March 17th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
After the monumental resolution passed by the EU banning the sale of any cosmetic products that have been tested on animals, a campaign initiated by the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International has garnered major celebrity support.
Read More:EU Animal Testing Ban Influences Celebrity Action in the U.S.
February 4th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
Animal rights activists are celebrating an historic victory this week for countless animals as the European Union has announced its intent to ban the sale of all cosmetic products tested on animals effective March 2013.
Read More:The EU Permanently Bans Cruel Animal Testing Practices for All Cosmetics
October 29th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Women who regularly use cosmetics to look younger may want to rethink that strategy as new research connects chemicals in cosmetics to an increased risk for early onset of menopause.
Read More:Mascary! Make-up May Cause Early Menopause
December 11th, 2008 - Leslie Billera
Our beloved beauty products full of chemicals linked to cancer, reproductive harm and other nasty health affects? Yuck! Check out our list of ingredients to avoid and read those labels!
On a positive note, The Environmental Working Group’s Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has some good news! A recent report shows that some leading beauty companies have been quietly removing phthalates (a set of industrial chemicals linked to birth defects and reproductive harm) from some popular products including perfume and hairspray.
U.S. Today has it:
In the new report, researchers retested 12 perfumes, deodorants and hair sprays that previously had high phthalate levels.
Nine have reduced or eliminated phthalates, the report shows. Two of the products — Secret Sheer Dry Regular deodorant and Arrid XX Dry Ultra Clear Ultra Fresh spray — have no phthalates. And Christian Dior’s Poison perfume — which used to contain four types of phthalates — is virtually phthalate-free. Three samples of Poison had undetectable phthalate levels, while a fourth had low levels, according to the report.
Find out more on what to watch for in Laura Klein’s article on cosmetics and breast cancer.
Read More:Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Helps Decrease Phthalates!