In the News: Cosmetic Laws That Make Sense

| 3/9/2010 9:54:12 AM

Dawn RobnettDawn is the owner of Seattle Hill Soap Company and formulates natural and safe soaps and skin care items that are enhanced by herbs, botanicals or clays. You can find Seattle Hill Soap Company at

Recently, Colorado tried to pass a cosmetic safety bill that would limit certain ingredients contained in personal care products. Although this bill was well intentioned, it went to silly extremes. Now I’m not one to argue against limiting or banning questionable chemicals used in our cosmetics, but new cosmetic safety laws need to make sense.  

There are certain mainstream chemicals I refuse to use in my soaps and skin care items. One biggie is diethyl phthalate, which is a chemical used to soften plastics. It’s frequently found in cosmetic fragrance oils to prolong a fragrance's life. If you look up diethyl phthalate, you will see associated health issues with this chemical. The FDA’s stance is that products that contain them are at low enough doses to not pose any health hazards. My viewpoint is this: If you are using 25 or more products per day with this chemical, is your exposure really that low?  Further, what about people who have skin conditions that are exacerbated by this chemical and others like it? 

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Photo by Mankamundo [Back to the Grind]/Courtesy Flickr

New York is introducing a bill that makes sense to me. It will require cosmetic manufacturers to place warnings on their labels if certain chemicals are in their formulations, hidden or otherwise. Phthalates are one of those chemicals.  

12/31/2013 11:28:53 AM

Recently, a news surfaced the world media in which a husband divorced the wife only because she was not naturally beautiful. There should be some laws made for such use of cosmetics, since no group is capable of fighting such cases.