What's Really in Our...?

Hot on the heels of TV3’s hit series What’s Really In Our Food?, Petra Bagust opens up the nation’s bathroom cabinets to get the lowdown on some of the most ubiquitous products Kiwis use in their everyday lives.  From sunscreens to moisturizers, toothpaste to hair dye, Petra investigates how our favourite personal care products work, if they work, and whether there are toxic dangers lurking in our homes.

Host Petra Bagust says she found the new series even more eye-opening than What’s Really In Our Food? 

The average person uses 10 to 25 cosmetic products before they leave the house.  When even the humble bar of soap comes with a long list of ingredients, a simple routine of soap, deodorant, moisturiser and sunblock adds up to a smorgasboard of chemical ingredients.  Add shampoo, conditioner and hair product, shaving cream and aftershave,  makeup and you’re exposing their hair, skin, and mouth to hundreds of chemicals before breakfast. 

What’s Really In Your…? explores the benefits and risks of creams, gels and pastes we use every day, demystifying the science, testing the ingredients and translating the labels.  Petra looks into the popular myths and misunderstandings surrounding personal care products: asking whether any anti-aging products actually work; is there’s lead in lipstick; can mouthwash can give you cancer; what the fuss is about sodium lauryl sulfate and parabens;  is aluminum in deodorants is dangerous; and whether ‘natural’ is any better than ‘synthetic’?

 New Zealanders spend over $780 million dollars a year on personal care products at the supermarket alone .  But are we buying the products that are best for ourselves and our families – or just buying into the marketing hype?  In What’s Really In Your…? Petra speaks to local and international experts, including leading scientists and medical professionals, to uncover the good, the bad and the ugly truths about personal care products.

If you’re unsure of what‘s good for you, uncertain about what to use more of, and worried about what to avoid, then this is the show for you.


Exective Producer   Vincent Burke, Laurie Clake
Producer   Belinda McLeod
Duration    10 x 26'








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