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Letter campaign targets nail salons
by Julie DeardorffChicago Tribune
May 2nd, 2006
Nail products company OPI has long charmed women with whimsical shade names such as "O'Hare and Nails Look Great!" and "That's an EL of a color." It even launched a line of nail "pawlish" for pets.

High price for beauty?
by Samantha Thompson Smith, Staff WriterRaleigh News & Observer
April 24th, 2006
For mani/pedi faithfuls, Malaga Wine, Tutti Frutti Tonga and I'm Not Really a Waitress are three of the best names a girl can hear. But a report called "Skin Deep" put out by the Environmental Working Group says OPI nail polishes, used by many nail salons around the region, have some of the most toxic ingredients on the market.

Shareholders ask corporations to do the right thing
Corporate Watchdog Radio
April 5th, 2006
Annual shareholder meetings in April and May are a time to press companies to do the right thing on environment and human rights. CWR discusses shareholder fights at DuPont (toxic chemicals), Dow Chemical (Bhopal), Whole Foods (toxics in products), CVS and others.

Skin deep: When it comes to cosmetic ingredients, buyer beware
by Leigh GroganSacramento Bee
March 1st, 2006
We're pretty picky when it comes to what we eat and drink. But when it comes to our personal-care products and cosmetics we plunk down the cash and then forget about it.

Readers rate lip and eye makeup
The Green Guide
February 1st, 2006
The Green Guide surveyed web site visitors who've used the following brands of lip and eye makeup, made without certain problem ingredients, to see how they found they performed when compared to conventional brands they've used.

10 ways to improve your health in 2006
by Julie Deardorff, Tribune health and fitness reporterChicago Tribune
January 8th, 2006
Robert McKeague's top tip for better health is simple: Get some exercise. We're not surprised. The sprightly 80-year-old from Villa Park became the oldest man to complete the Hawaii Ironman triathlon last year, a grueling odyssey that involves a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike and a 26.2-mile run.

The DARK side of beauty
by Rosemary CarstensAlternative Medicine Magazine
January 1st, 2006
We live in a culture that reveres youth and beauty, so it should come as no surprise that we are especially vulnerable to ads promising that their products will keep us forever young, forever desirable. But some of those promises are like Sleeping Beauty's poisoned apple — irresistible on the outside, but deadly within.

Study: Unsafe cosmetics may cause cancer
by Bay City News ServiceSan Jose Mercury News
December 12th, 2005
Several cosmetics and personal care products popular with teenagers contain ingredients linked to breast cancer and other serious health problems, according to Washington-based Environmental Working Group's recent study of beauty products.

Campaigning For Safe Cosmetics, Tougher FDA
by Joann KlimkiewiczThe Hartford Courant
December 6th, 2005
Everyday, we smear and spritz ourselves without a second thought. Eyes get rimmed in kohl liner, lips slicked in gloss. A dab of cologne on the neck, a dollop of body lotion on elbows and hands.

European Parliament OKs Rules on Chemical Safety
by Marla ConeLos Angeles Times
November 18th, 2005
The European Parliament on Thursday approved legislation requiring safety testing of thousands of compounds widely used in everyday products, endorsing a policy that would overhaul how the public was protected from toxic chemicals.

Security Guards: Cosmetic safety is goal of Quincy health group
by Jody FeinbergThe Patriot Ledger
November 15th, 2005
Sue Weber used to dye her hair, but now it’s a natural salt and pepper shade. She sparingly uses make up and nail polish. As a 14-year breast cancer survivor, Weber, 52, wants to avoid putting on her body substances that could be harmful.

Skin Deep: Is It Organic? Well, Maybe
by Jessica MerrillThe New York Times
October 20th, 2005
Hundreds of soaps, shampoos and skin creams call themselves organic, but their labels have long been confusing, even misleading. A moisturizing cream might be made with organic kiwi, strawberries, jojoba oil and aloe vera, but then mixed with synthetic preservatives. No government agency checked whether the ingredients were truly organic.

Is that mascara safe? Go online
by David GoldsteinKansas City Star
October 19th, 2005
Want to know what's in your face cream? You can look it up in a new online database, along with more than 14,000 other cosmetics and personal care products, to find out whether the ingredients could be hazardous to your health.

New law puts focus on cosmetics ingredients
by Elizabeth JardinaOakland Tribune
October 17th, 2005
The shampoo and makeup aisles at your favorite drug store may not reflect it, but there's controversy brewing among the neat cardboard boxes of hair dye and bottles of lotion.

From an Ingredient In Cosmetics, Toys, A Safety Concern
by Peter WaldmanWall Street Journal
October 4th, 2005
In the 12th week of a human pregnancy, the momentous event of gender formation begins, as X and Y chromosomes trigger biochemical reactions that shape male or female organs. Estrogens carry the process forward in girls, while in boys, male hormones called androgens do.

Citizens Advisers Releases Research Examining EU Rules for the Cosmetics Industry: What They Mean for U.S. Companies, Consumers and Shareholders
Business Wire Press release
October 3rd, 2005
Today, Citizens Advisers, Inc., announced the release of research examining the European Union (EU) legislation and existing U.S. regulations for the cosmetic industry, and what these mean for companies, consumers and shareholders.

Powder flies as backers, foes press positions on cosmetics bill
by Marjie LundstromSacramento Bee
September 29th, 2005
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is no "girlie man" — just ask him — but he does wear makeup.

Cosmetics not regulated
by Karen D. Collins, staff writerAsbury Park Press
September 28th, 2005
The fountain of youth is really located in the aisle of your local grocery store — if you believe the advertisements.

Organic Beauty Products Get a Lift With USDA About-Face
by Roger Vincent, Times Staff WriterLos Angeles Times
August 25th, 2005
Turns out there is such a thing as organic lip balm after all. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has reversed its decision to yank the "USDA Organic" seal from lotions and lip balms and will allow cosmetics to carry the prestigious round, green label.

Are our products our enemy?
by Elizabeth WeiseUSA Today
August 2nd, 2005
Like the glint of a knife in the dark, a laboratory accident in 1998 helped scientists realize that some chemicals commonly used to make life more convenient can be health hazards.

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