October Shopping Guide: Safe & Transparent

Welcome friends, to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when pink ribbons cover everything from toxic cosmetics to BPA-lined food cans, urging us to be aware of breast cancer. When 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with the disease, how much more awareness do we need? The Breast Cancer Fund is working to shift the conversation from … Read more…

What’s Hiding in Kids’ Face Paints and Makeup?

We sent face paints and kids’ cosmetics to the lab to find out what might be lurking in these products. After extensive label reading, we tested 48 Halloween products for the presence of heavy metals and 65 kids’ makeup products—collected by 14 partners across the country—for volatile organic compounds (VOCs). We found the widespread presence … Read more…

Scary Secrets: What’s Hiding Inside Your Kids’ Makeup?

Earlier this month, colleagues from around the country scoured toy aisles across the country for kids’ products containing fragrance or ingredients made with the chemical styrene (see table below). Now, the 51 products they purchased are at an independent, certified laboratory to be tested for volatile organic compounds (VOC’s). We’ve also sent more than 14 … Read more…

Beyond the Label Bewitching: Kids’ Makeup Exposed

In 2009, we sent 10 Halloween makeup kits to a lab to test for heavy metals. We suspected these products could contain heavy metals due to the substantial pigmentation in the products. Very sensitive tests revealed low levels of lead in 100 percent of the products. Further, half of the products contained chromium, four contained … Read more…

Media Roundup: Fracking for the Cure (10/8/14-10/12/14)

October’s pink ribbon frenzy reached rock bottom last week when Susan G. Komen teamed up with fracking company Baker Hughes to make pink fracking drill bits. It’ll get even dicier next week when the Houston-based company hands Komen founder Nancy Brinker a $100,000 check at Pittsburgh’s Heinz field before the Pittsburgh Steelers play the Indianapolis … Read more…

The Count– 324 days into this mess by Nola Agha

This story appeared in The Day My Nipple Fell Off and Other Stories of Survival, Solidarity, and Sass: A BAYS Anthology. You can order a copy on Amazon. The count – 324 days into this mess by Nola Agha 1 mutated gene 1 breast removed 1 time I fainted 2 times I almost fainted 2 … Read more…

Top 10 tips to prevent breast cancer

Welcome to Breast Cancer Awareness month, when pink ribbons cover everything from toxic cosmetics to BPA-lined food cans, urging us to be aware of breast cancer. But when 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with the disease, how much more awareness do we need? The Breast Cancer Fund is working to shift the conversation … Read more…

On this last day of breast cancer “awareness” month, know this: (Pink Ribbon Blues, 10/31/2013)

Identifying and influencing environmental causes may be challenging, but once they are identified shouldn’t they be taken out of circulation? For the sake of prevention?

Scam Alert! Are You Being Pinkwashed? (Rodale, 10/25/2013)

How average consumers can stop pinkwashing…

Dare Revlon to Go Beyond the Pink

If Revlon really cares about cancer it is time for the cosmetics giant to come clean and remove toxic chemicals from its products.