FDA Rejects Cosmetics Industry’s Draft Legislation

http://www.safecosmetics.org/about-us/media/press-releases/fda-rejects-cosmetics-industrys-draft-legislation/For Immediate Release: March 6, 2014 SAN FRANCISCO—Michael Taylor of the Food and Drug Administration issued a scathing letter today expressing his "profound disappointment" with draft legislation the agency received from the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) and the Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMD)—two cosmetics industry trade associations—outlining their vision of federal cosmetics regulatory reform. Writing that "the draft industry bill could put...Read More »

First-Ever Legal Agreements Seek To End Use Of Cancer-Causing Chemical In Shampoos

http://www.safecosmetics.org/about-us/media/press-releases/first-ever-legal-agreements-seek-to-end-use-of-cancer-causing-chemical-in-shampoos/For Immediate Release: May 5th, 2014 OAKLAND, CA–The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) announced today it has reached the first-ever legal agreements with major companies, including Colgate Palmolive, Saks Inc., Walgreens and 23 others requiring the companies to end their use of the cancer-causing chemical cocamide DEA in shampoos and other personal care products. But more than 100 other companies have yet to resolve ongoing CEH litigation to end their use of the chemical, and the...Read More »

Revlon Eliminating Toxic Chemicals From Cosmetics

http://www.safecosmetics.org/about-us/media/press-releases/revlon-eliminating-toxic-chemicals-from-cosmetics-2/For Immediate Release: Monday, December 22, 2014 After defending its use of carcinogens, Revlon reformulates to stake a claim in the growing safe cosmetics market SAN FRANCISCO – Revlon just got a makeover. Cosmetics giant Revlon has overhauled its ingredients list, vowing to eliminate some of the most toxic cosmetic chemicals from its makeup, mascaras and shampoos. Growing consumer demand for cosmetics free of dangerous chemicals has transformed Revlon from one of the industry’s...Read More »

Red List Technical Guidance

http://www.safecosmetics.org/take-action/businesses-and-retailers/red-list/red-list-technical-guidance/Unless otherwise noted below, the chemicals on the red list should not be used in personal care products. Some of the chemicals, however, can be used with restrictions. Some are also potential unintentional contaminants of intentionally added ingredients. These contaminants are detailed below, with information about testing recommendations.   Benzophenone: Problem: Benzophenone is persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT).,  It is linked to endocrine disruption and organ...Read More »


http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/whats-in-my-products/people/workers/It might be legal, but it’s not fair that salon workers, whose primary job is to help their clients feel and look more beautiful, are exposed to a broad array of very ugly – and toxic – chemicals in the nail products, hair products and beauty products they work with each and every day, often without access to full information about the toxicity of these products.  The same hazardous chemicals used to formulate personal care products for consumers are used and sold in nail and beauty...Read More »

Benzophenone & Related Compounds

http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/chemicals-of-concern/benzophenone/Benzophenone is used in personal care products such as lip balm and nail polish to protect the products from UV light. Derivatives of benzophenone, such as benzophenone-2 (BP2) and oxybenzone (benzophenone-3 or BP3) are common ingredients in sunscreen. Benzophenone is persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT). These chemicals are linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, and organ system toxicity. FOUND IN: Lip balm, nail polish, foundations, baby sunscreens, fragrance, shampoo, conditioner,...Read More »

Coal Tar

http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/chemicals-of-concern/coal-tar/Coal tar is a known carcinogen derived from burning coal. It is a complex mixture of hundreds of compounds, many of which are polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) ,. Coal tar is used in food, textiles, cosmetics and personal care products. Experimental studies have found that application of and exposure to coal tar produce skin tumors and neurological damage. FOUND IN: Shampoos and scalp treatments, soaps, hair dyes, and lotions WHAT IS COAL TAR? Coal tar is a brown-black material and...Read More »

Women take on the cosmetics industry

http://www.safecosmetics.org/about-us/media/news-coverage/women-take-on-the-cosmetics-industry/by Heather Somerville, San Jose Mercury News October 9th, 2013 It began more than a decade ago with four women who wondered whether the hair spray, perfume and shampoo they were using every day were safe. Their quest to find an answer led them to their neighborhood drugstores, where they spent hours reading the labels on beauty products. What they read disturbed them: lists of chemicals and ingredients whose names they couldn't pronounce. This bootstrap effort grew into a national...Read More »


http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/chemicals-of-concern/fragrance/Many products list “fragrance” on the label, but very few name the specific ingredients that make up a “fragrance.” This lack of disclosure prevents consumers from knowing the full list of ingredients in their products. While most fragrance chemicals are not disclosed, we do know that some are linked to serious health problems such as cancer, reproductive and developmental toxicity, allergies and sensitivities. Clearly, there is a need for stronger regulations, more research, and...Read More »

Avon Phases Out Toxic Triclosan From Cosmetics

http://www.safecosmetics.org/about-us/media/press-releases/avon-phases-out-toxic-triclosan-from-cosmetics/For Immediate Release: April 1, 2014 SAN FRANCISCO—Facing pressure from shareholders and consumers who want safer cosmetics, Avon announced today it will phase out the toxic chemical triclosan from its beauty and personal care products. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics congratulated Avon, while pushing the company to take further actions to improve the safety of its cosmetics. "The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics congratulates Avon for finally giving triclosan the boot," said Janet Nudelman,...Read More »