New Study Finds Exposure to Toxic Phthalates in Decline; Consumer Demand for Safe Cosmetics a Factor Immediate Release: January 15th, 2014 SAN FRANCISCO—Exposure to certain toxic phthalates has substantially decreased in the American population according to a study led by researchers at UC San Francisco and published today in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Study authors suggest that the decrease may be due to a federal ban on phthalates in toys, as well as cosmetics companies moving away from the use of these chemicals in response to advocacy efforts led by the...Read More »

Phthalates THAL-ates, these chemicals, which are linked to endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and cancer, have been banned from cosmetics in the European Union, but still remain prevalent in U.S. products.  FOUND IN: Color cosmetics, fragranced lotions, body washes and hair care products, nail polish and treatment WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL:  phthalate, DEP, DBP, DEHP and fragrance WHAT ARE PHTHALATES? Phthalates share a similar chemical structure and...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 »

Big 7 Companies Big Multinational’s Policies on the Use of Chemicals of Concern in Cosmetics This chart summarizes the public-facing cosmetic safety policies, and restricted substances lists (RSL’s), of the world’s biggest cosmetics and personal care product companies. As the scientific evidence grows linking chemical exposure and disease, more and more consumers are demanding transparency from companies regarding the hazardous chemicals they will, and won’t use to formulate the personal care...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 »

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 »

Babies learning how to smile to taking their first steps, babies grow on a daily basis, and the first three years of life are the most critical for development. During this vulnerable time, it is important to limit babies’ exposure to chemicals linked to adverse health effects so that every baby has the chance to develop into a healthy adult. Babies, just like grown-ups, are exposed to many toxic chemicals via personal care products throughout the day including sunscreens, ointments, oils,...Read More »

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 »

Women take on the cosmetics industry Heather Somerville, San Jose Mercury News October 9th, 2013 It began more than a decade ago with four women who wondered whether the hair spray, perfume and shampoo they were using every day were safe. Their quest to find an answer led them to their neighborhood drugstores, where they spent hours reading the labels on beauty products. What they read disturbed them: lists of chemicals and ingredients whose names they couldn't pronounce. This bootstrap effort grew into a national...Read More »

Homosalate is a widely used chemical in sunscreens and skin care products with SPF. Homosalate is a potential endocrine disruptor and studies in cells suggest it may impact hormones. In addition to direct health concerns following homosalate exposure, the chemical may also enhance the absorption of pesticides in the body. FOUND IN: Sunscreen, Skin Care Products with Sun Protection,,, WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: Homosalate, Homomenthyl salicylate, HMS, HS;...Read More »