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Beauty Byte: A Chemical to Watch Out for

It seems like warnings about cosmetics safety are coming out every week, and I'm hoping it's only a matter of time before cosmetics are legislated in the US. The latest study suggests that one chemical could increase the risk of breast cancer. By mimicking the effects of estrogen, butyl benzyl phthalate was found to alter the genetic makeup of cells in the mammary glands of rats.

Butyl benzyl phthalate, or BBP, is used to create the shiny finish of lip gloss and nail polish. So I looked it up at Cosmeticsdatabase.com, which lists different cosmetics and the possibly sketchy ingredients within them. Unfortunately, no products showed up in the search. I'll keep looking into it, but for now, this is definitely a story to watch.

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Allotrios Allotrios 9 years
Fortunately, Sephora offers a list of ingredients for each of the products it sells. I just checked the ingredients for my Smashbox lipgloss and found that the chemical is not among those listed. :D So next time you're unsure about a product, check the ingredients at Sephora.com - whether you plan on purchasing from Sephora or not. Chances are, they sell so many products, that they have the item about which you're curious.
chatnoir chatnoir 9 years
please.. let us know if you find anything! OMG.
LexxyTaylor LexxyTaylor 9 years
that is so scary!
emalove emalove 9 years
Oh jeez, is this in most lip glosses?? I'm a gloss addict. I'm worried now!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Scary!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Ooo scary, thanks for the info!
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