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Everything and everyone is made up of chemicals - a chemical is any substance made up of atoms and molecules whether synthetic (man-made) or of natural origin.

In recent years some cosmetic products have received a bad press owing to their "chemical content" - but all the ingredients used in cosmetics are chemicals, whether natural or man-made. Water is one of the most 'natural' substances on earth - but of course it is a chemical.

In fact, nature is the biggest producer of chemicals, and one of the most successful producers of natural poisons. So, whether a cosmetic is made up of natural or man-made ingredients, it is still subject to the same strict safety assessments, as required by cosmetics legislation, to make sure it is safe to use.

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