Personal Care Products

The products that we use day after day, decade after decade, on our eyelids, cheeks, lips, scalps, underarms, and sexual organs should be as well-regulated as those we eat.

Fighting to keep toxic products off the shelf

Toxic ingredients and contaminants in cosmetics and other personal care products like shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, makeup, baby powder, vaginal douches, lotion, body sprays and perfumes, and hair dyes and straighteners have been linked to ovarian cancer, breast cancer, early onset of puberty, fibroids and endometriosis, miscarriage, poor maternal and infant health outcomes, diabetes and obesity, and more.

With few exceptions, current federal law does not require cosmetics and other personal care products sold in the United States to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before they go on the market. Manufacturers aren’t required to list all of their ingredients, test their products, use good manufacturing practices to prevent contamination, or even recall products that they know are dangerous.

As a result of these lax regulations, the cosmetic industry has been mostly self-regulated for more than a century! Big businesses have made big money selling products to women that they know are harmful.

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Report documenting the impact of “endocrine-disrupting‌ ‌chemicals”‌ and other toxins on the hormones‌ ‌that play‌ ‌important‌ ‌roles‌ ‌in‌ ‌every‌ ‌stage‌ ‌of‌ ‌women’s‌ ‌lives.

Webinar provides information about toxic ingredients in cosmetic and personal care products, highlights the connections between the dangers of toxic ingredients in cosmetic products and women’s health and its impact on overburdened populations, and discusses how to access safer products.

Testimony Delivered Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Hearing “Building Consumer Confidence by Empowering FDA to Improve Cosmetic Safety”

With few exceptions, current federal law does not require cosmetics manufacturers to get approval from the FDA before their products go on the market.

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The human right to wear one’s hair in its natural state is not protected for Black women and girls, a harmful reality rooted in historically racist practices of controlling Black women’s bodies.

Report documenting the impact of “endocrine-disrupting‌ ‌chemicals”‌ and other toxins on the hormones‌ ‌that play‌ ‌important‌ ‌roles‌ ‌in‌ ‌every‌ ‌stage‌ ‌of‌ ‌women’s‌ ‌lives.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Evita Almassi, ealmassi@nwhn.org 

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to impact everyone, it is imperative that consumer make safe choices with regard to the personal care and beauty products they use. The virus can be deadly, especially for those with suppressed immune systems.

Skin lightening — also called skin whitening or skin bleaching — is the practice of using cosmetics to either reduce the appearance of age spots and/or discoloration or to change one’s natural complexion.[1] Skin lightening cosmetics include bleaching creams, soaps,...

Webinar provides information about toxic ingredients in cosmetic and personal care products, highlights the connections between the dangers of toxic ingredients in cosmetic products and women’s health and its impact on overburdened populations, and discusses how to access safer products.

U.S. Food & Drug Administration Public Meeting on Testing Methods for Asbestos in Talc and Cosmetic Products Containing Talc

A deeper dive into a new study released by the the Journal of the American Medical Association down playing the link between genital powder use and ovarian cancer reveals how dangerously misleading its conclusions really are.

Testimony Delivered Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Hearing “Building Consumer Confidence by Empowering FDA to Improve Cosmetic Safety”

Did my adolescent personal care practices affect my reproductive health? Harsh realities still exist in today’s highly unregulated beauty industry.