Ok, I’m now officially angry
It’s been a funny old week in beauty world and it’s only Thursday! You see I’ve fallen into that old trap of reading and taking to heart the commentary on an article published in the Huffington Post last week about how our cosmetics are going to kill us. The story didn’t uncover anything new, in fact rather than being ground-breaking it reminded me of a viral e-mail that came around back in 1998 talking about SLES being used to clean garage floors and therefore ‘what is it doing in my shampoo??? You get the drift……
Anyway, it usually doesn’t bother me too greatly when I read comments that read ‘oh, I agree. It’s awful what the cosmetics industry is doing’ and ‘how dare they pollute us and our environment like that’ and then ‘and they are only interested in defending themselves and their precious industry’. If only ‘they’ (I am not a fan of grouping or tagging people) knew.
Well, the last straw for me came when I decided to post a little response to these generalized accusations and pipe up with a ‘excuse me kind people, I/ we are human, have children/ sisters/ brothers etc and live on the same planet that we are accused of wrecking’ only to find that I was unable. Now call me a conspiracy theorist but I started to wonder if I had been pro-actively banned from commenting ‘just in case’ as after all, I am a Personal Care Truth bod and that means that I must be evil……
So, after cooling off over a nice cup of tea and some chocolate I e-mailed a good friend of mine and asked his opinion of my state of mind. Have I become a close relation of DR EVIL or am I just another girl in the world who is only motivated by the truth. What he came back with was rather beautiful which is why I wanted to share it with you (with his permission of course):
– I don’t want an iPad – I want an iLand – my k(l)ingdom for a quiet place – far from the troubled, churning sea – to which I might return – remembered by a wordless world with time enough for wisdoms – in a wind unfurled – to look and see – first quietly – what has been how – and when in what’s to be – before I craft and whittle words – that writ on water waste our meaning – wanting shores – stood firm against the moonless tides – these widdershins that drive and draw – the shallows only – iLand visions hold – like roots – to beautied worlds – and grow a different sacred – tree –
Gavin also explained this to me as follows:
Gavin Greenoak is the owner of the Australian Photobiology Testing Facility and is a leading expert in the relationship between our bodies and the sun but more importantly he is a free thinking friend.
PS: While the response to me from my friend was very lovely, printing this is not about me it is about YOU. Do you live on that iLand? Do you stop and slow down every once in a while? That is why I shared 🙂