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Scents and Sensitivity.

Posted March 12th, 2013

Huffington Post

March 8, 2013

Molly Rauch

Before Heather Collins enrolled her five-year-old daughter, Sophie, in ballet classes at the local recreation center in Boulder, Colorado, she went to the ballet studio to sniff around. Literally.

That’s because Sophie is one of an estimated 2 percent to 11 percent of Americans with fragrance allergy. For some, the symptoms of a fragrance allergy involve skin irritation. For Sophie, the symptoms are a little more serious. An encounter with perfumes, a laundry vent wafting scented detergent, most cleaning products, or air fresheners, not to mention shampoos, moisturizers, or sunscreens, can send her to the emergency room with respiratory problems.

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Fragrance Chemicals Toxic to Many

Posted February 22nd, 2013

United Press International

February 21, 2013

Allergic reaction and sensitivity to fragrance chemicals in cleaning and personal care products affects millions, a U.S. women’s health advocacy group says.

The report, “Secret Scents: How Hidden Fragrance Allergens Harm Public Health,” by Women’s Voices for the Earth found fragrance in household and personal care products was one of the most frequently identified allergens.

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Toxin-Free Cosmetics Expand Market-Share.

Posted February 19th, 2013

Women’s E-News

February 7, 2013

Molly M. Ginty

Toxic chemicals have been removed from some makeup, but the ugly truth is that these ingredients persist after a decade of controversy. The good news is that consumer resources are coming to the rescue. If these words sound magical, to women’s health advocates, they are: the names of cosmetics that are specially brewed to be free of harmful chemicals.

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Tide Now “Free & Clear” of Cancer-Causers.

Posted January 30th, 2013


January 30, 2013

Emily Main

Tide has announced that it will be removing a chemical called 1,4-dioxane from its Free & Gentle laundry detergents, a decision spurred in part by pressure from advocacy groups and in part from a California Supreme Court decision.

Two years ago, the nonprofit Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) published results of its own testing, which revealed that Tide Free & Gentle contained 89 parts per million (ppm) of the cancerous contaminant, while Tide’s regular formulation contained 63 ppm.

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Procter & Gamble Must Scrub Carcinogen Dioxane From Tide.

Posted January 29th, 2013

Environmental News Service

January 25, 2013

Procter & Gamble, makers of Tide and Tide Free & Gentle detergents, has agreed in a California court to reduce the levels of the chemical 1,4 dioxane in its laundry products.

The Oakland-based nonprofit organization As You Sow filed a lawsuit against Procter & Gamble for high levels of 1,4 dioxane in their detergents without a warning label in violation of Proposition 65, the California law governing toxic chemical exposure in consumer products.

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Procter & Gamble reducing probable carcinogen in Tide.

Posted January 29th, 2013

Business Journal

January 27, 2013

James Ritchie

Procter & Gamble Co. will alter its Tide formulation to lower the amount of contamination with a potentially cancer-causing chemical, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported.

The compound in question is 1,4 dioxane. P&G said in this Forbes article the chemical “comes in as a trace contaminant or a byproduct developed in the process of making these products.”

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Tide: Getting stains – and the carcinogen – out.

Posted January 29th, 2013


January 25, 2013

Sandy Bauers

After pressure from an environmental group, a 78,000-signature petition and a court suit, Proctor & Gamble, which makes Tide and Tide Free & Gentle detergents, has agreed in a California court to significantly reduce the levels of the chemical 1,4 dioxane in its laundry products.

The substance is classified as a carcinogen under California’s “Proposition 65,” an initiative that requires the state to maintain a list of chemicals that cause cancer or birth defects. 1,4 dioxane was listed in 1988.

Women’s Voices for the Earth, a women’s environmental health advocacy group and one of the groups demanding that P&G remove the chemical, called the agreement a public health victory.

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Join Us in the Fight to Protect Salon Workers!

Posted January 15th, 2013

Pretty Toxic blog

January 15, 2013

Dawn Marino

It has been brought to our attention here at Pretty Toxic that a recent issue of American Salon Magazine features the Brazilian Blowout Acai Professional Smoothing Solution as a 2012 Professional Choice Winner.

Readers weighed in and the results were published during the fall, as well as on the Brazilian Blowout Company’s site. January’s issue has a full-page advertisement dedicated to the product, labeling it as a 2012 Professional Choice Winner.

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Campaign for Safe Cosmetics reports on “who’s naughty and who’s nice”…

Posted December 13th, 2012

Cosmetics design.com

December 12, 2012

Michelle Yeomans

The lobby group has compiled a report based on its’ ranking of retailers that it believes to be doing well, and not so well in terms of their commitment to cosmetics safety.

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Women’s Voices for the Earth Champions Healthy, Safer, Non-Toxic Cleansers for Moms and Kids.

Posted November 13th, 2012

Big Green Purse

November 12, 2012

Diane McEachern

Women’s Voices for the Earth is among the most effective organizations in the country when it comes to protecting women and children from exposure to toxic chemicals. I sat down with Cassidy Randall, the Outreach and Campaign Manager for WVE to find out more about how Women’s Voices makes a difference – and what you can do to help.

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