“Safe Cosmetics Act” protects us … from indie small business products

August 5, 2010 by  
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HR 5786, the “Safe Cosmetics Act” won’t protect us from anything…except being able to buy soap, lotion, and makeup from small individual vendors who make their own products. Under the guise of “protecting” consumers from unsafe products, these new regulations would make it impossible for anyone other than a large corporation to sell soap and cosmetic products. Small individual product makers would have to do thousands of dollars in testing for each product they offer, even if it’s made only from ingredients recognized as safe.

Illegal?

So if you make a lotion whose only ingredients are olive oil, cocoa butter, and lavender, you’d have to do thousands of dollars of testing before you’d be allowed to sell it. If you make another lotion with olive oil, cocoa butter, and almond oil, you’d need to do thousands of dollars more testing. Want to vary the formula to use shea butter instead of cocoa butter? More clinical tests for both the lavender and the almond version.

And what kind of labelling does this new law require? Here’s the label that you’d have to put on the aforementioned olive oil, cocoa butter and lavender lotion:

Ingredients:

Olive Oil (Tri-Glycerides of Palmitic, Di-Glycerides of Palmitic, Palmitoleic, Stearic, Oleic, Linoleic, Arachidic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Squalene, Beta Carotene, Campesterol, Methylenecholesterol, Stigmasterol, Sitosterol, Fucosterol, 28-Isofucosterol, Stigmadienol, Brassicasterol, 7-Cholestenol,Ergostadienol, Avenasterol, Triterpene Alcohols, Tirucallol, Taraxerol, Dammaradienol Beta-Amyrin Germanicol, Butyrospermol, Parkeol, Cycloartenol, Tirucalladienol, 24-Methlene 24-Dihydroparkeol, 24-Methlenecycloartanol, Cyclobranol, 4-Methyl Sterols, Esters of Tyrosol, Esters of Hydroxytyrosol, Vitamin E (Tocopherols), Carotenoids, Oleuropein)

Cocoa Butter (Tri and Diglycerides of Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Lead, Oleic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Isoleic Acid, Beta Carotene, p-Hydroxybenzoic Acid, Vanillic Acid, Ferulic Acid, Syringic Acid, Phenylehtylamine, Theophylline, Aliphatic Esters, Aromatic Carbonyls, Caffeine, Theobromine, Diketopiperazines and Alkylpryazines)

Lavender Essential Oil ( Cineole Octanol, Octanone, Alpha Bisabolol, Alpha Cadinol, Alpha Humelene, Alpha Phellandrene, Apha Pinene, Alpha Terpinene, Alpha Terpineol, Alpha Terpinyl Acetate, Alpha Thujene, Alpha Thujone, Beta Bisabolol, Beta Pinene, Beta Thujone, Borneol, Bornyl Acetate, Camphene Camphor, Cineolealpha Terpineol, Carvone, Caryophyllene, Carophyllene Oxide, CIS Alpha Terpineol, CIS Alpha Bisabolene, CIS Carveol, CIA Linalol Epoxide, CIS Ocimene, Citronellal, Citronellol, Coumarine, Cuminaldehyde, Eugenol, Furfural, Geraniol, Geranyl Acetate, Geranyl Butyrate, Hexanol, Hexyl Tiglate, Isoborneol, Lavandulol, Lavandulyl Acetate, Limonene, Linanlol, Linalyl Acetate, Methyl Heptenone, Myrcene, Nerol, Neryl Acetate, Oleanolic Acid, P Cymene, Rosemarinic Acid, Sabinen, Terpinenol, Terpinolene, Trans Carveol, Trans Epoxy Linalyl Acetate, Trans Linanol Epoxide, Trans Ocimene, Ursolic Acid)

With these regulations in place, would Ballard Organics been able to make their wonderfully successful products (which I love ; )? What about all the great vendors at the Ballard Sunday Market, like Brown Butterfly? And I would no longer be able to get my favorite eyeshadow from Shiro on Etsy. (There are 84,241 items in the Bath and Beauty section on Etsy – all gone if this bill passes!)

Please consider signing the petition at the Oppose SCA website. or getting in touch with your representative about this bill. It would do nothing but drive small independent health product makers out of business.

Sign the petition opposing the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010

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