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Toxic Hair Treatments: Lawsuits Settled on Brazilian Blowout; California Attorney General Suit Forces Hazard Warning
January 30th, 2012
Health advocates are ramping up pressure on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to remove the keratin hair-straightening product Brazilian Blowout from the marketplace in light of a legal settlement announced today in a California court against the company that makes the product.

Market Shift: Hundreds of Cosmetics Companies Fulfill Safe Products Pledge
November 30th, 2011
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics announced today that 322 cosmetics companies have met the goals of the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, the Campaign’s voluntary pledge to avoid chemicals banned by health agencies outside the U.S. and to fully disclose product ingredients – a pioneering practice in the cosmetics industry. An additional 110 companies made significant progress toward those goals.

Johnson & Johnson Promises to Remove Carcinogens from Baby Products
November 16th, 2011
Today, Johnson & Johnson delivered a letter to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics laying out commitments and timelines for the company’s plans to reformulate all of its baby products worldwide to remove cancer-causing chemicals.

Toxic Baby Shampoo: Johnson & Johnson Agrees to Global Reformulation Under Pressure from Health Groups
November 1st, 2011
Johnson's Baby Shampoo in the U.S. and elsewhere contains a formaldehyde-releasing chemical, yet safer alternatives are in use in other countries.

Toxic Pesticide in Summertime Soaps
July 14th, 2011
Today health and environmental groups urged retailer Bath & Body Works to stop selling its line of "summertime scent" soaps that contain triclosan, a toxic chemical categorized as a pesticide.

New Bill to Modernize 1938 Regulations that Allow Harmful Chemicals in Shampoos, Cosmetics
June 24th, 2011
The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 would give the Food and Drug Administration authority to ensure that personal care products such as shampoo and cosmetics are free of harmful ingredients.

Toxic Heavy Metals Widespread in Cosmetics, New Study Finds
May 16th, 2011
According to a new report by Environmental Defence Canada, popular cosmetics products contain toxic heavy metals, such as lead, arsenic and cadmium.

Congressional Leaders to FDA: Protect Public from Toxic Hair Treatments
May 10th, 2011
Ten members of Congress sent a letter to the FDA on Friday expressing their deep concern regarding formaldehyde-containing hair-straighteners.

Beauty Salon Workers in Danger: Toxic Brazilian Blowout
April 12th, 2011
OSHA issued a hazard alert Monday, warning that popular hair straightening products such as "Brazilian Blowout" can cause serious health problems, including increased risk of cancer.

Hundreds of Cosmetic Companies Leading the Market on Safer Products, Consumer Right-to-Know
January 27th, 2011
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics will sunset the Compact for Safe Cosmetics and publish in summer 2011 the list of companies that are fully compliant with the voluntary product-safety and transparency pledge.

Toxic Brazilian Blowout Too Dangerous to Be Used in U.S., Experts Say
November 9th, 2010
A coalition of leading public health and safety advocates issued strong demands to the U.S. FDA today for the recall of two popular hair products made by Brazilian Blowout, due to dangerously high levels of formaldehyde.

Abercrombie & Fitch: Stop Spraying Toxic Fragrance!
September 28th, 2010
Teens, parents, environmental health advocates, women's and medical organizations are demanding that Abercrombie & Fitch stop spraying its signature fragrance Fierce inside and outside its stores.

Film Release: The Story of Cosmetics
July 21st, 2010
On July 21st – in anticipation of soon-to-be-introduced Congressional legislation to regulate personal care products – The Story of Stuff Project will release "The Story of Cosmetics," a 7-minute animated movie.

Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics: New Legislation to Prevent Exposure
July 21st, 2010
Today, Reps. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., introduced the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010, (HR 5786), which gives the Food and Drug Administration authority to ensure that personal care products are free of harmful ingredients.

Secret Chemicals Revealed in Celebrity Perfumes, Teen Body Sprays
May 12th, 2010
A new analysis reveals that top-selling fragrance products contain chemicals not listed on labels, multiple chemicals that can trigger allergic reactions or disrupt hormones, and many substances that have not been assessed for safety.

Procter & Gamble to Reduce Toxic Chemical in Herbal Essences Shampoo
March 12th, 2010
Procter & Gamble will reformulate 18 shampoos in its Herbal Essences line to reduce levels of the cancer-causing chemical 1,4-dioxane, according to a preliminary agreement.

Fragrance Chemicals Found in Infant Cord Blood
December 2nd, 2009
Laboratory tests commissioned by Environmental Working Group and Rachel’s Network have detected synthetic fragrance chemicals for the first time in the umbilical cord blood of U.S. newborns.

Halloween Face Paints Contain Lead, Heavy Metals Linked to Skin Allergies
October 27th, 2009
New product tests reveal that some children's face paints contain lead, which can impact brain development at extremely low doses, as well as nickel, cobalt and chromium, which can cause lifelong skin sensitization and contact dermatitis.

New Concerns Raised About Chemical in Leading Baby Shampoo
September 22nd, 2009
A peer-reviewed paper in the Journal of the Dermatology Nurses’ Association raises fresh concerns that a chemical preservative used in America’s leading baby shampoo may be causing increased rates of allergic contact dermatitis.

FDA Study: Lead Levels in Lipstick Much Higher than Previously Reported
September 1st, 2009
A new study by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has found lead in lipstick at levels much higher than those detected by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC) in a 2007 study that received international attention.