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Recent Press Releases

Tribute to Horst Rechelbacher, the Father of Safe Cosmetics, by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and the Breast Cancer Fund
February 20th, 2014
The founder of Aveda Corp. and Intelligent Nutrients dies at 72

New Study Finds Exposure to Toxic Phthalates in Decline; Consumer Demand for Safe Cosmetics a Factor
January 15th, 2014
Campaign for Safe Cosmetics’ advocacy campaigns have changed consumer and industry behavior

Revlon Threatens Legal Action in Attempt to Silence Consumers about Toxic Chemicals in its Cosmetics
November 1st, 2013
Over 45k Join Breast Cancer Survivors in Demanding Revlon Drop Cancer-Causing Chemicals from its Products

Revlon Under Fire for Cancer-Causing Chemicals in Makeup
October 25th, 2013
Women's and Breast Cancer Groups Join Forces to Demand Revlon Stop Putting Cancer-Causing Chemicals in Cosmetics

Target Focuses Bull’s-eye on Chemicals in Products: Launches New Standard to Promote Ingredient Safety and Disclosure
October 16th, 2013
Consumer Demand for Safer Personal Care Products Driving Major Changes for Nation's Retailers

Walmart Will No Longer Sell Cosmetics, Cleaners, Made with Targeted List of Toxic Chemicals
September 12th, 2013
In a victory for consumers demanding safer products, national brands will be required to eliminate unsafe chemicals and disclose ingredients to the public

Procter & Gamble Eliminating Phthalates, Triclosan from Products Worldwide
September 4th, 2013
Due to public pressure and growing concerns about the safety of chemicals found in common cosmetics, household cleaners and fragranced products, Procter & Gamble (P&G) will achieve total elimination of the toxic chemicals triclosan and diethyl phthalate (DEP) from all its products by 2014.

Shareholders Ask Avon to Ditch Toxic Cosmetics
April 30th, 2013
When Avon shareholders gather in New York City on May 2, they will consider a resolution calling on the company to substitute safer alternatives for dangerous chemicals used in their beauty products that have been linked to cancer, reproductive harm, and other serious diseases.

Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics, Shampoos, Targeted by Congress
March 21st, 2013
Today the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013, which would give the Food and Drug Administration authority to ensure that all personal care products are free of harmful ingredients, was introduced in Congress.

Tests reveal potentially toxic titanium dioxide in sunscreen and cosmetics
March 5th, 2013
Friends of the Earth revealed new testing results today that found many popular sunscreen and cosmetic products are using a potentially hazardous form of a common ingredient.

Who’s Naughty and Who’s Nice?
December 11th, 2012
When it comes to their commitment to cosmetics safety, some retailers are naughty and some are nice; some lead the market trend toward safer products and some lag behind.

Johnson & Johnson Makes Historic Commitment to Remove Cancer-Causing Chemicals
August 15th, 2012
Prompted by growing concerns raised by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), makers of Aveeno, Neutrogena, and Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, announced today that it will be removing carcinogens and other toxic chemicals from its baby and adult products globally.

Salon Workers Expose Ugly Side of Beauty Industry to Lawmakers
July 23rd, 2012
This week, dozens of salon workers and advocates from all over the country will be descending upon D.C. for a day of action to raise awareness about toxic chemical exposure in the workplace.

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.

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.

Industry-backed Cosmetics Safety Bill a Trojan Horse, Will Set Back Cosmetics Safety
April 23rd, 2012
Health and consumer groups denounced today the Cosmetic Safety Amendments Act of 2012, introduced last week by Rep. Leonard Lance (R-N.J.), as an affront to consumer and worker health.

Nail Polishes Test Positive for Toxic Chemicals Despite Label Claims
April 11th, 2012
California Environmental Protection Agency’s Department of Toxic Substances Control announced yesterday that some nail care products typically found in many of California’s estimated 48,000 nail salons and sold directly to consumers contain high levels of hazardous chemicals despite their labels claiming otherwise.

Industry Influence Dominates Historic Hearing on Toxic Cosmetics
March 28th, 2012
the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee yesterday convened the first Congressional hearing in 30 years on the safety of cosmetics and personal care products. The hearing was weighted in favor of industry, which represented four of the six witnesses called to testify before committee. No witnesses representing health impacted salon workers or consumers were called to testify.

Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics: Congress to Investigate Mercury, Lead, Formaldehyde Found in Many Body-Care Products
March 22nd, 2012
In the wake of recent scandals involving mercury in face cream, formaldehyde in hair products and lead in lipstick, the House Energy and Commerce Committee has called the first official Congressional hearing on cosmetics safety in more than 30 years. The hearing will take place March 27.

Obama Budget Calls for Increased FDA Oversight of Cosmetics Industry, Personal Care Products
February 28th, 2012
The Obama administration’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year calls for an additional $19 million in funding through user fees to enable the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to more effectively regulate cosmetics.

Recent News Articles

Women Take on Cosmetics Industry
by Heather SomervilleSan Jose Mercury News
October 9th, 2013
It began more than a decade ago with four women who wondered whether the hair spray, perfume and shampoo they were using every day were safe. This bootstrap effort grew into the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a national movement that has transformed the way consumers shop for personal care items, pushed the cosmetics industry to change the way it makes products, and pressured lawmakers to call for more oversight.

Toxic Worries? SafeMarkets.org Helps Find Safer Products
PR Newswire
Check out www.SafeMarkets.org, a new website offering the best resources to help consumers and retailers quickly identify toxic chemicals and safer alternatives.

Rethinking Makeup’s Sun Protection
by Bee ShapiroThe New York Times
June 19th, 2013
The Food and Drug Administration’s new labeling rules for sunscreen have been closely parsed by the health community. But how will they affect your beauty routine?

Father's day is right around the corner and a great time to talk about issues related to men's health and toxic chemicals.
by Lindsay DahlSafer Chemicals, Healthy Families Blog
June 12th, 2013
Father's day is right around the corner and a great time to talk about issues related to men's health and toxic chemicals.

Average woman applies 500 chemicals a day to her body
by Leanne HudsonHerald Sun
June 10th, 2013
You wouldn't want to eat food that contains high levels of toxic chemicals, but do you know what you're putting on your skin?

Pressure grows to outlaw cosmetics micro-beads
by Simon PimanCosmetics Design
June 10th, 2013
Environmental groups are applying increasing pressure to outlaw micro-beads because of their purported environmental impact.

Pregnancy safety advice prompts criticism
by Michelle RobertsBBC News
June 4th, 2013
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has been criticised for saying pregnant women may want to "play it safe" and avoid chemicals found in many common household products.

The toxic soup you're swimming in
by Liza FieldThe Baltimore Sun
June 4th, 2013
The personal care products we use are poisoning our pools, our environment — and us

Lautenberg Leaves Lasting Legacy, Hope For Toxic Chemical Reform
by Lynne PeeplesThe Huffington Post
June 3rd, 2013
Sen. Frank Lautenberg did not live to see his efforts to safeguard children from toxic chemicals fully realized. But in response to his passing on Monday, at the age of 89, environmental health advocates are praising his progress and his lasting legacy.

What Makes Us Fat?: Toxins Cause Weight Gain
Men's Journal
May 29th, 2013
Bruce Blumberg is on the trail of what he believes to be the missing piece of the obesity-epidemic puzzle: obesogens, or chemicals that cause weight gain.

Hey Guy, Toxic Shampoo Is Bad for You Too!
by  Janet NudelmanThe Huffington Post
May 21st, 2013
It's not just the ladies who are getting doused with chemicals that reduce fertility or may cause cancer. There are plenty of toxic chemicals in men's products as well.

Lipstick is Full of Metal and Lead: Why Use It?
by Kristina ChewCare2
May 9th, 2013
Many lipsticks and lip glosses found at local drugstores and department stores contain lead, cadmium, chromium, aluminum and five other metals, a just-published study by researchers at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health reports.

Lipstick: The Price for Pretty Lips May Be Heavy... Metals
by  Bill ChameidesHuffington Post
May 9th, 2013
A new study says picture-perfect lips may be nothing to smile about.

Are Your ‘Natural’ Beauty Products Really Natural?
by Alison Rose LevyTake Part
May 8th, 2013
Even if your shampoo, moisturizer, or body wash claim to be good for you (and the environment), you’ll need to make sure that’s actually the case. Here’s where to look.

Which 20 Lipsticks Contain the Most Lead?
by Maggie SevernsMother Jones
May 6th, 2013
And lead isn't the only toxin lurking in your lippy—a new study finds cadmium, aluminum, and other heavy metals, too.

Pressure Mounts For FDA Decision On Safety Of Triclosan
by Alan McStravickRedOrbit
May 6th, 2013
n FDA decision expected later this year will determine whether manufacturers will be able to continue using triclosan in a variety of personal care products.

Beauty Tips for the FDA
by John WasikThe Investigative Fund
May 6th, 2013
Did my wife's cosmetics give her breast cancer? Inside a regulatory disaster zone.

Johnson & Johnson Removes Some Chemicals from Baby Shampoo, Other Products
by Jane KayScientific American
May 6th, 2013
One of the world's largest producers of personal care products, J&J has vowed to remove many chemicals from its baby products

UC Berkeley study reveals health concerns with lipstick usage
by The Daily CalifornianYvonne Ng
May 6th, 2013
Long-term exposure to the heavy metals found in commonly used cosmetics can cause adverse health effects, according to a new study by UC Berkeley researchers.

Minnesota Legislature Votes to Ban Formaldehyde in Children’s Soaps, Lotions
May 6th, 2013
Minnesota’s legislature took a giant step toward protecting children by banning formaldehyde, a cancer-causing chemical, from children’s personal care products like lotions, shampoos, and bubble baths.