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What are all those chemicals in your shampoo? your lipstick? your aftershave? And what do they have to do with asthma, cancer and learning disabilities?

Get to the ugly truth with The Story of Cosmetics, a short film from the Story of Stuff Project.

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Also! Viewers have translated The Story of Cosmetics into Spanish and French, plus it's available with subtitles in Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Hebrew, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian and Turkish. Just click on the "CC" button in the You Tube player version to view subtitles.

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About the Film

The Story of Cosmetics, released on July 21, 2010 at storyofcosmetics.org, examines the pervasive use of toxic chemicals in our everyday personal care products, from lipstick to baby shampoo. Produced by Free Range Studios and hosted by Annie Leonard, the 7-minute film reveals the implications for consumer and worker health and the environment, and outlines ways we can move the industry away from hazardous chemicals and towards safer alternatives. The film concludes with a call for viewers to support legislation aimed at ensuring the safety of cosmetics and personal care products.

The film was made in close partnership with the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. Who are we?

Want to know more about the film and the issues it raises? Check out these additional materials from the Story of Stuff Project: