Avon finally gives triclosan the boot (The Guardian, 4/1/2014)

Facing pressure from shareholders and consumers who want safer cosmetics, Avon announced it will phase out the toxic chemical triclosan from its beauty and personal care products. While the Breast Cancer Fund and our Campaign for Safe Cosmetics are pleased that Avon has taken action to remove this hormonally active chemical, we’re pushing the company … Read more…

Wal-Mart asks suppliers to stop using harmful chemicals (San Jose Mercury News, 2/28/14)

Wal-Mart notified suppliers they will need to reformulate soaps, makeup, household cleaners and more on Thursday as part of their new chemical policy.  Our media relations manager, Margie Kelly, was quoted in the San Jose Mercury News article about the new policy: "This is going to change the standard nationwide," said Margie Kelly, spokeswoman for … Read more…

Horst Rechelbacher, ‘Father of Safe Cosmetics,’ Dies at 72 (New York Times, 2/22/14)

Horst Rechelbacher, the father of safe cosmetics and founder of Aveda beauty products and Intelligent Nutrients, died on Feb. 15 in Osceola, Wis. at age 72. "Horst was in many ways the father of safe cosmetics,"[said Janet Nudelman of the Breast Cancer Fund & Campaign for Safe Cosmetics] "He took action to address the problem … Read more…

Guest blog: California Breast Cancer Research Program on cusp of exciting advances

by Dr. Mhel Kavanaugh-Lynch My goal in life is to put myself out of a job. As director of the California Breast Cancer Research Program for nearly 20 years, it has been my privilege to award over $235 million to over 600 academic and community researchers to address critical topics in breast cancer prevention and … Read more…

Health tracking fares well in federal budget

In spite of recent cuts to the Affordable Care Act and the National Institutes of Health, health tracking fared reasonably well in the $1 trillion omnibus budget bill signed by President Obama last month. The budget restored an almost $15 million cut from last year to bring the funding back to $35 million for the … Read more…

The ‘No More Tears’ shampoo, now with no formaldehyde (New York Times, 1/17/14)

“The company is responding…to a fundamental shift in consumer behavior, as an increasingly informed public demands that companies be more responsive to their concerns…”

Media roundup: New study finds exposure to toxic phthalates in decline (1/15-1/16)

Phthalate levels are declining in our bodies, according to a study published on Wednesday by 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…

California’s safe cosmetics database officially online, but it’s still the wild west

Last week, the California Safe Cosmetics Program launched a new website and searchable database that documents the presence of ingredients known or suspected to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm in cosmetics and personal care products sold in California. Mandated by the California Safe Cosmetics Act of 2005 (championed by the Breast Cancer Fund), … Read more…