Nail polish makers yield on disputed chemical Natasha Singer, The New York Times September 7, 2006 Bowing to pressure from environmental groups and European lawmakers, several cosmetics makers are removing a chemical from nail polish that is suspected of interfering with the endocrine system. Orly International and OPI Products have already started selling reformulated nail polishes without the chemical, dibutyl phthalate. Sally Hansen plans to start selling similarly reformulated products in 2007. Some studies have linked...Read More »

Nail polish removers acetone, methyl ethyl ketone, and n-methyl-pyrrolidone, are commonly used as the solvent in nail polish removers. Evidence suggests that these chemicals may cause reproductive harm and organ toxicity. They are a serious concern for nail salon workers and pregnant women. FOUND IN: Nail polish removers WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: Isopropyl Acetone: Methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK), hexone, 2-pentanone; Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK): 2-butanone, 3-butanone, acetone; N-Methyl-Pyrrolidone...Read More »

Benzophenone & Related Compounds is used in personal care products such as lip balm and nail polish to protect the products from UV light. Derivatives of benzophenone, such as benzophenone-2 (BP2) and oxybenzone (benzophenone-3 or BP3) are common ingredients in sunscreen. Benzophenone is persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT). These chemicals are linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, and organ system toxicity. FOUND IN: Lip balm, nail polish, foundations, baby sunscreens, fragrance, shampoo, conditioner,...Read More »

Octinoxate, also called Octyl methoxycinnamate or (OMC), is a UV filter. It can be absorbed rapidly through skin. Octinoxate has been detected in human urine, blood and breast milk, which indicates that humans are systemically exposed to this compound ,. Octinoxate is an endocrine disruptor that mimics estrogen and can disrupt thyroid function. FOUND IN: Hair color products and shampoos, sunscreen, lipstick, nail polish, skin creams WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: Octinoxate,o...Read More »

Toluene is a toxic chemical used in in nail products and hair dyes. Exposure to toluene can result in temporary effects such as headaches, dizziness and cracked skin, as well as more serious effects such as reproductive damage and respiratory complications.  FOUND IN: Nail polish, nail treatment, hair dyes WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: Toluene WHAT IS TOLUENE? Toluene, found naturally in crude oil and in the tolu tree, is added to gasoline and is used in the making of many products...Read More »

Revlon Eliminating Toxic Chemicals From Cosmetics Immediate Release: Monday, December 22, 2014 After defending its use of carcinogens, Revlon reformulates to stake a claim in the growing safe cosmetics market SAN FRANCISCO – Revlon just got a makeover. Cosmetics giant Revlon has overhauled its ingredients list, vowing to eliminate some of the most toxic cosmetic chemicals from its makeup, mascaras and shampoos. Growing consumer demand for cosmetics free of dangerous chemicals has transformed Revlon from one of the industry’s...Read More »

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Stands its Ground Campaign’s director of science responds to “misinformation” charges by L’Oreal and the Personal Care Products Council For Immediate Release: Thursday, January 15, 2015 Contact: Margie Kelly, 541.222.9699, SAN FRANCISCO—The director of science for the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics issued the following response to L’Oreal USA, which is claiming via Twitter that the Campaign’s “Cosmetics Without Cancer” project is a “misinformation...Read More »

Pregnant Women mothers and fetuses grow and change over nine months, many moms take the chance to re-evaluate some aspects of life, including the foods they eat and their exposures to unsafe chemicals. Beyond the typical advice pregnant women receive from their physician to stop smoking, reduce alcohol consumption, and eat a healthy and balanced diet, we recommend that women green their personal care product routine. A significant and growing body of research shows that pregnant women’s exposure to...Read More »

Workers might be legal, but it’s not fair that salon workers, whose primary job is to help their clients feel and look more beautiful, are exposed to a broad array of very ugly – and toxic – chemicals in the nail products, hair products and beauty products they work with each and every day, often without access to full information about the toxicity of these products.  The same hazardous chemicals used to formulate personal care products for consumers are used and sold in nail and beauty...Read More »

Women of Color Campaign for Safe Cosmetics uses the term “women of color” with the recognition that this includes women from a wide variety of backgrounds (including African American, Black, Latina, Native American, Asian, Asian Pacific Islander) who are impacted by their own unique cultural ideas of beauty, product preferences and beauty rituals. However, one thing remains clear; communities of color are at a greater risk to be disproportionately exposed to toxic chemicals in the workplace, their...Read More »