Despite the fact that the Safety in Cosmetics Act of 2010 didn’t get traction, there are still plenty of products available for those who want to go the “natural” route.
For a month, I sampled three different skin care lines that have no toxic chemicals. All of them are rated at the Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database, have signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, and are listed in the PETA “cruelty-free” shopping guide. I focused on a triad of items that women of all ages use: eye cream, daytime moisturizer, and nighttime moisturizer. Each manufacturer had a story of evolution. However, they were unanimous in their desire to offer consumers alternative options for their needs.
Linda Stein, formerly a trademark attorney, started Zosimos Botanicals because she had been searching for a personal care system that would not harm her sister — who has a challenged immune system. Located in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Stein started in 2004 as a one-woman operation. As she continued to build her line, she branched out from private customers to include small stores, make-up artists, and the Internet.
Believing in a “green” lifestyle, Stein sees herself as part of a community that has a specific belief system.