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Chemical Relaxers: The Facts Might Not Be So Relaxing
by Janet SingletonThe Defenders Online
December 18th, 2009
Chris Rock’s documentary Good Hair caused bad feelings last summer for many black female film-goers, who felt more betrayed than they did fairly portrayed by the film. Lost in all of the earsplitting debates and viral blog posts, was any deeper discussion of the health implications for black women and girls who use hair straighteners.

Study: Chemicals, pollutants found in newborns
by Peter FimriteSan Francisco Chronicle
December 3rd, 2009
Chemicals from cosmetics, perfumes and other fragrances were detected along with dozens of other industrial compounds in the umbilical cords of African American, Asian and Latino infants in the United States, according to a national study released Wednesday.

Dr. Oz's Tips for Pregnant Women
Good Morning American
November 30th, 2009
Dr. Mehmet Oz dropped by the show today along with Dr. Michael Roizen, the chief wellness officer of the Cleveland Clinic to talk about women and pregnancy. Pregnant women should avoid toxins that can affect their kid while in the womb, Oz said.

Nanotech widespread in cosmetics, report finds
by Kelly BurkeSydney Morning Herald
November 24th, 2009
An independent analysis by Friends of the Earth, which has described nanoparticle cosmetics as the 21st-century equivalent of lead and arsenic face powders, found nanomaterials in all 10 randomly selected foundations.

More evidence nanoparticles damage DNA
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
November 6th, 2009
Researchers in the United Kingdom have found some nanoparticles - which can be found in common household items - can damage DNA without even penetrating the cells.

Trick-or-treaters beware
by Amy EisingerNew York Daily News
October 28th, 2009
That Halloween face paint could be scary for more than one reason.

The Scariest Part of Halloween
by Sheila PellSan Diego Reader
October 28th, 2009
It isn’t just one night, one goblin glob-fest before it’s all washed down the drain and into the waterways. Ghosts with names like carbon black and terephthalate haunt us all year long.

Some Face Paints May Contain Lead
CBS-4 Boston
October 27th, 2009
Doctors are putting out a warning to parents just in time for Halloween. Some popular face paints may contain toxins that can be dangerous to kids.

Health: Dangers of Halloween Face Paint
by Stephanie StahlCBS-3 Philadelphia
October 27th, 2009
New potential dangers have been linked to face paints for kids this Halloween season.

Study: Some face paints linked to allergies
by Cheryl JenningsABC-7 San Francisco
October 27th, 2009
Test results released on Tuesday show several face paints contain heavy metals, including lead. The Food and Drug Administration plans to examine the report.

Study: Halloween Face Paint Laced with Lead
by Dan ShapleyThe Daily Green
October 27th, 2009
Many face paints -- including those used in Halloween costume makeup -- often contain lead, nickel, cobalt and chromium. None of those ingredients, however, were listed on product packaging.

Toxins Make Halloween Face Paints Scary
by Kathleen DohenyHealthDay
October 27th, 2009
If your little goblin or vampire is set to paint his or her face this Halloween to look all the more believable, you may want to think twice, according to a new report released just in time for the holiday.

Stacy Malkan, author of Not Just a Pretty Face
by Kimberly ButtonGet Green Be Well blog
October 20th, 2009
More and more people are beginning to learn about the shocking dangers of the toxic chemicals that are allowed in our cosmetics and personal care items, thanks, in part, to one intrepid activist.

Skin care products and cancer: What manufacturers don't tell you
by Dr. Lorne BrandesCTV Health blog
October 14th, 2009
A new report in the Journal of Clinical Oncology warns that an ingredient in some skin creams may have serious long-term health consequences for women with, or at risk for, breast and uterine cancer. The offending substance? Estrogen!

Risky Beauty Business
The Story, from American Public Media
October 6th, 2009
Connie Nguyen has been doing hair and nails for 15 years. She's experienced dizziness and difficulty breathing. Alisha Tran, a former salon owner, experienced nausea and was twice rushed to the emergency room before a doctor told her to quit the business. Listen to their stories.

Op-Ed: Beyond skin deep: How I learned to rethink my daily morning routine
by Amelia JimenezPatriot-News
October 6th, 2009
I learned my lesson: It's fine to want to look good, but necessary to be cautious about what one puts on her face.

Rub a Dub Dub: Watch out for chemical-induced rashes in the tub
by Stacy MalkanMomsRising.org blog
September 23rd, 2009
The products are advertised as "extra gentle" and "for sensitive skin," yet new medical papers indicate that many children's bath products contain a chemical preservative that can cause chronic skin problems that are often misdiagnosed as eczema or other diseases.

Save Your Skin
by Roddy ScheerE! The Environmental Magazine
September 21st, 2009
While consciousness has spread in recent years about the foods we eat, fewer of us think about how harmful the products we put on our skin can be to our bodies and to the environment.

There’s Still Lead in Lipstick but the FDA Says it is OK
by Wenona NapolitanoFeelgood Style blog
September 10th, 2009
FDA scientists found lead in every brand of lipstick that they tested, but they don’t consider the toxic metal a safety concern.

5 Ugly Truths You May Not Know About the Beauty Industry
by Jasmin Malik ChuaTreehugger.com
September 10th, 2009
The $500 billion beauty industry is no stranger to the art of obfuscation. The sole purpose of cosmetics and personal-care products, after all, is to correct, conceal, and camouflage. So does it come as a surprise to anyone that there are a few sticking points certain parties would rather see glossed over?

Tests reveal lead found in lipsticks
ABC-7 San Francisco
September 3rd, 2009
A different new study has found there's more lead in lipstick than previously thought.

FDA: Yes, lots of lipsticks contain lead
by Siel JuMother Nature Network blog
September 3rd, 2009
The good news: After a long, tight-lipped silence, the U.S. Federal Drug Administration tested lipsticks for lead — a move that eco-nonprofit organizations like Campaign for Safe Cosmetics have been calling for years.

Lead in lipstick: FDA gives moms the toxic kiss off
by Stacy MalkanMomsRising blog
September 3rd, 2009
The FDA spent two years studying the problem, only to discover that, yup, there really is lead in lipstick – and then decide that, no, they’re not going to do anything about it.

Lead in lipstick, but no FDA standard
United Press International
September 2nd, 2009
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration should set standards to reduce lead in lipstick to the lowest achievable levels, a U.S. non-profit group says.

Lipstick Lead Levels Higher Than Formerly Reported
CBS-11 Dallas/Fort Worth
September 2nd, 2009
In the fall of 2007 the consumer advocacy group Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC) reported about lead levels in some top-brand lipsticks. Now the government says lead levels in many of those lipsticks are actually higher than first reported.

Lead Levels in Many Lipsticks Higher Than Reported
HealthDay News
September 2nd, 2009
A new analysis finds lead levels in many lipsticks are higher than those reported in 2007 by the consumer advocacy group Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

FDA Tests Find Lead in Lipstick
by Dan ShapleyThe Daily Green
September 1st, 2009
A new Food and Drug Administration study has identified lead in all 20 red lipsticks it tested (from 10 different brands), and at concentrations up to four-times higher than those found in independent testing.

I’ll take my lipstick unleaded, please
by Jane HoulihanEWG Kid-Safe Chemicals Blog
September 1st, 2009
You may have missed the Federal Food and Drug Administration’s latest study on lead in lipstick. After all, how many women peruse the latest ($35) issue of the Journal of Cosmetic Science while touching up for their next appointment?

Saving Face: How Safe Are Cosmetics and Body Care Products?
Beauty On Watch blog
August 12th, 2009
The government knows just about as much as you do about what you’re putting on your skin—that is to say, not much.

Triclosan or treat?
by Lou BendrickGrist
July 27th, 2009
Dear Grist, I have been getting contradictory information about triclosan. Organic Consumers Association says danger, beware, don’t use. Other sources say no problem. What do you say?

Fragrance allergen levels in baby bathwater of ‘special concern’, say scientists
by Katie BirdCosmeticsDesign.com
July 22nd, 2009
The levels of fragrance allergens in baby bathwater are of ‘special concern’ according to Spanish researchers who have developed a method to test the presence of the compounds.

Chemicals and Our Health
by Nicholas D. KristofNew York Times
July 15th, 2009
However careful you are about your health, your body is almost certainly home to troubling chemicals called phthalates. These are ubiquitous in modern life, found in plastic bottles, cosmetics, some toys, hair conditioners, and fragrances — and many scientists have linked them to everything from sexual deformities in babies to obesity and diabetes.

What's really in your beauty products?
by Stacy MalkanCrazy Sexy Life blog
July 9th, 2009
Penis deformation? I don’t like those two words together.

Why the Adage 'the Dose Makes the Poison' Can Be Toxic to Corporate Chemicals Policy
by Richard LiroffGreenBiz blog
June 24th, 2009
You're better off heeding an updated version: "The dose and the timing make the poison."

Author links everyday chemicals to breast cancer
by Simon PitmanCosmeticsDesign.com
June 18th, 2009
"No Family History," by Sabrina McCormick, PhD, aims to make a link between the rising rates of breast cancer and increased exposure to everyday products containing numerous chemicals.

Opinion: War on breast cancer must shift to prevention
by Sabrina McCormickEnvironmental Health News
June 8th, 2009
If we truly want to save lives, we must shift our attention from curing breast cancer to preventing it. This means reducing exposures to pesticides and hormones in food, ingredients in personal care products, and air-borne pollutants, which all raise the risk of breast cancer.

No More Tears... until baby grows up and gets cancer!
by AnnieAnnie's Organic Baby blog
June 4th, 2009
Last month the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and partner organizations released a report revealing that dozens of popular bath products for babies and kids contain at least two hazardous contaminants: 1,4-dioxane and formaldehyde.

Phthalates may soften, weaken bones
by Negin P. Martin, Ph. DEnvironmental Health News
June 3rd, 2009
Phthalates used in plastics and beauty products can trigger bone cell death.

Don't Lick Your Lips
by Elizabeth GrossmanEarth Island Institute's EnvironmentaList blog
June 3rd, 2009
I’m not opposed to cosmetics; I use them and happen to own several reddish lipsticks myself. The point is that when it comes to lead exposure, given the latest health science, it’s hard to discern how any lead in a product designed for the lips could be permissible.

A Simple Smooch or a Toxic Smack?
by Abby EllinNew York Times
May 28th, 2009
Will all those years of applying lipstick several times a day add up to a worrisome accumulation of a dangerous substance?

J & J Products Warning
THV-11 Arkansas
May 27th, 2009
Many of us use Johnson and Johnson products; everything from shampoos to body lotions. A Boston watchdog group says many Johnson and Johnson products contain harmful chemicals.

Cleaning Up Baby Products
by Abby EllinNew York Times
May 27th, 2009
In March, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics reported finding formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane, a trace contaminant of some chemicals used in cosmetics, detergents and shampoos, in 55 children’s personal-care products.

Health groups push Johnson & Johnson on 'toxic' chemicals
by Guy Montague-JonesCosmeticsDesign.com
May 27th, 2009
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC) and 40 other charitable organizations have delivered a letter to Johnson & Johnson (J&J) calling for the removal of ‘toxic’ ingredients from its products.

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Targets Johnson & Johnson
by MelissaRaising Them Green blog
May 27th, 2009
Late last week, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics sent a letter to baby products giant Johnson & Johnson asking the company to stop using these chemicals in their products.

Johnson & Johnson asked to clean up baby shampoo
by Jennifer TaggartThe Smart Mama blog
May 27th, 2009
Hysterical mommy blogger? I think not. Well, if I am, I am at least in good company.

Time to Come Clean: Petitioning Johnson & Johnson
by Stef McDonaldCare2.com
May 27th, 2009
We can all recall the ad campaigns for Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo, with its "No More Tears" tagline. How could it be possible that a product championed as being so gentle would contain harmful ingredients?

Stricter EPA Risk Study Boosts Activists' Bid To Limit Dioxane Exposure
by Maria HegstadRisk Policy Report
May 26th, 2009
A new EPA assessment showing significantly greater cancer risks from the solvent 1,4 dioxane -- a common contaminant at waste sites and in personal care products -- may give environmentalists greater leverage in their calls for manufacturers to remove the chemical from their products.

Angry groups to J&J: Get rid of chemicals in baby shampoo
by Associated PressThe Trentonian
May 26th, 2009
A coalition of health, environmental and consumer groups is demanding that health products giant Johnson & Johnson remove tiny amounts of two chemicals suspected of causing cancer from its Johnson’s Baby Shampoo and other products.

Johnson & Johnson Asked to Remove Chemicals from Baby Shampoo
by GreenerDesign StaffGreenBiz
May 26th, 2009
Johnson & Johnson is being asked by a coalition of organizations to remove two chemicals, considered probable human carcinogens, from its baby shampoo and other personal care products.

Group Claims J&J Products Have Harmful Chemicals
by Dawn HasbrouckCBS-38 Boston
May 26th, 2009
A local watchdog group is demanding that Johnson & Johnson change the ingredients in some of its baby products.

The Toxic Tub Report: An Update
by LynnOrganic Mania: Organic and Green Mom Blog
May 26th, 2009
In case you missed the news over the Memorial Day weekend, take a look at this excellent reporting from the Associated Press on the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics continued efforts to get 1,4 dioxane and formaldehyde out of baby products.

Groups ask Johnson & Johnson to remove carcinogens from baby products
by Sara GoodmanEnvironment & Engineering News
May 26th, 2009
More than 40 environmental and health advocates today called on a top manufacturer of personal care products to remove two potential cancer-causing chemicals from its baby products. "[A]ny amount of these hazardous substances in products intended for infants and children is clearly unnecessary," the groups wrote in a letter sent today to Johnson & Johnson.

Consumer group pushes J&J on chemicals in shampoo
by Linda A. JohnsonAssociated Press
May 25th, 2009
A coalition of health, environmental and consumer groups is demanding that health products giant Johnson & Johnson remove tiny amounts of two chemicals suspected of causing cancer from its Johnson's Baby Shampoo.

Why It's Harder Than Ever To Find Safe, Natural Sunscreens
by Alexandra ZissuThe Daily Green: Ask An Organic Mom blog
May 22nd, 2009
New European SPF requirements mean brands that once used natural ingredients are either changing formulations or discontinuing their products. Suspect nanoparticles are present in many formulations, and consumer and environmental groups differ on the safety of various formulations. Confused? Try these recommendations.

Report questions safety of some children’s bath products
by Kristi WiedemannConsumerReports.org
May 20th, 2009
While the CSC’s study sample was small, out of the 48 products tested (28 for formaldehyde) more than half contained one or both chemicals.

Chemical pollution gets personal
by Helen CarmichaelChemistry World
May 20th, 2009
Two Canadian environmentalists have detailed the rise and fall of chemicals in their own bodily fluids after using everyday products. And they were shocked by the results.

Hoping That the FDA Gets the Message
by Rachel SaslowWashington Post
May 19th, 2009
Mirror, mirror on the wall, which lipstick is the most toxic of all?

Drug Agency Hit for Lax Supervision of Baby Products
by Bae Ji-sookKorea Times
May 14th, 2009
The Korea Food and Drug Administration is under fire for having ignored risks involving baby goods that in March were reported to have contained carcinogens.

Formaldehyde shown to raise cancer risk in workers
Green Right Now
May 14th, 2009
Researchers report that they have found a continuing “possible link” between formaldehyde exposure and death from cancers of the blood and lymphatic system among workers exposed to the chemical.

Are you being poisoned by cosmetics?
by Vicki BuffolinoCBS-11 Houston
May 14th, 2009
Using cosmetics to enhance your beauty can come with a price, and we're not talking about the actual price tag.

Your Toxic Shower: Hidden Dangers in Shampoo
by Gina-Marie CheesemanCelsias.com
May 14th, 2009
Do you enjoy like a shampoo that "foams"? The foam in shampoos comes from sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES).

Confused by SPF? Take a Number
by Catherine Saint LouisNew York Times
May 14th, 2009
SPF creep has hit the triple digits with Neutrogena’s SPF 100+ sunblock, leading some dermatologists to complain that this is merely a numbers game that confuses consumers.

Study links formaldehyde to more common cancers
by Liz SzaboUSA Today
May 12th, 2009
New research raises additional concerns about the harmful effects of formaldehyde, a common chemical found in everything from plywood to nail polish, car exhaust and cigarette smoke.

Ask Umbra on how not to sweat your deodorant
by Umbra FiskGrist
May 11th, 2009
Choosing a deodorant that’s safe for the planet and your body, and that actually works, can be the pits! Grist’s ‘Stink Squad’ sniffs out the answers in this video starring eco-advice columnist Umbra Fisk. Raise your hand if you’re sure!

March targets cosmetics ingredients
by Anne SutherlandMontreal Gazette
May 10th, 2009
Would you want your mother smearing toxic chemicals on her skin or spritzing herself with a product that could alter her endocrine system?

How toxic are unregulated wastewater pollutants?
by European Commission, Environment DGEnvironmental Expert
May 8th, 2009
A study of wastewater in Spain suggest that the most problematic pollutants may be derived from newer pharmaceutical and personal care products, such as everyday painkillers and soaps, not yet regulated.

Paint your nails 'green'
by Samantha CritchellAssociated Press
May 5th, 2009
Within the rainbow of shades that line the walls of nail salons, an increasingly popular choice is "green." But more eco-friendly options may not be quite what you think.

Saving Face: How Safe Are Cosmetics and Body Care Products?
by Katherine HarmonScientific American
May 4th, 2009
The government knows just about as much as you do about what you're putting on your skin — that is to say, not much.

Gillibrand seeks safety testing for baby products
by Jennifer Gish, McClatchy-Tribune Information ServicesNewsday
April 30th, 2009
Underlining her role as both politician and mom, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced legislation Tuesday calling for the Food and Drug Administration to investigate the chemicals in infant and children's toiletries.

Toxins in cosmetics
ABC-24 Austin, Tex.
April 30th, 2009
While Austinites are taking every precaution to avoid the swine flu, many of you may be putting toxic chemicals on your skin everyday. Some say makeup and body lotions contain chemicals that could act like slow poisons.

Consumers worried about Johnson & Johnson
by Andrew MoodyChina Daily
April 27th, 2009
In the first major test of public opinion since a US consumer group alleged that some baby products by the American giant contained traces of elements linked to cancer, three-quarters of nearly 120,000 consumers questioned by ifeng.com, said they had stopped buying Johnson & Johnson products.

Nail salon workers face health concerns from chemical exposure
by Paul ChambersFOX-2 San Francisco Bay Area
April 27th, 2009
Nail salon workers, researchers and owners are coming together at a health and safety conference in Oakland.

Report on Baby Bath Product Toxins Prompts Legislation
by Christine LinEpoch Times
April 27th, 2009
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will be introducing a bill in the House this week to require that the FDA investigate the safety of ingredient byproducts in baby bath products.

Get the lead out ... of your lipstick
by Gillian ShawVancouver Sun
April 25th, 2009
If you've never given much thought to choosing a conditioner or selecting skin cream, you probably haven't read Stacy Malkan's warnings in her book, "Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry."

What’s in your hair products?
by J.D. GravenorMontreal Gazette
April 21st, 2009
Teens are the biggest consumers of skin and beauty products. But do they know what’s in some of these creams and cosmetics? Author takes message to her audience.

Contaminants in Bath Products
Tot Trends
April 19th, 2009
Most Americans believe that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates cosmetics, but unfortunately, the FDA has almost no authority over the 50 billion dollar industry.

Beware of cosmetics, author says
by Charlie FidelmanMontreal Gazette
April 14th, 2009
Campaign for Safe Cosmetics co-founder Stacy Malkan, a self-described recovered-makeup-addict-turned-activist, treats cosmetics as an environmental issue.

Hysterical Mommy Bloggers?
by LynnOrganic Mania: Organic and Green Mom Blog
April 10th, 2009
I thought my mind would be on blogging about Tips for an Eco-Friendly Easter. But instead, I keep thinking about how the personal care products industry responded to the concerns raised by last week’s Green Moms Carnival.

Oh, don't worry, you're just a mommy blogger & just a little bit of a carcinogen is okay
by JenniferThe Smart Mama blog
April 5th, 2009
Yes, I choose to buy products without certain ingredients in an effort to provide a safer lifestyle for my kids. I choose the alternatives. I sort of think that it makes sense to be safe instead of sorry.

I Use Toxic Bath Products on My Kids! Do You?
Green and Clean Mom blog
April 1st, 2009
Who would think that the FDA does not approve the ingredients and concoctions of chemicals put into bottles before they are put on the shelf, marketed to us and bought.

It May Be April Fool’s Day, But Toxins in Baby Bath are No Joke
by LynnOrganic Mania: Organic and Green Mom Blog
April 1st, 2009
How did we get to this point? It’s a function of our regulatory system (or lack thereof as some might say).

Interview with Robyn Gilden, R.N., about safe baby products
FOX-45 Baltimore
April 1st, 2009
Robyn Gilden, RN, MS, program manager for the University of Maryland School of Nursing Environmental Health Education Center, was interviewed about the safety of products found in the home.

Organic and Nontoxic Soaps for Green Babies (and Their Parents)
by Alexandra ZissuThe Daily Green: Ask An Organic Mom blog
March 31st, 2009
For readers out there who aren't using natural/organic/pure body wash or bar soap on the kids (or on themselves), switching to one is a very prudent idea, especially in light of the recent Campaign for Safe Cosmetics report.

Toxins found in children's shampoos
Sydney Morning Herald
March 29th, 2009
A report by a US health advocacy group has named Johnson's Baby Shampoo as one of 32 baby products found to contain small amounts of carcinogenic and allergy-producing chemicals.

Hidden contaminants raise fears in parents
by Louise BrassNaperville Sun (Ill.)
March 29th, 2009
Naperville mother Sarah Larsen won't wash her baby, Eloise, without checking the shampoo and soap labels first.

Nanoparticles from sunscreens damage microbes
by Matthew CimitileEnvironmental Health News
March 24th, 2009
Nanoparticles in sunscreens, cosmetics and other consumer products may pose risks to the environment by damaging beneficial microbes, scientists reported Tuesday. Nano-titanium dioxide found in personal care products reduced biological roles of bacteria after less than an hour of exposure.

Kids' bath products raise health concerns
by Kelly Hanson reporting from KPAX (Missoula, Mont.)
March 23rd, 2009
A new report and product tests released by Women's Voices for the Earth and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics claims that despite label claims like "gentle" and "pure", dozens of top-selling children's bath products are contaminated with the cancer-causing chemicals.

Report finds contaminants in baby products
by Maren Wright, Capital News ServicePhysorg.com
March 18th, 2009
Protecting J.J., the 4-month-old son of Shawna Bader-Blau, is time-consuming, what with checking labels, reading safety information, buying chemical-free baby wipes and finding phthalate-free baby bottles.

China Investigates Baby Products
by Loretta Chao and Shirley S. WangWall Street Journal
March 18th, 2009
Chinese health authorities are investigating baby products made by Johnson & Johnson in response to a U.S. consumer group's charges, disputed by the company, that some chemicals contained in the products could cause cancer.

Shanghai FDA tests hair dye, baby shampoo for health threats
China View
March 18th, 2009
The Shanghai Food and Drug Administration was busy yesterday checking two types of products that have been linked to health concerns: baby shampoo and hair dye.

Gillibrand demands more oversight of baby care products
by Tom BruneNewsday
March 17th, 2009
The New York Democrat wrote the FDA after the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics said last week its research had found "dozens of top-selling children's bath products are contaminated with the cancer-causing chemicals" formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane.

Interview with Lisa Archer
by David Steinman, hostGreen Patriot Radio
March 17th, 2009
Author David Steinman interviews Lisa Archer, national coordinator and co-founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, about 1,4-dioxane and formaldehyde in baby products.

J&J Baby Goods Pulled by China Retailer, Xinhua Says
by Tom KohnBloomberg
March 17th, 2009
Johnson & Johnson baby products were pulled from sale by a Chinese supermarket chain over allegations they contain cancer-causing chemicals, the government’s Xinhua News Agency said, citing a manager for the retailer.

Supermarket suspends sale of Johnson products amid debate
by Xinhua News AgencyChina Daily
March 17th, 2009
A major Chinese supermarket chain pulled baby products made by US-based health care giant Johnson & Johnson from its shelves Monday after allegations that the products contain carcinogens.

'Tainted' baby shampoo still on shelves
by Li WenfangChina Daily
March 17th, 2009
He Qiaomei, a mother of a 5-year-old in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, said she will not buy the company's baby shampoo any more. "The manufacturer should be brought to justice," she said.

Vietnam to test Johnson's Baby shampoo
VietNamNet Bridge
March 17th, 2009
On March 16, some supermarkets in Taiwan and Hong Kong stopped selling Johnson’s Baby Shampoo after hearing the news that Johnson’s Baby Shampoo sold in the US contained cancer-causing chemicals. In Vietnam, the Drug Administration will test this product.

Chemical alert in baby bath
The Standard (Hong Kong)
March 16th, 2009
Watsons in Taiwan has decided to stop selling Johnson's Baby Shampoo. Watsons in Hong Kong will follow up with its suppliers today and the products remained on its shelves.

U.S. product scares cause fears about baby shampoo, chicken essence in Taiwan
Taiwan News
March 16th, 2009
Taiwanese retailers removed baby shampoos from their shelves yesterday after activists in the United States claimed they contained cancer-related substances.

Children's bath products tainted with probable carcinogens
by Beth DaleyBoston Globe - Green Blog
March 16th, 2009
"The reality of today's world is that we, humans, have contaminated our environment and poisoned ourselves. Not intentionally, but due to our industrial ingenuity, our carelessness, and our unwillingness to study and regulate what we expose ourselves and our environment to," said Dr. Sean Palfrey, a pediatrician at Boston Medical Center

Shanghai may test baby bath products
Shanghai Daily
March 16th, 2009
Baby products from Johnson & Johnson may be tested by experts from Shanghai's food and drug administration after a report that they contain chemicals which could cause cancer.

Local distributors alert on kids' bath products
The China Post
March 15th, 2009
Taiwan distributors and dealers are scrambling to remove from local shelves children's bath products that have recently been found to contain carcinogens in the U.S.

Ministry: US baby products with carcinogen traces not sold here
by Judy Siegel-ItzkovichJerusalem Post
March 15th, 2009
Israelis need not worry about warnings in the US regarding traces of probable carcinogens in "more than half the baby shampoo, lotion and other infant care products" analyzed by an American health advocacy group, because the products it tested are not sold here, the Health Ministry said Sunday.

Dangerous Baby Products?
NBC-26 Green Bay, Wisc.
March 15th, 2009
Green Bay resident Dawn Garcia was shocked to learn that the lotion she put on her baby tested positive for Formaldehyde.

'Kids' Shampoo Contains Dangerous Chemicals'
Sky News (UK)
March 14th, 2009
1,4-dioxane is banned in Europe, and formaldehyde is restricted. However, the chemicals are apparently unregulated in the US.

Carcinogens in some kids' shampoos
by Amy GraffSan Francisco Chronicle - The Mommy Files blog
March 14th, 2009
Remember when the news broke in 2007 that many brand-name lipsticks contained lead? The same Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC) has now gone after children's bath products.

¿Baños Peligrosos?
Noticiero Telemundo
March 13th, 2009
El grupo ambientalista Campaign for Safe Cosmetics reveló un estudio en el que sostiene que muchos productos de aseo para niños contienen sustancias químicas vinculadas al cáncer.

Formaldehyde and 1,4-Dioxane in Baby Care Products
SafeMama.com
March 13th, 2009
The Green-Internet is already buzzing about a new report that came out regarding toxic chemicals in childrens and baby skin care products.

Which Kids Shampoos Have Cancer Causing Agents?
by Jeanne SagerStrollerderby
March 13th, 2009
Manufacturers of children's bath products are the latest to earn the ire of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

Carcinogens found in some baby products, says report
WFAA-TV Dallas-Fort Worth
March 13th, 2009
Interview with Dr. Emily Hebert on the subject.

Toxic Tubs: A New Report about Carcinogens in Baby Bath Products
KPFK-FM Los Angeles
March 13th, 2009
Interview with Stacy Malkan, author of "Not Just a Pretty Face – the Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry," and a co-author of the report, Toxic Tub: Contaminants in Children’s Bath and Personal Care Products

Morning Rounds: Bath Products for Babies
by Roni Caryn RabinNew York Times - Health blog
March 13th, 2009
Baby shampoo, baby lotions and other infant care products contain tiny amounts of formaldehyde and another chemical that's considered a probable carcinogen.

Probable Carcinogens Found in Baby Toiletries: Online Chat with Stacy Malkan
Washington Post
March 13th, 2009
Stacy Malkan, co-founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, and co-author of the report No More Toxic Tub: Getting Contaminants out of Children's Bath Products, will be online Friday, March 13, at Noon ET to discuss the findings and to answer questions about safety limits on commercial products.

US study finds carcinogens in kids' bath products
AFP
March 13th, 2009
Used for embalming corpses and, in the United States, as glue in chipboard, formaldehyde is a by-product of a preservative added to the products to prevent bacteria growth and extend their shelf-life.

Hospital drops 'unsafe' baby products
by Julie DeardorffChicago Tribune - Health Club blog
March 13th, 2009
Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, which offers organic personal care products to new moms, is probably happy with its decision not to use Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo.

Baby products cause cancer?
NewsAnchorMom.com
March 12th, 2009
It does make me mad when there is even a slight chance that baby products - the ones made especially for the tiniest people - have dangerous chemicals in them.

Bad Bath Products
FOX-23 Albany, N.Y.
March 12th, 2009
There's a good chance that something you use is on the list.

Report: Cancer-Causing Chemicals in Kids Products
CBS-4 Minneapolis
March 12th, 2009

Babies Across the US Are Sitting in Toxic Tubs
by Mia DavisMomsRising blog
March 12th, 2009
What’s going on? How it is that harmful chemicals are allowed in baby products? Where is the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on this, and where are the cosmetics industry’s scruples?

Group finds carcinogens in bath products
by Liz SzaboUSA Today
March 12th, 2009
Many children's bath products contain chemicals that may cause cancer and skin allergies, according to a report released Thursday by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

Toxic Bath Products
NBC-3 Savannah
March 12th, 2009
The "Campaign for Safe Cosmetics" warns parents about traces of possible cancer-causing substances in baby products.

On Your Side: Toxic Tubs
by Ross McLaughlinABC-7 Arlington, Va.
March 12th, 2009
7 On Your Side's Ross McLaughlin sheds light on a warning about the safety of children's bath products and lotions.

Study raises concerns about bath products
by Andrew BeckettWisconsin Radio Network
March 12th, 2009
A new report calls for safeguards on cosmetics products for children. The report from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and WISPIRG looked at the chemical contents of dozens of products designed for children.

Popular kid's bath products contain toxic chemicals: Study
by Sarah Schmidt, Canwest News ServiceVancouver Sun
March 12th, 2009
Many popular children's bath products on the market contain the cancer-causing chemicals formaldehyde or 1,4-dioxane, a study has found.

Safety report released on children's bath products
Capital News 9 - Albany
March 12th, 2009
Are you mindful of what you use on your child's hair and skin in the bathtub?

New report warns of toxic bath toys
by Sara GandyNBC-9 Colorado
March 12th, 2009
The environmental group behind this consumer campaign has done a lot of studies on chemicals in personal care products. Thursday's involves two substances: formaldehyde, and dioxane.

Children's Bath Products Contain Contaminants
by Amanda Gardner, HealthDay ReporterU.S. News & World Report
March 12th, 2009
Many baby and child-care products contain the chemicals formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane, both of which have been linked to cancer and various skin conditions, a new report contends.

Baby Lotions, Shampoos Called 'Unsafe'
by Karen GrayHoustonFOX-5 Washington DC
March 12th, 2009
A disturbing new report out claims a long list of baby and child care products contain possible cancer-causing chemicals. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, the Environmental Working Group and some cancer experts from the University of Pittsburgh say the products are tainted with formaldehyde and dioxane.

Group: Cancer-Causing Chemicals Found in Baby Bath Products
by Lyndsey LaytonWashington Post
March 12th, 2009
Some of the biggest names on the market, including Johnson& Johnson Baby Shampoo and Baby Magic baby lotion, tested positive for 1,4 dioxane or formaldehyde, or both, the non-profit Campaign for Safe Cosmetics reported.

Report Finds Cancer-Causing Contaminants in Baby Products
by Maren WrightSouthern Maryland Headline News
March 12th, 2009
Protecting J.J., the 4-month-old son of Shawna Bader-Blau, is time-consuming, what with checking labels, reading safety information, buying chemical-free baby wipes and finding phthalate-free baby bottles.

Report: Toxins Common in Baby Products
by Salynn BoylesWebMD
March 12th, 2009
You aren’t likely to see the chemicals formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane listed on the labels of baby bath products, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there, a consumer group is warning.

Formaldehyde present in many kids' bath products, tests find
by Ron WayMinnPost.com
March 12th, 2009
Formaldehyde, popularly associated with embalming and taxidermy and used in a variety of building products, is showing up in children's bath products to an alarming degree.

Toxic Tub: Time to Wipe Away the Suds
by Stef McDonaldCare2.com
March 12th, 2009
Toxins in baby products? It's hard to accept.

Unsafe Bath Products?
by Stephanie StahlCBS-3 Philadelphia
March 12th, 2009
Several popular children's bath products contain cancer causing chemicals even when they're labeled as being gentle and pure.

When "pure" is not pure
by Jovana RuzicicEnviroblog
March 12th, 2009
Being a parent should not be a scary thing.

Group uncovers toxins in bath products
by Cheryl JenningsABC-7 San Francisco
March 12th, 2009
A Bay Area group, called Campaign For Safe Cosmetics just released an explosive new report in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday morning, saying children's bath products are contaminated with the potentially cancer-causing chemicals formaldehyde and 1.4 dioxane.

Shampoos and Other Children's Bath Products Have Toxic Ingredients That Aren't On the Label
by Dan ShapleyThe Daily Green
March 12th, 2009
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics today will reveal which brands of children's shampoos, bubble baths and baby lotions tested positive for formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane, two chemicals that have been linked to serious health problems, including cancer.

Can anti-perspirants harm women's breasts?
by Lois RogersThe Daily Mail
March 10th, 2009
There is growing suspicion that benign breast lumps could be linked to heavy use of anti-perspirant products.

"The Toxic 12" Beauty Ingredients
by Jana BallingerCare2.com
March 9th, 2009
Beauty queen-turned-activist Susan Jeske wants you to know the ugly truth about what your beauty routine is doing to your health.

Ask Umbra: Wake up to your makeup
by Umbra FiskGrist
March 3rd, 2009
This GristTV video offers a wake-up call to all who paint and polish. Did you know the FDA doesn't require safety testing on cosmetics ingredients? Umbra reveals the ugly truths about conventional makeup, and shows you how to put on a happy face.

Toxins ’R’ Us
by Amy GoodmanSan Francisco Chronicle Op-Ed
February 24th, 2009
U.S. chemical and manufacturing industries have fought regulation, while Europe moves ahead with strict prohibitions against the most harmful toxins. The European Union says regulation is good for business, inspiring consumer confidence and saving money over the long term.

Groton spa owner spikes the toxins
by Hiroko SatoLowell Sun
February 16th, 2009
Perfume, air freshener, detergents -- anything that has strong scents gives her an instant headache. She also knows those hints of wildflowers and rain forests in a bottle can contain probable human carcinogens.

An easier approach to beauty
by Cassie PenceVail Daily
February 15th, 2009
In an effort to make our lives easier, I’ve asked a couple of health experts who have already done the leg work on cosmetic safety to weigh in on which skin and hair care products to use and how to choose them.

The Toxic Side of Beauty
by Tracy HeplerHuffington Post
February 15th, 2009
Why does being a woman often include surrounding yourself with toxic chemicals?

Roses Are Red, Lipstick (Still) Has Lead
by Stacy MalkanAlternet
February 14th, 2009
Will the new FDA revive its passion for the public interest, or continue giving consumers the toxic kiss off? Case in point: lead in lipstick.

Lead in Lipstick: More enduring than love?
by Lisa FrackEnviroblog
February 12th, 2009
If you're not into lead poisoning, we recommend that you go natural. That's right, ditch the lipstick, ladies.

The Kiss of lead: The FDA stays tight-lipped about lead in popular lipsticks
by Sielgreen LA girl
February 11th, 2009
Bush may be finally out of office, but his legacy of inaction’s apparently still the norm at the FDA. The agency’s latest show of apathy in the face of public danger: Doing nothing about lead in our lipstick.

Group urges FDA to release data on lipsticks
by Sara GoodmanEnvironment & Engineering News
February 10th, 2009
An advocacy group is urging the FDA to release results of tests that determine lead content in lipstick, citing a study that found more than half of tested lipstick contained detectable quantities of the brain-busting toxin.

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics says FDA fails to protect public
by Katie BirdCosmeticsDesign.com
February 10th, 2009
Fourteen months after CSC published a report on lead in lipsticks; the group is accusing FDA of not taking necessary action.

Canadian government bans two chemicals from cosmetics
by Guy Montague-JonesCosmeticsdesign.com
February 5th, 2009
Health concerns have prompted Canadian authorities to ban two chemicals used in cosmetics as part of a major review of potentially dangerous substances.

Your lipstick may be made out of bugs
NBC Bay Area
February 4th, 2009
It might be a good time to start reading the label on your favorite lipstick.

Ottawa slaps toxic designation on chemicals used in shampoos, conditioners
by Martin MittelstaedtThe Globe and Mail
February 3rd, 2009
The Canadian government is placing on its list of toxic substances two silicon-based chemicals widely used in shampoos and conditioners, where they help give hair the silky, smooth feeling often played up in advertisements.

Heavy metals found in kids' face paints
by Sarah SchmidtVancouver Sun
February 2nd, 2009
Health Canada has found heavy metals in children's face paints exceeding the government's own proposed impurity limits, but can't take action because the standards aren't in place yet.

Teens' Exposure To Cosmetic Toxins Poses Threat
CBS4-Boston
January 29th, 2009
Emma gave a sample of her blood as part of a nationwide study to help researchers understand if the chemicals commonly used in cosmetics wound up in our bodies.

Personal-care products not accurate with labels
by Sarah Schmidt, Canwest News ServiceVancouver Sun
January 28th, 2009
During one retail blitz, Canadian product safety inspectors flagged 47 personal-care products at a single store that contravened Health Canada's labelling rules.

What Does Social Activism have to do with Cosmetics?
by Lauren JohansonYour Daily Thread
January 21st, 2009
If you don’t know much about the dangers of commercial cosmetics, this might sound like a strange call to action.

Senegal's fashion victims
by Ben BarnierABC News
January 12th, 2009
In many African countries like Senegal, trying to change one's skin color is still seen as a way to get ahead.

There's Beauty In Green Lipstick
by Pam Meredith, R.N.Nurse.com
January 12th, 2009
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics urges nurses to help get the lead out.

Chemicals to remove from your bathroom?
by Julie DeardorffChicago Tribune
January 8th, 2009
As a follow-up to "essential items for your medicine cabinet," here's a list of 10 chemicals to try to limit.

A Gentler Way To Relax Hair
by Krissah ThompsonWashington Post
January 6th, 2009
Julia Coney, 36, can still remember her first chemical burn. She was a teenager, and she'd been getting her hair straightened since she was 8.