Safe Cosmetics Archives

This is how you tell if a cosmetics or skin care company has a commitment to product safety.

We’ve talked elsewhere about the Campaign For Safe Cosmetics. It’s an organization set up to monitor the ingredients used in the cosmetics and skin care products and anti aging products and all those other beauty and personal care products that you, and just about everyone else, uses every day.

It’s a sad indictment that there is any need for an organization like the Campaign For Safe Cosmetics. Surely we should expect that any product that we put on or into our bodies must automatically be safe for us to use. But sadly that’s not the case, and there are many instances of products containing ingredients that are known to be hazardous to human use. (Though some excellent skin care products are quite safe and work very well).

Like the lead found in many of the big brand name lipsticks recently tested. Or the new Environmental Working Group report, just a month old, finding hormone disrupting chemicals in many cosmetics and body care products, and then finding that many of our teenage girls had up to 16 of these toxic chemicals in their bodies.

So the Campaign For Safe Cosmetics has a “Compact For Safe Cosmetics” (there’s a bit of a pun there) for cosmetics, skincare and personal and beauty care product manufacturers to evidence their commitment to product safety.

How does it work? Well any company that produces a line of cosmetics or other products and is prepared to sign the Compact can do so, and by doing so it commits itself to the following:

That all of the cosmetics and personal care products made by our company anywhere in the world meet the formulation standards and deadlines set by the European Union Directive 76/768/EEC to be free of chemicals that are known or strongly suspected of causing cancer, mutation or birth defects.To implement substitution plans that replace hazardous materials with safer alternatives within three years. We will accomplish this by:* Conducting an inventory of potential chemicals of concern in our products (or byproducts) to determine their toxicity to living things, their persistence in the environment, their ability to increase in concentration in the food chain, their contamination of our bodies, or qualities they possess that pose hazards including carcinogens, endocrine disrupters, sensitizers, mutagens, reproductive toxins, developmental toxins and neurotoxins* Developing an aggressive substitution plan and timeline: to move to safer materials, prioritizing for substitution those compounds internationally recognized as most toxic; to provide for an ongoing review of safer materials and chemicals as effective, cost-competitive alternatives are available, and; to work with upstream suppliers to provide toxicity data on chemicals in products.

* Publicly reporting on progress to meet these goals.

Oh, and the European directive is basically this. Whilst the US has done very little to attempt to control the use of dangerous chemicals in cosmetics and skincare products and body care products the European Union has, and has a directive banning “the use of chemicals that are known or strongly suspected of causing cancer, mutation or birth defects.”

There are many companies that have signed the Compact For Safe Cosmetics, including Xtend Life who, we believe, make the best, and safest skin care products in the world. 

And there are also some great manufacturers of safe cosmetics.

So there are some great products that you, (and your daughter), can use with confidence.

So if you’re begun finding out about the risks to women and their daughters of using many of our big brand cosmetics and skin care and beauty products, and would like to see if the company that makes your products has a commitment to product safety, then see if they have signed the Compact For Safe Cosmetics. You can search for them here.

Written by - Natural Skin Health

We’ve talked about dangerous skin care products. Are cosmetics safe?

In a word, no.

Unfortunately you’d expect that our cosmetics would be safe, just as you’d expect that your skin care products would be safe. But you’d be wrong – unless you buy quality – safe – skin care products.

Dangerous cosmetics sit there on the shelves of our department stores just like dangerous skin care products sit there on the shelves. Manufactured by big brand name companies like Christian Dior, Revlon, Proctor and Gamble and L’Oreal.

That’s why the Campaign For Safe Cosmetics exists. To try and put pressure on our government and our cosmetics and skin care companies to make cosmetics and skin care products that don’t contain harmful ingredients.

Companies like those we’ve listed above.

So, sadly, when you apply that mascara, or lipstick, or blush, or eye shadow, or bronzer, or blush or foundation or mask or face cream you are, if you’re using mainstream big brand name cosmetics, taking a risk with your health.

Here’s just a few examples of dangerous cosmetics:

1. In 2007 the Campaign For Safe Cosmetics commissioned tests by an independent laboratory on some of our biggest names of lipstick. These included those from Christian Dior, Revlon and L’Oreal.

The results were frightening. Over 50% (52 out of 72 tested) contained lead, including

L’Oreal Colour Riche “True Red”
Christian Dior Addict “Positive Red”
Cover Girl Incredifull Lipcolor “Maximum Red”

And we’re sure we don’t need to tell you why you don’t want lead sitting on your skin all day.

Finally in May 2007 the California senate voted in Senate Bill 1712 to ban lead in lipstick saying :

“In the absence of federal regulations requiring safe cosmetics, some companies are making very poor decisions about product safety.’

2. In 2002 another study of common household cosmetic and beauty products, including such common products as toothpastes and shampoos as well as cosmetics, found Phthalates in over 70% of them. Phthalates are industrial chemicals that are linked to birth defects, amongst other things.

And there’s more, but we’re sure you get the picture. Our government and the major cosmetics companies are failing to protect the health of the public by allowing dangerous cosmetics onto the cosmetic shelves of our major department stores.

What do you do about it? Buy safe cosmetics.

Our pick is Naked Cosmetics, a small niche company making safe cosmetics which makes a niche range of SAFE cosmetics.

But you won’t find Naked Cosmetics products on the shelves, you’ll have to buy direct from them, and you’ve probably  never heard of them. They don’t have the budget to compete on TV against big names like L’Oreal, but they  make high quality safe cosmetics.
So despite the fact that there are dangerous cosmetics sitting on our shelves, you do have options. You can choose not to purchase cosmetics by those big name companies. You certainly won’t find them as signatories to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics pledge.

You have the choice to support those small niche companies that manufacture safe cosmetics, and at the same time you can protect your own health by buying their products. You do have options.

Written by - Natural Skin Health

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