by Reported by Dr. Deanna Lites, WHDH-TV (Boston NBC affiliate)
June 24th, 2005
You use them every day: shampoo, make-up, moisturizer, perfume or cologne. But with each use you could be spreading a dangerous chemical. On Monday, Massachusetts legislators will hear from the public on the Safer Alternatives Bill asking companies to remove toxic chemicals from their products.
|Call to regulate gender-bending chemicals:|
by Alok Jha, science correspondent, The Guardian
June 20th, 2005
Scientists will call on European leaders today to take urgent action to speed up regulation of the thousands of gender-bending chemicals in use across the continent.
|Sorry, but We've Got Really Bad Chemistry|
by Steve Lopez: Points West, Los Angeles Times
June 8th, 2005
The results are in, and it turns out I'm a walking cocktail of toxic chemicals. I've got a jigger of lead in me, a splash of flame retardant and a dash of DDT.
by Natasha Singer, Women's Wear Daily Beauty Biz
June 1st, 2005
The battle is heating up between the cosmetics industry and activist groups who are targeting the very foundations of the business.
|Legislature Targets Toxic Risks in Products|
by Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times
May 30th, 2005
Moving more assertively than lawmakers in other states, the California Legislature is stepping into a growing global debate over how to regulate potentially dangerous chemicals used in perfume, nail polish, plastic baby bottles, rubber ducks and thousands of other products.
|Study Finds Genital Abnormalities in Boys|
by Marla Cone, Los Angeles Times
May 27th, 2005
Scientists studying the effects of hormone-mimicking chemicals on humans have reported that compounds called phthalates, used in plastics and beauty products and widely found in people, seem to alter the reproductive organs of baby boys.
|Phthalates: An Interview with Shanna Swan|
by Steve Curwood, Living On Earth (National Public Radio)
May 27th, 2005
Researchers have known for years that phthalates, a family of chemicals found in paints, pesticides, and consumer products like shampoo, soap, and makeup, can have detrimental effects on genital and reproductive development in male rats. Now for the first time, a study looks at possible impacts on male human babies. Host Steve Curwood talks to Shanna Swan, one of the study's authors, about the results.
|'Gender-bending' chemicals found to 'feminise' boys|
by Andy Coghlan, NewScientist.com news service
May 27th, 2005
“Gender-bending” chemicals mimicking the female hormone oestrogen can disrupt the development of baby boys, suggests the first evidence linking certain chemicals in everyday plastics to effects in humans.
|Chemicals in plastics harming unborn boys|
by Ian Sample, science correspondent, The Guardian (United Kingdom)
May 27th, 2005
Scientists in America have found the first evidence that common chemicals used in products as diverse as cosmetics, toys, clingfilm and plastic bags may harm the development of unborn baby boys.
|Common chemical may cause defects in baby boys|
by Elizabeth Weise, USA Today
May 27th, 2005
For the first time, scientists have shown that pregnant mothers exposed to high but common levels of a widely used ingredient in cosmetics, fragrances, plastics and paints can have baby boys with smaller genitals and incomplete testicular descent.
|ACHES & CLAIMS: The Ingredients of Beauty|
by ROBERT J. DAVIS, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
May 24th, 2005
Are hazards lurking in your hair gel and hand cream? That's the claim of some environmental groups and politicians, who are pushing to remove chemicals known as phthalates from a wide array of beauty products. While studies show the chemicals may cause birth defects and other problems in animals, the Food and Drug Administration says there's no evidence that levels in cosmetics pose a risk to humans.
|Chemicals' toxicity debated: Phthalates are used in personal products|
by Julie Sevrens Lyons, San Jose Mercury News
May 18th, 2005
They're in soap. And hair spray. Baby toys. Hand lotion. Deodorant. Vinyl upholstery. Nail polish. And perfume. Chemicals known as phthalate esters are so prevalent, in fact, that most personal hygiene products and soft PVC plastics contain some — and most Americans have traces of the compounds circulating inside their bodies, according to government reports.
|Europe's Rules Forcing U.S. Firms to Clean Up|
by Marla Cone, Times Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times
May 16th, 2005
At their headquarters in Santa Clara, researchers at Coherent Inc., the world's largest laser manufacturer, are wrestling with an environmental law that is transforming their entire product line.
|Midgen bill would require cosmetic chemical disclosure|
by Bay City News Wire, KPIX TV-5, CBS
April 1st, 2005
A North Bay lawmaker is hoping to clean up the cosmetics industry in California by introducing legislation that would require special labeling and ban certain chemicals in cosmetics.
|Untested Cosmetics May Soon Carry Warning Labels|
The Miami Herald
March 31st, 2005
Would you rethink purchasing your next tube of lipstick or personal care product if it bore a warning label stating its safety had not been determined? This may become a reality if the FDA decides the ingredients in the product haven't been adequately tested for safety.
|The Ugly Side of Pretty|
by Rebecca Ephraim, R.D., C.C.N, DragonFly Media
February 1st, 2005
"I don’t pay much attention to the ingredient lists, I just know what works for me," said Shelley Carpenter, when asked what she looks for in her personal care products. Thinking a little harder, she adds, "I’m allergic to most perfumes, so I stay away from smelly stuff. But I couldn't pin it down." This begs the question, "Who can?"
|Top companies offer safer cosmetics|
by Lisa Ryckman, Rocky Mountain News
January 25th, 2005
Two cosmetic companies are reformulating their products to meet higher safety standards.
|FDA phthalate study finds highest levels of substance in nail polish|
The Rose Sheet
January 24th, 2005
An FDA study of phthalate exposure in humans found five phthalate esters in 32 of 48 cosmetic products analyzed.
|L'Oreal, Revlon bow to Bay Area pressure|
by Jane Kay, Chronicle Environment Writer, San Francisco Chronicle
January 15th, 2005
Two major cosmetics companies have agreed to eliminate chemicals suspected of causing cancer, birth defects and infertility from their products, including a common plasticizer in nail polish.
|Cosmetics companies shun contentious chemical|
by Thaddeus Herrick, Wall Street Journal
January 14th, 2005
Amid pressure from the Breast Cancer Fund, a San Francisco-based group pushing to eliminate these chemicals , Revlon Inc., Groupe L'Oréal SA and Unilever said they no longer are using phthalates, a group of chemicals often found in such cosmetic products as nail polish, fragrances and hair sprays.