What’s Really in Our…?

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What’s Really in Our…? (2010)


The average person uses 10 to 25 cosmetic products before they leave the house in the morning: exposing their hair, skin, and mouth to hundreds of chemicals before breakfast. From sunscreens to moisturizers, toothpaste to hair dye, Petra Bagust investigates how our favorite products work, if they work and whether there are toxic dangers lurking in our homes. Speaking to the experts, including leading scientists and medical professionals, she uncovers the good, the bad and the ugly truths about our daily creams, gels and pastes.

What’s Really in Our…? looks into the popular myths and misunderstandings surrounding personal care products, asking what the fuss is about sodium lauryl sulfate and parabens; whether any anti-aging products actually work; whether there really is lead in lipstick; whether mouthwash can give you cancer; whether aluminum in deodorants is dangerous; and whether “natural” is any better than “synthetic.”


Deodorants Video
Episode 1 Deodorants
Deodorants (2010)
Episode 1
, 23 minutes
Petra gets hot and bothered to discover the truth about pheromones, the difference between antiperspirant and deodorant, and whether the ingredients in them increase your risk of breast cancer or Alzheimer’s.
Only available in Canada, United States
Shampoo Video
Episode 2 Shampoo
Shampoo (2010)
Episode 2
, 23 minutes
Petra puts damaged hair under the microscope and finds out how to keep your crowning glory in top condition – and it will cost you.
Only available in Canada, United States
Toothpaste Video
Episode 3 Toothpaste
Toothpaste (2010)
Episode 3
, 23 minutes
Plaque, breath-freshener, tartar control, sensitivity, whitening, baking soda, peroxide – these days choosing a simple toothpaste can be a puzzling process.
Only available in Canada, United States
Hair Dyes Video
Episode 4 Hair Dyes
Hair Dyes (2010)
Episode 4
, 23 minutes
More of us are dyeing our hair than ever before – but are we putting appearance before safety?
Only available in Canada, United States

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