Personal Care Truth supports safe cosmetics and certainly believes the FDA could use more transparency; however, we should be focusing on improving current legislation instead of completely changing it to serve the goals of non-governmental organizations that have yet to present the science to support their claims. We’ve heard there are 3 proposed bills. What they are or what they contain, is a mystery. If they are anything like the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011, this is the position we took.

Yesterday, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics posted an action notice in regards to this upcoming hearing. They are rallying support for their position by asking people to submit their letter to the members of the Subcommittee. The beginning of the letter they have drafted for you begins like this:

Did you know right now in the U.S. it’s perfectly legal for there to be lead in lipstick and carcinogens in baby shampoo? Some of these chemicals don’t even appear on product labels. I hope that with your leadership, we’ll change that!

You’re probably wondering why I would give them the time of day to provide a link to their rally form. Well, it’s simple. Personal Care Truth is about transparency and the truth. I supplied the link because I want you to read it for yourself. Statements like in the above “rally form” infuriate me because they are preying on the fears of consumers. I wonder if their tune would change should the companies on their “Champions” list, found in their Market Shift, be tested. If they’ve used an ingredient from the ground, meaning, it grew in the ground, it would most likely test positive for lead.

For those wanting to attend the “Examining the Current State of Cosmetics” Hearing, here is the information:

The House Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee hearing on “Examining the Current State of Cosmetics” is scheduled for Tuesday, March 27th at 10:15 am in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.

For those planning to attend the hearing in person, please remember that seating for the room is limited and based on arrival time. We would suggest you plan to arrive prior to 9 am and line up outside of the Committee room. The doors to the room will open shortly before the hearing begins. Since we cannot predict the number of people who will be in attendance, there is no guarantee you will gain entree into the room. (At the same time, there may be many empty seats and you’ll wonder why you arrived so early.)

The only way to guarantee access is arriving when the building opens at (7:30 am – need to check) or hiring a professional “line sitter” who will arrive a minimum of 3 hours prior to the hearing. The general rule is each person in line can only guarantees access for one person into the room. Therefore a single individual cannot hold a place in line for multiple people.

We also expect the hearing to be webcast live. A link will be available on the House Energy and Commerce Committee just prior to the hearing. We suggest you click on the link at least 10 minutes prior to the start time to ensure there are no technical glitches.

If you believe in truthful information backed by scientific facts and would like to voice your concern, you may contact the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health, here. Personal Care Truth is not about to tell you what to say, how to feel, or what to do. Y’all are savvy, well informed, free thinking consumers. Truth and science should prevail over educated guesses and hype.

Any changes to legislation will have a lasting effect, so here’s some food for thought:

one ‘Cannot unring a bell’; ‘after the thrust of the saber it is difficult to say forget the wound’; and finally, ‘if you throw a skunk into the jury box, you can’t instruct the jury not to smell it’. Dunn v. United States, 307 F.2d 883, 886 (5th Cir. 1962).

Author

Doug Schoon is an internationally-recognized scientist, author and educator with over 30 years experience in the cosmetic, beauty and personal care industry. He is a leading industry authority, known for his technical and regulatory work that has helped shape the beauty industry. He is Co-Chair of the Nail Manufacturers Council (NMC), and as Creative Nail Design’s (CND) Chief Scientist, was head of the R&D laboratory, QA, and Field Testing/Evaluation departments for almost 20 years. Schoon has authored several books, video and audio training programs, as well as dozens of magazine articles about salon products, safety, and best practices for salon professionals. Schoon is well known for his captivating presentation style and his unique ability to make complex concepts easy to understand. In 1986, Schoon founded Chemical Awareness Training Service (CATS) – the beauty industry’s first safety training company. This was followed by his book, Nail Structure & Product Chemistry, 1st and 2nd Edition, which has become essential reading for nail salon pros. Schoon is a chief contributor to Milady’s Standard Nail Technology and Standard Cosmetology, as well as several medical reference books such as Baran and Maibach’s Textbook of Cosmetic Dermatology and Cosmetic Dermatology: A Comprehensive Medical and Surgical Text. Schoon serves as an expert witness in legal cases, and doctors, dermatologists and podiatrists often consult Schoon when writing articles, books or scientific papers. He has worked as a scientific researcher, author and lecturer for almost 35 years and holds a Masters Degree in Chemistry from UC-Irvine. He currently resides in Dana Point, CA. Overview Industry Experience President, Schoon Scientific + Regulatory Consulting, LLC (2007- present) Co-Chair, Nail Manufacturer’s Council (NMC) (2003-present) V.P., Science & Technology – CND (Creative Nail Design, Inc.(1987-2007) Executive Director/Founder of Chemical Awareness Training Service (1986-89) World renowned expert; considered a leading scientist in the field Works with state, federal and international regulators to develop beauty industry related standards and regulations. Experienced working with EU and Japanese cosmetic regulatory agencies and many domestic and international trade associations Experienced working with activist groups to address industry issues Over thirty years experience as a researcher, lecturer, author and educator Regularly writes articles and makes contributions to several domestic and international beauty trade magazines Author of science and safety books for beauty professionals, including the industry standard, “Nail Structure & Product Chemistry“, Second Edition, 2005 Contributing author to many educational books used in beauty schools Contributing author to several medical texts used by dermatologists and doctors Bachelors Degree Chemistry, Cal State University- Long Beach, CA (1982) Masters of Science Degree in Chemistry, University of California-Irvine (1984)

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