Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Clearing Up Misinformation About The Safe Cosmetics And Personal Care Products Act Of 2013

The Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 (H.R. 1385) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on March 21, 2013, with some important changes made in response to concerns raised by some members of the small business community. The bill authors took this feedback seriously. As a result the new bill is even better and stronger: better because it is more workable for businesses while still protecting consumer health; stronger because the bill authors built in even more access to information and technical support for small businesses, so it will be easier for them to get the information they need to make safer products and comply with the law.

Many cosmetic manufacturers came out in support of the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 and are educating themselves about the significant changes in the new bill. These are businesses that prioritize consumer health and want to be a part of the solution, not a part of the problem. However, not everyone wants to work together to find a solution to the problem of toxic chemicals in cosmetics: a handful of gross mischaracterizations circulating on the Internet are confusing the facts and misrepresenting how the bill would impact both current law and current manufacturing practices.

Here are the facts: the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 will help small cosmetics companies that want to make safer products in the following ways.

Small Business Exemptions
Most notably, the new bill exempts microbusinesses with less than $2 million in annual sales from all fees and registration requirements, and it exempts small businesses with less than $10 million in annual sales from all fees.

Naysayers argue the cost of pre-market testing for ingredients and contaminants from ingredients would be a barrier to entry for small businesses and put the majority of them out of business. This concern was addressed by the bill authors in the new bill through an expanded "producer right-to-know" provision that enables cosmetics companies to get toxicological data and safety information for cosmetic ingredients, as well as documentation regarding the absence or level of contaminants, from suppliers, including a full listing of the chemicals in fragrance and preservatives – information they previously were denied access to. This places the responsibility for providing ingredient safety data on suppliers rather than on manufacturers of cosmetics products.

The Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 requires manufacturers to disclose the name of each ingredient in their products in descending order of prominence, including the ingredients that make up fragrance. It's up to the FDA to determine whether all ingredients are to be listed on the product label or online – an important reality check for small products that contain a lot of ingredients.
Rumors are also circulating that the bill would require labeling of contaminants that occur in nature and specifically in botanicals; this is incorrect. The new bill does not require full listing of all constituent ingredients in botanicals on the product label. Instead, it allows the FDA to require labeling of specific constituent ingredients of concern (e.g. common allergens as is currently required in the European Union).
Federal law already requires ingredients to be listed on cosmetic product labels in descending order of concentration. So the bill isn’t calling for anything new in that regard, despite allegations to the contrary. In addition, companies will not have to publicly disclose the percentage of ingredients used to formulate a cosmetic product. This information is clearly protected in Section 623 of the new bill as a part of the CBI (confidential business information) provision. ("Confidential Information – The concentration of cosmetic ingredients used in a finished cosmetic shall be considered confidential business information and may not be made available to the public under subsection (a)").
Finally, an important new provision regarding contaminant testing was also included in the new bill in response to concerns raised by small cosmetic manufacturers: The bill now requires the FDA to create a list of specific contaminants likely to be found in certain cosmetics ingredients, provide testing protocols for these contaminants and determine the level at which these contaminants must be listed on ingredient labels. This will go a long way in clearing up the confusion regarding contaminant testing.

Leveling the Playing Field
In the big picture, the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 will benefit small businesses by increasing the flow of information to businesses and consumers and leveling the playing field so that all companies are playing by the same rules. In the current marketplace, where ingredients are kept secret and toxicity data is inaccessible, consumers are confused and do not have easy access to the information they need to make informed choices. The data and product transparency provisions of the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act will help clear up confusion and give consumers and companies the tools to more easily choose the best and safest products and ingredients.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics strongly supports small businesses and we have always been major advocates for elevating the work and values of the independent businesses that are the driving force of innovation toward health and safety in the personal care products industry. The Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act is a very smart piece of legislation because it will make the fundamental shifts necessary to move the cosmetics industry away from harmful chemicals and open up the flow of information in the market, while also preserving opportunities for small businesses to succeed and grow.

For more information, see our frequently asked questions for business.

For full text of the bill please visit the Library of Congress.

Monday, 8 December 2014

HYDRATE ® For Dry, Colour-Treated Hair


  • ZeroSulfate, colour-preserving formula derived from coconut, corn and sugar 
  •   Natural Plant Extracts including Peppermint, Sage and Rosemary
  •      Signature Aromatherapy Blend with Peppermint and Corn Mint Essential Oils

- See more at: http://www.pureology.com/systems/hydrate#sthash.Zrvt5Hgc.dpuf

Friday, 31 October 2014

Yogurt and your skin.

Yogurt is good for the skin. 
Yogurt is rich in potassium, calcium, protein and B vitamins, including B-12.
 Research shows yogurt strengthens and stabilizes the immune system.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

A tropical burst of hydration for your lips

NEW 100% natural Coconut & Pear Lip Balm is a tropical burst of hydration your lips will love & you can still support the bees! http://bit.ly/WFBLipBalm

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

RejudiCare Synergy™ Fade HQ ~ When uneven skin tone is a concern

Proven efficacy against signs of photodamage and aging including melasma and age spots.

For signs of photodamage and aging including melasma and age spots
  • Hydroquinone has been proven safe and
    efficacious for more than 60 years
  • Maximum potency

Unique formulation
  • Contains 4% hydroquinone USP
  • Cosmetically elegant formulation that is rapidly and completely absorbed
  • Contemporary formula that is Paraben-free.
  • Developed to be used with Rejudicare Synergy System to enhance delivery
Fade HQ
  • Lightens areas of darkened skin such as freckles, age spots, Post Inflammatory
    Hyperpigmentation (PIH) and melasma Will make skin tone more even
  • Evidence of improvement is usually observed at 4-6 weeks
  • Frequently the most effective treatment for chronic melasma
  • 4% HQ is the gold standard for melasma and pigmentation

Thursday, 2 October 2014

TiZo™ Cosmetic Elegance Superior Protection


TiZO™ was developed specifically to offer unparalleled elegant sun protection, especially for those individuals with sensitive skin. 

Friday, 12 September 2014

INDERMICA Mandelic Scrub

+REBOOT your parched skin

A mandelic acid-based exfoliator and cleanser that will gently cleanse away impurities, unclog pores, restore moisture, and boost cellular turnover for a polished and youthful complexion.


Monday, 8 September 2014

BURT'S BEES - Natural Pet Care

Burt’s Bees Licensing has partnered with "Fetch…for pets!" and the new Burt's Bees Natural Pet Care Line
  The grooming and oral care products will be sold at Petco, PetSmart, and other pet specialty stores.

"Our pets are part of our families and with this extension of the Burt's Bees brand, our consumers can give their pets the same natural care they've come to trust from Burt's Bees," says Craig Stevenson, vice president and general manager, Burt's Bees.

The packaging looks just like the original Burt's Bees - plus, its made with post‐consumer recycled (PCR) materials. The bottles are also designed to be recyclable. 

All the products are formulated to contain a minimum of 95 percent of natural ingredients, and like Burt's Bees beauty and personal care products, they won't contain parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances or sulfates. Of course, the line is also Cruelty Free.

Since the animal testing ban in the EU, some say that displaying the Leaping Bunny symbol on packaging is more important than ever.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014




Boo Boos Happen First Aid Kit 

Topricin for Children is gentle, soothing and moisturizing and is kind to the skin and effective on such skin conditions as eczema. It has no odor and uses no volatile oils such as camphor or menthol or irritating chemicals.

Winner of the Parent Tested/Parent Approved (PTPA™) Seal of Approval, Topricin for Children is a safe, natural alternative to over-the-counter chemical-based pain pills which can have dangerous side affects. And parents can feel good knowing that Topical BioMedics, makers of Topricin for Children, donate 5% of all sales to pediatric cancer care.

The Boo Boos Happen first aid kit is a must-have for Moms and includes: a tube of Topricin for Children and 'Ouchies' self adhesive bandages that kids can decorate themselves, creating a design with the markers that are included. The handy zippered blue bag is perfect for tucking in other essentials and is recyclable. 

Friday, 29 August 2014

Burt's Bees

This year we're celebrating our 30th birthday! And who knows where we would be if way back in 1991, our co-founder Roxanne hadn't perfected a lip balm recipe she found in a 19th century farmer’s journal.

 It quickly became a best seller and still is today