CAT-IN-CJ If we were to really get down to examining the source of most artificial - and many 'natural' - ingredients, we could make a good, solid case for eating whole food . . . as close to the 'original packaging' as possible.
Back in the 90's (before I had access to internet) I began researching cosmetics and skin care products. Most people don't give it a second thought . . . . but there's a reason many medicines are applied by trans-dermal patches as it gets absorbed directly into the blood, bypassing the body's filtration system. Nasty stuff in there!