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I Hosted a Not So Pretty Watch Party, You Should Too!

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I carefully arranged a selection of snacks on the table in front of me, eagerly awaiting the arrival of some of the women from my local moms’ group. One by one, they rang the doorbell, and instead of bringing wine or dessert as one might expect, each carried a favorite personal care product in her […]

Toxic Chemicals in Personal Care Products: The Need for the Toxic Free Beauty Act

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It’s no secret that the beauty industry is a multi-billion dollar business. However, what is often unknown to consumers is the number of toxic chemicals in personal care products and cosmetics.   While we all want to look and feel our best, using products laden with toxic chemicals will only do more harm than good in […]

Clearya: Shop Nontoxic Cosmetics & Personal Care 

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What is Clearya?  Clearya is a free (love it) browser extension and mobile app that automatically scans the products you’re considering purchasing for harmful toxins, allergens, and more. It can be added to Google Chrome for desktop browsing or downloaded on the Apple app store or Google Play for mobile devices.   Clearya is designed to […]

Brazilian Keratin Hair Straighteners

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Introduction Some women with curly hair would do anything for straight hair; but when offered the choice between formaldehyde and frizz, which would you choose? Lots of products on the market and in salons are promising just that – fuss-free straight hair that lasts for months. While that may sound appealing at first, you likely […]

Cars Aren’t the Only Thing Polluting Our Air

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Governor Newsom made history today, by signing the Cosmetic Fragrance and Flavor Ingredient Right to Know Act of 2020 (SB312-Leyva) into law, making California the first government in the world to require the public disclosure of hazardous fragrance and flavor ingredients.

The Dirty Truth

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With escalating concerns about the chemicals in everyday beauty products, a battle is raging online, and now, in DC. Martha McCully investigates.

Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act Would Ban Cosmetics With Chemicals Linked to Cancer or Reproductive Harm

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Yesterday, the California Assembly reintroduced the Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act (A.B. 2762). This important bill seeks to ban 12 extremely hazardous ingredients from beauty and personal care products sold in California including mercury, 4 types of formaldehyde, 2 phenylenediamine chemicals found in hair dye and some of the worst phthalates, parabens and PFAS “forever” chemicals. All […]

‘Clean’ or ‘natural’ beauty products aren’t always safe, experts say

Excerpt from the Washington Post October, 2019 | By Carolyn Crist “Arbitrary descriptions of products as “clean” or “natural” are not regulated, and many of these products contain high concentrations of ingredients that can cause irritation and allergies, the authors write in an editorial in JAMA Dermatology.

What’s in your kids’ makeup? Asbestos recalls prompt regulation questions

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Excerpt from the Guardian June 2019 | By Lauren Zanolli Health advocates and the FDA say the extent of contamination of the cancer-causing material in cosmetics remains unknown, with no laws requiring testing “It is appalling that it’s perfectly legal to sell kids makeup in this country contaminated with asbestos – a known human carcinogen,” […]

Why Smelling Good Comes With A Price? Experts Reveal

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Excerpt from International Business Times By Ilin Mathew  Personal care products are currently made using more than 4,000 chemicals, but few of these names ever make it to the ingredients list on the label. Fragrance formulations are protected from disclosure to anyone, including manufacturers and regulators. It is because they are considered a “trade secret”. The only […]

US cosmetics are full of chemicals banned by Europe – why?

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Excerpt from The Guardian By Oliver Milman A brief but telling piece of legislation was put forward in Connecticut in January. Just three lines in length, the bill calls for any cosmetics in the state to “meet the chemical safety standards established by the European Union”. The move, unlikely to be made law, is the latest signal […]

Clean cosmetics: The science behind the trend

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Excerpt from Harvard Health Publishing | Harvard Medical School March 4, 2019 | By Molly Wanner, MD, Contributor, and Neera Nathan, MD, MSHS, Contributor “The clean cosmetics movement seems to have arisen from frustration over regulatory oversight of cosmetics and personal care products (lotions, toothpastes, shampoos, etc). The FDA passed the Federal Food, Drug and […]

Landmark Report Reveals Secret Fragrance Chemicals in Beauty, Personal Care, and Cleaning Products Linked to Harm to Human Health & Environment

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Today Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP) released a landmark report — Right to Know: Exposing Toxic Fragrance Chemicals in Beauty, Personal Care and Cleaning Products. The report exposes the presence of harmful fragrance chemicals linked to cancer, hormone disruption, reproductive harm, and respiratory toxicity that did not appear on the label.

Proctor and Gamble Announces New Fragrance Ingredient Disclosure Policy

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Proctor and Gamble officially joined the race to the top for fragrance ingredientdisclosure. The multinational giant announced an ambitious, new fragrance transparency policy for itsconsumer product portfolio, including beauty and cleaning products. By 2019, P&G pledged to begindisclosing the “secret” fragrance ingredients in over 2000 of its beauty, fabric, home and femininehygiene products in the […]

BCPP Petitions FDA to Ban Lead Acetate from Hair Dye

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. —Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP), Environmental Working Group (EWG), National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Earthjustice, Center for Environmental Healthy, Healthy Homes Collaborative, Health Justice Project of Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Improving Kids’ Environment, Consumers Union, Howard Mielke, and Environmental Defense Fund are calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) […]

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