Revlon, one of the largest cosmetic companies in the country, known for their supportive stance in breast cancer research, is talking the talk but not walking the walk.
A survey put out by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics uncovered the startling news that the cosmetic giant is selling products that contain cancer-causing and endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Even more disturbing is the fact that the company prides itself on being a champion in the fight against breast cancer. As a result of the survey’s findings, Revlon is under scrutiny by several communities and organizations dedicated to safeguarding consumers from the cosmetics we use.
The survey uncovered that many of their products, from hair dyes and mascara to lip gloss and eyeliners, contain toxic chemicals (see full list here). One of the many types of toxic chemicals, butylated compounds (look for BHA or BHT on labels), are antioxidants and preservatives used in cosmetics, food packaging and animal feed, and are actually banned in cosmetics in the European Union.
Ironically, Revlon’s Global Brand Ambassador Emma Stone says on their website, “The best part of being part of Revlon is all that they have done for breast cancer awareness and
New cosmetic product regulations from the state of California are not working. Intended to give consumers more information about the chemicals that are packed into their cosmetics, the new California Safe Cosmetics Program Product Database is failing to deliver.
Companies not reporting to the database
The program, which hit the net about a month ago, tries to rein in the 60-billion-dollar cosmetic industry, forcing transparency into the marketplace.
But some of the problems with this large transparency project include an uncooperative cosmetic industry, delayed participation in a database system and information on chemicals that hasn’t been updated for years.
“There are companies that haven’t been reporting to the state the ingredients that we should know about,” said Alexandra Scranton, director of science and research at advocacy group Women’s Voices for the Earth. Health advocates like Scranton have been a major voice for transparency in cosmetic products, hoping that California’s nine-year effort would help consumers avoid hazardous chemicals in their body care products.
State cosmetic database allows companies to keep “trade secrets”
The most disturbing part of this government program is that it contains a provision that lets companies keep their ingredients secret.
On the surface, the database sounds like
Formaldehyde is a highly toxic chemical that is still used under the guise of different ingredient names that don’t include “formaldehyde” in the title in a large number of products that are frequently in close contact with consumers. More often than not, even if we are diligent in avoiding formaldehyde as a known ingredient, we come in contact with this chemical quite a bit simply by proxy of other ingredients.
This is because many of the preservatives and antimicrobials still popularly used in modern day skin, body, hair and hygiene products are “formaldehyde releasers.” They actually begin to release this toxic chemical as they sit on your shelf. Formaldehyde is highly effective as a preservative; however, it is also highly toxic to our immune system, nervous system and is also a major carcinogen.
The longer these ingredientsage, the more formaldehyde they release and the more toxic your product becomes. This is because they are designed to slowly decompose, providing a more long-lasting preservative effect- and may even continue to do so once they are absorbed into your body.
As you likely already know, many chemicals can stay in the body for years. Logic would dictate