Talc in Makeup

Talc, or talcum powder, is a key ingredient in cosmetic makeup. There are concerns over its safety because of its potential to be tainted with asbestos, a toxic mineral. Lawsuits against talc manufacturers have been filed by those alleging the contaminated talc caused their illnesses.

Not So Pretty

Not So Pretty is the first-ever comprehensive large-scale investigative expose of the trillion-dollar cosmetics, beauty and personal care industry.

Chemical Hair Straightener Lawsuits

Chemical hair straightener lawsuits claim that the straighteners made by L’Oreal and other companies can cause uterine cancer and other health issues. According to lawsuits, manufacturers failed to warn that their products could increase the risk of uterine cancer, breast cancer, fibroids and endometriosis.

Beauty Counter – The Never List™

At Beautycounter, we’ve committed to a health and safety standard that goes well beyond what is legally required in the United States. The Never List™ is made up of more than 2,800 questionable or harmful chemicals we never use as ingredients in our products. This includes the nearly 1,700 chemicals banned or restricted in personal care products by the European Union, plus additional chemicals screened by Beautycounter and found to be of concern.

EU CosIng

CosIng is the EU’s official database for cosmetic ingredients. It has included not only cosmetic ingredients listed in the previous inventory of cosmetic ingredients but also the latest list of banned/restricted cosmetic ingredients in the EU. You can quickly find one ingredient’s INCI name or CAS no. You could also quickly check whether there are any restrictions on your cosmetic ingredients. This article will show you how to search for the EU CosIng with a few tips.

Toxic Beauty by Phyllis Ellis

A whistle-blower, her lawyer, world-class scientists, cancer survivors and those who have lost their lives strip a dominant pharmaceutical company of all credibility in this powerful documentary film while exposing the hard truths about dangerous, unregulated chemicals and toxins in cosmetics and care products.

Whole Foods Market – Premium Body Care Unacceptable Ingredients

Whole Foods Market bans 180+ ingredients commonly used in beauty and body products. They believe some things don’t belong in the products you use on your body. Their experts review the latest research on beauty and body care ingredients for many factors, including possible impacts on the environment and human health. We’ve banned more than 180 typically used ingredients, including parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde donors, oxybenzone, PFAS and EDTA.


Under U.S. law, cosmetic products and ingredients do not need FDA approval before they go on the market. The one exception is color additives (other than coloring materials used in coal-tar hair dyes), which must be approved for their intended use. Companies and individuals who market cosmetics have a legal responsibility to ensure the safety of their products. In order to take action for safety reasons against a cosmetic on the market, we need reliable information showing that it is unsafe when consumers use it according to the directions in the labeling or in the customary or expected way.