Sunday, July 27, 2014

Urgent: Take action for safer sunscreen

Dear Friend,
There’s a bottleneck at the federal Food and Drug Administration.
The FDA last approved a general usage, over-the-counter sunscreen ingredient in 1999, and six new ingredients – already used in sunscreens in Europe and other parts of the world – have been awaiting a decision for more than eight years. With rates of melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – on the rise, it’s unconscionable that the FDA would drag its feet in reviewing promising sunscreen ingredients that have been sold for years all over the world.
The bipartisan Sunscreen Innovation Act is designed to change all that by setting tougher deadlines for the FDA to review new sunscreen ingredients, and it’s up for a vote this week in the House of Representatives. If you want more – and better – sunscreen choices, you must take action right now to support this bill.
EWG estimates that about half of the 462 beach and sport sunscreens we assessed in our 2014 Guide to Sunscreens would be too weak for the European market. Why are U.S. standards so far behind? We have the Food and Drug Administration to thank for that.
Some sunscreen companies are trying to develop more effective products, but they have limited options for formulating them, and most sunscreens on the market today fail to provide adequate protection from skin-damaging UVA rays.
Passing this bill would give sunscreen manufacturers better options by speeding up FDA’s review process and ensuring that the agency has authority to keep unsafe ingredients off the market. Making sure that the Sunscreen Innovation Act passes in the House this week is essential to get more and better products on store shelves.
If you agree that consumers in the United States deserve access to the same ingredients used in sunscreens in the European Union, Canada, Japan and Australia, please speak out today.
Thanks for standing with EWG.


Ken Cook
President, Environmental Working Group

The Beauty Blogazons Weekly Round-Up

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Today's Tidbit

In the nearly thirty countries comprising the European Union, warning labels are required on perfumes and fragrances that contain twenty-six known allergens, while in the U.S. no such requirement exists.  Even when U.S. companies label their products as "fragrance-free" or "hypoallergenic," you cannot be sure this is the case:  these terms are often misleading or meaningless because manufacturers are not required to test or prove these claims.

Epstein, Samuel S., MD. (2009) Healthy Beauty:  Your Guide to Ingredients to Avoid and Products You Can Trust. Dallas, Texas: Benbella Books, Inc.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Another Use for Essential Oil or Why it Pays to Read the Fine Print

Post by Beth

I was perusing through my latest Membox—Superbox #31 Herbal Cosmetics--when I came across the description for Kskin Rose Sense 100% Essential Oil:

Here, let me enlarge for you:

Yes you read that right, you can use this oil for your “monthly period and its annoying stench.”  TMI, Memebox, TMI.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lotus Cosmetics Haul

Post by Beth

Check out my recent Hautelook haul of Lotus Cosmetics. What we have here is a pressed powder, a primer, two lip glosses, loose eye shadow and mascara.


I haven't tried the Lotus line before, but it's all natural, organic, mineral infused make-up, so I'm excited to give it a go.  The products are made without the use of synthetic preservatives, petrochemicals, parabens, fragrances or FD&C dyes.

Lotus does not test on animals.