What's in Your Makeup Bag?

How much do you know about the ingredients in your personal care products? According to a newly released study featured on Oregon Live, most people know very little about the products they use every day. From shampoos to deodorants to toothpaste to perfumes, most consumers remain in the dark. The study, commissioned through Portland State University and titled "What's in My Makeup Bag?," concludes that most people think there are health risks associated with using personal care products, yet generally trust the products they use. According to the study:

. . . nearly half of the respondents do not believe that the government adequately regulates personal care products (45.4%) and over half do not feel that they know all they need to know about the ingredients in the personal care products they use (62.5%).

momsAWARE has created an opportunity to test your knowledge and learn more about the hidden ingredients in your personal care and other household products. This 15-question Chemical Awareness Quiz covers subjects ranging from antibacterial soaps to pesticides to mouthwash. Below are a few samples of the kinds of questions included on the quiz.

  1. How many personal care products does the average woman use each day?

    a. 7
    b. 9
    c. 12
    d. 17
  2. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers' 2008 annual report, this was the top cause of poisoning in children under age 5:

    a. Household cleaners
    b. Pain medications
    c. Cosmetics/personal care products
    d. Foreign bodies/toys
  3. The manufacturer of this consumer product warns against using it near birds because it can "damage a bird's lungs with alarming speed."

    a. Non-stick cookware
    b. Ant spray
    c. Weed killer
    d. Furniture polish
  4. Triclosan, one of the primary ingredients in antibacterial soaps, is classified by the U.S. government as a:

    a. Drug
    b. Dioxide
    c. Waste product
    d. Pesticide
  5. Dr. Harvey Wiley, the "Father of the Pure Food and Drugs Act," advised against using aluminum in food products, saying it is "universally acknowledged as a poison in all countries." Aluminum is commonly found in all of these products EXCEPT:

    a. Toothpaste
    b. Antacids
    c. Food additives
    d. Buffered aspirin
How did you do? To find out, see the comments section of this post. To further test your knowledge and learn more about the chemicals around us, take the momsAWARE Chemical Awareness Quiz.