johnson & Johnson, a company who has known since the late 1950s that their baby powder was not safe for use on the genitals and knowingly left it on the market, with no warning labels. Placing profit and reputation over consumers’ safety.

How Toxic Beauty Affects Your Body

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The documentary’s revelations around the ways corporate greed and the lack of regulation and transparency within the beauty industry have led to women's health being disregarded in favor of profit were both fascinating and appalling. 

Toxic Beauty showed audiences that there were ingredients from beauty products found in breast tissue masses. It also showed that talc was found in the tissue of uterus/ovaries of patients with ovarian cancer.

Product formulations are often changed proactively, but it’s not always for the best. For example, parabens are swapped for a re-formulated or re-named form of formaldehyde, which is a known carcinogen.

This Toxic Beauty documentary reinforced my long-held belief that the clean beauty movement is really a call for transparency and accountability, one that indie brands are embracing.

During my journey with Love, Indie B. I have encountered many founders that cite health concerns as the inspiration for their brand. I believe this film validates those concerns when one of the film’s participants, a 24-year-old avid beauty user, undergoes a chemical body burden test, discovering her phalythate and paraben levels were significantly higher when using her typical conventional products versus when she used non-toxic beauty products.

I was also reminded of how my mother, like so many of us, continues to follow the same beauty routine she was introduced to as a teenager without considering new research linking her go-to products to major health concerns. 

Choose Non-Toxic Beauty

It’s so important for consumers to continue to educate themselves and demand transparency from the beauty industry.

At Love, Indie B., our mission is to bring you the next generation of indie beauty brands, which includes clean and sustainable products. We carry cruelty-free products, value authenticity, and think beauty should be fun and safe for everyone. 

Click here to learn more about the Toxic Beauty documentary. 

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