October 6th, 2015

Safer Beauty and Personal Care Products~How You Can Help

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Safer Beauty and Personal Care Products~How You Can Help Groovy Green Livin

I’m back after an incredible weekend in Los Angeles. I was in LA to speak at ShiftCon, a social media conference focusing on wellness, health, and the environment. This is the second year for this conference and it did not disappoint.

This year my panel was called “Beauty and the Beast: Navigating the World of Green Beauty“. I spoke alongside Lindsay Dahl of Beautycounter and Lindsay Dahl’s Blog and Micaela Preston of Mindful Momma. Our panel tackled the confusing world of green beauty and what we as consumers, advocates and writers can do to help transform the beauty industry.

Safer Beauty and Personal Care Products~How You Can Help Groovy Green Livin

The confusing world of green beauty

In 1938 congress passed a law regulating the cosmetics industry. Unfortunately, the United States has not passed a federal law to regulate the ingredients used in personal care products since that 1938 law passed. Although there’s been tremendous growth in the beauty product marketplace, the regulations governing personal care products have changed very little in the last eight decades.

The cosmetics and personal care marketplace is extremely confusing for consumers. The government does no safety testing of products or their ingredients, nor does it approve new products before they’re placed on the shelves in our stores.

Shoppers shouldn’t have to be chemists or experts to find safe shampoo, mascara or blush!

What You Can Do: Safer Beauty and Personal Care Products Groovy Green Livin

How can we help the marketplace shift towards safer beauty products?

Consumer pressure works! As more and more of us understand the impacts that toxic chemicals have on our health there is a huge drive for safer products. Each time we buy a safer product we’re casting a vote. We are demanding safer beauty and personal care products.

A few BIG changes are happening because consumers are demanding safer products:

  • Johnson & Johnson. After intense public pressure Johnson & Johnson agreed to remove 1, 4-dioxane and quaternium-15 from nearly all of their toiletry and cosmetic products worldwide by 2015.  In 2014 they did it.
  • Clorox (Burt’s Bees) made a statement that in 2015 it will expand its ingredient disclosure program.
  • Target.  Target Corporation, the second-largest discount retailer in the United States, has new sustainability standard for the household cleaners, personal care and beauty, and baby care products it sells.

Encourage companies (green, natural and conventional) to disclose ALL ingredients.

  • Skip the most toxic ingredients when you buy personal care products-use the Skin Deep app as a starting point.
  • Get to know your products. Contact the company and ask questions. Don’t be afraid to do this! Be an educated consumer.

Use your voice to encourage members of Congress to pass a strong Personal Care Products Safety Act. 

  • Join forces with some of the powerful organizations already doing good work: Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, Breast Cancer Fund, EWG and Beautycounter . Get on their email lists to remain updated.
  • Call members of congress.
  • Call local politicians  and let them know that we deserve safe cosmetics and non-toxic personal care products. Let them know that we them to stand up for meaningful reform.

Join Safer Chemicals Healthy Families Mind the Store campaign

In 2013, Safer Chemicals Healthy Families launched the Mind the Store campaign. The campaign was created to ask our nation’s top ten retailers to avoid carrying the Hazardous 100+ toxic chemicals. I went to Walgreens several times to ask them to carry safer productsWalgreens has finally committed to developing a chemicals policy!

Take a look at my picks for-

For more helpful information check out Micaela’s post over at Mindful Momma on how to buy better beauty and personal care products. 

We all deserve safer cosmetics and personal care products, don’t we? How do you find safer personal care products?

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18 Responses to “Safer Beauty and Personal Care Products~How You Can Help”

  1. […] having to be a detective in the cosmetics aisle? Check out fellow panelist Lori’s post about advocating for better beauty products over on Groovy Green […]

  2. Great post Lori! Lotsa great info here, and thanks for continued partnership on the Mind the Store campaign! 🙂

    I SO wish I went to ShiftCon – kicking myself for not attending. Next year for sure!

  3. I was just buying some make up last week — it sure is confusing! I rely heavily on skindeep database and green bloggers’ recommendations.
    Betsy (Eco-novice) recently posted..Toxic Teflon: 10 Ways to Minimize Your Family’s ExposureMy Profile

  4. Hi Betsy, There are times when I stand in the aisle staring at the makeup options – completely confused! Yes Skin Deep is a great starting point. I also turn to trusted friends in the green community for suggestions. It shouldn’t be this way!

  5. You would have loved ShiftCon Mike. Maybe next year? It would be great to connect IRL!

  6. Great information. I greened my beauty and personal care products year ago. It’s so worth it. I’m a makeup nut and I’m still able to find amazing products even with being careful about ingredients.
    Lisa Sharp recently posted..10 Fall Breakfast RecipesMy Profile

  7. It was so great to be on this panel with you. I just told Micaela I would like to republish her certification post, I would like to ask the same of you and do a little series. Such great information. Let me know and in the meantime I will share on social media!
    Lindsay recently posted..Why isn’t there any organic wheat germ on the market?My Profile

  8. So wonderful to speak on a panel with you again Lindsay. Your knowledge on this subject is so impressive. Of course you can republish this post! Let’s get this information out there.

  9. So good to know Lisa. It’s really confusing out there. I would love to hear about what products you’ve found and love.

  10. So funny that we both published about our panel on the same day! The advocacy piece is so important! Will share with my readers…
    Micaela @MindfulMomma recently posted..Spotlight On: Acure Foaming Shaving GelMy Profile

  11. I feel clueless when it comes to makeup so I just don’t even buy any. I could be that the safe brands just aren’t as readily available.
    Jen @ Go Green recently posted..Organic Apple CrispMy Profile

  12. I remember learning something at last year at ShiftCon and being blown away – all those toxins are banned in other countries and not here – makes me sick!
    Joann Woolley recently posted..11 Favorites Food & Beverage Items from ShiftConMy Profile

  13. […] AN AGENT OF CHANGE – If you’re a blogger, writer or online influencer, read about how you can use your voice to shake up the cosmetics […]

  14. I feel that if you can’t find what you’re looking for then simply make it yourself. It’s not that hard to make cream lotions soaps body sprays shampoo conditioner for yourself your children and even your pets!! Really!! No joke! And it’s lots of fun too!! Make up can be a bit trickier but it’s doable and you can always go without makeup or simply wear or use less. I spent several years making my own products for myself and friends before launching my business and only started using a cosmetic lab because the state of Florida prohibits sale of homemade cosmetics. Other states don’t have this restriction. However you can always make your own stuff for yourself and.there’s plenty of online recipes for different things to give you a good starting point and it’s not hard to modify to suit your needs.

  15. It’s shocking what’s allowed to be in products we use every day. Skin Deep is a superb resource. But making your own products is cheaper and even more eco friendly. Thanks for a useful article!
    Clare (follow @EcoExpert1 for a daily Eco Tip) recently posted..Happy Thanksgiving – Without Family Problems!My Profile

  16. […] but they are also a social-mission company, providing safe products and working to change the broken system that allows harmful ingredients in the products we use every single […]

  17. […] I was spending countless hours researching the safety of personal care products, cleaning products and food and I had never given a second thought to our mattress. Let’s face […]

  18. […] Finding safe, non-toxic products that work isn’t always easy. The government does no safety testing of products or their ingredients, nor does it approve new products before they’re placed on the shelves in […]

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