Posted May 31st, 2013
Women News Network
May 29, 2013
While natural body-care products represent the fastest growing segment of the cosmetics market, your local pharmacy shelves are still full of products laden with toxic chemicals linked to cancer and reproductive harm.
To address this problem, today, U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-Illinois), and Congressman Ed Markey D-Massachusetts), introduced the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013, which would give the Food and Drug Administration authority to ensure that all personal care products are free of harmful ingredients. Existing law, which has not been significantly updated since 1938, has loopholes that allow chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, learning disabilities and other illnesses in products we use on our bodies every day.
Posted May 24th, 2013
May 23, 2013
Have you ever wondered what’s in those myriad air fresheners that make your home smell like a tropical vacation or a woodsy cabin surrounded by wildflowers? It’s certainly not roses… Here are five reasons we think you should avoid air fresheners altogether.
Posted April 9th, 2013
April 5, 2013
Mmm, the fresh scent of laundry that’s been dried with dryer sheets.
Wait a minute—how do dryer sheets do that?
Unfortunately, dryer sheets can contain some harmful chemicals—including hidden fragrance chemicals that lots of people are sensitive to—that vent off into the air we breath and rub off on our clothes and then onto our skin. Yikes! And the kicker is that dryer sheets aren’t even necessary to our laundry—so they’re just an extra source of exposure to toxic chemicals.
Posted March 22nd, 2013
March 19, 2013
Have you ever used a scented product that resulted in itchy, red, or blotchy skin? Or have you had a rash that’s hard to predict or control that you suspect might be caused by products in your home? If so, you are not alone. Millions of people in the U.S. have been sensitized to ingredients in fragrance, making them predisposed to allergic reactions like contact dermatitis. In fact, “fragrance allergy” is one of the most common diagnoses among dermatology patients.
Posted March 12th, 2013
March 8, 2013
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.
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.
Posted February 19th, 2013
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.
Posted January 30th, 2013
January 30, 2013
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.
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.
Posted January 29th, 2013
January 27, 2013
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.”