California: Don't Let Companies Hide Toxins in Cosmetics!

  • By: Kristi Arnold
  • Target: Janet Nudelman, director of program and policy and co-founder of the Campaign

Companies are trying to avoid having the toxins in their cosmetics publically listed in California's Safer Cosmetics Program Database by listing the ingredients as "trade secrets." California cannot approve the requests of these 22 companies.

Women’s Voices for the Earth’s recent analysis shows that more than 20 companies—including the makers of Dial, Right Guard, Tresemme, Nexxus, Gold Bond, Selsun Blue, and even “green” brands like CHI Organics—are attempting to skirt the intent of the California’s Safe Cosmetics Act by avoiding public ingredient disclosure in the state’s new database.

“Trade secret status should never be allowed to conceal harmful chemicals such as carcinogens or reproductive toxins from consumers,” said Erin Switalski, executive director of Women’s Voices for the Earth. “It’s reasonable and prudent for consumers to want to avoid exposure to carcinogens, just as women of reproductive age may well want to avoid exposure to reproductive toxins.”

Ask California's safer cosmetics database to reject the request of these companies and keep the toxic ingredients lists transparent for consumers!

Dear Madam,


We the undersigned ask that you not allow companies to hide toxins behind trade secrets requests.


Companies are trying to avoid having the toxins in their cosmetics publically listed in California's Safer Cosmetics Program Database by listing the ingredients as "trade secrets." California cannot approve the requests of these 22 companies.


Women’s Voices for the Earth’s recent analysis shows that more than 20 companies—including the makers of Dial, Right Guard, Tresemme, Nexxus, Gold Bond, Selsun Blue, and even “green” brands like CHI Organics—are attempting to skirt the intent of the California’s Safe Cosmetics Act by avoiding public ingredient disclosure in the state’s new database.


“Trade secret status should never be allowed to conceal harmful chemicals such as carcinogens or reproductive toxins from consumers,” said Erin Switalski, executive director of Women’s Voices for the Earth. “It’s reasonable and prudent for consumers to want to avoid exposure to carcinogens, just as women of reproductive age may well want to avoid exposure to reproductive toxins.”


Reject the request of these companies and keep the toxic ingredients lists transparent for consumers!

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