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Products That May Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer
by Nora
December 23rd, 2008
Individual products contain only small amounts of hormone-disrupting chemicals, if they do at all. But there is growing concern about the ubiquity of such agents in cosmetics, household products, and certain plastics, which may cumulatively have an estrogenic effect.

Government Fails to Assess Potential Dangers of Nanotechnology
by David BielloScientific American
December 18th, 2008
Scientists charge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other government agencies are failing to assess the potential dangers of puny particles.

Poison perfume: Now less poisonous
by Sielgreen LA girl
December 11th, 2008
Of course, that doesn’t mean Poison’s perfectly safe. Perfumes, in general, can contain lots of scary chemicals.

Fewer phthalates found in perfume, similar products
by Liz SzaboUSA Today
December 9th, 2008
Some manufacturers are removing or reducing their use of hormone-like ingredients called phthalates, commonly found in fragrances, according to a study released today by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

Cosmetic companies using fewer plastics additives — report
by Sara GoodmanGreenwire
December 9th, 2008
Some beauty companies are using fewer controversial plastics additives in their products, according to a report released today by a coalition of advocacy groups.

Good phthalate news & top green lip balms
by Alexandra Zissu Plenty Magazine
December 9th, 2008
Recently banned by Congress from children's toys, hormone-disrupting phthalates are now, according to a study released today by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, being quietly phased out of cosmetics, too.

Beauty Industry Removing Phthalates from Cosmetics
by Dan ShapleyThe Daily Green
December 9th, 2008
While several brands continue to use chemicals that consumer and health advocates say are too risky, some leading beauty companies have are using fewer controversial chemicals, according to a new report by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

GirlTalk podcast with Mia Davis of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
GirlTalk Radio
December 1st, 2008

Not Cosmetic Accusations
by Russell MokhiberMultinational Monitor
December 1st, 2008
If your director of regulatory affairs becomes a whistleblower, you have a problem. L’Oreal USA has a problem.

Personal care products might contain harmful chemicals
by Edward M. EveldKansas City Star
November 28th, 2008
The health questions boil down to two. What happens to the body after the skin absorbs certain compounds day after day, year after year? What happens to the environment as chemicals from these products are washed down the drain?

Cosmetics and Breast Cancer: Should Teens Ditch the Makeup?
by Michael
November 26th, 2008
A new report found teenage girls' bodies contained the same potentially hormone-altering chemicals found in many cosmetics.

Gidget Goes Green: How My Journey Started
Green and Clean Mom
October 14th, 2008
When my daughter was born, I bought and used the well-known products that most parents use, the common brands of lotions and soaps, the standard baby furniture and linens, the cute clothes that were given as gifts. I planned to make my own baby food, and maybe even buy organic foods, but I was totally unaware of the toxicity of everyday name brands and common personal care products, even the ones that claimed to be “natural.”

Spin Cycle
by Tasha GreenMen's Vogue
September 30th, 2008
The health risks of grooming products are finally bubbling to the surface. Can a $100 billion industry go green?

"Toxins in Make-Up" Interview with Stacy Malkan
by Sherry BeallHealthy Planet, Healthy Me! on KPFA-FM
September 25th, 2008
Join Sherry Beall on "Healthy Planet, Healthy Me!" as she talks with Stacy Malkan about the hidden toxic componets that the beauty industry is trying to keep out of the public eye.

A Greener Future, Part 2: Most industries remain dependent on hazardous substances
by Marla ConeLos Angeles Times
September 19th, 2008
Many obstacles, including insufficient investment and lack of training, keep scientists from embracing green chemistry and designing safer substitutes for the vast majority of compounds in use today.

A Greener Future, Part 1: Products derived from natural, nontoxic ingredients – once seen as fringe – are now mainstream
by Marla ConeLos Angeles Times
September 14th, 2008
Innovations in designing green chemicals are emerging in nearly every U.S. industry, from plastics and pesticides to toys and nail polish.

In beauty, or in health?
by Tania SoussanAlbuquerque Journal
September 7th, 2008
OK, looks can't really kill, but what if the stuff that makes you look good could make you really sick?

Chemical Reaction
by Steve HermanGlobal Cosmetic Industry
September 1st, 2008
There is a significant group who take issue with the safety of many chemicals used in personal care products, and especially some specific components such as parabens, sulfates and phthalates.

Beauty Secrets
by Jacqueline HoutonBitch Magazine
September 1st, 2008
These days, more and more personal care products are promising to harness the power of nature to beautify us from the inside out. Makeup doesn’t merely make us look good, we’re told — now it’s good for us, too.

Getting started with safe, organic cosmetics
by Susan Chaityn
September 1st, 2008
You’re pretty vigilant about what you put inside of your body — but how about what you put on it?

Beauty without toxins
by Kim OdeMinneapolis Star Tribune
August 24th, 2008
Ann Garrity is careful to say that there are many reasons that she feels better these days. Her job is less stressful; her diet is healthier. But she has also changed every product that she smoothes, pats or brushes onto her skin, after a doctor suggested that her health problems were linked to her cosmetics.

The chemistry of beauty
by Sena ChristianSacramento News & Review
August 14th, 2008
Twenty-six years into life and I still don’t quite grasp beauty. I know what it’s supposed to be: high cheekbones, long neck, plump lips, glossy hair, no cellulite, eternal youth.

What's That Stuff? Nail Polish
by Carmen DrahlChemical & Engineering News
August 11th, 2008
Yvonne Millner's choice of car paint really shouldn't have been all that shocking. A few years ago, the South Carolina resident used hundreds of bottles of nail polish to decorate her 1996 Mitsubishi Mirage and received a din of media coverage in return. Although Millner's brightly colored handiwork was certainly attention-getting, the hullabaloo was misplaced from a scientific standpoint because nail polish and automobile paint have common chemical roots.

REACHing for less toxic alternatives
by Joel TicknerBoston Globe (Op-Ed)
July 28th, 2008
Lead in lipstick, phthalates in toys, Bisphenol-a in baby bottles, flame retardants in breast milk, Teflon in people's bodies. What do these have in common? They are consequences of the disjointed systems we have in the United States to regulate and manage hazards posed by toxic chemicals in everyday products.

Greening Hollywood: Eco-Beauty And Sustainable Skincare (Part 1)
by Paige DonnerHuffington Post
July 21st, 2008
Ever since parabens, a commonly found preservative in many personal care products, were proclaimed toxic by none other than Oprah, the Grande Dame of Good, many of us have rushed to throw out our old products and replace them with new ones — ones that are, hopefully, natural and organic meaning healthy and non-toxic.

EWG lambastes FDA over culture of ignorance
by Simon
June 23rd, 2008
Speaking at a meeting held by the FDA last week, Jane Houlihan of Environmental Working Group called on the US government to include public health, consumer and environmental organizations in future meetings concerning changes to current regulations governing the personal care industry.

P&G's Sustainability Initiatives — Not So Sustainable
by Melanie WarnerFast Company
June 23rd, 2008
Sauers is Procter & Gamble's recently appointed VP of global sustainability, a job title that has gotten a lot more popular lately. Every big company these days seems to have an environmental czar running around headquarters. Citigroup, Dow Chemical, Ford, HP, Intel, Sara Lee — I began to wonder, what do these impressively titled green executives really do?

Mixed Greens 011: Unpretty
EWG Enviroblog
June 3rd, 2008
When the U.S. Centers for Disease Control found unusually high levels of phthalates in women eight years ago, no one had any idea how ugly the beauty industry really was. In this edition of Mixed Greens, we speak with Stacy Malkan, whose book Not Just a Pretty Face recounts the formative years of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

Chemicals in infants
CBS-46 Atlanta
June 2nd, 2008
More traces of industrial chemicals are showing up in infants, and the culprits could be items in your home right now. CBS 46's Kim Fettig reports.

Cosmetics firms heed calls for organics
by Susan Chaityn LebovitsBoston Globe
May 26th, 2008
Consumers who are vigilant about what they put into their bodies have proved they also care about what they put on them, making naturals and organics the fastest-growing segment of the cosmetics industry.

Ingredients in personal grooming products not FDA approved
CBS 4 Miami
May 21st, 2008
If you looked in your purse or bathroom cabinet, chances are you'd find a ton of lotions, creams and cosmetics. But what if your favorite product was linked to cancer? Laurie Stein reports.

Not just a pretty face
ABC 7 Chicago
May 15th, 2008
Lead in lipstick? Harsh chemicals in baby shampoo? How is this possible? Simple, says Stacy Malkan, a self-described former makeup addict. "The $50 billion cosmetics industry is so powerful they've kept themselves unregulated for decades," says the author of a new book, Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry.

Lipstick Bungle
by Katharine WrothGrist
May 2nd, 2008
Stacy Malkan, a former teen beauty queen, first became aware of the impacts of routine chemicals on humans as a reporter in Colorado. I spoke with her by phone about her Aqua Net-clouded past, how she's getting the word out to women and men alike, and the most surprising thing she's seen along the way.

Glossed Over
by Erin BarnesE/The Environmental Magazine
May 1st, 2008
On winter nights the neon sign “Nail Boutique” glows on Hudson Street in New York City’s West Village. At closing time, the manager doles out the day’s pay to her all-Chinese staff, including her husband, a manicurist. She’s six months pregnant and her belly bulges underneath her apron. I ask her if she’s worried for her baby being around all the fumes in the salon.

Are Dangerous Toxins Lurking In Your Everyday Products?
by Alexia Elejalde-RuizChicago Tribune RedEye
March 11th, 2008
The health-conscious among us take care to avoid notorious risks such as mercury-laden fish, lead paint and cigarette smoke — all of which contain chemicals proven to do a body bad. But do you ever think twice about the lotion you smear on your face, the can of soda you gulp down or the furniture you nap on?

60-second guide to parabens
March 1st, 2008
Supporters of organic beauty products say we should avoid synthetic chemicals, such as parabens. But can they really harm our health?

Chemicals in baby shampoo: What to do now
by Melissa
February 4th, 2008
Could baby lotion be harming your little one? A new study suggests that baby shampoos, lotions and powders may expose infants to chemicals that have been linked with possible reproductive problems. readers e-mailed us their questions and concerns, and we turned to leading pediatricians for answers.

Element in lotions may enter babies' skin
by Susanne RustMilwaukee Journal Sentinel
February 3rd, 2008
Researchers are suggesting that parents hold off on the lotions, creams, powders and shampoos they apply to their babies' skin — unless those products are medically necessary.

Baby shampoo study raises chemical concerns
Associated Press
February 3rd, 2008
Baby shampoos, lotions and powders may expose infants to chemicals that have been linked with possible reproductive problems, a small study suggests. The chemicals, called phthalates, are found in many ordinary products including cosmetics, toys, vinyl flooring and medical supplies.

Can Beauty Be Dangerous?
by Suzanne D'AmatoWashington Post
January 27th, 2008
Lipstick tainted with lead. Mascara that contains mercury. A hair-straightening treatment that slicks your tresses with protein...and formaldehyde? As three recent controversies show, sometimes the world of beauty can be downright ugly.

Small U.S. town takes up on safer cosmetics campaign
by Simon
January 24th, 2008
As debate over regulation and the safety of cosmetics in the United States continues to heat up, campaigns by consumer advocacy groups are starting to trigger action at a grass roots level.

Western beauty invades Eastern culture
by Charlie GibsonABC News
January 18th, 2008
Chinese women are spending big bucks to achieve a Western standard of beauty.

Natural selection
by Bonna JohnsonThe Tennessean
January 17th, 2008
Animal byproducts weren't something Holly Tashian wanted to smear on her face. But it was hard to avoid lanolin, a fatty substance secreted by sheep, used in many of the cosmetics in her makeup bag.

Suffering for beauty has ancient roots
by Diane
January 11th, 2008
For as long as humans have admired themselves in magazines, mirrors and murky pools of water, they’ve also had to contend with the ugly side of beauty.

This year resolve to update cosmetics to eco-friendly brands
by Aaron HillSalem Monthly
January 1st, 2008
Every adult American uses an average of 10 personal care products a day containing 100 or more unique chemicals, according to a recent report by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).