Ever since the big announcement was made on Friday, June 24th, 2011 introducing The Safe Cosmetics Act, H.R. 2359, I’ve been waiting to see what the actual bill includes.

Now, is it me or is this beginning to feel like a huge PR move by Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Edward Markey (D-MA) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) to build momentum and excitement for The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 so when the bill is finally made public, we will all be blinded by the warm fuzzies, and won’t bother to read what’s in it?

I’m also wondering if the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and the EWG don’t have a hand to play in this little game of cat and mouse. When you read all the posts and updates coming from their camp, it’s obvious they have a front row seat, and probably have a copy of the bill on a desk in their offices. They sure do have a great many aspects of the bill they are pointing out, and how great they will be for consumers. I’m pretty sure they have a copy of the bill because they are the driving force behind this proposed legislation. Do you think I’m too off the mark?

Ask yourself this. Why would the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and EWG do all this positive talking about how great this proposed legislation is if they had not seen the actual bill? Would they actually support something they haven’t read? I sure wouldn’t, and I know Personal Care Truth readers wouldn’t.

I typically don’t get excited over something I’ve never seen or read. I err on the side of caution when it comes to politics especially. Celebrating a bill that has not been released to the public is premature. I’m definitely not going to be a part of the party that could be quoted when the bill comes out and there is nothing to celebrate.

I’m hoping the text of the bill will present itself in a speedy manner on Open Congress, GovTrack and THOMAS. Consumers and industry people alike have a right to read proposed legislation that could possibly change the cosmetic industry as we know it.

What are your thoughts?


Paula Begoun is the creator and innovative force behind Paula’s Choice skincare and cosmetics. Her informative website, which includes reports on skincare and links to video demos, is Cosmetics Cop. She is the author of 18 best-selling books including Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me, Blue Eyeshadow Should Be Illegal, The Original Beauty Bible, and Don’t Go Shopping for Hair-Care Products Without Me. Paula’s books have sold more than 2.5 million copies worldwide. Her work as a nationally-recognized consumer expert for the cosmetics industry has led to repeat appearances on CNN, as well as programs such as Oprah, The Today Show, 20/20, Dateline NBC, The View, and Dr. Oz. Paula’s Story: In Her Own Words From the very beginning, my goal has been to help women find products that will give them the skin they’ve always wanted—whether you use my Paula’s Choice products that I developed and formulated, or those from another brand. I have the unique distinction of being the only cosmetics company founder in the world who recommends products other than my own. I created Paula’s Choice as a result of my own frustrations when I was a teenager trying to find products for my problem skin and then, later in life, for wrinkles and skin discolorations. My complexion was a mess and, like many of you, the skin-care products I used either didn’t help or made matters worse. Paula’s Choice is a comprehensive collection of skin-care and select makeup products that meet my strict criterion for excellence based only on what published research shows is effective. My products are guaranteed to exceed your expectations. I provide state-of-the-art formulas that are always fragrance-free, ecologically responsible, and never tested on animals. I invite you to let my years of research and acquired knowledge benefit your skin. With Paula’s Choice, healthy, youthful, radiant skin is a result you can count on! Paula Begoun Becomes Beauty Advisor to China’s Largest Retailer Taobao is China’s biggest and fastest growing retailer and it happens to be an internet site. On September 14, 2010, Taobao’s CFO Daniel Zhang announced that U.S. based beauty expert and consumer advocate, Paula Begoun, will serve as Taobao’s Chief Beauty Advisor.

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