In a Nutshell Toxic chemicals are common ingredients in the products most of us use on our bodies every day Most people assume the government is doing more to protect us from these hidden hazards
Think about how many cosmetics you use in an average day
Average number of personal care products DAILY:
The average adult in this
country is exposed to
126 unique chemical
ingredients DAILY in
personal care products alone.
Of the 10,500 chemical ingredients used in personal care products,
just 11 percent have been safety assessed.
The cosmetics industry will tell you that they are manufacturing safe products, and that the industry funded Cosmetic Ingredient Review panel is all the oversight they need.
The head of the Cosmetics, Toiletries and Fragrances Association is John Bailey, the former head of FDA
1 in 20
1 in 9
1 in 8
1 in 7
(Source: Journal of Environmental Health Perspectives, May 2005).
all 17 fragrances
9 out of 14 deodorants
6 out of 7 hair gels
4 out of 7 mousses
14 out of 18 hair sprays
2 out of 9 hand and body lotions
(Source: Not Too Pretty Report 2002)Cosmetics and Phthalates
Our goal: to protect the health of consumers and workers by requiring that the body care products industry phase out the use of chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects and other health harms and replace them with safer alternatives.
We’re asking all cosmetics companies to sign the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, a meaningful pledge to phase our toxic chemicals and use safer alternatives.
We’re also fighting for smarter laws to protect our health from toxic chemicals.
1. Meet new EU Standards banning chemicals linked to cancer and birth defects globally.
2. Inventory ingredients to determine:
signed the Compact for Safe
Visit us at:www.SafeCosmetics.org
Demand that companies remove chemicals linked to cancer and birth defects from products we use on our bodies NOW.
Urge our elected officials to empower the FDA so that products are safe before they hit the market!
Check out the website, or for more info:
Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
617.338.8131 ext 208