EPA Kicks Off TSCA Reform Implementation with Selection of First 10 Chemicals

  Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a list of the initial 10 chemicals that the agency will review for safety under the new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) law. Issuing the list starts the clock for EPA evaluation of the safety of these high priority chemicals, and implementation of steps to protect the … Read more…

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…

How beauty products got safer over the past decade

Since 2004, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has used smarts and sass to pressure the cosmetics industry to make safer products. A project of the Breast Cancer Fund, the Campaign works to protect the health of consumers, workers and the environment through public education and engagement, corporate accountability and sustainability campaigns and legislative advocacy designed to eliminate … Read more…

How to find safe cosmetics: Tools and companies

Guest blog by Lauren Trambley, Breast Cancer Fund Intern After working for the Breast Cancer Fund and Campaign for Safe Cosmetics for a couple of months, the most common questions I get are: “Well, what is safe? What products can I substitute for my current ones?” While the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics provides scientific resources … Read more…

Toxic cosmetics offer rude awakening to college intern

by Lauren Trambley Do you know the chemicals that are lurking in your cosmetics bag? How about the ones hiding in the suds of your shampoo? What’s in the deodorant that seeps into your sweat glands? Okay, I’ll admit it. These are unfair questions. I can’t possibly imagine you read the labels of every product … Read more…

Storify: Chemicals linked to cancer don’t belong in L’Oreal cosmetics

After more than 100,000 people signed a petition calling on L’Oreal to make safer products, the company responded with charges of a “misinformation campaign.” The Breast Cancer Fund and Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Director of Science Sharima Rasanayagam, Ph.D countered: “The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics stands on very firm ground regarding its identification of chemicals … Read more…

Five facts about cancer-causing chemicals in L’Oreal products

Our Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found seven chemicals linked to cancer in L’Oreal products including benzophenone-1; titanium dioxide; and four formaldehyde-releasing preservatives. In addition, the Campaign found four ingredients that were possibly contaminated with the known cancer-causing chemicals PFOA, acrylamide and asbestiform fibers. The Campaign found these chemicals in: shampoos , nail polishes, eye liners, … Read more…