Regulation & Safety

Color cosmetics brand Mineral Fusion sets an EWG record

Color cosmetics brand Mineral Fusion sets an EWG record

By Deanna Utroske

The vegetarian, natural makeup company now has over 100 beauty products verified by the Environmental Working Group for being made according to certain manufacturing protocol and without select ‘ingredients of concern.’

Consumers value sustainability, shows Unilever data

Consumers value sustainability, shows Unilever data

By Deanna Utroske

The multinational consumer goods company recently released the results of its global consumer survey on sustainability, results which indicate that shoppers in the US are highly motivated to make ‘purpose-led’ purchases.

Beauty news you missed, FDA lead, Glansaol, Unilever class action

Beauty news you may have missed over the holiday break

By Deanna Utroske

Several transaction of note took place over the past weeks, including the FDA issuing new guidance on lead in lipstick, Glansaol making its debut by acquiring key beauty brands, and the class action lawsuit against Unilever and its St. Ives brand facial...

Canada adds cosmetic ingredient to toxic substances list

Canada adds three new materials to toxic substances list

By Deanna Utroske

In effect since early 2000, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act exists to safeguard the natural environment and human health. Following recent CEPA assessments, three materials—one of particular interest to cosmetic makers—have been deemed toxic.  

The Leaping Bunny Logo for cruelty free products turns 20

The Leaping Bunny Logo turns 20

By Deanna Utroske

It was in 1996 that the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics debuted its rabbit logo for so-called cruelty free products, those made without testing on animals.

EWG puts pressure on FDA with hair care lawsuit

EWG puts pressure on FDA with hair care lawsuit

By Deanna Utroske

This week the Environmental Working Group along with Women’s Voices for the Earth filed suit in the US District Court for the District of Columbia in an effort to motivate the FDA to take action regarding professional keratin hair products.

EWG calls for pressure on ‘outdated’ cosmetics laws

EWG calls for pressure on ‘outdated’ cosmetics laws

By Simon Pitman

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has made a renewed call to update laws governing cosmetics products, claiming the FDA still has little authority to review the safety of chemicals in products, which proposed legislation could change.

FDA to publish adverse event data for cosmetics

FDA to publish adverse event data for cosmetics

By Deanna Utroske

In doing so, the agency brings a whole new level of transparency to the beauty and personal care industry, though completeness and accuracy of the reported data is at issue and concerns are being raised about what this means for consumer class actions.  

Canada to instate personal care plastic microbead ban

Canada to instate microbead ban

By Deanna Utroske

This month the country’s government proposed regulations that will prohibit making, selling, and importing personal care products that are formulated with the plastic beads.

FDA announces new sun screen ingredient safety efficacy guidelines

FDA announces new sun screen guidelines

By Deanna Utroske

To expedite the review and approval process for over-the-counter sun care, the US Food and Drug Administration issued new guidelines this week, outlining the data required to demonstrate that sun care ingredients are generally recognized as safe and effective.

Sephora caught in Drunk Elephant, Green Heart Labs trademark lawsuit

Sephora caught up in trademark lawsuit

By Deanna Utroske

The beauty retailer has been named in a suit this month after neither the company nor the brand Drunk Elephant, which the store carries, removed the mark in question despite receiving notice earlier this year. 

Japan bans 19 ingredients used in soap

Japan bans 19 ingredients used in medicated soaps

By Natasha Spencer

Following the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) decision that antibacterial wash manufacturers must ban 19 ingredients from their products within one year, Japan has announced it has already put this in motion.

EC ban on MIT preservative in leave-on cosmetics approved

EC ban on MIT preservative in leave-on cosmetics approved

By Lucy Whitehouse

The European Commission has approved a ban on methylisothiazolinone (MIT) in leave-on cosmetics, a preservative traditionally used in water-based formulations - for example, in shampoos, liquid soaps, hand lotions and wet wipes.

Louboutin wins Russian counterfeit cosmetics case

Louboutin wins Russian counterfeit cosmetics case

By Lucy Whitehouse

Christian Louboutin has won a lawsuit against four Russian companies for selling imitation Louboutin fragrances, granting the French company injunctive relief to prevent the rivals selling the products in question.

Walmart chemical watch list: formaldehyde, phthalate, paraben

Walmart announces chemical watch list

By Deanna Utroske

This month the retailer asked suppliers to change product labeling and eventually reformulate to remove eight ingredients of concern. While the focus is on household goods for now, proponents of ‘clean beauty’ see it as a step in the right direction.  

FDA approves OTC skin care ingredient Differin Gel 0.1% to treat acne

FDA approves new OTC skin care ingredient to treat acne

By Deanna Utroske

Friday, the Administration announced that a retinoid, previously available by prescription, received FDA approval and can now be included in over-the-counter skin care products. It’s the first such approval since the 1980s.

TSCA reform bill signed in to law, and advocates react

TSCA reform bill signed in to law, and advocates react

By Deanna Utroske

Today President Barak Obama signed legislation updating the Toxic Substances Control Act, modernizing policies (that hadn’t been revised for decades) on chemical use in consumer goods like cosmetics and personal care items.

New skin lightening ingredient passes safety tests

New skin lightening ingredient passes safety tests

By Lucy Whitehouse

Specialty chemicals firm Sirona Biochem has announced that its new skin lightening compound has recently gone through safety and efficacy testing that has brought the innovation a major step closer towards licensing.