Toxic Beauty

Toxic Beauty

Phyllis Ellis
Canada
2019
90 minutes

For many people, it’s part of a daily routine. Each morning, we slather, splash, and douse ourselves with numerous personal care products. But how often do we stop and question the safety of those very products we use? The big companies behind our lotions and potions insist there’s nothing to be concerned about, yet a landmark case against Johnson and Johnson — makers of the eponymous baby powder — alleges the company knew about carcinogens in its product for years and took no action.

Toxic Beauty is a biting exposé of the multi-billion dollar beauty industry and the toxic ingredients they push. Woven throughout the film is a “human experiment” by Boston University medical student Mymy Nguyen, who measures her body’s chemical burden from over 27 different products. With exclusive access to scientists, lawyers, whistle-blowers, regulators, politicians, and advocates, Toxic Beauty interrogates whether the cosmetic industry constitutes a public health risk and introduces us to the people advocating for safer alternatives. -TA

The Tuesday, May 7 screening is a part of Rated Y for Youth and will include a post-film discussion.