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Stacy Malkan and Fran Drescher talk safe cosmetics
The Fran Drescher "Tawk" Show
December 3rd, 2010
Campaign co-founder Stacy Malkan sat down with Fran Drescher on Fran's new "Tawk" show to dish on safe cosmetics.

The proposed Safe Cosmetics Act 2010 could be a boon to green beauty
The Daily Green
December 1st, 2010
For decades, proponents of green cosmetics have warned that chemicals found in conventional cosmetics have the potential to cause serious health problems.

California sues Brazilian Blowout over high levels of formaldehyde initially found in Oregon
by Katy MuldoonThe Oregonian
November 11th, 2010
Lawyers have jumped into the tangled fray over Brazilian Blowout, the popular hair smoothing product found in tests conducted in Oregon to have dangerously high levels of formaldehyde.

Lead in lipstick not such a myth after all
by Nicole BrochuSouth Florida Sun-Sentinel
November 11th, 2010
The blogosphere is afire with entry after entry about the needless alarm spread by this "hoax e-mail" toward everyday products like makeup. But there's a reason it's still bouncing around inboxes from South Florida to South Africa — it's not all myth.

At some nail salons, feeling pretty and green
by Patricia Leigh BrownNew York Times
November 11th, 2010
The bottles of nail polish at the Nova Nail Spa include Sky Sparkle blue, Hot Blooded pink and I Feel The Earth Move brown. But the predominant color at Kim Pham’s chic salon is health-conscious green.

Warning: Toxic formaldehyde found in popular hair treatments known as Brazilian Blowouts
by Siobhan O'ConnorThe Daily Green
November 10th, 2010
Stacy Malkan with the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and author of "Not Just a Pretty Face" told us that "Canada has already pulled the products from salons -- here in the U.S., FDA has done nothing."

Attorney general targets Brazilian Blowout over chemical
by Christina JewettCalifornia Watch
November 10th, 2010
The California attorney general's office filed a lawsuit today alleging that the company that makes the Brazilian Blowout hair-straightening product failed to warn consumers that its solution contains a cancer-causing chemical, despite company claims that it is "formaldehyde-free."

Brazilian Blowout blowup
by Sandy BauersPhiladelphia Inquirer's GreenSpace blog
November 9th, 2010
The manufacturer claims, "No Damage! and No harsh chemicals! CONTAINS NO FORMALDEHYDE!!"

Natural skin care company Weleda backs Safe Cosmetics Act
by Emily DobellCosmeticsDesign-Europe.com
November 4th, 2010
Skin care company Weleda has teamed up with the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and used its tour of the U.S as an opportunity to raise awareness of the Safe Cosmetics Act.

Ask Umbra addresses environmental links to breast cancer
by Umbra FiskGrist.org
November 1st, 2010
Breast Cancer Awareness Month may be over now, but that doesn't keep a reader from worrying that he's a boob for not knowing more about the connection between breast cancer and environmental factors.

Wash. compiles list of chemicals toxic to children
by Phuong LeAssociated Press
October 26th, 2010
Johnson & Johnson, Mattel Inc. and other manufacturers of children's products would be required to report whether toys, cosmetics, jewelry, apparel and other items contain certain harmful chemicals, under new rules proposed by Washington state.

Study: Scented consumer products emit toxic chemicals
by Wendy KochUSA Today Green House blog
October 26th, 2010
Widely used scented products – including those that claim to be "green" – emit many chemicals not listed on the label, including some considered toxic and possibly carcinogenic, a study today says.

U.S. asked to probe 'formaldehyde free' claim by hair-product maker
by Gayathri VaidyanathanE&E News
October 6th, 2010
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) is urging two federal agencies to investigate a hair-care product that Oregon regulators say contain high levels of formaldehyde.

Perfume protest: Teens storm 'toxic' Abercrombie & Fitch
by Allie TownsendTime Magazine's News Feed blog
October 4th, 2010
Ridiculous teen franchise finally protested for being ridiculous? Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Teens protest A&F for their use of harmful fragrance
by Perez HiltonCoco Perez
October 4th, 2010
According to a new study by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, A&F’s fragrance Fierce “contains many hidden chemicals that post a health risk.”

Teens storm Abercrombie & Fitch store to protest toxic perfume
by Virginia Sole-SmithLemondrop
October 1st, 2010
If you're over the age of 25, you know it's pretty much impossible to go in Abercrombie & Fitch without gagging. "They made us spray the signature scents every 20 minutes like clockwork, so the store always smells," reports a former employee.

Teens decry "sperm-killing" perfume at Abercrombie & Fitch
by Matt BaumeKNTV-NBC Bay Area
September 30th, 2010
What's the link between the sexy atmosphere at Abercrombie & Fitch and millions upon millions of dead sperm? According to a dozen teenage protesters at a downtown retail outlet, it's all about the fragrance.

Green teens get 'Fierce' at A&F
by Katharine MieszkowskiThe Bay Citizen
September 29th, 2010
Teen protesters briefly shut down the Abercrombie & Fitch store on Market Street in San Francisco on Tuesday afternoon. Their unlikely cause: the retailer’s practice of perfuming the air in its stores.

Why your natural, organic soap, cosmetics and other personal care products may be bad for you
by Jill RichardsonAlterNet
September 20th, 2010
It all began with toxic nail polish... [E]nvironmental groups then wondered what other chemicals were used in the cosmetics and personal care products that we put on our bodies every day. A lot, as it turns out.

Do 'hypoallergenic' products really cause fewer allergies?
by Kiera ButlerMother Jones
September 20th, 2010
I've always chosen soaps and lotions labeled "hypoallergenic." That label means they won't cause me to have an allergic reaction, right?

What price beauty? New legislation seeks safety regulations
by Marcia G. YermanHuffington Post
September 19th, 2010
Are American consumers being adequately protected? Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) doesn't think so.

The beauty industry has an ugly side?
Cape Argus (South Africa)
September 15th, 2010
The Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa) is to begin researching cosmetics and bath products following reports that a number of shampoos, hair dyes, perfumes, skin lighteners, soaps and baby bath products contain cancer-causing carcinogens and toxic chemicals such as hydroquinone.

Cosmetic safety act highlights health issues
by Ashley Michelle PaponGlobal Shift blog
September 14th, 2010
Most of the responsibility rests with the government, which has routinely allowed for the cosmetic industry to police itself.

Ask Umbra on dangerous cosmetics and regulatory loopholes
by Umbra FiskGrist
September 1st, 2010
As there appears to be a hole in the system, exposing us to toxic chemicals on a daily basis, how can we find the safest and most natural cosmetics that really are natural and organic?

The dark side of beauty?
by Kelly BothamDelaware News Journal
August 24th, 2010
It's a part of our daily routine many of us don't give a second thought to -- shampooing our hair, washing our face, dabbing on some makeup.

Two dangerous ingredients in everyday products that are threatening our health
by Jill RichardsonAlterNet
August 20th, 2010
Over the past several months, your bathroom has become the site of a major controversy.

Fragrance chemicals and the scent of suspicion
by Katie FalloonPittsburgh Post-Gazette
August 11th, 2010
Just one word, listed on the label of numerous consumer products has sparked intense debate among environmental groups, scientists, legislators and industry: fragrance.

Will the Safe Cosmetics Act hurt small businesses?
Healthy Child Healthy World blog
August 4th, 2010
The bill would not ban coffee or olive oil, it would not require thousands of dollars of testing for each product, it would not put small businesses out of business.

Why we made The Story of Cosmetics
by Annie Leonard and Stacy MalkanHuffington Post
August 4th, 2010
We made this film for Annie's grandmother who died of cancer before Annie was born, for Stacy's college roommate who died of cancer at 38, for Lisa who was 19 when she lost her mother to breast cancer -- and for all the moms, sisters, daughters, sons and fathers who are dealing with diseases that may be preventable.

Guest opinion: Help pass the Safe Cosmetics Act
by Colo. State Rep. Dianne PrimaveraDaily Camera
July 31st, 2010
Twenty-one years ago, when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I asked, "why?" Neither my mother nor grandmother had cancer.

Safety of chemical-laden grooming items uncertain
by Susan SalisburyPalm Beach Post
July 30th, 2010
Most people think all the personal care products on the shelves, from lipstick to shampoo and deodorant, have been thoroughly tested for safety.

Beauty Radar Screen
by Matthew W. EvansWomen's Wear Daily
July 29th, 2010
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics on July 20 premiered a short online film called "The Story of Cosmetics: The Ugly Truth of 'Toxics In, Toxics Out'" .... The screening, sponsored by synthetic free, nontoxic-positioned Tata Harper Skincare and Morgan Stanley, among others, was held at the Spotted Pig restaurant in Manhattan.

Being clean and pretty has toxic costs
by Nena BakerHuffington Post
July 26th, 2010
Adults in the United States use an average of 10 personal-care products a day. That translates to exposures to more than 126 unique chemicals, not counting the untold number of chemicals used in any "fragrance" listed on a label.

What's in your makeup?! New video by Annie Leonard shows the 'toxic' side of some cosmetics
by Sherry MazzocchiNY Daily News
July 22nd, 2010
Cosmetics might make people look more attractive, but the ingredients in many personal care products don't add up to a very pretty picture, according to a new video.

Annie Leonard's "The Story of Cosmetics" and new legislation for toxic chemicals
by Jennifer PredigerGrist
July 22nd, 2010
Leonard details the dangers of these take home toxins in her latest Story of Stuff video. It's worth watching, and sending on to anyone you've ever cared about.

The beauty industry: It's starting to get ugly
eMarketer Green blog
July 22nd, 2010
The efficacy of many health and beauty care products has long been questioned, and increasingly their toxicity is under scrutiny.

The Story of Cosmetics
by Dara OlmstedBoston Globe's Green Blog
July 21st, 2010
Why do many lipsticks contain lead? Why does baby shampoo contain formaldehyde, a chemical proven to cause cancer in lab animals? What is pinkwashing?

Are your cosmetics toxic? New bill could make makeup safe
by Jenny IngleeTake Part blog
July 21st, 2010
If it passes, the bill will create federal regulations to phase out chemicals in personal care products that are linked to cancer, birth defects and other illnesses.

It's a great day for safe cosmetics and your health!
by Stacy MalkanCrazy Sexy Life blog
July 21st, 2010
On days like today, it seems actually possible that we can make the world a safer and healthier place. Or at least, we're going to have a lot of fun trying!

Toxic personal care products beware: Here comes The Story of Cosmetics and the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010
by Mia DavisMomsRising blog
July 21st, 2010
The launch of the Story of Cosmetics, and a chance for real regulatory action - what a day!

Let's move the Safe Cosmetics bill
by Ken CookHuffington Post
July 21st, 2010
Because personal care products are essentially unregulated and sketchily labeled, it's not easy for consumers to find out exactly what ingredients are in them.

The Nanny and the Senators
by David HerszenhornThe New York Times' Caucus blog
July 21st, 2010
"We’re both cancer survivors," Ms. Drescher said repeatedly, gesturing to Mr. Lautenberg, and explaining that she was visiting in support of the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010.

Cracking down on toxic makeup
by Bryan WalshTime Magazine's Ecocentric blog
July 21st, 2010
Let's put this out there first: I do not know much about cosmetics....But I do know that government regulation of cosmetics and other personal care products is badly lacking.

The Story of Cosmetics: What's Really in Your Personal Care Products?
by Annie LeonardHuffington Post
July 21st, 2010
As a mother, I want to be sure that the shampoo, sunscreen, bubble bath and other personal care products my daughter uses are safe.

Toxics in cosmetics are target of new video, legislation
by Wendy KochUSA Today's Green House blog
July 21st, 2010
As Democrats in Congress propose a bill Wednesday to crack down on toxics in cosmetics, a new video highlights the prevalence of such chemicals.

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics founder and cosmetics industry spokesperson debate
by Amy GoodmanDemocracy Now
July 21st, 2010
Watch the debate between Stacy Malkan, founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and author of Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry, and John Bailey, chief scientist at the Personal Care Products Council.

How safe are cosmetics? New bill wants to find out
by Andrew SchneiderAOL News
July 21st, 2010
If passed, it will be the first meaningful effort to give the FDA the teeth, tools and mandate to protect consumers from harmful products that are used by almost everyone.

Bill calls for stricter rules on cosmetics
by Ellen Gabler and Sam RoeChicago Tribune
July 21st, 2010
U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., introduced legislation Tuesday that would toughen safety standards for cosmetics.

The ugly side of beauty, some cosmetics can be toxic
by Marylynn UricchioPittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 20th, 2010
Much like the tobacco industry, which denied for years the mounting body of evidence that smoking caused cancer and emphysema, the global $300 billion cosmetics industry argues that toxic ingredients are absorbed in such small amounts they have no dangerous effect.

How to Keep Your Family Safe from Toxic Chemicals
by Virginia Sole-SmithParents Magazine
July 19th, 2010
BPA ... Phthalates... You know they can be dangerous for your family, but you may not know all the ways they enter your body, or -- most important -- how you can limit your exposure. Parents investigates.

Teaching 'stuff' about ecology
by Margot RooseveltLos Angeles Times
July 13th, 2010
Annie Leonard's animated Web video has spread her environmental message worldwide to more than 12 million people.

Report finds harmful chemicals in popular perfumes
by Jean EnersenKTVB-TV Boise
June 18th, 2010
Next time you spray on your favorite perfume, you may get more than an alluring scent.

Cancer patient alarmed by cosmetic gifts
CBC News
June 3rd, 2010
A breast cancer patient is raising concerns about the contents of some cosmetics she was given by the B.C. Cancer Agency - products that contain chemicals that have been associated with cancer.

More Bad News About Sunscreens: Nanoparticles
by Andrew SchneiderAOL News
June 2nd, 2010
As millions of us who play and work under the bright sun dutifully slather our bare skin with creams, oils and sprays, consumer safety activists continue to blast the government for failing to ensure the safety of these sunscreens.

Toxic Beauty
by Susan LaHoudThe Sun Chronicle
May 23rd, 2010
Breast cancer survivor Kristi Marsh is educating other women through workshops about the chemicals contained in anything from food, to cleansers and cosmetics, and to join a national coalition called the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

Phthalates: Are They Safe?
60 Minutes
May 23rd, 2010
Chemicals called phthalates, found in soft plastic products we use every day, are so ubiquitous that traces of them can be found in everybody. Are they safe or harmful? Lesley Stahl investigates.

Some skin whitening creams contain toxic mercury, testing finds
by Ellen Gabler and Sam RoeChicago Tribune
May 18th, 2010
Some creams promising to lighten skin, eliminate age spots and zap freckles contain high levels of mercury, a toxic metal that can cause severe health problems, a Tribune investigation has found.

Make Up Ingredients Cause Allergic Reactions
by Paula EbbenWBZ-TV Boston
May 18th, 2010
Mary was thrilled when she received a free gift from Sephora, three mini lip glosses on her birthday.

Popular Fragrances Laced With Toxic Chemicals
May 17th, 2010
Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus both have signature fragrances that appeal to girls who are still in elementary school. And popular mall destinations like Abercrombie and Fitch and American Eagle also hawk their own line of fragrances. But while many parents may be aware of the potential dangers associated with cosmetics (allergic reactions and exposure to endocrine disruptors among them), most assume fragrances to be safe.

What's In Your Perfume?
by Anna SchecterABCnews.com
May 17th, 2010
A new study commissioned by an advocacy group has found that of 17 popular perfumes tested at random, all contained ingredients that weren't listed on the label, including substances the group says may cause allergic reactions in some people and other substances the group says pose potential health risks.

This stinks: What perfume makers won’t tell you
by Marc GuntherThe Business of Sustainability blog
May 13th, 2010
Britney Spears lends her name to a perfume called Britney Spears Curious Eau de Parfum. But if you are curious about what goes into Britney’s eau, don’t ask Elizabeth Arden, the cosmetics giant that makes the fragrance.

Perfumes Contain Mystery Chemicals
New York Magazine
May 13th, 2010
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics recently found that many popular perfumes, colognes, and body sprays fail to name all of the ingredients in the product, simply listing “fragrance” rather than the specific chemicals.

Are Hazardous Chemicals In Your Perfume Or Cologne???
by Perez HiltonCocoPerez.com
May 13th, 2010
A study conducted by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and the Environmental Working Group found that 17 of the top fragrances contained 38 secret chemicals! Gross!

Report calls for tougher laws on listing, testing of perfume ingredients
by Sheryl UbelackerCanadian Press
May 12th, 2010
Many people won't leave home without dabbing on a little cologne, spritzing themselves with a body spray or slapping on aftershave, but consumer-safety groups say there are more to these fragrances than meets the eye.

Petroleum in Perfume
by Stacy MalkanHuffington Post
May 12th, 2010
Something doesn't smell right, and not just in the Gulf.

Beauty Spots
by Catherine St. LouisNew York Times
May 12th, 2010
A new report found 38 undisclosed ingredients in 17 name-brand fragrances.

Perfumes' chemical safety unknown: report
CBC News
May 12th, 2010
Top-selling fragrances contain chemicals that can trigger allergic reactions or disrupt hormones but are not listed on labels, according to a new report calling for changes in federal regulations.

Top Fragrances May Hide Harmful Chemicals
by Kim Mulvihill, M.D.KPIX-TV San Francisco
May 12th, 2010
Something stinks when it comes to certain fragrances.

Campaign Aims To Uncover Dangers In Cosmetics
KDKA-TV Pittsburgh
May 12th, 2010
The head of UPMC's Environmental Oncology Department and other environmental groups are calling for full disclosure from companies about what kind of chemicals they are putting into their products.

Perfumes contain hidden harmful chemicals, environmental groups say
by Carly WeeksThe Globe and Mail
May 12th, 2010
A report by two environmental groups says Canada needs to do more to protect consumers from unlisted ingredients.

Hidden Chemicals in Hannah Montana, Britney Spears, J.Lo Scents Could Be Hazardous to Your Health
by Ariel SchwartzFast Company
May 12th, 2010

Best-selling perfumes contain untested chemicals: Report
by Christina SpencerToronto Sun
May 12th, 2010
Some best-selling perfumes in Canada and the United States contain synthetic chemicals that have never been safety tested.

Perfumes filled with unknown chemicals, group alleges
by CTV.ca News StaffCTV.ca
May 12th, 2010
A prominent environmental group says perfume makers stink when it comes to divulging the potentially dangerous chemicals in their products.

Does Perfume Have Hidden Health Risks?
by Kathleen Doheny, reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MDWebMD
May 12th, 2010
That fragrance you wear, perhaps named after a celebrity, may make you feel sexy and irresistible, but chances are the label isn't telling you everything that's in it, according to a new report.

Fragrance companies withhold chemical information
by David S. MartinCNN
May 12th, 2010
Perfumes commonly list "fragrance" as an ingredient, rather than naming the specific chemicals involved.

Petroleum in Perfume
by Stacy MalkanHuffington Post
May 12th, 2010
A new report out today reveals that fragrance products contain many secret petrochemicals not listed on labels and multiple toxins that can disrupt hormones or trigger allergic reactions.

Study: Top Perfumes Have Hazardous Chemicals
by Andrew SchneiderAOL News
May 12th, 2010
A gaping loophole in a 37-year-old federal law allows makers of perfumes, colognes and body sprays to conceal the chemicals that comprise the fragrances -- and some of those unidentified odor creators may be harmful to public health, two advocacy groups say.

Cancers from Environment 'Grossly Underestimated'
by Emily WalkerABC News
May 6th, 2010
Daily exposures cause far more cancers than once thought, a Presidential panel says.

New Alarm Bells About Chemicals and Cancer
by Nicholas D. KristofNew York Times
May 6th, 2010
The President's Cancer Panel is the Mount Everest of the medical mainstream, so it is astonishing to learn that it is poised to join ranks with the organic food movement and declare: chemicals threaten our bodies.

In Your Face: How Cosmetics Companies Conceal the Truth
by Kyle RoderickConsumers Digest
May 1st, 2010
The lack of government regulation and transparency on ingredients means that you could be applying harmful materials to your face.

Shampoo, Cosmetics May Form Cancer-Causing Substance in Water Supplies
by Anne MinardNational Geographic News
April 29th, 2010
Your shampoo may seem harmless, but it could be contributing to the formation of a mysterious, cancer-causing substance, a new study says.

Graduating from Lip Smackers
by Douglas QuenquaNew York Times
April 28th, 2010
It began for Alyssa Pometta, as these habits so often do, with the soft stuff. We are talking, of course, about lip gloss.

"The Story of Stuff" by Annie Leonard
Good Morning America
April 16th, 2010
Annie Leonard sat down with Good Morning America to connect the dots between the "stuff" we accumulate and its direct impact on the global environment - including the impact of cosmetics on our health.

Podcast: Holding the Bar High in Natural Body Care
by Chris JensenWhole Story blog
April 13th, 2010
Part of Whole Foods Market's series on bodycare products, this podcast features Campaign co-founder and author Stacy Malkan, who sheds light on the pursuit to make personal care safer and greener.

Maybe She's Born With It... Maybe It's In Her Moisturizer
by Virginia Sole-SmithPlanet Green
April 8th, 2010
A new study links phthalates and other cosmetic chemicals to early puberty.

FDA says studies on triclosan, used in sanitizers and soaps, raise concerns
by Lyndsey LaytonWashington Post
April 8th, 2010
The Food and Drug Administration said recent research raises "valid concerns" about the possible health effects of triclosan, an antibacterial chemical.

Concerned About Toxins? Attend This Webinar April 6th!
Cinco Vidas blog
April 2nd, 2010
There's a new book out that a lot of people are talking about, called Slow Death By Rubber Duck.

Feminist Blog Carnival No. 16: Beauty Edition!
Beauty Schooled blog
March 31st, 2010
Featuring many awesome blog posts on working in the beauty business, accepting your body, beauty advertising and more, including submissions from Campaign staff Stacy Malkan and Jamie Silberberger.

Report: Cosmetic Products Contain High Levels of Toxic Chemicals
by Tom PorterMaine Public Broadcasting Network
March 31st, 2010
Many everyday skincare products contain dangerous levels of toxic chemicals: That's the conclusion of a report released today by a group of Maine-based activists. (Listen to the broadcast.)

Sparse regulations a concern for cosmetics users
by Abby LubyPoughkeepsie Journal
March 28th, 2010
Even though skin products are absorbed into the body, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has no authority to restrict dangerous ingredients or approve a skin product before it hits store shelves.

Why We Must Protect Nail Salon Workers From the Toxic Trio
by Jamie SilberbergerAFA blog
March 21st, 2010
I admit it. I love going to the salon to get my nails done...I never considered that the nail polish, remover, and other solutions the technician is using may be harmful to their health.

Saving face
by Alexia Elejalde-RuizChicago Tribune
March 14th, 2010
Don't let your cosmetics cause health problems. How to spot ingredients that may irritate.

What's In Your Beauty Products?
by Tamar MyersThe Southerner - South Senior High School
March 9th, 2010
Chemicals found in ordinary personal care products have been shown to cause serious health problems. Motivated by these disturbing facts, science teacher Michelle Spangler’s physical science classes did a public awareness project about chemicals in cosmetics.

The cost of beauty: Most personal-care products are toxic
by Nancy UtterDurango Herald News
March 9th, 2010
Is beauty only skin deep? Maybe, but the creams, lotions and shampoos we put on our skin daily go deeper than the skin and into our bloodstream and organs.

Do Toxins Cause Autism?
by Nicholas D. KristofNew York Times
February 25th, 2010
Over recent decades, other development disorders also appear to have proliferated, along with certain cancers in children and adults. Why?

Saving our skin
by Joanne FurioSan Francisco Magazine
February 24th, 2010
The vast growth of the natural beauty industry came as Amer­icans began to ask about their skincare products what they had already asked about their food: Where does it come from? How is it made? What are the ingredients, and are they safe?

Women push for regulation of cosmetic chemicals
by Amy CalderKennebec Journal
February 22nd, 2010
The young women want more government regulation of the chemicals in their shampoo, lotions, cosmetics and other personal care products.

Colorado proposes ban on cosmetics it claims cause cancer
by Katie BirdCosmeticsDesign.com
February 22nd, 2010
Colorado senators are calling on the state to crackdown on 'cancer-causing' chemicals in personal care products.

Women's Group Putting Cosmetics On Trial
by Rob PoindexterWABI-TV Maine
February 21st, 2010
A group of young women in Waterville say they're concerned about what's actually in their personal care products, and now they're asking a lab in Portland to help them find out.

Children more likely to have attention, behavioral problems when exposed to phthalates in womb
by Marla ConeEnvironmental Health News
January 29th, 2010
Children exposed in the womb to chemicals in cosmetics and fragrances are more likely to develop behavioral problems commonly found in children with attention deficit disorders.

Sumbody founder reads into skin care labels
by Noelle RobbinsSan Francisco Chronicle
January 24th, 2010
She knows there are ingredients in dozens of body products that are perfectly safe and healthy for most people, yet many products, with labels claiming "natural" and "organic" are, in fact, what she calls Vitamin J - junky, dangerous chemicals she believes are potentially poisoning us and polluting the planet.

The Parabens Debate
My Beauty Bunny blog
January 22nd, 2010
There continue to be different viewpoints about the potential health risks associated with parabens in beauty products.

Beauty, naturally
by Eleanor PierceBend Bulletin
What's trendier these days than going green? Not much, it seems... The makeup and cosmetics counter certainly isn't immune from the trend.

Read baby-product labels closely
by Kathleen Green, special contributorDallas Morning News
January 5th, 2010
Parents might want to think carefully about their baby's next bath, anti-chemical groups say: Sweet-smelling soap and shampoo products may contain dangerous substances.