Chemicals in Cosmetics

Written by Leanna Serras

The cosmetic industry has been under fire for including harmful chemicals in makeup, perfumes, and soaps. However, continued regulation and eco-conscious companies have turned the industry around, and now savvy consumers can research their cosmetic products to see what they're really made of.

Cid Cologne: A selection of Cid colognes and fragrances.

Safe Cosmetics : Provides a downloadable .pdf file of all companies who have signed a compact with their organization. Their organization, The Campaign For Safe Cosmetics, seeks cosmetic companies who will agree to make their products safer and to make their ingredients known to consumers. They also desire to see laws changed so that cosmetic companies will be required to be more responsible with the chemicals they use in their products.

Inspired Living : Lists a number of chemicals commonly found in beauty products. Under each chemical is information from the chemical’s Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). This site is an advertisement for organic products, but it provides very useful information on chemicals and their effects.

Clinique Fragrances: Clinique perfume, colognes, and fragrances for sale.

The Green Guide - The Dirty Dozen : Lists 12 chemicals that should be avoided, especially in long-term use. Each chemical is followed by its risk and in what products it is most commonly found.

Gucci Fragrances : Gucci perfumes, colognes, and fragrances available at FragranceX.

Chemicals in cosmetics may be poisoning us : Such is the claim of this associated press writer. He states that our bodies have large amounts of mercury, and we have acquired this mercury through the use of cosmetics and toiletries.

California Safe Cosmetics Act: In January 2007, California passed the act to require manufacturers to release and identify potential toxic ingredients in their products. There is a brief explanation as to why California felt it was necessary to pass this legislation.