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Women Take on Cosmetics Industry
by Heather SomervilleSan Jose Mercury News
October 9th, 2013
It began more than a decade ago with four women who wondered whether the hair spray, perfume and shampoo they were using every day were safe. This bootstrap effort grew into the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a national movement that has transformed the way consumers shop for personal care items, pushed the cosmetics industry to change the way it makes products, and pressured lawmakers to call for more oversight.

Toxic Worries? Helps Find Safer Products
PR Newswire
Check out, a new website offering the best resources to help consumers and retailers quickly identify toxic chemicals and safer alternatives.

Rethinking Makeup’s Sun Protection
by Bee ShapiroThe New York Times
June 19th, 2013
The Food and Drug Administration’s new labeling rules for sunscreen have been closely parsed by the health community. But how will they affect your beauty routine?

Father's day is right around the corner and a great time to talk about issues related to men's health and toxic chemicals.
by Lindsay DahlSafer Chemicals, Healthy Families Blog
June 12th, 2013
Father's day is right around the corner and a great time to talk about issues related to men's health and toxic chemicals.

Average woman applies 500 chemicals a day to her body
by Leanne HudsonHerald Sun
June 10th, 2013
You wouldn't want to eat food that contains high levels of toxic chemicals, but do you know what you're putting on your skin?

Pressure grows to outlaw cosmetics micro-beads
by Simon PimanCosmetics Design
June 10th, 2013
Environmental groups are applying increasing pressure to outlaw micro-beads because of their purported environmental impact.

Pregnancy safety advice prompts criticism
by Michelle RobertsBBC News
June 4th, 2013
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has been criticised for saying pregnant women may want to "play it safe" and avoid chemicals found in many common household products.

The toxic soup you're swimming in
by Liza FieldThe Baltimore Sun
June 4th, 2013
The personal care products we use are poisoning our pools, our environment — and us

Lautenberg Leaves Lasting Legacy, Hope For Toxic Chemical Reform
by Lynne PeeplesThe Huffington Post
June 3rd, 2013
Sen. Frank Lautenberg did not live to see his efforts to safeguard children from toxic chemicals fully realized. But in response to his passing on Monday, at the age of 89, environmental health advocates are praising his progress and his lasting legacy.

What Makes Us Fat?: Toxins Cause Weight Gain
Men's Journal
May 29th, 2013
Bruce Blumberg is on the trail of what he believes to be the missing piece of the obesity-epidemic puzzle: obesogens, or chemicals that cause weight gain.

Hey Guy, Toxic Shampoo Is Bad for You Too!
by  Janet NudelmanThe Huffington Post
May 21st, 2013
It's not just the ladies who are getting doused with chemicals that reduce fertility or may cause cancer. There are plenty of toxic chemicals in men's products as well.

Lipstick is Full of Metal and Lead: Why Use It?
by Kristina ChewCare2
May 9th, 2013
Many lipsticks and lip glosses found at local drugstores and department stores contain lead, cadmium, chromium, aluminum and five other metals, a just-published study by researchers at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health reports.

Lipstick: The Price for Pretty Lips May Be Heavy... Metals
by  Bill ChameidesHuffington Post
May 9th, 2013
A new study says picture-perfect lips may be nothing to smile about.

Are Your ‘Natural’ Beauty Products Really Natural?
by Alison Rose LevyTake Part
May 8th, 2013
Even if your shampoo, moisturizer, or body wash claim to be good for you (and the environment), you’ll need to make sure that’s actually the case. Here’s where to look.

Which 20 Lipsticks Contain the Most Lead?
by Maggie SevernsMother Jones
May 6th, 2013
And lead isn't the only toxin lurking in your lippy—a new study finds cadmium, aluminum, and other heavy metals, too.

Pressure Mounts For FDA Decision On Safety Of Triclosan
by Alan McStravickRedOrbit
May 6th, 2013
n FDA decision expected later this year will determine whether manufacturers will be able to continue using triclosan in a variety of personal care products.

Beauty Tips for the FDA
by John WasikThe Investigative Fund
May 6th, 2013
Did my wife's cosmetics give her breast cancer? Inside a regulatory disaster zone.

Johnson & Johnson Removes Some Chemicals from Baby Shampoo, Other Products
by Jane KayScientific American
May 6th, 2013
One of the world's largest producers of personal care products, J&J has vowed to remove many chemicals from its baby products

UC Berkeley study reveals health concerns with lipstick usage
by The Daily CalifornianYvonne Ng
May 6th, 2013
Long-term exposure to the heavy metals found in commonly used cosmetics can cause adverse health effects, according to a new study by UC Berkeley researchers.

Minnesota Legislature Votes to Ban Formaldehyde in Children’s Soaps, Lotions
May 6th, 2013
Minnesota’s legislature took a giant step toward protecting children by banning formaldehyde, a cancer-causing chemical, from children’s personal care products like lotions, shampoos, and bubble baths.