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The Health Cost of Black Women’s Hair Products
by Kat FriedrichOur Bodies Ourselves
December 21st, 2011
There is a striking lack of mainstream news coverage of the health hazards posed by beauty products, such as hair relaxers and skin lighteners, that are commonly used by black women. African-American women spend more on beauty products than white women do, but far too little research has looked at how women use these products.

Cancer Prevention Coalition: Multiple Carcinogens in Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Shampoo
by Samuel S. EpsteinBusiness Wire
December 15th, 2011
The following is an opinion editorial provided by Samuel S. Epstein, M.D., Chairman of Cancer Prevention Coalition: The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics must be congratulated for securing a 11/15/11 agreement with Johnson & Johnson “for reducing or gradually phasing out - - trace amounts of potentially cancer-causing chemicals” from Baby Shampoo, “one of its signature products.”

Five Things You Should Know About Environmental Links to Breast Cancer
by Amy WesterveltForbes
December 7th, 2011
A report released today by the Institute of Medicine, and funded by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, took a comprehensive look at the current research available on the potential environmental causes of breast cancer and laid out several preventative measures women can take to help lower their risk of breast cancer.

Compact for Safe Cosmetics: 321 companies changing the beauty industry
by Jessica RubinoNew Hope 360
December 5th, 2011
If ever there were a time to be in the nontoxic personal care business it’s now, with ”natural” cosmetics representing the fastest growing segment of the $50 billion cosmetics industry. But in the absence of strict government regulations, which companies truly fit the bill? Just call them the Champions.

Smelling good without stinking up the environment
Environmental Health News
December 1st, 2011
Chemists developing compounds used to create fragrances can weed out chemicals that don't meet toxicity and environmental standards early in the design process, finds a study that predicted the toxicity and persistence of a variety of musk chemicals using a sophisticated computer program.

Safe Cosmetics: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Health and to Motivate Change
by Hillary PetersonThe Huffington Post
December 1st, 2011
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics announced today that 335 companies have been named Champions and met the goals of the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, a voluntary pledge to avoid chemicals banned by health agencies outside the U.S. and to fully disclose product ingredients to consumers.

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics urges makeup companies to update ingredients
Daily Record
November 30th, 2011
More than 400 companies selling cosmetic and other personal care products have removed potentially hazardous chemicals from them, after a seven-year campaign by a large coalition of consumer, health and environmental groups.

Campaign Gets Companies To Make Safer Cosmetics
by Linda A. JohnsonThe Associated Press
November 30th, 2011
More than 400 companies selling cosmetic and other personal care products have removed potentially hazardous chemicals from them, after a seven-year campaign by a large coalition of consumer, health and environmental groups.

True Beauty: Cosmetics Companies Ban Chemicals, Disclose Ingredients
by Robyn LawrenceCare2
November 30th, 2011
Natural cosmetics, free of the most harmful chemicals, are the fastest growing segment of the $50 billion cosmetics industry, according to a report released today by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. The report—the culmination of a seven-year effort to raise the bar for safer personal care products—states that 321 cosmetics companies have removed chemicals banned by health agencies outside the United States and are fully disclosing product ingredients. That’s positively pioneering in the cosmetics industry. An additional 111 companies made significant progress toward those goals.

Campaign gets companies to make safer cosmetics
The Associated Press
November 30th, 2011
A coalition of consumer and environmental groups says several hundred companies now meet all or many of the goals in its campaign to get hazardous chemicals removed from cosmetics and other personal care products.

Are You Using This Popular But Cancer-Causing Shampoo?
by Dr. MercolaMercola.com
November 21st, 2011
If you buy special shampoo for your baby, the last thing you'd expect it to contain would be known or suspected carcinogens...

Woes for Johnson & Johnson
by Michael L. DiamondUSA Today
November 20th, 2011
Johnson & Johnson, the gold standard for American corporations, has been admired for its devotion to a simple business philosophy: Put your customers first, no matter the cost, and profits will follow.

Johnson & Johnson agrees to make its baby products a little bit cleaner
by Lisa Elaine HeldWell and Good NYC
November 17th, 2011
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (and babies!) scored a major victory this Wednesday, when Johnson & Johnson agreed to reformulate all of its baby products worldwide to no longer include formaldehyde-releasing chemicals.

Johnson & Johnson Needs to Provide More Action, Answers
by Deidre ImusFox News
November 17th, 2011
Johnson & Johnson announced plans to eliminate potentially carcinogenic chemicals from certain baby shampoos within two years. Sounds like great news, right? Not exactly.

Corporations: Invest in Safer Products, Not Spin Doctors!
by Stacy MalkanNot Just A Pretty Face
November 17th, 2011
What do climate-science deniers and “spin doctors” who attack environmental health protections have in common? They’re like moths to the flame of an activist victory for safer products. Ever since my organization succeeded in pressuring Johnson & Johnson to get carcinogens out of its baby products, the “boys who know best” are coming round to tell us not to worry our pretty little heads about cancer-causing chemicals in baby shampoo

J&J steadily removing toxins from baby products
Associated Press
November 16th, 2011
Amid pressure from activists, Johnson & Johnson said Wednesday that it is continuing efforts to remove traces of two harmful chemicals from its baby products around the world.

Markey on Johnson & Johnson Decision to Remove Carcinogens from Baby Products
Congressman Ed Markey
November 16th, 2011
Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and co-author of the Safe Cosmetics Act, released the following statement today after Johnson & Johnson announced their plan to reformulate all its baby products worldwide to remove formaldehyde, a cancer-causing chemical. The company’s renowned baby shampoo still contains formaldehyde-releasing chemicals in the United Sates even though formaldehyde-free versions of the product are available in other countries.

Johnson & Johnson, amid activists’ push, starts removing toxic chemicals from baby products
The Washington Post
November 16th, 2011
Johnson & Johnson has begun removing two harmful chemicals from its iconic baby shampoo and other baby products in the U.S.

My newborn's 'baptism' into a toxic world
by Erin BolesMomsRising blog
November 8th, 2011
I was surprised when the nurse took Thomas to the sink for his first bath so quickly. My plan indicated that Thomas be washed with just water, or at least with the soap that we carefully chose for him but, before I knew it, out came the bottle of Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo.

China says Johnson & Johnson should 'practise morality'
AsiaOne News
November 7th, 2011
China said on Monday Johnson & Johnson should “practise morality”, a week after the U.S. consumer and healthcare group was accused of continuing to sell baby shampoo with a possible cancer-causing ingredient.

J&J's harmful baby shampoo angers buyers
Global Times, China
November 3rd, 2011
Chinese parents backed calls for a boycott of Johnson & Johnson's (J&J) baby products following a report by a US organization that said the healthcare giant was selling baby shampoo with cancer-risk elements in a number of countries.

Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo Still Contains Cancer-Causing Chemicals: Report
International Business Times
November 2nd, 2011
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is the target of new analysis from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, which released a second report detailing two cancer-causing chemicals found in Johnson & Johnson's popular baby shampoo.

J&J will phase out chemicals in shampoo
United Press International
November 2nd, 2011
Johnson & Johnson said it is phasing out formaldehyde-releasing chemicals from its baby products, following the U.S. report "Baby's Tub Is Still Toxic."

Health campaigners urge boycott of J&J baby shampoo
Reuters
November 1st, 2011
A coalition of health campaigners on Tuesday urged a boycott of Johnson & Johnson until it removes from its baby shampoo a preservative considered by the government to be a possible trigger for some cancers and skin allergies.

J&J, under fire, commits to formaldehyde-free Johnson's baby products
by Sheila ShayonBrandchannel
November 1st, 2011
Johnson & Johnson's signature baby shampoo sold in the U.S. contains trace amounts of two chemicals considered harmful and potentially cancer-causing, 1,4-dioxane and quaternium-15 that releases formaldehyde.

Johnson & Johnson gently poisons babies with its shampoo
by Margaret HartmannJezebel
November 1st, 2011
Health and environmental groups have been pressuring Johnson & Johnson to remove two potentially cancer-causing chemicals from its popular baby shampoo, and for some unfathomable reason, they're dragging their feet.

As report reveals toxic ingredients in baby shampoo, Johnson & Johnson goes public with plans to clean up products
by Amy WesterveltForbes
November 1st, 2011
Less than a month after Johnson & Johnson ranked as the most trusted brand in America in Forbes' survey comes a report that could give consumers pause, calling the company out for removing chemicals of concern in its iconic baby shampoo in some countries, but not others.

Groups push J&J on baby shampoo chemicals
by Linda A. JohnsonAssociated Press
November 1st, 2011
Two chemicals considered harmful to babies remain in Johnson & Johnson's baby shampoo sold in the U.S. and some other countries, even though the company already makes versions without them, according to an international coalition of health and environmental groups.

Why we can't shop our way out of breast cancer
by Mia Davis and Amy LubitowMomsRising blog
October 27th, 2011
Companies like Proctor & Gamble, Estee Lauder and Avon position themselves as champions for women through their work to bring about "breast cancer awareness." But they also can – and do — use chemicals linked to cancer in their products.

Heavy metals in Halloween face paint: Still spooky
by Stacy MalkanNot Just a Pretty Face
October 24th, 2011
While the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics' 2009 tests of heavy metals in face paint haven't been updated, a spring 2011 report by Environmental Defense Canada indicates that not only has the problem not been solved, it may be worse than we thought.

What's in that pink ribbon product?
by Stacy MalkanCrazySexyLife
October 19th, 2011
Before I rush out for a pink-ribbon makeover, I have some questions for these companies: How much money are they actually contributing to breast cancer charities, and what is the money being used for? And most importantly, are they willing to stop using chemicals linked to cancer?

Straight hair at what cost? Treatments using formaldehyde may pose a risk.
by Laura HambletonWashington Post
October 17th, 2011
Health officials say such smoothing products, often known as Brazilian treatments, may pose a hazard to stylists and users alike. That's because most of them contain formaldehyde or chemicals that release formaldehyde, which has been identified as a cancer risk.

Your guide to safe, non-toxic makeup
by Alden WickerLearnVest
October 14th, 2011
Today we tackle green and toxin-free makeup—to help you get to the bottom line about natural and organic beauty.

Environmentalists investigate toxic beauty
by Yumna MohamedThe Uptowner
October 12th, 2011
The environmental activist group WE ACT for Environmental Justice is surveying women of color uptown about their use of hair products and cosmetics that could endanger their health.

The stinky facts about smelling good
by Sloan BarnettHuffington Post
October 10th, 2011
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found 14 secret ingredients not even listed on the label -- they call them trade secrets. I call them synthetic chemicals.

The "Safe Cosmetics Alliance" is not what it sounds like
by Siobhan O'ConnorNo More Dirty Looks blog
October 5th, 2011
Look at what now exists? The Safe Cosmetics Alliance. It sounds a lot like the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, right? Except it's not. It's an industry-funded campaign that appears to me to be designed to confuse you.

It's time to tell Congress: No more toxic chemicals in our products!
by Laura Turner SeydelHuffington Post
October 3rd, 2011
I was shocked to learn that even the cosmetics I use and the sunscreen I slather on my children to protect them could very well be causing harm.

Formaldehyde in cosmetics: What's the verdict?
by Lisette MejiaWomen's Health blog
October 3rd, 2011
Cosmetic treatments like the Brazilian Blowout are under heavy fire lately for their use of formaldehyde, a chemical the U.S. Food and Drug Administration officially classifies as a carcinogen.

Global and green: Beauty trends from the WIE Symposium
by Deborah StamblerHuffington Post
September 29th, 2011
While it's easy to point to the sustainable, organic beauty products as a marketing trend, I'd like to think there's more to the story.

Deepak dialogues with activist celebs: Mark Ruffalo, Fran Drescher and Russell Simmons
by Alison Rose LevyHuffington Post
September 14th, 2011
Drescher wants to "turn the tide on cancer through asking Congress to support the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011."

D-day for Brazilian Blowout following FDA warning over 'misleading' formaldehyde claims
by Andrew McDougallCosmeticsDesign.com
September 13th, 2011
Following a letter sent to parent company GIB, today is judgment day for Brazilian Blowout to respond to a letter sent from the Food and Drug Administration, which questioned the safety of the products and threatened legal action if demands were not met.

Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011: 4 effects on the personal care industry
by Jessica RubinoNew Hope 360
September 9th, 2011
Cosmetics business practices and convoluted supply chains, coupled with arguably outdated legislation, make full transparency of beauty products a challenge—even for the most astute consumers and diligent retailers.

Brazilian Blowout must stop misleading consumers, FDA warns
by MyHealthNewsDaily StaffMyHealthNewsDaily
September 7th, 2011
The notorious hair straightening products company, Brazilian Blowout, has received its first official warning from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which has stated that the products are 'adulterated' and misbranded.

Campaign for safe cosmetics
by TheSucculentWifeBlogHer
August 24th, 2011
Would you choose to put lead in your lipstick? Not a single one of us would, I'm sure.

Safe Cosmetics Act: Forcing FDA to take charge
by K. KeekerConsumers Digest
August 22nd, 2011
In our July/August 2011 story on hair-care products, "Shampoos: Perception vs. Reality," we were hopeful that lawmakers would introduce the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 sometime this summer.

Skin Deep continues despite Compact's close
by Silvia MilanovaEcoPlum
July 25th, 2011
Regardless of the Compact discontinuing its acceptance of new members, the Skin Deep database and the effort to influence companies to make safer products is continuing.

Make lipstick less risky: Support the Safe Cosmetics Act
by Diane MacEachernBlogHer
July 21st, 2011
If you're anything like me, when you buy lipstick or eye make-up, it's because you want to look better, not feel worse.

Bath & Body Works targeted by Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
by Mark J. MillerBrandchannel
July 21st, 2011
Marketing anti-bacterial soap and hand cleansers with fruity names and a promise of "spreading love, not germs" sure sound like they are sweet fun — but not if they contain an ingredient that some health and environmental groups say is bad for teenagers.

Triclosan: Is Bath & Body Works' new soap harmful to teens?
by Ashlie RodriguezLA Times Greenspace blog
July 18th, 2011
Health and environmental groups have mounted a campaign against Bath & Body Works, urging the retailer to stop selling its line of “Summertime Scent” soaps that contain triclosan, a chemical categorized as a pesticide.

What is ingredient transparency?
by Sarah F. BerkowitzMother Nature Network
July 15th, 2011
For decades, the trend with cosmetics manufacturers has been to guard their ingredient list as a trade secret, but today’s consumers want to know before they buy.

4 myths about the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011
by Jasmin Malik ChuaEcouterre
July 14th, 2011
You'd think that stricter standards for the products we slather on ourselves each day would be a good thing, but not everyone's standing behind the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011, a new bill that could—quite literally—change the face of the beauty industry as we know it.

Pinkwashing: Corporate sponsored cancer
by Meghan CasserlyForbes blog
July 11th, 2011
Millions of dollars change hands each year in the name of breast cancer awareness. Who’s really benefiting?

Call for regulation of hair-smoothing products
by Stacy A. AndersonAssociated Press
July 8th, 2011
At least 10 members of the House are asking the FDA to look into whether women who undergo the treatments, including the popular Brazilian Blowout, pay another, nonmonetary price that's way too great, one that's the result of formulas high in formaldehyde.

Dove: Please don't hang your chemicals on my door knob
by Stacy MalkanNot Just a Pretty Face blog
July 7th, 2011
Hello Dove, Today I discovered at my front door: a Dove advertisement, coupon and a sample of your "nutritive therapy" product that I never requested.

Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011: What it means for the beauty industry and you
by Lina HansonEcouterre
July 6th, 2011
The beauty industry is one of the few industries where harmful ingredients such as formaldehyde, heavy metals, and lead are allowed as ingredients.

Are you using toxic cosmetics?
by Rachel Grumman BenderYouBeauty.com
July 1st, 2011
The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 may make your favorite beauty products safer.

Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 could clean up chemical-laden beauty industry
by Emma GradyTreehugger
June 28th, 2011
From the toxic heavy metals found in popular cosmetic products to the shocking amounts of formaldehyde found in Brazilian Blowout formula, finding harmful chemicals in cosmetics is no new story. In fact, the existing law hasn't been updated since 1938.

Safe Cosmetics Act will clean up harmful beauty products
by Terri BennettExaminer.com
June 27th, 2011
There are more than 12,000 chemicals used in the make-up, shampoo, lotion and other beauty products we use every day. What consumers may not know is the vast majority of those chemicals have never been tested for safety.

New and improved Safe Cosmetics Act could boost green chemistry
by Amy WesterveltForbes blog
June 27th, 2011
The resulting Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011, introduced Friday afternoon, eliminates fees for businesses making less than $10 million, and exempts businesses making less than $2 million from registration.

No more hazardous ingredients with introduction of Safe Cosmetics Act 2011
by Pooja KondhiaCosmeticsDesign.com
June 27th, 2011
Loopholes within the 1938 Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act have resulted in a largely unregulated cosmetics industry; the vast majority of approximately 12,500 chemicals in use by the $50 billion cosmetics industry have never been assessed for safety.

Safe Cosmetics Act: Good for babies, moms and business
by Stacy MalkanNot Just a Pretty Face
June 24th, 2011
We love this bill and here's why it has the full support of the environmental health community:

5 reasons why the Safe Cosmetics Act makes sense for small business
by Rebecca HamiltonGreenBiz
June 24th, 2011
I entered this industry because my family, the founders of Badger, believed in creating healthful products for people that we care about.

U.S. needs safer cosmetics
by Fran DrescherThe Hill
June 24th, 2011
It might seem like a leap to connect personal care products with cancer, but the President's Cancer Panel's report last year sounded the alarm on toxic chemicals in products we use every day.

Brazilian Blowout hair straightener, friend or foe?
by Edel HowlinKUHF-FM/NPR Houston
June 13th, 2011
Brazilian Blowout is a hair-straightening product used in a growing number of Houston salons. But experts say chemicals in the product may cause cancer.

Brazilian Blowout concerns reach Capitol Hill
by Deirdre ImusFoxNews.com
May 31st, 2011
For more than a year, Brazilian Blowout has come under increasing scrutiny...Now Congress is getting involved.

Explaining the 2010 Safe Cosmetics Act
by EarthTalkE – The Environmental Magazine
May 30th, 2011
Dear EarthTalk: Can you explain the 2010 Safe Cosmetics Act? What does it purport to do and has it been signed into law?

Reflections from the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit
by Stacy MalkanNot Just a Pretty Face
May 24th, 2011
I'll get straight to the good part: What's the deal with the lady from L'Oreal? Many of you asked me this question after I tweeted: "L'Oreal rep is reportedly 'very upset' about my presentation at #suscon."

Shocking study finds secret toxic heavy metals in popular cosmetics
by Emma GradyTreehugger
May 19th, 2011
The study tested 49 products from popular brands like Laura Mercier, MAC, L'Oreal, Mary Kay, and Sephora and found that 100 percent of the products contained nickel, 96 percent contained lead and 90 percent contained beryllium.

Groups Warn of Chemical Risks to Nail Salon Workers
by Todd ZwillichWebMD Health News
May 18th, 2011
Groups are renewing a call for tougher federal regulation of salon products following recent studies suggesting dangerous chemicals could be endangering workers.

Hair curling health worries linked to straighteners
by Roseanne CollettiNBC New York
May 18th, 2011
Salon and beauty industry workers are calling on lawmakers to pass new legislation that would increase safety measures surrounding hair straighteners that contain formaldehyde, a known carcinogen.

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics highlights study on metals in cosmetics
by Simon PitmanCosmeticsDesign.com
May 17th, 2011
Lobby group the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has drawn attention to a new study that highlights potential dangerous levels of heavy metals in cosmetics products.

Advocates want hair straightening technique Brazilian Blowout to be deemed illegal, health hazard
by Kathleen LucadamoNew York Daily News
May 17th, 2011
Women will be sharing hair-raising experiences with Congress this week when they tell lawmakers a popular hair-straightener is a health hazard.

Calls for FDA to regulate hair straighteners
by Anjali AthavaleyWall Street Journal
May 17th, 2011
Members of Congress are asking the Food and Drug Administration to issue a voluntary recall of two hair-straightening treatments sold in salons under the brand name Brazilian Blowout, citing concerns about unacceptably high levels of formaldehyde, a suspected carcinogen.

The dose makes the poison? We know better now
by Stacy MalkanNot Just a Pretty Face
May 6th, 2011
I'm working on my keynote talk for next week's Sustainable Cosmetics Summit, and I got to thinking about the paradigm shifts in science that are changing the business of beauty.

Hair treatment alert
by Courtny GerrishNBC-4 Milwaukee
May 3rd, 2011
They say beauty is pain, but a new hair smoothing treatment could be taking that to the extreme.

The new toxic threats to women's health
by Melinda Wenner-MoyerGlamour
May 1st, 2011
They're in your bathroom, your kitchen, your fridge--and mounting research hints they could be wreaking havoc on your weight, fertility and immune system.

The best and brightest hope for earth and life
by Stacy MalkanNot Just a Pretty Face
April 25th, 2011
The environment is our bodies. It is our wombs, our breast milk and our babies.

Stealth shopper sneaks "toxic" labels on deodorant
by A.K. StreeterTreehugger
April 25th, 2011
Jessica Assaf targeted Secret because it is one of the most popular deodorants used by young women in the United States today.

So, would you like formaldehyde with that hair style?
by Francesca LymanSacramento Bee
April 24th, 2011
Words like formaldehyde and formalin popped into her head, as troubling fumes wafted up from her stylist's flatiron: "It really smelled like the cadaver lab."

10 things the beauty industry won't say
by AnnaMaria AndriotisWall Street Journal SmartMoney blog
April 20th, 2011
1. "Regulated? Only lightly."

Buying tips: Safe, nontoxic lipsticks
by Emma GradyDaily Green
April 19th, 2011
When navigating the cosmetics aisle, it's hard enough finding the perfect shade of pink for your pretty pout. It gets harder still when you want to find a safe, nontoxic version that won't expose you to any potential health risks.

Health warning issued on popular hair treatment
by Eve TroehMarketplace
April 18th, 2011
The Brazilian Blowout is known in certain circles as the secret to smooth, straight hair. But recent safety concerns have tarnished the once-illustrious treatment.

Brazilian Blowup: It's time for the FDA to act
by Stacy MalkanHuffington Post
April 17th, 2011
Massive hair loss, blistered scalps, severe rashes -- you might expect such complaints to prompt a federal agency charged with protecting public health to actually do something to protect the public. Not in the good ole U.S. of A.

The health risks behind drop-dead gorgeous hair
by Michelle MillerCBS Evening News
April 15th, 2011
Chemical treatments may deliver smooth hair, but are risks like balding, scarring and formaldehyde exposure worth it?

Brazilian Blowout blow-up
by Alene DawsonLos Angeles Times' All the Rage blog
April 14th, 2011
The ongoing controversy over the celebrity-endorsed Brazilian Blowout and similar keratin hair smoothing treatments that are used to tame frizzy hair intensified this week, when U.S. health officials issued a hazard alert.

Brazilian Blowout hair straightener draws fire from authorities
by Christina JewettCalifornia Watch
April 14th, 2011
Multiple state, federal and independent advocacy watchdogs have issued alerts, investigation findings and legal filings in recent days about the hair-straightening Brazilian Blowout treatment.

Warning: Getting Your hair straightened could endanger your health
by Bryan WalshTime's Healthland blog
April 13th, 2011
Bad news for women who like to get their hair severely straightened with the popular Brazilian blowout technique à la Jennifer Aniston: it may look good, but apparently it's not good for you.

Feds investigate safety of hair-smoothing product
by Matthew PerroneAssociated Press
April 12th, 2011
Federal safety regulators say a popular hair smoothing treatment called Brazilian Blowout can release unsafe levels of the chemical formaldehyde, posing a risk to hair salon workers and their customers.

Skin care: It doesn't have to be hazardous
by Marcia G. YermanEmpowHer blog
April 3rd, 2011
For a month, I sampled three different skin care lines that have no toxic chemicals.

Hurt by cosmetics? Tell the feds
Chicago Tribune
March 31st, 2011
If you've ever suffered from a rash, hair loss, infection, or other problem after using personal care products or cosmetics, the U.S. FDA wants to hear from you.

Campaign for safe cosmetics
by Good Day AtlantaFOX-5 Atlanta
March 29th, 2011

KUHF Conversations: Stacy Malkan
by Wendy SiegleKUHF-FM/NPR Houston
March 28th, 2011
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is hosting a seminar in Houston today to the discuss the latest research on toxic chemicals in personal care products. Stacy Malkan is co-founder of the group and one of the experts on the panel at today's seminar.

Are your cosmetics toxic?
FOX-7 Austin
March 23rd, 2011
Allison Evans tells her compelling story about how chemicals wreaked havoc with her health, and how she was able to heal.

New health hazards at salons and spas
by Virginia Sole-SmithCNN Health
March 23rd, 2011
When Alexandra Spunt went for a keratin hair treatment at a Los Angeles salon two years ago, she hoped to walk out with two months' worth of silky-straight locks.

The taming of the curl
by Anjali AthavaleyWall Street Journal
March 23rd, 2011
Fear of frizzy curls has taken hold in salons across America.

Brazilian Blowout safety is again questioned
by Lori AbbottPublic News Service California
March 21st, 2011
California women wanting to chemically straighten their hair may want to think twice before exposing themselves, and their hairdressers, to what could be dangerous levels of toxic chemicals.

The alchemy of grooming: Go green with your makeup with DIY cosmetics
by Alene DawsonLA Times All the Rage blog
March 16th, 2011
Are you the crafty, 4-H blue ribbon-winning type? Have confidence that your cooking and cocktail-making skills can translate into whipping up an organic skin care tonic? Or do you simply crave beauty products that aren’t crazy expensive or carcinogenic? Then you might want to check out the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

Your personal grooming products could be making you sick
by Estelle HayesHuffington Post
March 11th, 2011
Most of us follow personal care and beauty regimens that include at least that average dozen products giving us multiple repeat doses of offending substances every day. The cosmetics industry must think we can't do the math. They are wrong.

Not a pretty picture
by Noelle RobinsEarth Island Journal
March 1st, 2011
More than 500 cosmetics sold in the United States contain chemicals banned from beauty products in Europe, Canada and Japan. A proposed law aims to change that.

Toxic or not?
by Karen WeintraubBoston Globe
February 28th, 2011
Researchers are studying the dangers of ordinary household chemicals.

Yadira's Austin: Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
by Yadira IzquierdoAustin Post
February 27th, 2011
In my own quest to be healthier and learn about what's good and bad for my body, I asked one of my organic-culture-knowledgeable friends what line of make up she would recommend. Instead of making a recommendation, she directed me to the Safe Cosmetics webpage.

Fragrance free: 10 ways to protect yourself from toxic scents
by Beth GreerThe Washington Times
February 24th, 2011
Stinky, sweet smelling air fresheners, cologne, body sprays, and scented shampoo are made with synthetic fragrances, and they’re bad for your health.

The high price of beauty
by Susan HoganWPRI-TV Providence
February 23rd, 2011
Are girls increasing their risk of breast cancer by wearing blush, or their chances of reproductive abnormalities by applying lip gloss? It sounds crazy, but critics of the cosmetic industry say the concern is in the ingredients.

The chemicals in your cosmetics
by Estelle HayesHuffington Post
February 23rd, 2011
Sodium lauryl sulfate is an effective degreaser used to clean oil stains from the floor of my mechanic's repair shop; what's it doing in my toothpaste and my daughter's bubble bath?

Vegan, eco-friendly beauty products are worth learning about
by Marques G. HarperAustin American-Statesman
February 17th, 2011
We've become a society that wants to know where our meat comes from and how it was raised, how the chicken was treated before it laid the egg, and how our vegetables are grown. So why wouldn't we want to know more about what's in our beauty and skin products?

Safe Cosmetics Compact to be dissolved
by Anna SorefNatural Foods Merchandiser
February 8th, 2011
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has announced that it will be ending its popular Compact for Safe Cosmetics initiative.

Time to give safe cosmetics companies props
by Melaina JunttiNew Hope 360 blog
February 7th, 2011
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics announced it will sunset its Compact for Safe Cosmetics this summer and publish a complete list of compliant companies.

What the Yuck: Is there lead in my lipstick?
by Dr. Roshini RajCNN Health
February 4th, 2011
Q: Is it true there's lead in my red lipstick? A: This is one internet rumor that's true. Dr. Roshini Raj explains.

Tween Makeup Kits Destroy More Than Their Souls
by Jeanne SagerThe Stir blog
February 2nd, 2011
First it was the mom who had her 5-year-old daughter's eyebrows waxed on national TV. Now there's a whole range of makeup choices aimed at girls as young as 8 years old. And that's only half of the problem.

'Safe Cosmetics' pledge closes after seven years
by Katie BirdCosmeticsDesign.com
February 2nd, 2011
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is phasing out its Compact for Safe Cosmetics that it designed as a voluntary pledge for safety and transparency in the industry.

The green beauty challenge
by Livia FirthVogue UK - The Green Style blog
January 31st, 2011
Livia Firth challenges her red-carpet beauty routine to represent "less of a toxic slick."

Keratin hair treatments popular, but draw health warnings
by Susan BergerChicago Tribune
January 26th, 2011
Stylist Andre Walker had seen women get beautiful results with keratin hair-smoothing treatments. He'd also heard the complaints about the harsh fumes.

Stacy Malkan, Featured Interview with Co-Founder of Safe Cosmetics
iaam.com
January 25th, 2011
After our first article, “What’s in my Make Up?” iaam decided to do a follow-up interview with Campaign for Safe Cosmetics' co-founder, Stacy Malkan, to find out more about the current cosmetics industry and how harmful daily cosmetic use really is.

Poison Ives-y: Stranded in a Beauty Aisle of Toxins, Betrayal, and Greenwashing
by Celia JailerThe Busy Signal blog
January 18th, 2011
Life is hard enough without being betrayed by a bottle, a compact, or a tube. But in the untested, unregulated grab-bag that is your bathroom cabinet, drugstore beauty aisle, or cosmetic case your personal care products hide a toxic tale indeed.