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How safe are our cosmetics? (video)
December 12th, 2012
CNN's Holly Firfer takes a look at the cosmetics we use and whether their ingredients are safe.

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics reports on 'who's naughty and who’s nice'
by Michelle YeomansCosmetics Design
December 12th, 2012
The lobby group has compiled a report based on its’ ranking of retailers that it believes to be doing well, and not so well in terms of their commitment to cosmetics safety.

Could Your Shampoo or Body Lotion be Harmful to Your Health?
by Kate McPhersonKTVA
December 11th, 2012
How closely do you read the back of your lotion or sunscreen bottles? A report from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics says many big retailers are stocking cosmetics and other personal care items without an adequate screening policy.

Alaska toxins group issues warning to holiday shoppers
Alaska Dispatch
December 11th, 2012
With Christmas right the corner and holiday shopping on everyone's mind, a local environmental health group wants consumers to be aware of toxins in personal-care products.

Consumer group ranks retailers
WPXI-TV, Pittsburgh
December 11th, 2012
A consumer group says many everyday products contain harmful chemicals that can cause cancer, infertility or birth defects, and the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t have the authority to regulate them. Consumer investigator Robin Taylor learned safety advocates want retailers to be the gatekeepers.

Cosmetics Safety: Which Retailers are Naughty and Which are Nice?
by Lori Popkewitz AlperGroovy Green Livin'
December 11th, 2012
Want to know which retailers are naughty and which are nice when it comes to their commitment to cosmetics safety? Who is leading the market trend toward safer products and who’s lagging behind?

Report Ranks Retailers on Safe Cosmetics
by Amy WesterveltForbes
December 11th, 2012
After working with the industry for years to encourage the manufacture of non-toxic personal care products, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is now targeting retailers, encouraging them to make more space on shelves for the growing inventory of safe cosmetics.

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics ranks retailers' cosmetics safety policies
by Jessica RubinoNew Hope 360
December 11th, 2012
Known for its education and advocacy in the personal care industry, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics turned its attention to the cosmetics policies and practices of retailers in its latest report, Retailer Therapy, released today.

The best and worst places to buy safe cosmetics
by Jessica RubinoDelicious Living Blog
December 11th, 2012
With very weak FDA regulations on cosmetic ingredients in place, our retailers have an important responsibility to be the “gatekeepers,” according to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. This means screening products for ingredients, offering safe alternatives and—perhaps most importantly—making all of their practices (the good and the bad) publicly available.

Does Lipstick Contain Lead? ‘GMA’ Tests Lipsticks and Lip Glosses
by Elisabeth Leamy and Vanessa WeberABC News
December 3rd, 2012
But have you ever thought about what’s in lipstick? “Good Morning America” wanted to know if lipstick contains lead, and whether it would be a problem if it did, so we commissioned our own tests.

Why Campaign for Safe Cosmetics?
by mizjoHubPages
November 27th, 2012
Learning from Kristi and many others like her, ex-victims of the toxic world created by the cosmetics companies, we can reduce the harm caused to us and to our precious earth.

The Manscape: The Dirt on Toxic Ingredients in Men’s Body Care Products
Environmental Defence
November 16th, 2012
Men are using more personal care products than ever before. But what’s actually in them?

Will this election create a safer cosmetics industry?
by Jessica RubinoNew Hope 360
November 6th, 2012
Okay, maybe cosmetics safety hasn't been top on either candidates’ agenda, but the fiery legislative battle emerging from the natural cosmetics industry rages on, and this election will likely have a significant impact.

Seven Tricks to Green Halloween
by Michele BergerForbes
October 30th, 2012
This year, why not swap one of them for something a little more eco-friendly, say making your own decorations or mixing up some homemade face paint?

Ten beauty health hazards
Gulf News
October 30th, 2012
We all like to look our best, but did you know your beauty routine could be bad for you? From salon treatments to everyday beauty procedures, check out how looking good can be bad for you

Clamping down on beauty product claims
by Alene DawsonLA Times
October 28th, 2012
Regulatory agencies such as the FDA and FTC and consumer websites are calling out companies for unsupported claims and doctored photos. Skepticism is in order.

Chemical link to early menopause
by Martin JohnstonThe New Zealand Herald
October 26th, 2012
Pthalates have been linked to early menopause in women.

Avon Claims to Fight Breast Cancer, But Are Its Products Safe?
by Lori ZimmerEcouterre
October 19th, 2012
As one of the more visible organizers of breast-cancer rallies across the United States, Avon talks a good game about “crusading” against the deadly disease, particularly when October rolls around. Yet the beauty firm has far to go before it walks the walk, according to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

Top 5 Green Halloween Costume Tips
by Claire MoshenbergMomsRising blog
October 12th, 2012
Try one of these tips to make your Halloween a little greener.

50 Shades of Green: Shampoo for Breakfast?
by Lindsay Hoganson303 Magazine
October 10th, 2012
Wearing makeup is like eating it… sorta, bear with me.

J&J’s Aveeno Organic Harvest baby care product loses USDA NOP certification
by Simon PitmanCosmetics Design
October 10th, 2012
The USDA has confirmed that one of the products in the Johnson & Johnson’s Aveeno Baby Organic Harvest has lost NOP certification status on account of its formulation containing an unapproved ingredient.

Help the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Get More Companies to Follow in J&J’s Footsteps
by Britta Aragon Cinco Vidas blog
October 8th, 2012
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, with the help of the Breast Cancer Fund, is trying to capitalize on the momentum J&J started by getting other companies to make a similar pledge. Here are the details and how you can help!

The Cancer Lobby
by Nicholas D. KristofThe New York Times
October 6th, 2012
Who knew that carcinogens had their own lobby in Washington?

Skin bleaching creams linked to diabetes
by  Sola Okenla, RN, BSNThe Grio
October 4th, 2012
Use of skin bleaching creams may increase the risk of developing diabetes and other diseases, according to a study in Canadian Family Physician.

Unilever in court for misleading claims on its formaldehyde product line
by Michelle YeomansCosmetics Design
October 1st, 2012
A Texas-based firm has filed a complaint against the global giant with regards to alleged false, deceptive and misleading claims in connection with its Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion 30 Day Smoothing Kit.

Denmark bans four phthalates, despite EU decision
by Michelle YeomansCosmetics Design
August 29th, 2012
The Danish government has gone ahead and banned four industrial chemicals linked to disrupting the human endocrine system, despite the European Union's ruling to phase out phthalates.

Triclosan in antibacterial soaps studied
by Kathryn RoethelSan Francisco Chronicle
August 21st, 2012
There's insufficient evidence that antibacterial soaps are any better than plain soap and water. But what's especially troubling is that an antibacterial agent found in many of those soaps may have harmful health effects, several studies have shown.

A Guide to the Most Safe, Eco-Friendly Shampoos for All Hair Types
by Mia
August 20th, 2012
Your brief guide for safe and eco-friendly shampoos.

J&J to remove harmful chemicals from adult products by 2015
August 16th, 2012
Johnson & Johnson announced plans to eliminate several harmful chemicals like formaldehyde from its line of consumer products meant for adults by the end of 2015, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.

J&J First to Promise Toxin-Free Products
by Daniel J. DeNoonWebMD
August 15th, 2012
Johnson & Johnson, maker of brands including Aveeno, Neutrogena, and Johnson's Baby Shampoo, says it will remove controversial chemicals from all its baby and adult products by 2015.

Johnson & Johnson Plans To Reformulate Products
CBS Local
August 15th, 2012
As part of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a coalition of advocacy groups are urging manufacturers to remove the worrisome chemicals.In response to this pressure, Johnson & Johnson is going to reformulate its products over the next three years.

J&J Removing Harsh Chemicals From Products by 2015
The Associated Press
August 15th, 2012
Johnson & Johnson plans to remove trace amounts of potentially cancer-causing and other dangerous chemicals from nearly all its adult toiletries and cosmetic products worldwide within 3 1/2 years.

Salon Week of Action in D.C.
July 31st, 2012
Last week I had the honor of accompanying the National Healthy Nail and Beauty Salon Alliance and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics to Washington, D.C. where we lobbied to pass the Safe Cosmetics Act in an attempt to protect salon workers and consumers from toxic chemicals.

How Safe Are Your Cosmetics?
by Rachel PomeranceUS News
July 31st, 2012
Examining the make up of our makeup

Salon workers rally on Hill for ban on Brazilian Blowout
by Jeremy P. JacobsE&E News
July 26th, 2012
More than a dozen salon workers from across the country descended on Washington, D.C., yesterday calling on lawmakers and regulators to ban the controversial hair straightening product Brazilian Blowout.

Sunscreen scandal: Ingredient used in major brands falsely marketed as non-nano
Friends of the Earth
July 24th, 2012
Finding raises health concerns for consumers in Australia and the U.S., sparks formal complaint

Chemicals in personal care products may increase risk of diabetes in women
Brigham and Women's Hospital
July 13th, 2012
Brigham and Women's Hospital study is the first to examine an association between phthalates and diabetes in a large population of American women

Green Good Housekeeping Seal: Criteria for Cleaning and Beauty Products
Good Housekeeping
July 10th, 2012
For the Beauty and Cleaning product categories, a product that earns the Green Good Housekeeping Seal cannot contain certain harmful ingredients or any ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) above 0.001%, produce volatile organic compounds (VOCs) above a certain threshold, or have been tested on animals within the last five years (unless required by government regulation).

EC deems formaldehyde equivalent unsafe for use in hair straighteners
by Andrew McDougallCosmetics Design
July 10th, 2012
The European Commission believes the use of methylene glycol/formaldehyde at 0.2 per cent formaldehyde equivalent is not considered safe in hair straighteners following a meeting held on the subject in June.

If looks could kill
June 30th, 2012
A federal analysis of 400 popular shades of lipstick showed each contained trace amounts of lead. Still, the amount of lead found in 380 of the products tested was greater than the maximum 0.1 parts per million (ppm) allowed in candy bars.

Chuck Norris takes on toxic suds in baby shampoo
by Chuck NorrisWND
June 30th, 2012
Discovers America's trust in 'no more tears' may be unfounded

Discount Retail Chains Importing PVC Packaging in Violation of State Laws
Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse
June 29th, 2012
For one brand of personal care products, eleven PVC packages were tested, including three different products purchased in 7 states over several months, and all failed for excessive cadmium.

How to avoid chemicals in common baby products
by Julie RevelantFox
June 27th, 2012
Your baby smells even more beautiful after her bath, but as you wash her hair, lather her up with soap, and then slather on lotion, you could actually be exposing her to toxic chemicals.

Phthalate, Environmental Chemical Is Linked to Higher Rates of Childhood Obesity
June 26th, 2012
Obese children show greater exposure than nonobese children to a phthalate, a chemical used to soften plastics in some children's toys and many household products, according to a new study, which found that the obesity risk increases according to the level of the chemical found in the bloodstream.

Ethnic cosmetics market is doing well despite recession, says market researcher
by Michelle YeomanCosmetics Design
June 25th, 2012
According to a recent report by US market researcher, Packaged Facts, the market for cosmetic products aimed at consumers of ethnic origin is fast growing as figures reveal it rose to $3 billion in 2011.

Antibacterials in Personal-Care Products Linked to Allergy Risk in Children
Johns Hopkins Children's Center
June 18th, 2012
Exposure to common antibacterial chemicals and preservatives found in soap, toothpaste, mouthwash and other personal-care products may make children more prone to a wide range of food and environmental allergies, according to new research from Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

One Down, The Rest Of My (Long) Life To Go
by Alejandra OwensAARP Blog
June 15th, 2012
One year ago this month, I heard the words that turned my world upside down. “You have breast cancer.”

Spray Tan Risks: Dihydroxyacetone Chemical Could Damage DNA, ABC News Finds
Huffington Post
June 13th, 2012
A chemical in spray tan could possibly alter and damage DNA, according to an investigation by ABC News.

Laying down the law on nanotechnology
by Steven VaughanThe Guardian
June 11th, 2012
Regulating nanotechnology is fraught with difficulties. Current environmental law simply doesn't apply on the nano-scale

Markey to FDA: Stop Use of Toxic Chemical in Children’s Shampoo
Congressman Ed Markey
May 31st, 2012
Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to halt the use of the insecticide lindane in pharmaceutical treatments for head lice in children.

Black Women’s Transitions to Natural Hair
by Zina Saro-WiwaThe New York Times
May 31st, 2012
A video on black women's decision to embrace their naturally kinky hair, rather than use chemical straighteners.

Industry Front-Group trying to look like Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
by Danika CarterGreenwala
May 31st, 2012
The saying goes, "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." If that's true, then the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics must be feeling very flattered these days.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics – Empowering Consumers to Make Healthy Choices
by Claudia MosbyNorth State Parent
May 29th, 2012
Last March celebrity tabloids were abuzz when toddler Vivienne Jolie-Pitt was spotted wearing lipstick in public. Observers were decidedly focused on the appropriateness of the 3-year-old’s “dress up” demeanor. Noticeably absent were comments about the health risks of exposing a child so young to potential lead contaminants contained in the lipstick.

Chemical In Personal Care Products May Contribute To Childhood Obesity
Mount Sinai Faculty Practice Associates
May 25th, 2012
Researchers from the Children's Environmental Health Center at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York have found an association between exposure to the chemical group known as phthalates and obesity in young children – including increased body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference.

If You Knew the Danger, Would You Buy it?
by Indie LeeThe Huffington Post
May 18th, 2012
What surprises me is that many consumers pay so much attention to the ingredients that go into their food but so little attention to what goes on their skin, their largest organ.

First-of-kind data find toxic chemical widespread in Canadian adults
Environmental Defence
May 16th, 2012
The first data on levels of the chemical triclosan were released today to reveal widespread body pollution in Canadian adults. Seven of eight people tested had the antibacterial chemical in their bodies—with levels higher than those toxic to fish and algae.

FDA warns of skin creams, lotions tainted with mercury
by Michael FinneyABC 7
May 16th, 2012
Concern about the safety of cosmetics and the amount of chemicals in them is growing in Congress. This follows a warning by the Food & Drug Administration about dangerous levels of mercury found in some anti-aging skin lightening creams, lotions and soaps from foreign countries.

Sunscreen Ingredient May Be Linked to Endometriosis
Science Daily
May 9th, 2012
Scientists are reporting a possible link between the use of sunscreen containing a certain ingredient that mimics the effects of the female sex hormone estrogen and an increased risk of being diagnosed with endometriosis, a painful condition in which uterine tissue grows outside the uterus.

This Mother’s Day, Clean Up the Toxic Cosmetics Aisle
by Lisa ArcherHealthy Child Healthy World blog
May 9th, 2012
Since I lost my mother to breast cancer at the age of 18, I have usually spent Mother’s Day outdoors in one of her favorite spots, reflecting on what an amazing human being she was, and creating intentions for the coming year around how to live my life in a way that would make her proud.

Sustained pressure by non-profits forces change in FDA nanotech policy
Friends of the Earth
May 3rd, 2012
Several leading non-profits working on nanotechnology oversight issued a statement responding to recent steps taken by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that represent marginal progress toward regulation of products made with this new technology.

What's in your makeup? Burden of keeping cosmetics safe left up to manufacturers
by Robin ErbDetroit Free Press
April 29th, 2012
Slather them on your face, rub them into your pores, take a bath in them -- they are the chemicals and minerals and nanoparticles that make up the makeup we use to try to look our best, protect ourselves from the sun and even turn back the aging process.

Can Heavy Metal in Foods, Cosmetics Spur Breast Cancer Spread?
by Denise MannHealthDay
April 23rd, 2012
Preliminary study suggests danger from prolonged exposure to cadmium

Ask Umbra: What’s the deal with lead in lipstick?
by Ask UmbraGrist
April 16th, 2012
I just read an article about the quantity of lead in lipsticks. The obvious question is: Why? We took the lead out of gas and paint, and put it in lipstick. I love my lipstick, but I’m starting to wonder if I should.

Toxins Found in "Toxin-Free" Nail Polish: Another Reason Beauty Regulation Needs a Makeover
by Virginia Sole-SmithSlate
April 13th, 2012
Back in 2006, the nascent eco-health movement scored what seemed like a major victory: OPI, Essie and several other brands of nail polish agreed to remove a "toxic trio" of chemicals from their products

Study finds hazardous chemicals in some nail polish
by Erin AlldaySan Francisco Chronicle
April 11th, 2012
Nail polishes that claim to be free of harsh chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects and fertility problems may contain the hazardous ingredients anyway, according to a state study released Tuesday.

Even Nail Polishes Labeled "Natural" May Not Be
by Dan ShapleyThe Daily Green
April 11th, 2012
A study finds toxic substances in many nail polishes that claim to be free of harmful ingredients.

QR code aids ingredient disclosure
Personal Care Magazine
April 10th, 2012
Floratech announces an innovative web-based service which provides full ingredient disclosure via a QR (Quick Response) code printed on the product label. Scanning the code leads to a rich menu of useful information about the raw material, in essence providing full product disclosure from the label.

California finds dangerous chemicals in nail polishes advertised as nontoxic
by Associated PressThe Washington Post
April 10th, 2012
Some nail polishes commonly found in California salons and advertised as free of a so-called “toxic trio” of chemicals actually have high levels of agents linked to birth defects, state chemical regulators said Tuesday.

Industry research finds formaldehyde exposure not a problem for consumers in cosmetics
by Michelle YeomansCosmetics Design
April 5th, 2012

The Hidden Risks of Using Lipstick
AOL Video
April 5th, 2012
The Doctors reveal the hidden dangers of lipstick, and how to stay safe.

Early Puberty in Girls – Is There a Connection to Plastics?
by Mike SchadeCenter for Health, Environment, and Justice
April 2nd, 2012
Yesterday, the NY Times Magazine ran a fascinating yet disturbing story about a growing trend – young girls going through puberty, way before their time. In the story, the Times explores how early puberty is effecting girls and their families across the country, and what parents, doctors and scientists are doing to address this troubling issue.

Dangerous Moment: Industry plots to keep products toxic
by Lisa ArcherNot Just A Pretty Face
March 30th, 2012
“I have loved every minute of my career as a stylist until Brazilian Blowout completely changed my life. Our laws are obviously broken. We are pleading for you to help protect our health and our livelihood.” – Jennifer Arce, written testimony to Energy and Commerce Committee’s March 27 hearing on cosmetics safety.

Do you want this guy writing the rules for cosmetics safety?
by Stacy MalkanNot Just a Pretty Face
March 30th, 2012
Peter Barton Hutt of Covington and Burling, LLP, representing the biggest beauty corporations, testified before Congress this week that his clients’ products are perfectly safe and there’s no need to worry about silly little things like carcinogens in baby shampoo (we’re paraphrasing here).

As FDA Rejects BPA Ban, Congress Looks Set To Punt On Chemical Reform
by Amy WesterveltForbes
March 30th, 2012
It’s quite the week for chemicals regulation. The FDA is set to rule on whether to ban the use of bisphenol-A (BPA) in food packaging today (check back here for an update when the ruling comes through), and the House began hearings on overhauling the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act earlier this week that seemed heavily weighted toward supporting industry over regulation.

A Study of Boston Nail Salons
by Meda KisivuliThe Mayor's Health Line Blog
March 30th, 2012
A recent study on the Indoor Air Quality of Boston Nail Salons conducted by Brandeis University students from the Environmental Health and Justice Program revealed that a high percentage of toxic chemicals and fine particles are found in nail salon air.

Puberty Before Age 10: A New ‘Normal’?
by Elizabeth WeilNew York Times Magazine
March 30th, 2012
One day last year when her daughter, Ainsley, was 9, Tracee Sioux pulled her out of her elementary school in Fort Collins, Colo., and drove her an hour south, to Longmont, in hopes of finding a satisfying reason that Ainsley began growing pubic hair at age 6.

Lawmakers Want FDA to Regulate Cosmetics
by Janie LorberRoll Call
March 29th, 2012
There’s formaldehyde in your Brazilian Blowout, lead in your Grecian Formula hair dye and who knows what in your perfume. Certainly not the government.

Starting Early, and Young
by Shivani VoraNew York Times
March 28th, 2012
DR. AMI SHAH NAGARAJAN, 38, a specialist in integrative medicine who lives in Manhattan, estimates that she spends $150 a month on Mustela and California Baby products for her 3-year-old twins. “I spend more on my kids than I do for myself,” she said. “It’s worth it to me to get something pure for them.”

At trailblazing hearing on cosmetics, congressmen bounce ideas off FDA
by Gabriel NelsonE&E News
March 28th, 2012
It's rare for businesses to ask Washington to hit them with new regulations, but that's exactly what the members of the Personal Care Products Council did yesterday.

Common toothpaste additive triclosan to be deemed toxic to environment
by Sarah SchmidtEdmonton Journal
March 27th, 2012
The federal government is set to declare a bacteria killer found in many toothpastes, mouthwashes and anti-bacterial soaps as toxic to the environment, a move which could see the use of the chemical curtailed sharply, Postmedia News has learned.

Are 'brighteners' bottling the idea of fair beauty?
by Vanessa GrecoCTV News
March 25th, 2012
Boutique shelves have long been stocked with the promise of bolder lashes, fuller lips, clearer skin and countless other products branded with aspirational adjectives.

The 3 main sources of chemicals in your home
by Rodale NewsMother Nature Network
March 22nd, 2012
Ever wonder what's exposing you to the highest levels of chemicals? A new study hopes to give you an answer.

FDA carries out asbestos tests in cosmetic talc after concerns are raised
by Michelle YeomansCosmetics Design
March 21st, 2012
The US Food and Drug Administration has announced it recently carried out tests on certain cosmetic products containing talc after general concerns about the possible presence of asbestos were raised.

Author shares the dangers of lipsticks, face creams and Brazilian Blowouts
by Shandra MartinezM Live
March 20th, 2012
Spend a few minutes listening to Stacy Malkan, and you’re likely to toss your lipstick and deodorant in the trash, along with a lot of the other beauty products fighting for space in your bathroom cabinets.

Hair Salons Still Putting Workers' Health At Risk with Brazilian Blowout
by Virginia Sole-SmithThe Investigative Fund
March 20th, 2012
Even though public health officials have issued such warnings, though salon workers and consumers have reported health consequences, and the courts have demanded more than $5 million in fines, Brazilian Blowout remains in salons and on the head of many a beauty consumer, because no government agency, including the FDA, has the authority to issue a recall.

Styling Practices Can Lead to Serious Hair and Scalp Diseases for African Americans
March 19th, 2012
Styling practices can lead to serious hair and scalp diseases for some African Americans, says Henry Ford Hospital dermatologist Diane Jackson-Richards, M.D.

FDA to hold public cosmetic regulation cooperation meeting
by Michelle YeomansCosmetics Design
March 19th, 2012
The Food and Drug Administration has announced it will hold a public meeting to discuss the international cooperation on cosmetic regulations before its upcoming committee meeting in Rockville, Maryland in July.

The secret ingredient for better, safer beauty products
by Jessica RubinoNew Hope 360
March 16th, 2012
New European research shows promise for organic agricultural waste as a long-term, sustainable solution to synthetic surfactants used in cleaning and personal care products.

“Little Changes” {review and giveaway}
Captain Fussybuckets blog
March 16th, 2012
Let me start by saying this is a book review. WAIT! STOP!! Keep reading! If you have never read a single post I've ever written, or you're not big into reading (like me), let this be one post to read. Bookmark it and come back. It's that important!

Is It Safe to Play Yet?
by Michael TortorelloNew York Times
March 14th, 2012
Laura MacCleery was four months pregnant when she parked herself on the couch and started an inventory of the chemicals in her Alexandria, Va., town house.

Get the Lead Out (of Lipstick)
by Mia DavisCrazy Sexy Life
March 14th, 2012
A $25 tube of department store lipstick should be safe, right? You might assume it is safer than $2 drugstore brand. Not necessarily...

Perms Linked to Uterine Fibroid Tumors and Early Puberty
by Brande VictorianMadame Noire
March 9th, 2012
A new study in the American Journal of Epidemiology definitely adds a point to the #TeamNatural tally with a published paper from researchers at Boston University linking hair relaxers to uterine fibroid tumors in women and early puberty in young girls.

Study Highlights Hidden Dangers In Everyday Products -- Even The "Green" Ones
by Amy WesterveltForbes
March 8th, 2012
A first-of-its-kind, peer-reviewed study published in Environmental Health Perspectives today reveals an alarming number of unlabeled chemicals of concern in commonly used household and personal care products.

Mercury found in lotions and cosmetics, says FDA; products are often sold in ethnic neighborhoods and online
by Lindsay GoldwertNew York Daily News
March 7th, 2012
Women are being warned to stay away from beauty products that contain a toxic ingredient — mercury.

Skin products tainted with mercury
CNN Health
March 6th, 2012
The Food and Drug Administration is cautioning consumers that skin creams, beauty and antiseptic soaps and lotions contaminated with mercury have been found in at least 7 states.

Maker of a Hair-Straightening Product Settles Lawsuit
by Andrew MartinNew York Times
March 5th, 2012
The manufacturer of the popular hair-straightening product Brazilian Blowout, the subject of government inquiries and health complaints, said on Monday that it had agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit for about $4.5 million.

Cosmetic chemical hinders brain development in tadpoles
Brown University
March 1st, 2012
A new study finds that low concentrations of a chemical found in cosmetics has subtle but measurable negative effects on the neural development of tadpoles.

Brazilian Blowout Consumer Alert
ABC News - WCVB 5
March 1st, 2012
Do salons know "Brazilian Blowouts" contain a form of formaldehyde? Good Morning America used a hidden camera to find out.

Lead in lipstick: Are natural cosmetic brands at risk?
by Jessica RubinoNew Hope 360
February 29th, 2012
A 2007 study on lead in lipstick revealed a dirty little secret about cosmetics, and a recently released U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) follow up proves that the industry has yet to clean up heavy metal contamination. Lead still taints hundreds of lipsticks—including natural ones. But who’s to blame?

It’s All in the Kiss: The Tricky Love Affair of Lead and Lipstick
by Kelly HamiltonGreen Answers
February 24th, 2012
A series of recent news articles has been painting the cosmetics industry in a less than appealing light, raising an alarm with consumer protection and rights groups who are now asking that the United States’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) set limits on how much lead can be found in cosmetics.

Tester to FDA: Protect women from lipstick lead
Senator Jon Tester's Office
February 23rd, 2012
Senator Jon Tester is raising concerns about the rising levels of lead in lipstick, and wants the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ramp up efforts to protect women and children from lead exposure.

J&J CEO steps down
by Andrew McDougallCosmetics Design
February 22nd, 2012
Johnson & Johnson CEO Bill Weldon has announced his retirement and will be succeeded by Alex Gorsky at a time of mixed fortunes for the company.

Heavy Metals Found in Many Cosmetics: Not Listed on Labels
by Sarah B. WeirYahoo! News
February 22nd, 2012
In light of recent news that the FDA found lead in 400 brands of lipstick, Yahoo! Shine took a look at other products containing potentially hazardous ingredients. Historically, women have risked their health for beauty by using cosmetics laden with poisons.

Mercury Found in Skin-Lightening Cream Smuggled from Mexico
Fox News Latino
February 22nd, 2012
California health officials have found mercury in an illegal skin-lightening cream smuggled in from Mexico.

Does Your Favorite Lipstick Contain Lead?
by Lauren ArutePhiladelphia Weekly
February 21st, 2012
Though lead has been banned in paint since 1978 for its toxicity levels, you may be exposing yourself to it when you swipe on your favorite tube of lipstick, according to a recent MSNBC article.

Lead in lipstick, arsenic in eyeliner and cadmium in mascara: The ugly secrets that the beauty industry isn’t telling you
by Daisy DumasMail Online
February 21st, 2012

Natural Lipsticks Like Burt’s Bees Can Still Contain Lead
by Elizabeth Nolan Brown Bliss Tree
February 17th, 2012
Yesterday, I mistakenly told you that Burt’s Bees made lead-free lipstick. Um, psych?

Can Your Lipstick Give You Lead Poisoning?!
Perez Hilton
February 14th, 2012
Beware when you give your love that Valentine's Day smooch!

Lipsticks, Perfumes May Be Hazardous to Health
by Mikaela ConleyABC News
February 14th, 2012
Beware of lipstick-stained lips before puckering up this Valentine’s Day. They could be covered in lead.

Could your Valentine's kiss give you lead poisoning?
by Mitch LipkaAlertNet
February 13th, 2012
If you're going to be on either end of a kiss this Valentine's Day, you might want to consider smooching bare-lipped. Most lipstick contains lead.

Brazilian Blowout to carry warning labels
Los Angeles Times
February 8th, 2012
The maker of the popular Brazilian Blowout hair-smoothing treatment has agreed to begin warning consumers and hairstylists that its products contain potentially hazardous formaldehyde, but some consumer advocates say that doesn't go far enough.

Fatal Attraction: Cosmetics and Chemicals [infographic]
by Chelsey KilzerDaily Infographic
February 7th, 2012
The cosmetic industry is self regulated and allows companies to include harmful chemicals, 89% of which have not been tested by the FDA.

Is that Lead in Your Lipstick? FDA Tests Reveal Raised Lead Levels in U.S. Lipsticks
by Amy WesterveltForbes
February 7th, 2012
In December 2011, the FDA updated its tests and posted the results on its website rather quietly. There are now two brands (Maybelline and L’Oreal) with lipsticks above California’s standard.

Wearing Scented Products Like Perfume or Cologne in Public Could Become Regulated
Fox Chicago
February 3rd, 2012

Planned Parenthood controversy also exposes Komen's corporate problem
by Susan PerryMinnPost
February 3rd, 2012
It looks like Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s defunding of Planned Parenthood's breast cancer services may have finally yanked the curtain aside and revealed what’s really been going on behind the scenes of that powerful and well-funded breast cancer organization.

Brazilian Blowout fallout
by Kim PainterUSA Today
February 1st, 2012
The company that makes those popular Brazilian Blowout hair-straightening treatments will have to change labels to warn hairstylists that two of its products emit formaldehyde gas, under a settlement with the California attorney general.

Brazilian Blowout: Perfect Case Study for our Broken System
by Stacy MalkanNot Just A Pretty Face
February 1st, 2012
Kudos to California Attorney General Kamala Harris for doing what no other government agency in the U.S. has been able to do: get Mike Brady and the folks over at Brazilian Blowout to stop lying about the dangers of their products.

Brazilian Blowout Maker Agrees to Warn Consumers About Formaldehyde
by Sora SongTime
January 31st, 2012
The maker of Brazilian Blowout, a popular line of hair-straightening treatments used in salons, has agreed to warn consumers and hairstylists that two of its products emit formaldehyde gas, California’s attorney general said on Monday.

Brazilian Blowout maker settles with state over formaldehyde claim
by Matt StevensLA Times
January 31st, 2012
The company behind the popular Brazilian Blowout hair-straightening treatments will have to warn hairstylists that two of its most popular products can expose users to formaldehyde gas, according to the terms of a settlement with the California attorney general.

Brazilian Blowout maker agrees to labeling changes
Fox News
January 31st, 2012
The maker of a popular line of hair-straightening products has agreed to alert consumers that two of its formulations emit formaldehyde gas, a possible carcinogen, California's attorney general announced.

Brazilian blowout case raises safety concerns
CBS News
January 31st, 2012
The Brazilian blowout is one of the most popular hair styling trends seen in years. The hair treatment promises straight hair for months after just one salon visit. But now, the treatment comes with a warning: the products involved may be dangerous.

Brazilian Blowout agrees to post formaldehyde warning
by Jeremy P. JacobsGreenWire
January 31st, 2012
The maker of the controversial Brazilian Blowout hair product yesterday agreed to a settlement that requires it to warn consumers that the solution emits formaldehyde when used.

‘Skin deep’ in more ways than one
by Thandisizwe ChimurengaSan Francisco Bay View
January 31st, 2012
Very little if any media attention or research has looked at the possible connections between African American beauty salons, the personal care products utilized primarily by Black women and adverse health outcomes, specifically in the area of reproductive health. But that has begun to change.

Breaking Brazilian Blowout News
Virginia Sole-Smith
January 31st, 2012
Hey, remember waaay back in 2010 when the supposedly “formaldehyde-free” Brazilian Blowout hair straightening treatment tested positive for — irony alert! — formaldehyde?

Brazilian Blowout Legally Labeled Carcinogenic ... Will It Matter?
by Amy WesterveltForbes
January 30th, 2012

Soaps, makeup and other items contain deadly ingredients, say consumer advocates
by Carolyn ButlerThe Washington Post
January 30th, 2012
In the past few years I’ve become much more attuned to “clean” living — organic foods, limited sun exposure, filtered water — so when a friend suggested that many of the lotions and potions we apply to our skin are bad for us, I went through my family’s bathroom cabinets and began reading labels. It wasn’t pretty.

Maker of Brazilian Blowout hair products agrees to settle Calif. lawsuit with labeling changes
Associated Press
January 30th, 2012
The maker of a popular line of hair-straightening products has agreed to alert consumers that two of its formulations emit formaldehyde gas, a possible carcinogen, California’s attorney general announced Monday.

J&J recalls Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Lotion
January 27th, 2012
Johnson & Johnson on Friday said it is recalling more than 2,000 tubes of its Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Lotion after U.S. regulators identified excessive levels of bacteria in a product sample.

Environmental Chemical Exposure May Contribute To Childhood Obesity
Medical News Today
January 24th, 2012
Researchers from the Children's Environmental Health Center at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York have found an association between exposure to the chemical group known as phthalates and obesity in young children - including increased body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference.

Scared Straight
by Mary A. FischerAllure
January 23rd, 2012
Warning: A hot new hair-straightening treatment from Brazil could be a health hazard. But that hasn't stopped people from performing it.

Know What's in Your Personal Care Products
by Sheila Hollender7Gen Blog
Starting a new year always makes one think about the changes possible in one's daily life. At Seventh Generation we have always held the principle of ingredient disclosure in our products as a basic tenant of our business. To help you get the information on product ingredients in personal care products, we suggest the following sites:

Perfume Ban in New Hampshire? State Explains Why
by Joanna DouglasShine - Yahoo
January 19th, 2012
Many women love wearing perfume, but have you ever gotten a headache from someone who has sprayed on way too much of a scent you don't like?

North grad takes aim at toxins
by Amy DeMeliaThe Sun Chronicle
January 16th, 2012
Darylle Sheehan is on a mission to rid everyday products of toxic chemicals.

Raising a stink about the contents of fragrances
by Tom WatsonThe Seattle Times
January 13th, 2012
Fragrances evoke emotions and bring back memories, and we all have our favorites. But when they come in a bottle or a box, the reality is not so romantic. More than 3,000 different chemicals are used to create fragrances in cosmetics, household cleaners and other consumer products.

Canadians Asked to Face the Facts About What They Put on Their Faces: National TV and online ads alert Canadians to the dangerous, undisclosed, substances in their cosmetics
Environmental Defence
January 9th, 2012
Putting on makeup in the morning should not be a dangerous game. In a cheeky new ad campaign launched today, Environmental Defence, the environmental organization who led the charge for the ban on Bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles alerts Canadians to the many cancer-causing, hormone-disrupting and allergy-inducing substances contained in the personal care products they use every day. The campaign urges the federal government to ban harmful ingredients in cosmetics and to give the Canadian beauty industry a long overdue makeover.