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You deserve SAFER!!!

75%. That’s a high percentage, right?

What if I told you, it represents the percentage of the personal care products marketed to Black women that contain chemical ingredients that are harmful to our health?

Before you read on. Sit with what I just said.

75% of the beauty products that are produced and marketed to Black women - skincare, makeup, body products, etc. - not only contain harmful ingredients, but they are purposefully and intentionally marketed to US.

When I first learned about this a few years ago, I had to double back. But I needed to know for sure, so down the rabbit hole I went.

I kept thinking: Is this true? HOW can this be true?

Sadly, it's true, and anger replaced my disbelief.

Not only does the FDA have no authority to force a company to stop using an ingredient even when it is deemed harmful, but they also have no formal approval process over the use of the ingredients that go into our personal care products and cosmetics.

Before I dive into a few ingredients you should watch out for, I want to highlight a few reasons why this should matter to you:

  • Black women are 4-8 times more likely to have parabens found in their body

  • 82% of chronic diseases are due to environmental exposure to toxic chemicals

  • Black women have higher rates of beauty related chemicals in their bodies

  • Black girls get their period at younger ages

    • This has been found to be linked to endocrine disruptors & chemicals that directly affect reproductive hormones

  • Black women have higher diagnoses of both fibroids and breast cancer

    • Both parabens & benzophenones cause an overproduction of estrogen - which is a cause of fibroids and breast cancer

I know that feels like a lot.

But also want to highlight the empowering side of all of this. Black women are responsible for 22% of the spending in this industry. You know what that means? We have the power to demand change.

Here are a few common ingredients you should start looking for in your everyday products.

Let's start with your Fragrance/Parfum/Perfume, which represents an unknown cocktail made of 10,000 plus ingredients. Some of their most known and popular ones: acetone, phenol, toluene, benzyl acetate. Because of their presence, perfumes and other beauty products that we used on a daily basis have been linked to cause:

  • Hormone disruption

  • Asthma

  • Airway dysfunction

  • Migraines

  • Dizziness

  • Skin irritation & sensitivity

  • Inflammation

  • Eye tearing

Other culprits in the list are BPA - Parabens - Phthalates - Parabens

They have been tied to:

  • Developmental defects

  • Reproductive issues

  • Increased cancer risk

  • Dysfunction of the nervous & immune systems

I know that must have been a lot to take on. And by providing all these information, I’m not saying that you need to give up your self-care and skincare routines, nor am I suggesting that you stop wearing makeup.

This blog's objective is to encourage you to check the ingredients in your favorite products.

If you can’t - or simply don’t want to - find a safer alternative, then this is where you use your power as a consumer to ask for better. You can write a letter or use the power of social media to reach out to your favorite brands and ask them why they choose to use certain ingredients when they have been linked to harmful health effects. You can ask them to remove the toxic ingredients from their products.

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it's that lack of information can be extremely harmful to our health. So if we have the power to make a change, why wouldn’t we? It is important that we remember our skin is our largest organ. It can harbor toxins and soak up products' ingredients that can then enter our bloodstream. We can’t afford to overlook that.

We deserve safer!!!

Hannah McCall

Clean Beauty for Black Girls

Instagram: cleanbeautyforblackgirls

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Feb 22, 2022

Eye-opening article! Thank you for spreading awareness! I have started to pay more attention to all of the products in my household and my self care products are no exception.

Hannah McCall
Hannah McCall
Feb 23, 2022
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I'm so glad to hear that! Self care is definitely no exception - yes, exactly! Education surrounding this is so important because once you know the information, you can't forget it! Thanks for reading.


Lillian Maria
Lillian Maria
Feb 22, 2022

Thank you for sharing this information.

Hannah McCall
Hannah McCall
Feb 22, 2022
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Thank you so much for reading!


This is so informative. Thank you. We have to educate ourselves and pay attention to what we put in our system.

Hannah McCall
Hannah McCall
Feb 22, 2022
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Yes, exactly! We have to treat our skin like the organ that is it. Glad you find the information helpful.


As an artisan soap maker, this article speaks directly my heart. It should be published all over websites and social media marketing to black women. If we, women in general, and black women in particular, took a moment of our time to look up the different ingredients that are in the products we are using, something as basic as soap, we would have a revolution to demand that the products being marketed to us are safer. Unfortunately, too many of us are lazy and the companies count on that. Also they have the means to sell us the illusion of what enhancement their products will bring to our lives and we buy it. Even when the promise is true, t…

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Your comment is the reaction everybody should have after reading this post. Because those popular ingredients are harmful to our health. Plus, I don’t care how many promises accompanied a product, if you are harmful- that’s it!!! Let’s hope more of us will start demanding as consumers.

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