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…

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…

5 tips to reduce your risk and protect the planet

Many of the things you can do to protect you and your family from toxic exposures are also good for the planet.

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…

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…

Groups Refuse to Withdraw Claim That Revlon Make-up Has Cancer-Causing Chemicals (Ecowatch, 11/4/2013)

“Here is our message to Revlon: No amount of bullying is going to make us stop advocating on behalf of the millions of people who want and deserve safe cosmetics.”

Media Roundup: Women take on cosmetics industry (San Jose Mercury News, 10/9/2013)

How a bootstrap effort to examine ingredients in cosmetics grew into a national movement, also known as our Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, and transformed the personal care products industry….

Hey Guy, Toxic Shampoo Is Bad for You Too! (Huffington Post, 5/21/2013)

Breast Cancer Fund Director of Program and Policy Janet Nudelman explores the threats to men’s health from personal care products in this Huffington Post blog.