October 30, 2013
Revlon, one of the largest cosmetic companies in the country, known for their supportive stance in breast cancer research, is talking the talk but not walking the walk.
A survey put out by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics uncovered the startling news that the cosmetic giant is selling products that contain cancer-causing and endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Even more disturbing is the fact that the company prides itself on being a champion in the fight against breast cancer. As a result of the survey’s findings, Revlon is under scrutiny by several communities and organizations dedicated to safeguarding consumers from the cosmetics we use.
The survey uncovered that many of their products, from hair dyes and mascara to lip gloss and eyeliners, contain toxic chemicals (see full list here). One of the many types of toxic chemicals, butylated compounds (look for BHA or BHT on labels), are antioxidants and preservatives used in cosmetics, food packaging and animal feed, and are actually banned in cosmetics in the European Union.
Ironically, Revlon’s Global Brand Ambassador Emma Stone says on their website, “The best part of being part of Revlon is all that they have done for breast cancer awareness and research.”
Dangerous Chemicals in Revlon Cosmetics
According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics survey, the following chemicals are in Revlon cosmetics sold in stores:
>> Butylated compounds (BHA, BHT): Found in hair dyes and lip gloss; linked to cancer.
>> Quaternium-15 and other formaldehyde-releasing chemicals: Found in mascaras, pressed powders and eyeliner; linked to cancer.
>> Parabens: Found in eyeliners and hair dyes; an endocrine disruptor linked to cancer.
>> Octinoxate: Found in foundation makeup; an endocrine disruptor linked to thyroid disorders.
>> Resorcinol: Found in hair dye; an endocrine disruptor and allergen.
>> p-Phenylenediamine: Found in hair dye; a respiratory toxicant.
>> Carbon black: Found in eyeliners; linked to cancer.
Many of these chemicals are associated with causing cancers, organ toxicity, developmental and reproductive issues and endocrine disruption. Unfortunately, outdated laws (at least 75 years old) are still intact, leaving use of chemicals in cosmetics to the discretion of the individual company. Currently, the United States Food and Drug Administration cannot require cosmetics companies to conduct safety assessments or require them to make product recalls.
How to Help
To make your voice heard and urge Revlon to remove dangerous chemicals from their products, you can sign a petition here: http://act.weareultraviolet.org.
You can also learn more about toxic chemicals in everything from foundations to lotions in this informative video: http://www.youtube.com.
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Raw Michelle is a natural health blogger and researcher, sharing her passions with others, using the Internet as her medium. She discusses topics in a straight forward way in hopes to help people from all walks of life achieve optimal health and well-being. She has authored and published hundreds of articles on topics such as the raw food diet and green living in general. In 2010, Michelle created RawFoodHealthWatch.com, to share with people her approach to the raw food diet and detoxification.
This article was posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 6:05 am