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Mercury in Mascara? Minn. Law Bans It
by Martiga LohnAssociated Press
December 14th, 2007
The quest for thicker lashes and defined eyes should get safer in Minnesota on Jan. 1, when a state law banning mercury from mascara, eye liners and skin-lightening creams takes effect.

Product Safety Debate
by Michelle Devera LouieSan Francisco Chronicle
November 25th, 2007
The way author and Campaign for Safe Cosmetics co-founder Stacy Malkan sees it, banning potentially harmful chemicals from personal care products like makeup and shampoo is a no-brainer.

Are your products safe? You can't tell.
by Susanne Rust, Meg Kissinger and Cary SpivakMilwaukee Journal Sentinel
November 4th, 2007
They promise to make skin softer, clothes smell fresher and food keep longer.The problem is, neither the companies that make these products nor federal regulators are telling you that some of these substances may be dangerous.

Some red lipsticks contain unhealthy levels of lead: study
by Jessica WakemanNew York Daily News
November 4th, 2007
Earlier this month, the watchdog group Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found that one-third of the lipsticks in a study of 33 red lipsticks contained levels of lead exceeding 0.1 parts per million.

Not Just a Pretty Face
Total Health Radio
October 23rd, 2007
54-minute broadcast with Stacy Malkan of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

A Poison Kiss: The Problem of Lead in Lipstick
Total Health Radio
October 23rd, 2007
12-minute radio broadcast with Stacy Malkan of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

Swear Off Cosmetics Until We Are Sure They Are Safe
by Susan CampbellHartford Courant
October 17th, 2007
If you've wandered into a CVS lately and stood before the wall of lipsticks, the choices can be daunting.

Don't Pucker Up: Lead In Lipstick
Good Morning America
October 12th, 2007
You might want to think twice before touching up your lipstick. According to a new report, some lipsticks are contaminated with lead, from drugstore brands to designer labels.

FDA to Look at Claims of Leaded Lipstick
Associated Press
October 12th, 2007
The Food and Drug Administration said Friday it would look into claims from an advocacy group that certain lipsticks contain potentially dangerous levels of lead.

Lead tests raise red flag for lipsticks
by John C. DrakeBoston Globe
October 11th, 2007
Parents worried about the dangers of lead in their children's toys, bibs, and homes are about to be confronted with a new potential hazard: their lipstick.

Lead tests raise concerns for lipstick wearers
New England Cable News
October 11th, 2007
A detailed report on the tests were released at the Massachusetts State House Thursday.

The High Price of Beauty
by Virginia Sole-SmithThe Nation
October 8th, 2007
Tomi Tran works as a nail technician in Raleigh, North Carolina. She pays around $100 per week to rent a booth in a hair salon, buys all her polishes and supplies and finds her own clients, often giving free manicures at local malls and distributing fliers to drum up business. It's hard work, but Tran, 22, says it's heaven compared with her last salon job.

More Than Skin Deep: The Chemicals in our Cosmetics
A World of Possibilities
September 25th, 2007
Jane Houlihan of Environmental Working Group, Horst Rechelbacher of Intelligent Nutrients, Stacy Malkan of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and Jessica Assaf of Teens for Safe Cosmetics examine what we're putting on us that are also going in us and to what effect.

Health Beat: Reading the Labels
by Julie Deardorff, Tribune health and fitness reporterChicago Tribune
September 4th, 2007
A vigilant label reader, 36-year-old Karen Altschul of Vernon Hills has known her favorite lotions and sunscreens contained parabens, or synthetic chemicals used as preservatives. But now that she routinely sees products at Sephora touted as "paraben-free," she wonders: "What, exactly, are parabens, and are they dangerous?"

The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products
by Vanja PetrovicAlterNet
August 17th, 2007
American industry would have you believe that taking potentially hazardous and toxic chemicals out of everyday consumer products removing phthalates from children's toys and cancer-causing coal tar from hair dye would damage our economy and result in a loss of American jobs.

An Inconceivable Truth: The link between infertility & the environment
by Robert SullivanVogue
August 1st, 2007
For decades, women have blamed themselves for fertility problems, but now scientists are looking outside to your environment, to your backyard for clues.

The Worst Jobs in America
by Jeremy Caplan and Laura FitzpatrickTime Magazine
July 30th, 2007
A lot of congratulations were passed around by lawmakers a few weeks ago when the federal hourly minimum wage was increased to $5.85, a 70 cent uptick. But wages are just part of the problem for workers in bottom-rung jobs.

Trend Watching: A Toxic Problem for Business?
by Marc GuntherGreenBiz
June 1st, 2007
The risks and even the potential risks of toxic chemicals in products that we encounter every day has quickly become one of the biggest, most complex and controversial issues facing businesses today.

Safety of cosmetics is a gray area
by Robert CohenStar-Ledger (New Jersey)
May 27th, 2007
OPI Products, a leading professional nail-care company, reformulated its nail polishes, treatments and hardeners in the past year to remove chemicals that some have warned could pose potential health threats.

Beauty secret: The dangers of cosmetics
ABC-11 Eyewitness News (Raleigh-Durham, S.C.)
May 4th, 2007
They're banned in Europe because of safety concerns, but they're still widely used in this country. Some clinical studies link phthalates to cancer and birth defects and a federal lab in the Raleigh-Durham area is revealing why you should be concerned about the beauty secret.

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