I’ve been following discussions on Twitter and for the life of me, I can’t figure out where the supporters of the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 think we don’t support safe cosmetics. We’ve never said we didn’t support safe cosmetics. We’ve been making them for years.
Another issue is lead in lipstick. Get the skinny on the truth. Manufacturers DO NOT purposefully add lead to their formulations. Here’s where that lovely shade of red comes from. It’s just another ploy by the supporters of this bill to use scare tactics to get what they want.
They also say that cosmetics are not regulated by the FDA. That statement is incorrect as well. Do we think some changes need to be made? Yes, however, the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 is radical, grossly unfair and unnecessary in so many ways and we can’t support it as written.
So……what is safe? As described by Dictionary.com, safe is:
1. secure from liability to harm, injury, danger, or risk: a safe place.
2. free from hurt, injury, danger, or risk: to arrive safe and sound.
3. involving little or no risk of mishap, error, etc.: a safe estimate.
Correct me if I’m wrong. I’ve not heard of one incident where someone has become severely ill or died from the use of cosmetics manufactured in the United States. Bravo to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics for backing ‘The Story of Cosmetics‘ video by Annie Leonard. I guess if you can’t provide consumers with the scientific studies to show that cancer is on the rise from the use of cosmetics, then use images of the big, bad cosmetic manufacturers formulating baby shampoo and using ‘toxic’ chemicals.
Never mind the fact that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state reports show cancer rates continue to decrease. BreastCancer.org reports that breast cancer has decreased by 2%. As stated on the CDC website:
A person’s cancer risk can be reduced by receiving regular medical care, avoiding tobacco, limiting alcohol use, avoiding excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun and tanning beds, eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, maintaining a healthy weight, and being physically active.
The only risk or injury I know of involving cosmetics is people experiencing an allergic reaction. That’s why you can find many, many cosmetics that are developed for sensitive skin and/or hypoallergenic. I’m allergic to many medications. Here’s what I do or don’t do. I know what will send my body into anaphylactic shock, so I don’t take those medications. I’ve never experienced a life threatening reaction to my deodorant, makeup, shampoo/conditioner, soap, toothpaste, bath oil, etc. I trust the science that is presently reported that says cosmetics are safe.
If you would like to continue using your favorite brand that is manufactured by a small cosmetic business, then please oppose the H.R. 5786 Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 by signing the petition. It doesn’t mean you aren’t in support of safe cosmetics, it means you do not support this poorly written bill in its current form. There is much to clarify and revise on H.R. 5786 before we can stand behind legislation making a change.
If you’d like to keep up with tweets in regards to H.R. 5786, the hash tags are #opposeSCA and #yes2sca. Judge for yourself. We aren’t here to fill your head with scare tactics and educated guesses. We won’t bombard you with invitations to gather, and require you to pay an entrance fee to be fed misinformation. What you will find on Personal Care Truth is the truth, based on scientific information. Oh yeah…..and it’s free.