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Cancer-causing benzene found in some popular acne products

Valisure, an independent laboratory, has detected cancer-causing benzene in tests of acne treatments made with benzoyl peroxide. As a result, the company petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to...

Cosmetics safety milestone: California Gov. Newsom approves ban on 26 more toxic chemicals linked to health harms

In another victory for the safer cosmetics movement, Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a law banning the sale of cosmetics that contain any of 26 toxic chemicals.

California Legislature sends bill to Gov. Newsom that would ban cosmetics with chemicals linked to cancer, reproductive harm

On Wednesday, California’s legislature passed a bill banning the sale of cosmetic products that contain 26 toxic chemicals known to affect human health. The bill advances to Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is...

Men’s use of personal care products has doubled since 2004, according to new consumer survey

The average adult man in the U.S. uses 11 different personal care products each day – nearly twice as many as 20 years ago – according to a survey by Morning Consult. And some of these products use...

Dramatic decline: Oxybenzone use plummets to only 13 percent of non-mineral sunscreens

Ahead of the upcoming Memorial Day weekend and the increasing need for sun protection, the Environmental Working Group has released its 2023 Guide to Sunscreens. This year’s guide reviews the...

EWG VERIFIED® Sunscreens: Pioneering healthier choices for consumers

With the launch of EWG VERIFIED® Sunscreens, the Environmental Working Group in a groundbreaking move aims to transform the sunscreen industry and redefine the expectations for sunscreen safety.

California bill would ban cosmetics with chemicals linked to cancer, reproductive harm

Today California Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) introduced Assembly Bill 496 to ban the sale of cosmetic products that contain 26 toxic chemicals known to have an effect on human health.

EWG welcomes cosmetics law reforms in end-of-year spending bill

Congress today passed the first update since 1938 to the federal law regulating personal care products, with key cosmetics reform provisions included in must-pass end-of-year spending legislation...

Unilever spray shampoo tainted with cancer-causing benzene

Unilever is the latest company to issue a voluntary recall of aerosol personal care products because of elevated levels of benzene. Benzene contamination has led to similar product recalls by other...

Newsom signs law banning toxic ‘forever chemicals’ from cosmetics in California

On Thursday, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law that bans intentionally added toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS from cosmetics sold in California.

California legislature sends to Gov. Newsom bill to ban toxic ‘forever chemicals’ from cosmetics

Today, the California Legislature passed a bill to ban intentionally added toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS from cosmetics sold in California.

Leading industry consumer health expert joins EWG to head Healthy Living Science team

Homer Swei, Ph.D., a leading private sector research and development expert who most recently led Johnson & Johnson’s product stewardship program, has joined EWG as Senior Vice President of the...

National Academies urges EPA to evaluate ecological risks of sunscreen UV filters

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in a new report is urging the Environmental Protection Agency to assess the aquatic ecological risks from ultraviolet, or UV, filters and...

Edgewell recalls Banana Boat spray sunscreens after detecting cancer-causing benzene

On Sunday, the Edgewell Personal Care Company issued a voluntary recall of three batches of Banana Boat sunscreen products after finding benzene, a known carcinogen, in one of its popular sprays.

California Assembly approves bill to ban toxic ‘forever chemicals’ from cosmetics

Today, a bill to ban intentionally added toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS from cosmetics sold in California passed the state Assembly.

About 75 percent of sunscreens have inferior sun protection or worrisome ingredients

Today the Environmental Working Group released its 16th annual Guide to Sunscreens, finding that about 75 percent of more than 1,850 products evaluated rate poorly for skin protection from the sun, or...

Dangerous levels of mercury found in skin creams sold on Amazon, eBay and other online retailers

A new report from the Zero Mercury Working Group finds almost half of skin lightening creams tested contained dangerously high levels of mercury but continue to be sold by online retailers like Amazon...

New Amazon Aware line of beauty products are EWG VERIFIED®

This week, Amazon announced its new line of Amazon Aware consumer products, including a number of beauty products that have earned the Environmental Working Group's highly sought EWG VERIFIED® mark.

Lilial and fertility: EU bans toxic fragrance ingredient from personal care products

On March 1, the European Union’s ban of the fragrance ingredient butylphenyl methylpropional, or lilial, went into effect.

California bill would ban toxic ‘forever chemicals’ from cosmetics

Today California Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) introduced Assembly Bill 2771 to ban the sale in California of cosmetics and other personal care products containing the toxic “forever...
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