Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Disappointment in Heroes: The Cosmetics Cop

I have been a fan of 'Cosmetics Cop' Paula Begoun since reading her 'Blue Eyeshadow Should Be Illegal' back in the early 90's. She was always outspoken about junk chemicals and preservatives in cosmetics. I guess things change when you start selling your own products. I was at her website Paula's Choice all excited about her 50% sale until I started reading ingredients. Most of her products contain Parabens. I feel more than a little betrayed, especially after reading her tapdancing response to the question of Parabens in cosmetics. I'm going to have to think long and hard before I spend another dime on her books or products.

Paula's response to the Parabens question.

Natural Finish SPF 15 (pictured)

Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%; Octisalate 5%, Oxybenzone 3%, Avobenzone 3% (all sunscreen ingredients).

Other Ingredients: Water, Di-PPG-3 Myristyl Ether Adipate (skin-conditioning agent), Propylene Glycol (slip agent), Stearic Acid, Propylene Glycol Stearate, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate (thickeners), Acrylates Copolymer (film-forming/suspending agent), Kaolin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate (absorbents), Cetyl Alcohol (thickener), Triethanolamine (pH adjuster), Talc (absorbent mineral), Sorbitan Stearate (emulsifier), Lecithin (skin-conditioning agent), Dimethicone (silicone slip agent), Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Superoxide Dismutase, Ascorbyl Palmitate (antioxidants), Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate (water-binding agents), Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate (thickeners), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), Xanthan Gum (thickener), Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, (all preservatives).

1 comment:

  1. Paula is just like everyone else. As far as "Blue Eyeshadow Should Be Illegal", I haven't read it, but the name sounds stupid. With make-up colors, it's all about the personal choice and fit for your complexion. While brunette, olive skinned brown-eyed Paula certainly wouldn't look great with blue eyeshadow, someone blond with blue eyes would and does, if it's done right.

    I looked at her site awhile back and she is too pompous and condescending towards her clients, I actually read an article explaining that "parabens aren't bad" where she cites that same research that everyone throws in your face the minute you say they are. What does she think, people have never heard of the standard mainstream view? I don't need to hear it re-iterated. I am in a constant pursuit of good quality cosmetics that doesn't have junk in them. If she wants to sell her products to people like me, she better eliminate all this crap from them.