Lip, eye, and other face products may contain chemicals of concern in the form of colorants (that can be contaminated with lead and heavy metals), preservatives (butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)), anti-smudge (PTFE), and reflective effects (titanium dioxide). These chemicals are linked to serious health concerns including cancer, reproductive harm, endocrine disruption, and organ-system toxicity.
BCPP’s 2016 scientific report Pretty Scary 2: Unmasking toxic chemicals in kids’ makeup showed in testing results that kids’ face paint and makeup contains harmful ingredients like arsenic, cadmium, chromium, and lead. Also, toxic VOCs (volatile organic compounds), and known carcinogens and endocrine disruptors, were found lurking both on and off the label of kids’ Halloween and play makeup.
As a result of public pressure mounted by the Campaign, cosmetic giants including Revlon and Avon have taken major steps to eliminate some of the harmful chemicals in their products. Although more progress is needed, we continue to monitor and encourage the progress of major cosmetics companies toward ingredient transparency and their adoption of safer chemical policies, including do not use lists.
The Safer Beauty Bill Package in U.S. Congress would make beauty and personal care products safer for everyone by getting the toxic chemicals out, reducing unsafe chemical exposures for the most vulnerable, and making ingredient transparency the new industry standard. Take action to make beauty and personal care products safer for all!
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