"In general, when it comes to knowing if what is in your moisturizing balm is bad for you, it’s a murky, marketing-driven world."

In general, when it comes to knowing if what is in your moisturizing balm is bad for you, it’s a murky, marketing-driven world. The Food and Drug Administration oversees only certain topical products like sunscreen, and other than requiring that labels don’t misstate benefits, it lets the beauty industry regulate itself. Words like natural, nontoxic and safe have no official or legal meaning when it comes to cosmetic labeling, and dermatologists routinely caution that people can be allergic to any ingredient, natural or not.
New York Times
Laena McCarthy