This is becoming 'talc alert week'. It is truly a coincidence; I had set aside today to review Neutrogena Nourishing Eye Duo because it claims to be the "first eye shadow clinically shown to make your skin smoother and healthier". The very first ingredient on the list (and that means that it is the most dominant in terms of quantity) is talc. I have mentioned in a couple of posts this week that talcum powder is linked to cancer and that the FDA, which allows cosmetic grade talc, is being petitioned by cancer groups to crack down on it.

So that's one reason pass on Neutrogena Nourishing Eye Duo. Still, I was curious as to whether there is anything nourishing about it. The only ingredients that really qualify are vitamins, namely B5, E, A and C.

There are a couple of other reasons to pass. Sodium dehydroacetate is a preservative used in this eyeshadow that is described in the Material Data Safety Sheet it is an acute hazard and irritating to the skin and eyes (workers at the production level are advised to wear full protective clothing). There is also bismuth oxychloride, which is also an irritant (one reader said it makes her skin 'itch like hell").