The Big Multinational’s Policies on the Use of Chemicals of Concern in Cosmetics

This chart summarizes the public-facing cosmetic safety policies, and restricted substances lists (RSL’s), of the world’s biggest cosmetics and personal care product companies. As the scientific evidence grows linking chemical exposure and disease, more and more consumers are demanding transparency from companies regarding the hazardous chemicals they will, and won’t use to formulate the personal care products we use every day. This chart indicates whether each company practices full fragrance ingredient disclosure and has a policy in place prohibiting the use of 16 chemicals (and contaminants) of concern in the cosmetic products they manufacture. The information we provide was gleaned from each company’s website or from correspondence with the company.

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Big 7 check iconStrong policy Big 7 x iconNo policy  Big 7 neutral iconTransitional policy

 



Chemicals of concern


CSC Big 7 logo
avon logoestee lauder logojohnson and johnson logoloreal logoproctor and gamblerevlon logounilever logo

1,4-DIOXANE *
testing for 1,4-dioxane contamination and reduce to lowest feasible levelsBig 7 x iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 check iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 neutral iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 neutral icon

BHA *

prohibit use of BHA
Big 7 x iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 check iconBig 7 x icon

CARBON BLACK *
prohibit use of carbon black in respirable form and test for PAH contaminationBig 7 x iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 check iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 check iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 x icon

COCAMIDE DEA *

prohibit use of cocamide DEA
Big 7 x iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 check iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 check iconBig 7 check iconBig 7 x icon

FRAGRANCE

practice full fragrance disclosure
Big 7 x iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 neutral iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 x icon

FORMALDEHYDE *
prohibit use of formaldehye and formaldehyde donors
Big 7 x iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 neutral iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 x icon

LEAD AND OTHER HEAVY METALS *
testing raw materials for lead contamination and limit to non-detectable levels (based on .05 ppb)
Big 7 check iconBig 7 check iconBig 7 check iconBig 7 check iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 x icon

MICROBEADS

prohibit use of microbeads
Big 7 check iconBig 7 neutral iconBig 7 neutral iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 neutral iconBig 7 check iconBig 7 x icon

OCTINOXATE +

prohibit use of octinoxate
Big 7 x iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 x icon

OXYBENZONE (BENZOPHENONE-3) +

prohibit use of oxybenzone
Big 7 x iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 x icon

PARABENS +

prohibit use of butyl, propyl and ethyl parabens
Big 7 neutral iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 neutral iconBig 7 neutral iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 neutral iconBig 7 x icon

PHTHALATES +

prohibit use of phthalates
Big 7 check iconBig 7 check iconBig 7 check iconBig 7 check iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 check iconBig 7 check icon

POLYACRYLAMIDE *
testing for acrylamide contamination and limit to .1ppm (EU Standard)Big 7 x iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 check iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 x icon

POLYTETRAFLUOROETHYLENE (PTFE) *
testing for PFOA contamination and limit to non-detectable levels (based upon 5 ppb limit of detection)Big 7 x iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 check iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 check iconBig 7 x icon

STYRENE *
prohibit use of styrene in finished product or fragrance paletteBig 7 x iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 check iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 check iconBig 7 check iconBig 7 x icon

TITANIUM DIOXIDE (INHALABLE FORM) *

prohibit use of titanium dioxide in respirable form
Big 7 x iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 check iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 check iconBig 7 x icon

TRICLOSAN +

prohibit use of triclosan
Big 7 check iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 neutral iconBig 7 check iconBig 7 x iconBig 7 check iconBig 7 check icon
Sales Revenue (global sales in cosmetic and personal care arena)

$9,955 billion

$10,969 billion


$14.7 billion


€ 22,8 billion


$19,944 billion


$14,500 billion

$16 billion

Brands
Avon products branded with Avon label, and including hair, fragrance, skin care, and color cosmetics Tommy Hilfiger, Donna Karan Cosmetics, Michael Kors,
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Coach, Clinique, Origins, Bobbi Brown, La Mer, Jo Malone, Bumble and Bumble, Smashbox, Tom Ford, Darphin, Aveda, Good Skin Labs, Ojon, Osiao, Flirt!, M.A.C, American Beauty
Johnson and Johnson, Johnson's Bedtime, Desitin,
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Natusan, Penaten, Prim'age, Bebe, Clean & Clear, Roc, Vendome, Neutrogena, skin ID, Rogaine, Aveeno, Lubriderm, Piz Buin, Listerine, Rembrandt,
Lancome, Giorgio Armani, Yves Sant Laurent Beaute,
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Biotherm, Kiehl’s, Ralph Lauren, Shu Uerma, Cacharel, Helena Rubenstein, Clarisonic, Diesel, Victor&Rolf, Yue Sai, Maison Martin Margiela, Urban Decay, Guy Laroche, Paloma Picasso, Vichy, La Roche- Posay, SkinCeuticals, The Body Shop, Keratase, Matrix, Redken, Pureology, Mizani, Carita, Decleor, L’Oreal Paris, Garnier, Maybelline New York, Softsheen.Carson, Essie, Sanoflore, Roger&Gallet
Max Factor, Puma, Aussie,
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Crest, Escada Fragrances, Hugo Boss Fragrances, Tampax, Lacoste Fragrances, Always (feminine care products), Natural Instincts, Nice ‘n Easy, Oral B, Old Spice, Olay, Secret, Vidal Sassoon, Wella, Rochas, Ivory, Mach3, Gucci Fragrances, Mexx, Clairol, Covergirl, Camay, Christina Aguilera fragrances, Dolce & Gabbana cosmetics and fragrances, Frederique Fekkai, Gilette, Herbal Essences, Head & Shoulders, Scope, SK-II, Pantene, Venus, Nioxin, Natural Instincts, Naomi Campbell, Sebastian Professional, Fusion, DDF, Camay, Braun
Almay, Charles of the Ritz, Charlie (fragrance),
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Electric Youth (Fragrance), Food Fair, Mitchum, Natural Wonder, Ultima II, Revlon Brand
Dove, Axe, Caress,
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Suave, Degree, Lever 2000, Vaseline, St. Ives, Noxema, Ponds, Tresemme, Nexxus, Motions, Consort (for men), Tigi (Bed Head/Catwalk/S Factor), Just for Me! (aimed towards girls and young women of color), TCB

 

Notation
* indicates chemical linked to carcinogenicity
+ indicates chemical linked to endocrine disruption

DISCLAIMER- All information for this website came from each company’s own website.