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Safer Suds
May 5th, 2014
Many cosmetics companies agree to eliminate cocamide DEA, a chemical known to cause cancer

Secret Scents
A new report from our partners at Women’s Voices for the Earth has found that tens of millions of people suffer from skin and respiratory allergies caused by hidden chemicals in fragrance.

Retailer Therapy
December 11th, 2012
When it comes to safe cosmetics, some retailer stores are leading the way and some are falling behind.

Market Shift: The story of the Compact for Safe Cosmetics and the growth in demand for safe cosmetics
by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
November 30th, 2011
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics’ report Market Shift describes the seven-year project during which the Campaign worked with companies through the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, the voluntary pledge to avoid chemicals banned in other countries, avoid harmful ingredients whenever possible and fully disclose product ingredients. Market Shift highlights the 322 cosmetics companies (we call them “Champions”) that met the goals of the Compact. Another 110 companies (we call them “Innovators”) made significant progress toward those goals.

Baby's Tub Is Still Toxic
by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
November 1st, 2011
Johnson & Johnson is still using formaldehyde-releasing preservatives in Johnson's Baby Shampoo in some countries (including the U.S.), while formulas sold in other countries are free of these chemicals, according to our analysis.

Heavy Metal Hazard: The Health Risks of Hidden Heavy Metals in Face Makeup
by Environmental Defence
May 16th, 2011
Environmental Defence tested the makeup bags of six Canadian women for the presence of heavy metals like arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury.

Flat-Out Risky
by Environmental Working Group
April 12th, 2011
Hair straightener makers and salons cover up dangers.

EWG's 2010 Sunscreen Guide
by Environmental Working Group
May 24th, 2010
EWG’s fourth annual Sunscreen Guide gives low marks to the current crop of sunscreen products, with a few notable exceptions. EWG researchers recommend only 39 – 8 percent – of 500 beach and sport sunscreens for this season.

Not So Sexy
by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
May 12th, 2010
That rose-like fragrance in your perfume may be something else entirely.

Cord Blood Contaminants in Minority Newborns
by Environmental Working Group and Rachel's Network
December 2nd, 2009
Synthetic musks were among the 232 toxic chemicals found in the umbilical cord blood of newborn, minority infants in this biomonitoring study.

Earliest Exposures
by Washington Toxics Coalition, Commonweal and the Toxic-Free Legacy Coalition
November 17th, 2009
Nine pregnant women were found to have a range of chemicals in their bodies, including DEP, a phthalate common in cosmetics.

Pretty Scary: Heavy Metals in Face Paints
by Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
October 27th, 2009
Ghosts and goblins are not the only scary things lurking around this Halloween. We unearthed lead, chromium, nickel and cobalt in children's face paints.

Hazardous Chemicals in Health Care
by Physicians for Social Responsibility
October 8th, 2009
This study of chemical pollutants in doctors and nurses found toxic chemicals linked to healthcare work in all of the participants. What does it all mean? Chemicals we're exposed to on the job can get into our bodies.

Puget Sound - Down the Drain
by Washington Toxics Coalition and People for Puget Sound
September 29th, 2009
Phthalates - chemicals found in cosmetics, plastics and cleaning products - are contaminating Puget Sound, as well as killer whales, salmon and other wildlife.

Nano-Sunscreens: Not Worth the Risk
by Friends of the Earth, Consumers Union and the International Center for Technology Assessment
August 19th, 2009
While nanomaterials in sunscreens don’t improve sun protection, they do raise health concerns, according to the latest information presented in this report.

Find Safe Sunscreen
by Environmental Working Group
July 28th, 2009
Three out of 5 sunscreens either don't protect skin or contain hazardous chemicals. Check out Environmental Working Group's 2009 sunscreen report for the scorching truth.

Nano and Biocidal Silver
by Friends of the Earth
June 12th, 2009
Nano silver is showing up in a wide array of consumer products, including cosmetics, because of its antimicrobial properties. But it's untested and could be harmful to health and the environment.

Phasing Out the "Toxic Trio"
by the National Healthy Nail Salon Alliance
May 15th, 2009
Want to avoid chemicals linked to cancer and reproductive problems? Taking a closer look at your nail polish is a good place to start.

Pure and Gentle? Children's Products Can Be Deceptive
March 12th, 2009
The well-known claim that Johnson's Baby Shampoo is "as gentle to the eyes as pure water" just doesn't measure up. Unfortunately, there are no legal standards that require products with such marketing claims to contain the safest ingredients available.

Toxic Tub: Product Test Results
March 12th, 2009
All products tested for the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics report, "No More Toxic Tub," are listed with the amounts of formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane found in each sample.

No More Toxic Tub
by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
March 12th, 2009
Despite marketing claims like "gentle" and "pure," top-selling children's bath products are contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals, according to our product tests.

A Little Prettier
by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
December 18th, 2008
Cosmetic companies deny health problems related to phthalates, but are they secretly reformulating?

Infertility and Spontaneous Abortion Among Female Hairdressers
by Baste V, Moen BE, Riise T, Hollund BE, Oyen NJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
December 1st, 2008
Female hairdressers have an increased risk of infertility and spontaneous abortions that might be due to their occupational chemical exposure, according to this 2008 Norwegian study.

Teen Girls' Body Burden of Hormone-Altering Cosmetics Chemicals
by Environmental Working Group
September 24th, 2008
Laboratory tests reveal adolescent girls across America are contaminated with chemicals commonly used in cosmetics and body care products.

Skin Deep
by Environmental Working Group (EWG)
This searchable cosmetic safety database matches the ingredients in 60,000 products with 50 respected toxicity and regulatory databases. The site also includes EWG's special investigations into product-specific health and safety concerns.

A Poison Kiss: The Problem of Lead in Lipstick
by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
October 11th, 2007
Independent laboratory testing initiated by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics in 2007 found that lipsticks from top brands contain lead. Two-thirds of the 33 samples we tested contained detectable levels of lead; of those, half were above the lead limit for lead in candy. Lead is a potent neurotoxin and linked to numerous other health and reproductive problems — and it doesn't belong in lipstick.

Glossed Over
by Women's Voices for the Earth
February 1st, 2007
A look at the health hazards associated with toxic exposure in nail salons and recommendations for improving conditions for nail salon employees and customers.

Phthalates Linked to Feminization of Boys
by Dr. Shanna Swan, University of Rochester
August 1st, 2005
A government-funded study by Dr. Shanna Swan, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Rochester, correlated prenatal phthalate exposure with shortened anogenital distance (AGD) in male babies. The higher the levels of phthalates in the mother during pregnancy, the more likely the researchers were to find the shortened AGD. When this occurred, the boys were more likely to have incomplete testicular descent and smaller penises. The changes occurred at phthalate levels that have been measured in about one quarter of women in the United States.

Pretty Nasty
by Health Care Without Harm
November 1st, 2002
This 2002 report documents product tests in Europe that – like U.S. tests – found phthalates in the majority of products tested.

Not Too Pretty
by Environmental Working Group, Health Care Without Harm and Women's Voices for the Earth
July 8th, 2002
Independent laboratory tests found phthalates in more than 70 percent of health and beauty products tested – including popular brands of shampoo, deodorant, hair mousse, face lotion and every single fragrance tested. This is the alarming 2002 report that launched the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

Aggregate Exposures to Phthalates in Humans
by Health Care Without Harm
July 1st, 2002
This report documents the science on phthalates and shows that people are exposed to phthalates from multiple sources, including cosmetics, and that those exposures may be adding up to harm. The report shows how no government agency is looking at the big picture of multiple exposures to phthalates.