A wide range of popular beauty products contain suspicious chemicals that would be reviewed by the FDA for safety if a proposed bill becomes law — interesting to note as part of the recent buzz around Wen Hair Care and the FDA's warning regarding its cleansing conditioners.
Could there be a serious health hazard lurking in your sunscreen? Oxybenzone, an ingredient found in over 40% of sunscreens, is either potentially dangerous causing reproductive toxicity, endocrine disruption, allergies, and organ system toxicity—or it’s safe in small amounts—depending on whom you ask.
It was announced today that the beauty powerhouse—who is a huge supporter of breast cancer prevention and awareness as well as other women’s causes—is planning to eliminate “some of the most toxic cosmetic chemicals from its makeup, mascaras, and shampoos.” Hmm…most? As recently as 2013, Revlon was threatening to sue the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, the organization behind this movement, for “false and defamatory” claims when it was pointed out that more than a few of the Revlon products contained harmful agents. UltraViolet, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, and the Breast Cancer Fund got nearly 50,000 people to sign an online petition demanding that Revlon stop using cancer-causing chemicals in its makeup and hair dye products. Related: This Really Works, A Hand Sanitizer Without the Chemicals “Women shouldn’t be exposed to cancer-causing chemicals when they apply their makeup,” says Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of UltraViolet.