Since 2004, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has used smarts and sass to pressure the cosmetics industry to make safer products.
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics coalition, a project of Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (formerly the Breast Cancer Fund), works to protect the health of consumers, workers and the environment through public education and engagement, corporate accountability and sustainability campaigns and legislative advocacy designed to eliminate dangerous chemicals linked to adverse health impacts from cosmetics and personal care products.
The Campaign has educated millions of people about the problem of toxic chemicals in cosmetics, which has led to an increased demand for safer products in the marketplace. Now hundreds of cosmetic companies fully disclose ingredients and avoid the use of cancer-causing chemicals, reproductive toxicants and other unsafe chemicals, demonstrating these practices are not only possible, but profitable. Retailers, too, are becoming part of the solution by requiring the national brands they sell to eliminate chemicals of concern and practice a higher level of ingredient transparency.
There is no doubt that the multi-billion dollar cosmetics industry is safer now than before the Campaign was launched. But there’s still more work to do to get toxic chemicals out of the cosmetics we use each day. Join us.
Thank you to our Founding Members
Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow
Breast Cancer Prevention Partners
Clean Water Fund
Environmental Working Group
Friends of the Earth
Health Care Without Harm
Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition
National Black Environmental Justice Network
National Environmental Trust
Women’s Voices for the Earth
More than 175 organizations have endorsed the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Platform, indicating their support for the Campaign’s over-arching goal: stricter federal oversight and regulation of the cosmetics industry and safer personal care products for people and the planet.
Campaign Victories & History
We’ve made huge strides toward safer cosmetics since the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics launched in 2004.
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.
In 2018, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics cosponsored legislation with Black Women for Wellness, Women’s Voices for the Earth, and the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative to mandate ingredient disclosure of salon products sold in California. This bill gives nail, hair and beauty salon workers vital information about the chemicals they are exposed to day in and day out. This bill passed with unanimous bipartisan support and California Governor Jerry Brown signed it into law in September 2018.
Position Statement On Animal Testing
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics shares the concerns of people around the world whose health is compromised by exposure to toxic chemicals in personal care products, other consumer products and a whole host of industrial emissions. We also share the concerns of people who care deeply about the impact of these chemicals on lab animals, companion animals and wildlife, and the health of the planet for future generations.
We have all inherited a flawed system of managing chemicals and pharmaceuticals. One of the major flaws of this system is unnecessary testing on animals to determine risk to human health.
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics does not support unnecessary, repeated or senseless testing of toxic chemicals on animals, and supports all efforts to seek a methodology that would replace animal testing while ensuring that safety testing meets the most rigorous standards to protect human health and the health of the planet. We believe that the overall goal of reducing animal testing while protecting human and wildlife health can be achieved with more efficient testing protocols, a reduction in unnecessary or duplicate testing, ongoing research of available alternatives, and better dissemination of existing studies.
The health of the planet and all life on it requires that we work together toward a sustainable future. The Campaign’s role in building that future is an overhaul of current chemical policy, which is built on the amount of risk that is “acceptable” rather then the amount of risk that is avoidable. A fundamental change in the way the market and the government view exposure to toxic chemicals will benefit all species.