I knew it was about high time I get started making a super safe lipstick brand when I heard these words fall out of Stephen’s mouth…
…I wouldn’t smear most brands of lipstick on my own grandmother, AND SHE’S ALREADY DEAD!!
I kid you not, I couldn’t make anything this juicy up.
When I began working on creating Red Apple Lipstick, I knew nothing about safety in makeup. I learned pretty quickly that this is a seriously deadly subject.
Thank god for one cosmetic chemist, it’s because of him that you are even reading this.
You see, Stephen is an old, high level chemist. The kind of guy who gets paid the big bucks, the kind of bucks that allows a person to have two houses, with two pools.
It was a stroke of luck that I was even able to get him on the telephone. Persistance pays off I suppose.
Either way, Stephen and I hit it off big time after I reacted big time to him telling me that ingredients common in lipstick has an enormously growing body of evidence that it accelerated breast cancer in young women like an Apollo Rocket.
What shocked ME the most was that HE was SURPRISED that anyone would even listen to him!! Say what? Are you crazy?
I’m thinking to myself.. this guy has created formulations for HUGE companies, been paid more than I might see in a lifetime to do it, and NO ONE WILL LISTEN TO HIM??!!
Yep, no one would listen to him.
Some years ago, he attempted to broach the subject at a board meeting of one them big ole’ cosmo groups. Not only did he receive about 50 dagger stares from the room, he later received death threats, and threats against his family. Again I say … “Sayyy whaaaattt?”
As I gained Stephen’s trust, which was a bit difficult, (and I can understand why), he began to reveal more and more to me the under-pinnings of the U.S. Big Cosmo, and it scared the pants off me. If you had any idea how much research is swept under the rug, hidden from public view, paid to be painted in a “not so bad” light, or the money used to keep the GOV looking the other way, it would shock you.
After Stephen said what he did about his grandmother, not only was I laughing so hard I almost fell out of my chair, but I wondered if others agreed.
So I called a few other cosmetic chemists I knew and told them what Stephen had said, and every last one of them agreed with his statement. All of them. 100% across the board.
I was even reading a book on cosmetic chemistry the other night, the one lurking on the bookshelf in our guest bathroom, and like every other book on cosmetic chemistry I have read to date, when you get to the part about Paraben in makeup, it’s always in combination with a warning bubble. WARNING: This ingredient has been linked to breast cancer. Please exercise caution when using.
So here’s the million dollar question. If the chemists warn us, and the books warn us, and cancer research facilities all around the globe warn us, why doesn’t the product packaging warn us?