Chemicals linked to cancer have no place in anyone’s beauty routine, yet cancer-causing chemicals are present in many different types and brands of cosmetics and personal care products found on store shelves across the United States. Due to an outdated and weak law governing cosmetics, carcinogens have not been banned – or are even restricted – for use in cosmetics in the U.S.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a project of the Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, launched its “Cosmetics Without Cancer” Campaign to secure agreements from major cosmetics makers to take immediate action to eliminate cancer-causing chemicals from products.

Companies targeted by the Campaign include:


While you might not recognize the cosmetic giant Unilever by name, adults and kids alike are loyal consumers of many of its popular brands like Suave, Axe, Caress, Dove, Degree, and Clear. That’s what made the cancer-causing chemicals we found in these Unilever products even more disturbing!


L’Oreal is the world’s largest cosmetics maker, owning iconic beauty brands Maybelline and Garnier. An investigation by the Campaign found carcinogens in L’Oreal eye makeup, anti-aging creams, nail polish and hair products.

Procter & Gamble

P&G is the nation’s largest maker of personal care products, including Cover Girl, Max Factor, Pantene, Olay, Herbal Essences and Miss Jessie’s hair products. Campaign for Safe Cosmetics research found carcinogens in Cover Girl blushes, mascaras, and eye shadows, Max Factor mascara, Olay anti-aging creams and more.



In 2013, over 50,000 people signed a petition or action alert demanding that cosmetics giant Revlon remove certain toxic chemicals linked to breast cancer and women’s reproductive diseases. We didn’t back down, and in December 2014, Revlon agreed to remove two formaldehyde-releasing chemicals and cocamide DEA, as well as other dangerous substances from women’s makeup and personal care products!

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