Activists for non-toxic cosmetics – Documentaries, Books, Videos, Articles



Unacceptable Levels  an award-winning film in conjunction with learned scientists, doctors and experts in the field reveals the truth about toxins in the environment and in ourselves. 2012-2013

Under the polish nail, the toxic! ” an enlightening report on the toxicity of nail polish with laboratory analyzes in support, presented in June 2012 on the Swiss channel RTS . (in French)

“The nail polish has become a weapon of mass seduction! Proof ranges of colors and brands that break in the cosmetics departments. ABE decided to scrape the varnish to learn more about their composition and to test their toxicological profile. some ingredients can cause problems because of their penetration into the body.”


Aluminium, notre poison quotidien

Aluminum quietly invaded our daily lives. Everyone consumes daily without realizing it. Yet it is toxic.
Manufacturers use aluminum in food, in cosmetics , in vaccines and even in baby milk.

Dr. Peter Souvet, President of the Association Health Environment France involving more than 2,500 doctors, responded to questions in his documentary Valerie Rouvière “Aluminum, our daily poison”. It was broadcast on France 5 in the show The Doc’s Sunday (2012).


Parfums toxiques? ( Toxic Perfumes? ) a report from France Laroque and Claire Frémont presented on Radio-Canada on February 22, 2011. [1]

Many amongst us are scented daily. But do we really know what we put on our skin? Canadian laws do not oblige manufacturers to show a complete list of the substances which enter the composition of perfumes. European law, much more severe, obliges the perfumers to register allergenic substances. Why are Canadian consumers less protected than Europeans?


Sauver sa peau  ( To save one’s skin ), a report from Paul Carrière presented on Radio-Canada on July 15, 2011. [2]

Since a few years, health and the environment have become important concerns for consumers. What could be more normal, then, than to ask oneself the question about the long-term effects of the use of beauty products ? Are lipsticks, make-up foundations and other make-ups with eyelids as healthy as the large cosmetic companies claim?


The film The Story of Cosmetics , for which Annie Leonard takes care of the narration, is an in-depth look at the cosmetics industry, from lipstick to baby shampoo, and the eternal use of toxic chemicals which lead to health problems . (in English)

You can view a seven-minute excerpt entitled The Story of Stuff Project (“L’Histoire des cosmétiques / The History of  Cosmetics”) on You Tube.


Parsque vous ne valez rien! (Because you are worthless!)
Carcinogenic deodorants, lipsticks that block the liver, creams sterilizing agent-based or synthetic nondegradable nanomaterials pose risks to our health … Yet the alternative of a organic (natural) cosmetic exists and number of manufacturers are rushing into this new breach. But there is still no regulation in this area. The film leads the investigation.

A French documentary by Olivier Sarrazin, December 2009.


Three new videos of short duration relating to breast cancer and environmental risks are offered by the program of Cornell University. You can view them at the following address:


Recipient of a prize, Exposure: Environmental Links to Breast Cancer (a documentary of 60 minutes) with the following stars: Olivia Newton-John, Dre Devra Lee Davis, Bella Abzug, Dre Rosalie Bertell, Matushka, Dre Susan Love and Eva Johnson. (in English). It can be considered as a beginner’s guide concerning environmental hazards which can increase the rates of breast cancer . The scientific and medical experts, almost all of them women, do an excellent job of popularization. You can view excerpts on YouTube.


Mâles en peril  (Males in danger, in French) is a documentary film from Sylvie Gilman and Thierry Lestrade, which received the Europa 2008 Prize for the “best televised current-affairs program”. Available on ARTE.

An alarming fall of the spermatozoa, nature which is feminizing, phthalates which are found in human blood, here are some of the facts about which this documentary informs us. Several scientific experiments are presented including one where 26 young men are coated with lotions containing phthalates and parabens, two hormone-disturbing ingredients (one of the principal sources of exposure to phthalates are cosmetics). Using blood tests, it is shown that the phthalates had entered the blood one hour after the application of the lotions.

Disconcerting fact in this documentary: to put a stop to the conventional cosmetics industry that proclaims loudly that the amounts of the ingredients against which women shout even more loudly are “extremely negligible and inoffensive”: during a scientific experiment in the laboratory about the exposure to bisphenol A (another hormonal disturber forbidden in Canada since 2010), researchers note that it is not “the dose” that counts but rather the moment and the exposure time.


Notre poison quotidien  (Our daily poison) , an investigation from Marie Monique Robin available on ARTE TV or on Télé-Quebec (June 5, 2011).

During the last 30 years, cancer, neurological diseases (Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s) or auto-immune diseases, diabetes and reproductive dysfunction did not cease progressing. How to explain this worrisome epidemic, which strikes the “developed” countries more in particular? It is this question that  Notre poison quotidien addresses, fruit of a two-year investigation in North America, Asia and Europe.

Being based on many scientific studies, but also on testimonies of representatives of regulatory agencies – such as the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) -, the film shows that the principal cause of the epidemic is of environmental origin: it is caused by some of the 100.000 chemical molecules which invaded our environment , and mainly our food chain, since the end of the Second World War.

This great investigation retraces the method of production, conditioning and consumption of food, from the field of the peasant (pesticides) right up to our plate (food additives and plastics). It dissects the system of evaluation and homologation of chemicals, through the examples of pesticides, aspartame and Bisphenol A (BPA), and it shows that it is completely failing and unsuited. It tells about the pressures and the manipulations of the chemical industry to maintain highly toxic products on the market. Finally and especially, it explores the avenues making it possible to protect oneself by supporting one’s immunizing mechanisms by food, as many scientific studies show (decried by the pharmaceutical industry).


Rouges et gloss: baisers chimiques  (Lipsticks and gloss: chemical kisses) , a complete report on  lipsticks available on   TSR .

One does not always realize, by coating the lips with red or gloss, that it is an ultrafine mucous membrane and that we eat these products designed to make us more seductive. However, precise toxicological decoding reveals that not everything, in these products, is advisable.

Review of the Web  (in French)

Men should perhaps pay more precise attention to the documents of the Web review.

◦Le Figaro, Nov 26 08 : « La fertilité masculine est-elle en danger ? » (Reproduction: is mankind threatened?)

◦Paris-Match, Nov 26 08 : « La fertilité masculine est-elle en danger ? » (Is male fertility in danger?)

◦Le Monde, Nov 25 08 : « La reproduction humaine menacée par la chimie » (Human reproduction threatened by chemistry)

◦Libération, Nov 24 08 : « En 20 ans, les Parisiens ont perdu 40% de leurs spermatozoïdes » (In 20 years time, Parisians have lost 40% of their spermatozoa), interview with Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, Secretary of State to Ecology.

◦Le Figaro, Sept 22 08 : « Un polluant répandu altèrerait la reproduction masculine » (A widespread pollutant would deteriorate male reproduction)

On line

◦ More than 50% of young Spaniards have sperm of bad quality, most touched being men originating in the most industrialized areas.

This is what reveals a study carried out by the Marquès Institute of Barcelona amongst a sample of 1.239 men between the ages of 18 and 30 years. Read the study (in Spanish) on the website of the institute.

On the side of the associations:

• chemical pollution on the website of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF);

• “A Present for Life: hazardous chemicals in umbilical cord blood”, a booklet (pdf) co-edited by WWF and Greenpeace;

• “ Linking breast cancer and our environment: the politics of prevention ”, a publication on the relationship between breast cancer and the environment , published (February 2008) by the association ‘Women in Europe for a common future’.

The position of the participants in the Grenelle of the environment

• “To establish an environment respectful of health”, review of the article (pdf) of group 3 of the Grenelle of the environment.



ZIMMER, Anne-Corinne. Polluants chimiques, enfants en danger (Chemical pollutants, children in danger) ,  de L’Atelier, 2008. (in French)

ISBN : 270823952X

Presentation of the editor

“Plastic feeding-bottles, toys, agglomerated wood, toilet products, insecticides, etc… Babies and young children are very exposed to the omnipresent chemical substances in our daily environment. They are most vulnerable to their toxic consequences. For more than ten years, all the scientific work of international organizations, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) or the Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety (IFCS) has not ceased alerting the States on the dangers of the exposure of pregnant women and young children to certain toxic substances. From the fetal stage onward until the first years of life, they deteriorate in a subtle, but major way, the glands which control the hormonal functions  and the nervous and immunizing systems. Fruit of a meticulous investigation founded upon the most recent scientific work, this work is the first to reveal openly to broad daylight the risks of the exposure of children to chemical pollutants. Because the action of these substances undermines the very condition of humanity, it is urgent to take the precautions which are essential. This book, with its detonating revelations, opens a new sphere of activity for public health. It also makes it possible for everyone to make the daily gestures which preserve as well as possible the physical and mental integrality of children and adults. ”


HOREL, Stéphane, La Grande Invasion  ( The Great Invasion ), Éditions Du Moment, 2008.

ISBN 2354170114

Presentation of the editor

“We eat them, breathe them, touch them. In our houses, with our knowledge, thousands of chemical substances share our everyday life, nestled in food and water, encrusted in the detergents, the plastics or the fabrics. Men, women, children and even polar bears have in their bloodstream some of the chemicals supposed to be in the carpets and toasters of the modern world. What are the health risks?

While industry defends its markets and its trade secrets, scientists worry about the increase in asthma, certain cancers, developmental disorders, and the spectacular fall of fertility in the developed countries. For them, this invisible and continuous pollution poisons humanity in all discretion and initially touches babies and children. The book bundles the scientific evidence and proposes practical solutions for survival. ”


COBORN, Theo. DUMANOSKI, Dianne. PATERSON-MYERS, John. L’Homme en voie de disparition ( Man in the process of disappearance) . Terre Vivante, 1998. (in French)

ISBN 290408262X

The book of reference on hormonal disturbers . A historical and scientific point of view.


ROBIN, Marie-Monique.   Notre poison quotidien  ( Our daily poison) ,   Éditions Stanké, 2011-06-20 (in French)

ISBN 978-2-7604-1079-4

Summary of the editor

During the last thirty years, the incidence rate of cancer has increased by 40% (inference made from the ageing factor of the population).

During this period, the progression of leukemia and brain tumours in the child were approximately 2% per annum. And one notes a similar evolution for neurological (Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s) and auto-immune diseases, or for reproductive dysfunctions. How to explain this worrisome epidemic, which strikes the” developed” countries in particular? It is this question that answers Marie-Monique Robin in this new shocking book, fruit of a two-year investigation in North America, Asia and Europe.

Being based on many scientific studies, but also on testimonies from researchers and representatives of the regulatory agencies, it shows that the principal cause of the epidemic is of environmental origin: it is due to tens of thousands of chemical molecules which invaded our daily life and our food since the end of the Second World War. For that, the author retraces the mode of production of food, from the field of the peasant (pesticides) until our plate (food additives and plastics).

She dissects the system of evaluation and homologation of chemicals, through the examples of the pesticides, aspartame or bisphenol A, and shows that it is completely failing and unsuited. Especially, she tells about the pressures and the manipulation of the chemical industry to maintain highly toxic products on the market.


STIENS, Rita. La Vérité sur les cosmétiques naturels  ( The Truth on the natural cosmetics) , Leduc S. éditions, 2006. (in French)

ISBN 2848990759

Presentation of the editor

“Are the expensive products better? Do “natural cosmetics” really exist? Are the glycol ethers inoffensive in a body lotion? Can one repair damaged hair? Why are there more and more allergies? Are parabens dangerous?

Discover the list of the 1.200 most used components and their possible health risks and/or the environment . With the support of evidence, analyze the composition of the top-of-the-range cosmetics, the products sold in supermarkets and those known as “natural”. Here’s the only practical guide to choose your cosmetics well, (creams, shampoos, make-up for all the brands). Surprises guaranteed… ”


WITTNER, Laure. Les Cosmétiques mode d’emploi (la beauté sans stress) , ( Instructions for Cosmetics -Beauty without Stress ) ,   S. éditions, 2005. (in French)

ISBN 2848990775

Presentation of the editor

Are our cosmetics dangerous for our health? Can they irritate the skin rather than embellish it? Are they as efficient as they claim to be? What is there really inside our beauty products? What are those in which one can really have confidence? What to think about parabens, aluminum salts or oils: are they derived from petrol? Whom should we believe? What should we do? Yes, and now, where do we go from here? The success of the recent work, The truth on Cosmetics , by Rita Stiens (Leduc S. editions) proves the interest (and concern!) of consumers about hygiene and beauty products which they use every day. To open a bottle of shower gel or to spread out a cream over one’s skin cannot be regarded any more as harmless gestures when one can decode the labels. By making it possible to see more clearly what hides under the foam of our cosmetics this guide makes it possible for each one to choose. Product by product, it disentangles the truth from the forgery, gives council to buy them and use them as wisely as possible. A practical and accessible tool for all those who are concerned as much about their health as about their beauty. ”


DR. WENTZ, WENTZ, Dave. avec WALLACE, K. Donna.  The Healthy Home ( La santé chez soi) , Vanguard Press 2011.

ISBN 10 : 1593156553

ISBN 13 : 978-1-59315-655-8

In their work The Healthy Home , the father-son team guides the reader around the house, from one room to the other, in order to locate there unsuspected health risks related to the products and the current behaviour of the families of today.  A section of the book is devoted to the bathroom which according to the authors, “contains more chemicals than the garage .”

“The more bottles and tubes there are on the counter, or are aligned in the medicine-chest, or pile up in the drawers and are in the shower, the more you are likely to accumulate poison in your body.”


BELLE, Virgine. Quand l’aluminium nous empoisonne,    ( When aluminum poisons us)  Max Milo éditions, 2010.

ISBN 978-2-35341-098-9


NARBONNE, Jean-François. Sang pour sang toxiqu e , Thierry Souccar éditions, 2010. ISBN 978-2-916878-25-6


O’CONNOR, Siobhan.  No More Dirty Looks: The Truth about Your Beauty Products and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics , Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2010.

ISBN 0738213969

Presentation of the editor

It started with a harmless quest for perfect wash-and-go hair. Every girl wants it, and Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt finally found it in a fancy salon treatment. They were thrilled—until they discovered that the magic ingredient was formaldehyde.

Shocked, O’Connor and Spunt left no bottle unturned. If it went on their body (and thus, was absorbed into their skin and bloodstream), they researched it. As it turns out, many of those unpronounceable ingredients in your self-tanner and leave-in conditioner are not regulated and the “natural” on your face wash doesn’t mean what you think it does.

Now, with the help of top scientists, dermatologists, and makeup artists, the authors share their compelling findings and the easy way to detoxify your beauty regimen.  No More Dirty Looks also reveals the safest, most effective products on the market and time-tested home recipes. Finally, you don’t need to sacrifice health for beauty—because coming clean is the best look yet.


MALKAN, Stacy. Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry , New Society, Publishers, 2007.

ISBN 9780865715745

Stacy Malkan bravely exposes the link between toxic ingredients in mass produced cosmetics to infertility and breast cancer. It is a call to action for people to join the grassroots movement that has been fighting for change. Malkan questions why the fight against breast cancer is focused on Curing those that have the disease rather than Preventing people from getting cancer in the first place. Numerous medical studies are cited throughout the book. Anyone who wears makeup should educate themselves about what chemicals are in the products they wear, this book gives the resources to do that. It also touts natural alternatives.


WINTER, Ruth. A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetics Ingredients: Complete Information About The Harmful and Desirable Ingredients Found in Cosmetics and Cosmeceuticals , Random House, 2010.

ISBN 978-0-307-49459-7

Everything you need to know about the safety and efficacy of cosmetics and cosmeceuticals.

Is it a cosmetic? A drug? A nutrient? It’s becoming more and more difficult to tell the difference with the cosmetic companies combining the three. And unlike with food additives, the FDA has little control over what goes into the products that claim to make you look more beautiful–even though cosmeceuticals (cosmetics that purport to have druglike benefits) have skyrocketed into a multibillion-dollar industry.

So before you slather on that “wrinkle-reducing” cream or swallow a “skin rejuvenating”vitamin, find out what’s in your health and beauty products with  A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients .


GABRIEL, Julie. The Green Beauty Guide: Your Essential Resource to Organic and Natural Skin Care, Hair Care, Makeup and Fragrances , HCI, 2008.

ISBN 9780757307478

Learn insider secrets to making your own organic and natural skincare, hair care, and spa products. You will learn which vegetable oils, herbs, floral waters, essential oils, plant-based emulsifiers, and natural preservatives to use, how to pack and label your own beauty products, and how to store them safely. The book contains more than 250 recipes and step-by-step techniques used by the author, holistic nutritionist Julie Gabriel (THE GREEN BEAUTY GUIDE) to create her own organic skincare line, Petite Marie Organics. Free of artificial ingredients and based on traditional beauty wisdom, recipes and advice in this book are easy to follow and cost very little to prepare. Practical, straightforward, and fun, these recipes are equally suitable for green beauty enthusiasts as well as professional beauty practitioners.


DEACON, Gillian. There’s Lead in Your Lipstick, Toxins in Our Everyday Body Care and How to Avoid Them , Penguin Canada, 2011.

ISBN 978-0-14-317250-5

The book opens with Gillian Deacon’s personal story for why she decided to write this book – when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Even though she believed that she had been living a healthy and sustainable lifestyle for years, she realized that one can never be too cautious. Deacon employs a few new vocabulary terms that help to introduce the reader to what Deacon hopes to accomplish with this book – by teaching the readers to be cautious about what to use in, on, and around their bodies. The first term is pinkwashing, applying to “big cosmetics corporations that position themselves as leaders in the struggle to eradicate breast cancer… [that] are, in fact, makers and marketers of products that contain many ingredients known or suspected to cause breast cancer.” This term is related to the next- greenwashing, in which big corporations do the same thing with environmental awareness. She even gives a list of product lines that fall under this heading on page 10.
Deacon’s motto throughout the book is “Be your own advocate,” and she uses the book to teach the reader how, with multiple resources that can be found both in books and on the internet.


FORTIN, Sylvie. Cosmétiques non toxiques , Éditions La Presse, 2011

ISBN 978289705011-6

A unique book teaching the art of making home non-toxic cosmetics, using plants that are located close to home such as plantain, leads us to lipsticks, creams and soaps. There are simple recipes to cook in no time with family and friends. Lasting pleasure, ecological and nontoxic.


VASIL, Adria. The Ecoholic Body: Your Ultimate Earth-Friendly Guide to Living Healthy and Looking Good, April 2012, Vintage Canada

ISBN-10: 0307357155

ISBN-13: 978-0307357151

Adria Vasil, Canada’s straight-shooting green living expert, is back, and this time it’s personal . . . care, that is. Her latest eco bible delivers the lowdown on virtually every product that comes into contact with our bodies. From the pollutants clogging your sinus meds all the way to the outlaw toxins leaching from your sandals, ECOHOLIC BODY has you covered, head to toe. Never shy to blow the whistle, Adria calls out supplement and shampoo makers that exaggerate their green cred. This witty, indispensable guide will arm you with the knowledge you need to keep you and your family healthy, happy and green, all while detoxing the planet.


Julia, Barett. (Women in Europe for a Common Future). ”Menace sur la santé des femmes”, juillet 2012, éditions Yves Michel

ISBN 978 2 36429 0266

“Menace sur la santé des femmes” (Threat to Women’s Health), a new book which focuses on the endocrine disruptors directly implicated in the occurrence of severe diseases of the hormonal system of women and men. Many everyday products contain chemicals hazardous to health: antibacterials such as triclosan found in toothpastes, some cosmetics and household products, formaldehyde, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) present in the adhesives chipboard furniture. Children’s toys are not spared as some still contain chromium, phthalates or formaldehyde. (in French)



Lastly, centered more on nourishment, a Quebec documentary that I could not overlook: HOMO TOXICUS .

Every day, tons of toxic substances are released in the environment without us knowing about their long-term effects on living beings . Some of them infiltrate without our knowledge in our bodies and those of our children. At the same time as our genetic inheritance, we transmit today to our children our toxic inheritance.

Reduction of spermatozoa by 50% in 50 years, cancers, disordered states of the thyroid gland, asthma, allergies, hyperactivity and attention-span deficit in children… Scientists of the whole world testify about the impact of toxic substances to which we are exposed at low dose, all along our lives. Their conclusions are disconcerting.

The report was broadcasted on television (Radio-Canada) in December 2008 and there were also various public projections in France and in Quebec.


Toxins in Cosmetics / Educational Video

Breast Cancer and the Estrogen Connection

Cosmetic Skin Care Products Dangerous Ingredients Found

Beyond the Label: A Look at the Cosmetics Industry



According to an article published by la Presse in September 2013, nearly 40% of beauty products contain endocrine disruptors. (in French)

“According to this study on the basis of 15,000 beauty and hygiene products  by the independent rating French Institute Noteo, nail polish topped (74% of them contain at least one ED) followed by the make-up (71%), the eye shadows (51%), the make-up removers (43%), the lipsticks (40%), the facials (38%), the deodorants (36%), the toothpaste (30%) and the shampoos (24%).

Endocrine disruptors are defined as chemicals that interfere with hormonal regulation of living organisms and can cause, even at very low doses, a wide variety of effects, including the physiological development of individuals exposed during intrauterine period.

They are suspected as well to have an impact on the fertility and to be related to the increase in the number of so-called hormone-dependent cancers, especially breast and prostate. ”


In Anticancer, prévenir et lutter grâce à nos défenses naturelles and  Cancer du sein, prévention et accompagnement par les médecines complémentaires ( Anti-cancer, to prevent and fight thanks to our natural defenses and Breast cancer, prevention and accompaniment by complementary medicines) , Dr. David Servan-Schreiber as much as Dre Arnal Bérengère warn against the dangers of conventional cosmetics. The same thing in the Guide to Breast Cancer of Dr. Sat Dharam. These are books which I found by mere chance (my yogi will not agree with this idea…) by seeking many other things… Are all these people in league with each other or in error by informing us about the dangers of the conventional products of the the beauty industry!?


Did you know that the conclusions of the report Not So Sexy: The Health Risks of Secret Chemicals in Fragrance (Canadian edition), written by the researchers of the Canada Environmental Defence and Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, reveal that there exist up to 38 secret chemicals in the majority of the most sold perfumes? Did you know that several of the chemical ingredients discovered by these scientists are responsible for hormonal or endocrine disturbances? ( PDF )


“Secret chemicals revealed in celebrity perfumes, teen body sprays”

Article published on the Website of EWG

A recent analysis reveals that the sale of products perfume sprays Britney Spears Curious, Hannah Montana Secret Celebrity, Calvin Klein Eternity and Abercrombie & Fitch Fierce contain a dozen suspicious chemicals or more secrecies which are not reproduced on the labels, of multiple chemicals which can start allergic reactions or disturb the hormones and many substances which were not evaluated for their safety by the monitoring authorities of the beauty industry.


“Brazilian Smoothing of the hair: list of accused products in France” appeared on

Thunderclap: many Brazilian smoothing products present on the French market would be carcinogenic, according to a recent study by the medical authorities. Miss Afro gives you the list.


Can coloring and discoloration damage the hair?

Consult the article Can coloring, dyeing or bleaching damage my hair? at the following address :

You can also consult the answer of Dr. Mehmet Oz on


A French study shows the toxicity of phthalates, in an article published in Viva  magazine


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