On Saturday, Walnut Street, one of Philadelphia's busiest shopping avenues, was closed to traffic for a festival. The weather was picture-perfect, so everyone emerged to soak up the sun. As I passed Lush, I overheard a girl behind me, reading their sign aloud...
"Fresh, handmade cosmetics," she commented to her boyfriend. "Now that's scary."
What's really scary is that she didn't seem to think that "machine-made, synthetic cosmetics" were scary. What this girl doesn't know could hurt her. Most mass-produced cosmetics contain carcinogenic and/or toxic dyes and preservatives. And if that's not bad enough, many major cosmetic firms still test on animals.
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Rewind to the street fair. At 18th and Walnut, Rittenhouse Square swarmed with sun-hungry people. Couples picnicked on the grass, sipping on wine and feeding each other strawberries. Kids walked their dogs. Moms strolled with their babies. The azaleas smiled approvingly in their full, technicolor glory. A few months ago, I wondered if spring would ever come. But the rebirth arrived, right on schedule.