As I was bingeing “Domina,” a show about ancient Rome, I noticed the main character applied her eyeliner with a stick of charcoal. Marveling at the makeup’s simplicity, I wondered what ingredients my own beauty routine used. I grabbed my eyeshadow palette and Googled until I found the answer: petrochemicals.

Oh, yes. The same companies extracting oil from the earth and refining fossil fuels into gas also supply some key components in our cherished cosmetics. The ingredients listed in tiny print on the back of my own eye shadow palette included many of the most commonly found petrochemicals: petrolatum, mineral oil, perfume or fragrance, phthalates, amongst at least a dozen others.


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