It’s surprising how cavalier we humans can be about our own safety.  Many of the products we use daily on our bodies include chemicals that are known to be toxic or carcinogenic. As the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics  (a coalition working under the aegis of the Breast Cancer Fund) points out, we’re not just talking about things like lipstick.  Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soap, sunscreens—all of these count as “cosmetics.” Products that are used by women, by men–and by children as well.

So I was delighted to see that the drive for more natural skin and body products is inspiring people to look to nature.    A number of products , including L’Oreal, Clarins, and Nourish Organic, appear to be actively seeking solutions from nature.  Chemist’s Corner even suggests ways for their cosmetic chemist readers to apply biomimicry to the creation of cosmetics.

As biomimicry makes inroads into the wide array of self-care products, one hopes it will become easier to ensure that whatever’s on your face is as natural and healthy as the face itself.