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American families assume personal care products on the market today have been tested by the federal government. Unfortunately, the personal care products industry remains largely unregulated. The FDA does not even require safety testing of ingredients in personal care products before they are used.  While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has limited authority to regulate cosmetics, our current laws leave them powerless to screen for chemicals that have been linked to cancer, harm to the reproductive system in both men and women, and severe allergies, among other health effects. The federal law designed to ensure that personal care products are safe has remained largely unchanged since 1938.

Americans have waited far too long for cosmetic safety reform. The Personal Care Products Safety Act would reform regulation of personal care products, requiring companies to ensure that their products are safe before marketing them and giving FDA the tools it needs to protect the public.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr., of New Jersey, the highest-ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is seeking answers for why more than 17,000 Americans have complained of hair loss and other health problems after using WEN Cleansing Conditioner by Chaz Dean.

 

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The levels of potentially hormone-disrupting chemicals in the bodies of teenage girls plunged just three days after they stopped using certain cosmetic products, shampoos and soaps that contained the problematic substances, according to a new study led by Kim Harley, Ph.D., a researcher with the Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health at the University of California – Berkeley.

 

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

survey released today by the Mellman Group and American Viewpoint shows that voters overwhelmingly support stricter regulation of the chemical ingredients used in their personal care products. 

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Americans overwhelmingly want the government to ensure the safety of the personal care products they buy, according to a new national poll released today by the Mellman Group and American Viewpoint.

 

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Our verification program was created to help shoppers quickly and easily identify products that meet our strictest health and transparency standards. The program is gaining momentum and awareness, and the list of products in the pipeline for verification is rapidly growing. You can already find select EWG VERIFIEDTM products from Beautycounter, MyChelle and Rejuva Minerals.

 

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Cosmetics companies and health and consumer advocates are coming together to support the Personal Care Products Safety Act, which would strengthen federal regulations that have remained largely unchanged for more than 75 years.

 

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

As more than 17,000 customers complained to Guthy-Renker about severe hair loss and baldness after using its WEN by Chaz Dean cleansing conditioner, the company was quietly conducting numerous safety studies, according to federal court documents.
 

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Monday, December 28, 2015

It may not feel like winter right now, but we know that won’t last. It will get cold outside – and our skin will sure know it. Dropping temperatures and outdoor fun mean dry skin, cracked lips and brittle hair for the whole family.

 

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

You’ve probably heard by now that thousands of women have complained to infomercial mega-marketer Guthy-Renker that they suffered hair loss after using the popular hair care line WEN by Hollywood hairstylist Chaz Dean.

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Every holiday shopping season, stores nationwide offer deals on a wide assortment of fragrance and cosmetics gift sets. Nearly every major retailer, from the high-end department store to the neighborhood specialty shop, displays festive towers of boxed cosmetics and perfumes. And they sell. One in five holiday shoppers will give cosmetics, fragrance or a health-and-beauty aid to loved ones, according to Deloitte’s annual holiday shopping survey.

 

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Low levels of chemical preservatives widely used in cosmetics, shampoos, skin lotions and other personal care products may be linked to breast cancer, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California, Berkeley.

 

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

EWG’s Skin Deep®, launched in 2004, transformed the way you shop for personal care and cosmetics items. Two years ago, we introduced the Skin Deep® barcode scanning app to make shopping on-the-go even easier.

 

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Friday, October 23, 2015

From spooky to adorable, face paint can put the finishing touches on a great Halloween costume.

 

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

As my 10-year old daughter handed me her sleeping bag and pillow after the spa party, I noticed that her nails were decorated with multi-colored stickers. She said that she knew I worked in environmental health and wouldn’t want her to get her nails painted.

 

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Researchers at Duke University and Environmental Working Group have found evidence of a suspected endocrine-disrupting chemical widely used in popular nail polishes in the bodies of more than two-dozen women who participated in a biomonitoring study. The study, published today in Environmental International, found that all women had a metabolite of triphenyl phosphate, or TPHP, in their bodies just 10 to 14 hours after painting their nails.http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160412015300714

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Monday, October 19, 2015

If you wear nail polish, you might be applying more than glossy color to your fingertips. A new study by researchers at EWG and Duke University finds that nail polishes can contain a suspected endocrine disruptor called triphenyl phopshte, or TPHP.

 

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

It’s not surprising that many nail polishes contain potentially toxic chemicals. Now a study conducted by researchers at Duke University and EWG finds that at least one of those chemicals could be ending up in your body.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Hair straightening sessions are injuring clients and making stylists sick, so why are they still offered in salons across the country?

 

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Rates of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, are growing. More than ever, you need to shield your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. One way to do that is to wear sunscreen.

 

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

As the July 4th weekend approaches, EWG has added more than 30 new products to our 2015 Guide to Sunscreens! Twenty-one made our Best Beach & Sport Sunscreens and Best Moisturizers lists because they offer broad spectrum protection from UVA and UVB radiation and don’t contain harmful ingredients such as retinyl palmitate.  
 

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