Blog – October 2nd, 2019
I met up with 60 others at State Capitol in Sacramento to lobby for a piece of legislation that is requiring a full disclosure of fragrance and flavor ingredients from the manufacturers of cosmetic products. This is my 3rd trip to Sacramento to participate in such an endeavor hoping and pushing for a level of transparency currently missing from our cosmetic industry. The proposed bill tackles the issue of the thousands of chemicals used under the label “fragrance” and “natural” flavor, a loophole in the federal government allowing manufacturers to get away with it and as a result expose all of us to unnecessary chemicals that are related to many health concerns. The bill would require manufacturers to report on hazardous or allergen fragrance or flavor ingredients. This is a a very important bill, not only because so many cosmetic products contain hazardous fragrance and flavor chemicals, but also because hairdressers and other beauty professionals are disproportionately exposed to these chemicals and thus more likely to develop related allergies.
The bill is sponsored by many organizations and green businesses including women’s voices for the earth , breast cancer prevention partners , and black women for wellness.
On the Bill: Currently chemicals in cosmetic products that qualify as fragrance or natural flavor do not need to be disclosed, not on the label, but also not to customers, agencies or authorities. That means manufacturers can use a wide range of hazardous chemicals in their products without having to reveal which or take responsibility for it. Research by Women´s Voices for the Earth shows that over 3000 different chemicals are being used as fragrance or natural flavor and that approximately a third of these chemicals are considered as (potentially) hazardous. That means these chemicals can be linked to a variety of health issues, including cancer, reproductive issues, allergies and respiratory issues such as asthma. The proposed bill would require manufacturers to disclose on these chemicals in accordance with European Union Legislation on fragrance chemicals. The European Union´s Cosmetics regulation is considerably stricter than the US one. Being produced in Europe, NATULIQUE products conform to the strict EU regulations on chemicals in cosmetics.
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Take a look at some of the pictures from the trip below: