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Safe Cosmetics

Our almost 80-year-old cosmetic laws in the US are pretty useless when it comes to the modern beauty industry. So if like millions you thought your products were already safe, they’re not and are badly in need of updating. Big time!

In a lawless industry, when it comes to the health and safety of our customers, we take no chances. With over 20 years experience and expertise working to European Cosmetic Regulations, we additionally include criteria that require the maximum amount of organic ingredients, minimum synthetic ingredients, minimum processing of ingredients and clear labeling.

Each and every ingredient and its processing is always researched and developed according to these various standards; UK Soil Association Organic Standards, USDA Organic, French EcoCert Organic Organization, EU COSMOS, Fairtrade, Leaping Bunny, British Association of Cold Pressed Oil Producers (BACPOP), Kosher standard with the London Beth Din and ISO 9001:2000 ISO 22716 (GMP), The Royal Horticultural Society, Society of Cosmetic Scientists and The Institute For Functional Medicine and are always, always EU Regulation 1223/2009 (Cosmetics Regulation) Compliant.

Our brands have also supported and signed the Personal Care Products Safety Act. Although it’s truthfully not perfect, it’s certainly better than the current regulations and if passed, this act will ensure your personal care products are an awful lot safer.
So what exactly does the bill do? For a start, it comes down hard on chemicals. At present, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prohibit or restrict just 12 ingredients, including mercury and chloroform (I don’t suppose ‘Eau de Mercury’ would be a big seller!). By comparison, the EU has over 1,300+ ingredients on its banned list.

If the cosmetics safety bill passes, each year the FDA will independently review the safety of at least five chemicals. The first five up for review are diazolidinyl urea (apreservative), lead acetate (color additive), methylene glycol/methanediol/formaldehyde (hair straighteners and preservatives), propylparaben (preservative) and quaternium-15 (formaldehyde-releasing preservative and surfactant).

Before y’all start jumping up and down shouting “yay finally”, this is where we think some smart Senator could suggest adopting the 1300+ chemicals Europe has already reviewed and determined unsafe. Imagine how many years it will take the US to catch up to Europe? Anyone got a calculator to figure that out? Yup, a loooong while.

For those of you worried the beauty industry is going back to the Stone Age when only mud and moss existed, this is not the case. What the bill will do is give the FDA more power to scope out and ban nasty chemicals. It will also enable them to recall unsafe products, as at the moment they can only suggest that products deemed unsafe are taken off our shelves. It also gives them the authority to say how products should be made, as at the moment they can only recommend manufacturing processes – but nobody actually has to stick to them. For those who think this sounds like madness, join the club!

In the meantime, if you’d like to see what’s naughty and what’s nice, check out these great resources we have put together for y’all..