The law that currently oversees cosmetics and personal care products is more than 80 years old and is under 3 pages long. There are currently around 10,000 ingredients used in cosmetics. Yet, the 84 billion dollar cosmetic and personal care industry is not required to meet any sort of safety standard for ingredients. As a result cosmetics, personal care products (including intimate care products like douches, wipes, powders), and professional salon products can contain ingredients linked to cancer, infertility, birth defects, neurological disorders and more. And, what’s more, corporations are allowed to keep ingredients used in fragrance a secret!
Take action today to support these bills:
- Toxic Free Beauty Act (HR 5537): Bans 11 of the most toxic chemicals on the planet from beauty and personal care products sold in the U.S., including mercury; 4 types of formaldehyde (plus Quaternium-15, Paraformaldehyde, Methylene Glycol); m-phenylenediamine and o-phenylenediamine; Diethylhexyl phthalate; Dibutyl phthalate; Isobutylparaben and Isopropylparaben and the entire class of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
- Cosmetic Fragrance and Flavor Ingredient Right to Know Act (HR 5538): Requires disclosure of toxic fragrance and flavor chemicals and allergens in our personal care products
- Cosmetic Safety for Communities of Color and Professional Salon Workers Act (HR 5540): Creates cosmetic safety protections for women of color and professional hair, nail and beauty salon workers
- The Cosmetic Supply Chain Transparency Act (H.R. 5539): Forces supply chain transparency so that cosmetic companies can get the information they need from upstream suppliers to be able to make safer products.
TAKE ACTION NOW — Please take action TODAY and tell your congressional representative to support these importance pieces of legislation. No matter our income level, the color of our skin, or where we live, we all deserve access to safe products. Tell Congress to act today!