Nail polish makers yield on disputed chemical

http://www.safecosmetics.org/about-us/media/news-coverage/nail-polish-makers-yield-on-disputed-chemical/by Natasha Singer, The New York Times September 7, 2006 Bowing to pressure from environmental groups and European lawmakers, several cosmetics makers are removing a chemical from nail polish that is suspected of interfering with the endocrine system. Orly International and OPI Products have already started selling reformulated nail polishes without the chemical, dibutyl phthalate. Sally Hansen plans to start selling similarly reformulated products in 2007. Some studies have linked...Read More »

Fragrance

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 »

Phenoxyethanol

http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/chemicals-of-concern/phenoxyethanol/Phenoxyethanol is used as a preservative in cosmetic products and also as a stabilizer in perfumes and soaps.  Exposure to phenoxyethanol has been linked to reactions ranging from eczema to severe, life-threatening allergic reactions. Infant oral exposure to phenoxyethanol can acutely affect nervous system function. FOUND IN: Moisturizer, eye shadow, foundation, sunscreen, conditioner, mascara, eye liner, shampoo, lip gloss, concealer, body wash, hand cream, blush, hair color, hair spray, lip...Read More »

Synthetic Musks

http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/chemicals-of-concern/synthetic-musks/Synthetic musks are chemicals used in personal care product fragrances. They are rarely listed on the label, since fragrance ingredients are often not disclosed. Synthetic musks bioaccumulate in the environment and have been detected in human breast milk, body fat, blood, and umbilical cords. Studies show that these compounds can disrupt cell functioning and hormone systems. FOUND IN: Perfumes, colognes, and scented soap, body wash, sprays, lotions, hair products, detergents,...Read More »