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…

#RethinkThePink: Top 5 Beauty Tips for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Beauty can be expensive, but should it cost you your health? Unfortunately, many of the beauty products we slather on our faces, swab on our eyes and paint on our lips contain toxic chemicals linked to breast cancer. Some of the companies that sell these products even have the audacity to slap a pink ribbon … Read more…

Even nail polishes labeled “natural” may not be (Daily Green, 4/11/2012)

A California agency has found the “toxic trio” of chemicals — toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate — in salon nail polishes, even those that claim to be free of the harmful substances.

Campaign gets companies to make safer cosmetics (Associated Press, 11/30/2011)

More than 400 cosmetics companies have removed chemicals linked to disease from their products under the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics’ seven-year effort to shift the market toward safer products, reports the Associated Press.

Johnson & Johnson, amid activists’ push, steadily removing toxic chemicals from baby products (Associated Press, 11/16/2011)

Iconic baby shampoo maker J&J has committed to removing formaldehyde-releasing preservatives from its baby products worldwide, under pressure from the Breast Cancer Fund’s Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.