[Quyen] Day 4: Inventory Beware?

Jul 12, 2013

Patty came across a great database yesterday that helps you see just how hazardous the beauty products you’re currently using are. They have a nifty color-coded scoring system for each of the products that you search. I thought I’d try and see how mine stack up.

Well, the first few weren’t in the database at all, unfortunately. However, some of my products are from France, so I tried the American brands: Neutrogena and Dermalogica. While doing this I did the “can I pronounce this” test on the ingredients listed on the packaging. Sure enough, there were quite a few that fell into that category. Some of the bottles don’t even have the ingredients listed – I guess they were on the boxes that they had come in before. I wonder if there is a requirement in terms of how you label ingredients, similar to nutrition information on food.

Oh Google, you strike again. A search for “labeling ingredients on beauty products guidelines” led me to an entire breakdown on the FDA’s website from placement of labeling to required information to prominence of information on the packaging. Thanks to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938! Thankfully someone’s been caring for a long time. Such information can be on or near the package that is for sale, but the key is that the potential customer can clearly see it before purchasing. Interestingly, they also explain what is also considered to be misbranding or misleading – namely false representations and hidden material facts. Looking through this page in more detail, it’s a wonder how cosmetic beauty products get manufactured properly in the first place, not to mention made organically as well!

Clearly there is definitely a good amount of people keeping tabs on a lot of different rules and regulations. If I continue down the scavenger hunt this way, I’m going to get tired. Very fast.

One question seems to be staying with me as I finish today’s post: is there anything out there that compares organic beauty products to their non-organic counterparts? I’ve seen one or the other, but if I’m going to make a switch, I want to know what’s going to work similarly to what I’m currently using (if that’s possible). In the meantime, it looks like the next step will be start looking at potential products and their reviews compared to non-organic version reviews.

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