You, the consumer, are a very savvy bunch of smart cookies. Read the labels on your cosmetic products and while on a company’s website, read their ingredient listings. If a company doesn’t list all the ingredients for a product on their website or only tout the “natural” or “organic” ingredients then I have to wonder what they have to hide.
A past discussion that started in the Cosmetics and Beauty Network group on LinkedIn was titled “Did You Know The Average Consumer Puts 515 Chemicals On Their Face/Body Everyday?”. I had to respond because statements like this are very alarming. Donna Maria, CEO of Indie Beauty and an expert on this site, posted a reply as well and in part said “Would you rather use a facial cream with a tiny amount of chemical preservative that has been proven safe, or would you rather use a facial cream with no preservative that will grow bacteria and mold that could blind you or a family member?”
What concerned me the most about the person who started this discussion was she represents a company that says they produce products with premium botanical ingredients and a commitment to pure, safe and beneficial products. The only problem I see with this statement is that they do not list the ingredients on their website, as far as I can see. If they are listed then I must need to be a psychic to find them.
As a personal care products manufacturer, I proudly list the ingredients for every product on my company website. Ingredients are listed on a product label as required by the FDA Labeling Guidelines. There are a wealth of sites that provide information without using “scare tactics” to make you believe the current lotion or soap you are using will cause cancer.
For more information on cosmetics, ingredients and regulations, check out the links below:
Cosmetics Info – “Your source for safety information about cosmetic and personal care products, their ingredients and how they are tested and regulated.”
Personal Care Products Council – “is the leading national trade association for the cosmetic and personal care products industry and represents the most innovative names in beauty today.”
Cosmetic Ingredient Review – “Mission: The Cosmetic Ingredient Review thoroughly reviews and assesses the safety of ingredients used in cosmetics in an open, unbiased, and expert manner, and publishes the results in the peer-reviewed scientific literature.
The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA) – “an association of manufacturers of cosmetic, toiletry and perfumery products, founded in 1945 to promote the interests of members, primarily with government. That remit has now extended to include the European Commission and many other regulatory bodies, national and international groups.
Kristin and I are for providing safe cosmetics and personal care products. If you ever have a question about an ingredient, regulation or any information you read on this site, our door is wide open. We welcome your questions, comments and feedback.