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There was a time when men as well as women powdered themselves white with makeup containing lead and arsenic. Unfortunately it had some side effects, like difficulty breathing, damaged skin, loss of hair, increased salivation, swollen gums and black teeth. 

Today we laugh at the toxic vanity of the 18th century gentility. But what about us? We roll aluminium in our armpits, perfume ourselves with endocrine disruptive fragrances and lure our kids into the bathtub with allergenic foam bath.

Your bathroom cabinet contains... do you really want to know?

If you know what to look for, there are beautiful, chemically clever alternatives!