Tag: cancer

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

We at The Real Hair Truth were more than happy to endorse the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics on there recent cosmetics safety discussion draft bill. They had 120 organizations endorse the letter. Including The Real Hair Truth and Bravo to them for the well done job they constantly do for the consumers of this country!

Since 2004, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has used smarts and sass to pressure the cosmetics industry to make safer products.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics coalition, a project of Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (formerly the Breast Cancer Fund), works to protect the health of consumers, workers and the environment through public education and engagement, corporate accountability and sustainability campaigns and legislative advocacy designed to eliminate dangerous chemicals linked to adverse health impacts from cosmetics and personal care products.

The Campaign has educated millions of people about the problem of toxic chemicals in cosmetics, which has led to an increased demand for safer products in the marketplace. Now hundreds of cosmetic companies fully disclose ingredients and avoid the use of cancer-causing chemicals, reproductive toxicants and other unsafe chemicals, demonstrating these practices are not only possible, but profitable. Retailers, too, are becoming part of the solution by requiring the national brands they sell to eliminate chemicals of concern and practice a higher level of ingredient transparency.

There is no doubt that the multi-billion dollar cosmetics industry is safer now than before the Campaign was launched. But there’s still more work to do to get toxic chemicals out of the cosmetics we use each day. Bravo!!!!

Read More about there Bill!

15 March 2018 Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Public Comment on HELP Cmte Cos Safety Discussion Draft(1)

Take Action To Clean Up The Beauty Aisle!

 

Dear friends

When we buy products that we put on our skin, faces and hair, we rightfully expect that they are free of toxic chemicals that increase our risk of breast cancer or  reproductive health problems. But think again.

A recent report card from our partners at Mind the Store shows that retailers Sally Beauty, Ulta Beauty, and Sephora, are failing to address cancer-causing chemicals in the cosmetic and personal care products they sell. Take action to clean up the beauty aisle!

Companies can and should make safer products, sell safer products, and make ingredient transparency a priority. Following pressure from consumers like you, companies like Target, Walmart, CVS Health, and Costco announced policies to get toxic chemicals off their store shelves last year.

Tell these beauty retailers to get their act together!

As more and more families are devastated by a cancer diagnosis, it’s more important than ever to focus on prevention. That’s why we believe – and think you do too – that chemicals that can cause cancer have no place in the products we use to clean and care for our bodies.

Please take action to tell these retailers to stop selling beauty products made with toxic chemicals. Because body care products shouldn’t cost us our health!

Thank you for your own good work on this issue,

Janet

Janet Nudelman
Director of Program & Policy, Breast Cancer Prevention Partners
Director, Campaign for Safe Cosmetics 415-321-2902 (direct)

P.S. Donate HERE to support our work to hold beauty retailers and other corporations accountable for product safety and transparency.

Illegal Cancer-Causing Chemicals Found in Nearly 100 Shampoo Brands! Oh My Lawd!

The Real Hair Truth

Cocamide Diethanolamine (cocamide DEA), a controversial ingredient found in body care items, has landed four personal care manufacturers with a lawsuit in California.

The Center for Environmental Health filed the suit after discovering the presence of cocamide DEA, the foam stabilizer and voluminous, in shampoos and soaps. In the state of California, Proposition 65 requires manufacturers to warn consumers over the risks of certain substances. Cocamide DEA is on that list because it is a suspected carcinogen. It was banned in the state last year after a study found it caused cancer in laboratory animals.

Some of the products that contain high levels of the illegal chemical are sold under well-known companies such as Colgate Palmolive, Paul Mitchell, and Prell. Lab tests also found the carcinogen in children’s products, such as a store brand bubble bath from Kmart, and a shampoo/conditioner from Babies R Us. Other store brand products that contain the carcinogen came from Trader Joe’s, Walmart, and Kohl’s.

Unfortunately, manufacturers can put any toxic chemical they want into shampoos because  the FDA allows all sorts of chemicals to be used in these products, including chemicals that are known carcinogens and that contribute to liver failure and nervous system disorders. How’s that for protecting public health?  NADA it won’t change? Get over it! I guess profit is more important to them than the health of their customers. After all, it’s safe to say that many of these CEOs and top executives have ties to Big Pharmaceutical stock, so the fact that their products make people sick is a real win-win for their bank accounts.

 

Johnson & Johnson reformulating products!

Manufacturing giant Johnson & Johnson says it is phasing out the use of a number of potentially harmful chemicals, including formaldehyde, in products made for adults by 2015. Formaldehyde and some other chemicals help fight bacteria and reduce the risk of irritation. Formaldehyde though, has been classified by the National Toxicology Program as a cancer-causing chemical.

In addition, J & J plans to phase out some ingredients in fragrances and an antibacterial substance used in soaps.
Many companies have long been under the gun to take action.  Consumer and environmental groups launched stepped-up safety campaigns against shampoo and cream makers in recent years. But Johnson & Johnson is being praised by former critics for responding to calls for change. “There’s a public discussion underway about the ingredients in beauty care products, and we think it’s important to be part of that,” said Susan Nettesheim, Vice President of Product Stewardship & Toxicology for Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc.  “Consumers today expect more information and greater transparency than ever before and we’re always listening to the people who use our products.  On this site, we’ll do our best to explain how we make the choices we make, and to show how our plans incorporate consumers’ feedback.  We want all consumers to see for themselves how and why every one of our products can be used with peace of mind.”

SafetyandCareCommitment.com includes information about how ingredients are selected and evaluated, and provides details on our gold standard safety assurance process.  The site will evolve and be updated to incorporate consumer feedback, the latest science, new regulations and new information about our policies.  The site contains information about our approach to research, the extra care we put into the development of products for babies and toddlers, and our commitment to sustainability.

The Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies includes, among other divisions, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Company Division of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc., which markets the JOHNSON’S® baby, AVEENO®, RoC®, and CLEAN & CLEAR® brands, and Neutrogena Corporation, which markets the NEUTROGENA® brand.

We applaud the company for ther interest and transparency with there products.

Get your head out of your ASS!

In my next film “Beautiful Lies”, I highlight a lot of entrepreneurs in my industry. Professionals who have heart, integrity, passion and ambition. In an industry where it is dominated by manufacturers deceiving the professionals for their own financial gain. Starting off as an entrepreneur is no easy task, certain types of characteristics must be in that individual in order to persist in this industry. And I am talking about true motivated individuals who will find forms of networking and avenues of advertising to brand themselves. So many professionals in my industry always seem to go to the industry magazines, websites, and organization to get the “PAT ON THE HEAD”. Why?

Why does an individual in this industry need to go to the industry websites, or organizations to sell their creation. Your doing it the wrong way. For instance if you make a hair care line or makeup line, normally an individual would think to get it to the salons, hairdressers, makeup artists within their profession. Hair show prices are expensive, and paying for a booth at a show could put a lot of entrepreneurs out of business. When you sell to your accounts, advertise them on the internet, inform the consumer about the benefits of your product line. Encourage them to purchase it at their salon. Advertise in magazines outside of your industry, and also learn to be a writer. There are unlimited blogs and networks to help you gain awareness with consumers outside your profession. Paul Mitchell, Nexxus, Big Sexy Hair, Tigi, Bumble&Bumble use this form of advertising to increase sales. Why not you?

Call up your local city magazine, check out their prices for advertising I guarantee it will be cheaper than Behind the Chair, Salon Galaxy or going thru the PBA. You need to acquire more “Bang for the BUCK”!. Just like the industry manufacturers when they sell to you, they will also sell to the commercial sector of retailing. In our industry the magazines charge the big bucks that only the major hair care lines can afford. And the entrepreneur cannot afford that, that is how the magazines sustain themselves. Every manufacturer that sells to the commercial sector is paying for advertising to sell to you in our so-called industry magazines! They are covering their bases within the industry. They advertise in magazines, ELLE, VOGUE, etc. They can afford that. The hair shows are also the same, it’s all about the “LOCATION” at Beauty shows, especially at the entrances of the convention centers. The prices’ of booth space are astronomical, but they can afford that. Can an ENTREPRENEUR, I think not. Sharing booth space at a show is a good idea, that is where the networking part of entrepreneurship comes in. Find an individual who you can work with, Haircolor and Makeup go together. Haircolor and Styling tools go together, Haircare and hair color and Makeup are all complementing of each other. Share a booth at a trade show together.  Advertise one another, wether it be on the internet or local advertising. Explain the benefits of your product to the consumer, explain where the salons in their area carry your type of hair color, or hair care, or styling tools.  Let them buy from your accounts and also advertise your accounts! Cover all your bases, with the consumer sector.

Video advertising is just as important, create a 30 second clip of you hair color, hair care, and have it filmed and edited by a professional. Remember presentation is important. Talk about your hair care or you hair color. Loreal supposedly sells a professional hair color to the beauty industry, and they also produce hair care, styling lines for the industry. You will buy these products from them to perform your services to your customers and also sell them retail from this manufacturer. In turn Loreal will create their own consumer hair color, and shampoo’s, and styling products. They are extremely smart. You will buy from these company’s, who are competing against you. You have been set up to FAIL FROM DAY ONE! You  are competing with a manufacturer who is covering all there bases! Why do you support these company’s who also make a consumer line of hair color and hair care? Think about it! This is not good business sense.  SO WHO IS FUCKING WHO? You support company’s who no longer can give you an exclusive product? Students will come out of a Paul Mitchell school and that is all they know, Paul Mitchell produces clones and salesmen and saleswomen. Ingenious idea. Free advertising for their company. So these graduates are so hyped up with bullshit the company doesn’t care this is free brainwashed people who will sell their product to the consumer who comes in there salon. In the back-end of it all Paul Mitchell will sell to the consumer sector. No brand loyalty from them. Why should they its all about financial gain. Sales pay bills. Thats fine. But you are the one getting screwed in the long run. They sell you fake loyalty, well here is the bomb, “Bullshit does not pay the bills”. Wake up!

An ENTREPRENEUR CAN, HE OR SHE BELIEVES IN THE BRAND LOYALITY AND STICKS BY IT!