Most people assume cosmetics and personal care products are tested for safety before being stocked on store shelves. In truth, personal care and beauty products are one of the least regulated industries in the U.S.

Current federal law regulating cosmetic safety hasn’t been updated in over 80 years. This leaves the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency responsible for regulating cosmetics and personal care products, with virtually no power to perform even the most basic functions to ensure the safety of an estimated $84 billion cosmetic industry.

Despite the lack of regulation, many companies are choosing to make safer cosmetics and personal care products. More and more, consumers have a choice of non-toxic, effective products.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics partners with MADE SAFE® to provide cosmetic and personal care products companies with a way to certify their products as safe and nontoxic. MADE SAFE (Made With Safe Ingredients) verifies products are made with safe ingredients not known or suspected to harm human health, animals, or ecosystems. It’s the only nontoxic certification in the country that crosses consumer product categories. For the first time, people can easily find and buy products that are safe to use on their bodies, with their families, and in their homes. Visit MADE SAFE to find certified products.

For more resources, check out our tips for finding safer cosmetics and personal care products.

If you’re a business, visit our tools for businesses.