Revlon Eliminating Toxic Chemicals From Cosmetics 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 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 »

Babies learning how to smile to taking their first steps, babies grow on a daily basis, and the first three years of life are the most critical for development. During this vulnerable time, it is important to limit babies’ exposure to chemicals linked to adverse health effects so that every baby has the chance to develop into a healthy adult. Babies, just like grown-ups, are exposed to many toxic chemicals via personal care products throughout the day including sunscreens, ointments, oils,...Read More »

Benzophenone & Related Compounds 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 »

Butylated Compounds hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) are used as preservatives in a variety of personal care products. Both of these chemicals are also used as preservatives in foods. These chemicals are linked to several health concerns including endocrine disruption and organ-system toxicity. FOUND IN: Lip products, hair products, makeup, sunscreen, antiperspirant/deodorant, fragrance, creams WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: BHA, BHT WHAT ARE BUTYLATED COMPOUNDS? BHA is...Read More »

Carcinogens in Cosmetics laws governing cosmetics and personal care products are so limited that known cancer-causing chemicals, or carcinogens, are legally allowed in personal care products. Some carcinogens, such as formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives, are common in personal care products, while others are less common, but still occasionally present. FOUND IN: A wide variety of products, depending upon the ingredient HOW CAN YOU AVOID CARCINOGENS IN COSMETICS? Read labels and avoid...Read More »

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Compact Signers Mano Bath Skin Care Acquarella LCC Nail Care African Organics Hair Care Afterglow Cosmetics makeup Agape & Zoe Naturals perfume Aguacate & Co. LLC skin care Ajara Ayurvedic Beauty skin care, hair care, lip balm Alaska Glacial Mud Co. skin care Alba skin care, hair care, sunscreen Alchemilla skin care Alexami Cosmetics makeup Alima Pure makeup All Natural Creations skin care AlphaZelle LLC skin care, hair care Amazon Drops/Naturais da Amazonia...Read More »

Ethanolamine Compounds (MEA, DEA, TEA And Others) are present in many consumer products ranging from cosmetics, personal care products and household cleaning products. Both have been linked to liver tumors. The European Commission prohibits diethanolamine (DEA) in cosmetics, to reduce contamination from carcinogenic nitrosamines. FOUND IN: Soaps, shampoos, hair conditioners and dyes, lotions, shaving creams, paraffin and waxes, household cleaning products, pharmaceutical ointments, eyeliners, mascara, eye shadows, blush,...Read More »

Formaldehyde And Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (FRPs) are used in many personal care products, particularly in shampoos and liquid baby soaps. These chemicals, which help prevent microbes from growing in water-based products, can be absorbed through the skin and have been linked to cancer and allergic skin reactions. FOUND IN: Nail polish, nail glue, eyelash glue, hair gel, hair-smoothing products, baby shampoo, body soap, body wash, color cosmetics. WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL:...Read More »

Fragrance 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 »