Jars and bottles of cosmetics and personal care products in the foreground; there is an out of focus person in the background looking downward

Toxic Beauty

Hot Docs Film Festival

Beauty products are a multi-billion-dollar industry. Despite public attention, companies continue to get away with harmful practices that leave the average consumer wondering which brand can be trusted. Toxic Beauty’s case in point is the landmark class action lawsuit brought by female cancer survivors against Johnson & Johnson, in the face of the company’s insistence that their baby talc products are safe. In exclusive interviews with scientists, whistleblowers and lawyers, the film reveals the ongoing lack of government regulation of cosmetics. To personalize the effects, the film enlists Mymy, a young medical student whose morning beauty routine includes more than 27 mainstream products. Her body is tested, then tested again after using clean beauty products; the results are shocking. The film ultimately concludes that without action, the greatest chemical disaster may be the one happening inside our bodies.

More information and tickets

April 28, 6:30 PM (closed captions, Big Ideas screening)
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West

April 29, 12:45 PM (closed captions)
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1, 350 King Street West

May 2, 5:45 PM (open captions)
Scotiabank Theatre Toronto 3, 259 Richmond Street West