You may want to visit The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics to find out. From their website:
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is a coalition of public health, educational, religious, labor, women’s, environmental and consumer groups. Our goal is to protect the health of consumers and workers by requiring the health and beauty industry to phase out the use of chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects and other health problems, and replace them with safer alternatives.
You can learn a lot of things on their website. For example, they talk about the lack of FDA authority over cosmetic products. You can also learn about activities by this coalition to make cosmetics safer.
Want to know how your cosmetics fare? There are 2 places to check:
- Compact Signers – Companies that have pledged to not use “have pledged to not use chemicals that are known or strongly suspected of causing cancer, mutation or birth defects in their products and to implement substitution plans that replace hazardous materials with safer alternatives in every market they serve.” You can also see who didn’t sign!
- Interactive Product Guide – You can look up your cosmetics and learn what’s really in them
How do your cosmetics fare? Leave a comment on what you find out!