This Mother’s Day, consumer groups call on L’Oréal to go toxic-free and to disclose fragrance chemicals
First of all, U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (a project of Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP)), and Safer Chemicals Healthy Families delivered over 150,000 petition signatures back in 2017. All calling on the multinational cosmetic giant L’Oréal USA to eliminate cancer causing chemicals and to disclose its secret “fragrance” chemicals. The petitions were gathered by these groups, as well as Moms Rising, Credo Action, and Story of Stuff, over the past two years. This Sunday, millions of Americans will be celebrating their moms and showering them with gifts such as beauty products and perfumes. However, some of those products may contain chemicals linked to cancer and other health hazards.
“This Mother’s Day, don’t give your loved ones an unwanted dose of toxic chemicals,” said Dev Gowda, Toxics Advocate with U.S. PIRG. “L’Oréal should stand up for moms everywhere and pledge to be toxic-free. Many of their product ingredients have been linked to cancer and other health problems.”
As Breast Cancer Prevention Partners Organizing Manager Sara Schmidt said, “Women shouldn’t have to worry about whether they are increasing their risk of breast cancer every time they use a mascara, or nail polish or other L’Oréal beauty product. L’Oréal should prove ‘we’re worth it’ by removing all cancer-causing chemicals from their beauty products.”
The average American woman is exposed to over 100 different chemicals from personal care products alone every day. Consumers should be able to trust that the products they buy are safe — especially those that they apply directly to their bodies. Yet, when people shampoo or apply make-up like mascara, they often dose their bodies with numerous chemicals. Here’s what was found on store shelves:
-L’Oréal Colour Riche Nail Polish and Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish contain Benzophenone-1, a chemical linked to endocrine disruption and breast cancer.
-At least four L’Oréal products (Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, L’Oréal toner, kids shampoo and mascara) contain four different formaldehyde-releasing preservatives. Formaldehyde is classified as a known carcinogen by respected scientific authoritative bodies.