Jul 10

5 Ways The “Safe Cosmetics Act” Will Harm Consumers

First, let me explain what the “Safe Cosmetics Act” is. It’s a bill that has been introduced into the house by representatives Schakowsky (D-IL), Markey (D-MA) and Baldwin (D-WI). This bill’s stated purpose is to make the cosmetic industry safer through further regulation. While it sounds great on the surface, the group that is really behind this bill is the Compact For Safe Cosmetics, which is funded by the Environmental Working Group. Both have reputations for scaremongering and using arguments which are scientifically unsound. This bill has absolutely nothing to do with cosmetic product safety, but it will have drastic consequences to all cosmetic manufacturers, small and large. This will ultimately impact you the consumer.

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Jun 10

3 Claims In Dove’s “Soap vs Dove” Ads That Are Misleading

If you haven’t seen the commercial, you can watch it below: (you can also view it on Dove’s website)

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First, I’d like to say that I don’t think Dove is a terrible awful product and you should never use it. I think our soap is far better, but don’t take my word for it! All I’m trying to do is point out where Dove is misleading or not being completely honest. I won’t make any claims that I can’t back up.

Now, onto the ad. For this post I’m going to be heavily referencing a lecture given by Dr. Kevin Dunn. Kevin has a PhD in chemistry and has been studying soap specifically for many Continue reading →

Apr 10

HSMG 2010 – Day 1

This weekend, I’m at the Handcrafted Soap Makers Guild 2010 conference in Denver, CO. It’s pretty awesome seeing so many soap makers, suppliers, and industry experts all in one place! Today Continue reading →

Apr 10

Scratching Below the Surface: Regarding Skin Deep

Kayla Fioravanti owns and runs Essential U and Essential Wholesale, one of our valued suppliers. She recently posted an article written by Dene Godfrey, President of the Society of Cosmetic Scientists. These organizations are self-proclaimed consumer advocate groups, but as the article explains, there’s more to the story. Whether or not you’ve heard of the Environmental Working Group or the affiliated Skin Deep organization, this article is a must-read. It does a great job of explaining the truth behind these organizations and what it means to you as a consumer (or a manufacturer).

You can read the article right here.

Apr 10

Trouble in the City

If you live in the NYC area (especially SoHo), you may already know that one of our valued retailers—Thompson Chemists—experienced a fire last week. Here at Alabu we are very Continue reading →