Jul 11

Discuss SCA 2011!

The wonderful people over at Personal Care Truth have started a Facebook page dedicated to discussion of the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011. You can check it out right here: http://www.facebook.com/HR2359. Go ahead, get involved!

Jul 11

Ten Reasons Why You Should Not Support SCA 2011

Robert Tisserand at Personal Care Truth

The Environmental Working Group, who have given birth to this legislation, is an incompetent organization that does not understand the science of toxicology, does not understand natural products, and that takes a biased, negative view of safety, often seeing dangers that do not exist.

This is about the best summary I’ve heard of the Environmental Working Group. For those of you who don’t know, Robert Tisserand is considered by most people in our industry to be the world’s foremost expert on essential oils, and an expert aromatherapist. Generally when he speaks, I listen.

You can read the rest of his article right here.

Jul 11

Made-up Cosmetics Concerns

(Via Personal Care Truth or Scare)

A frustrated ACSH’s Dr. Gilbert Ross wonders why such needless regulations are being written by a chemophobic activist group whose only expertise lies in scaring the public and manipulating consumer fears about chemicals. “They even have the temerity to actually take ‘credit’ for calling cosmetics harmful and laced with such ‘toxic contaminants’ as phthalates, formaldehyde, and metals,” he says. “These products have been in widespread — indeed, universal — use for decades, and now, according to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (a creature of the Environmental Working Group) and its lackeys in Congress, they have suddenly become a health hazard?

Additionally, many of these “toxic” chemicals occur naturally in low doses in the foods we eat every day. Apples, for example, contain small amounts of formaldehyde—not from any human action, but they actually produce them as they grow. It’s small facts like this that can be used to make wild claims like “this lipstick contains cancer-causing formaldehyde”, when it could just be that it contains an apple extract. Groups like the Environmental Working Group aren’t generally interested in the truth, though. Just how they can present information in a way that fits their agenda.

Remember, any time a discussion about toxicity comes up, you can’t determine if something is toxic until you find out what kind of dosage you’re talking about. It’s the dose that makes the poison.