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Introduction to Ethical Health & Beauty

Health and beauty products range from the indispensable to the indefensible, although they are promoted, without exception, as the former. While most of us wouldn’t consider going without toothpaste or shampoo, musk-based perfumes and disposable nappies are less easy to justify. The fine line between necessity and luxury has been successfully blurred by decades of marketing, but a small number of companies specialise not only in ethical basics, but in indulgence with a conscience.

Alternative body care

Most ethical companies generally rely on traditional ingredients, such as natural moisturisers, vegetable fats and non-synthetic fragrances, allaying many people’s fears about the contents of the cosmetics they use. Particular worries are related to the inclusion of chemicals in many creams and cleansers, including petro-chemical derivatives more readily associated with household than skin cleaning products.

Another issue is Deet, a highly toxic pesticide used in many insect repellents, which is responsible for many thousands of workers’ deaths in the countries producing it. incognito is one completely natural alternative that’s based on organic citronella, eucalyptus and camphor. See their website for more detail and information on other essential products The lack of scientific research in this area means it is difficult to make any proclamations about the safety, or otherwise, of the most popular brands. Unsurprisingly, then, the message is to be cautious.

The animal rights movement has long been associated with the health and beauty industry, and was integral in the campaign to ban animal testing on cosmetics.

Key Research

Below you will find links to the key sections of our ethical research in Fashion:

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