Dozens – sometimes even hundreds – of chemicals hide in beauty and personal care products that contain fragrance. Many of these unlabeled fragrance chemicals are linked to cancer, hormone disruption, and reproductive harm. How can this be?
No federal or state law checks the safety of fragrance chemicals or requires labeling of fragrance ingredients, or even disclosure to regulatory agencies. The vast and growing $70 billion fragrance industry is entirely unregulated.
Breast Cancer Prevention Partners’ newest report Right to Know: Exposing Toxic Fragrance Chemicals in Beauty, Personal Care and Cleaning Products exposes the extent of this widespread problem. Among the report’s most shocking findings:
-The most hazardous product of all was a children’s shampoo called “Just for Me,” marketed to kids of color.
-This product contained 24 chemicals linked to chronic health effects. Most of these fragrance chemicals did not appear on the label.
- Fragrance chemicals made up 3/4 of the toxic chemicals in the beauty and personal care products we tested.
- Several of the products that had the most hazardous chemicals were fine fragrances endorsed by popular celebrities.
- Many personal care products we tested contained more hazardous chemicals than the cleaning products we tested!
Fortunately, a new bill introduced by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (Democrat-Illinois) would close the fragrance loophole that lets companies sell products laden containing hidden toxic chemicals without your knowledge or consent!
Rep. Schakowsky’s bill, the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2018, is the only federal cosmetic safety bill that calls for full fragrance ingredient disclosure to consumers and salon workers. The bill also requires supply chain transparency and industry data sharing to address the lack of safety data available for fragrance ingredients. As our report shows, our elected officials can swiftly reduce our exposure to toxic chemicals in personal care products by supporting this bill.
Take action today to urge your U.S. Representative to co-sponsor and support the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2018.
California just got one step closer to safer hair and nail salons! The California State Assembly and Senate both voted unanimously to pass, and the governor signed into law, the Professional Cosmetics Labeling Requirements Act of 2017, which gives hair and nail salon workers the information they need to protect themselves – and their clients – from unsafe chemical exposures.
Although federal law requires the labeling of ingredients in beauty and personal care products that are sold at local drug stores and retailers, there are no disclosure requirements for products used in nail or hair salons. This means that every day, salon workers are often unknowingly exposed to numerous toxic chemicals in the nail, hair, and beauty products they work with.
Even worse, salon workers often lack access to information about the safety of these products. That's why BCPP co-sponsored California Assembly Bill 2775, the Professional Cosmetics Labeling Requirements Act, which requires the labeling of ingredients in professional salon products.
Please thank your legislators for standing up for salon worker health by voting on behalf of this important legislation.
When we buy products that we put on our skin, faces and hair, we rightfully expect that they are free of toxic chemicals that increase our risk of cancer or reproductive health problems. But think again!
A recent report card from our partners at Mind the Store shows that three cosmetic and personal care product retailers, Sally Beauty, Ulta Beauty, and Sephora, are failing to adequately address cancer-causing chemicals in the products they sell.
With your help, Breast Cancer Prevention Partners has been working to clean up the cosmetics and personal care industry for over a decade. We helped push CVS and Target to adopt policies that limits the toxic chemicals on their store shelves.
Because body care products shouldn’t cost us our health!