L’Oreal Must Stop Selling Harmful Hair Relaxers, Women’s Group Says As Lawsuits Stack Up
Level Up, fighting for gender justice in the UK, says L’Oreal should reformulate or remove its hair relaxers from the market based on a US National Institutes of Health study indicating that frequent, long-term use of such products more than doubles risk of developing uterine cancer. Meanwhile the beauty giant is embroiled in numerous related lawsuits in federal courts around the US.
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In her complaint against L’Oreal and other marketers of hair-smoothing products, plaintiff Jenny Mitchell, who was diagnosed with uterine cancer in August 2018, cites an NIH study published in October as “the first epidemiologic evidence of association between use of straightening products and uterine cancer.” She claims the defendants engaged in negligent or fraudulent practices in their marketing and sale of hair-straightening products that they knew posed dangers to users.
E.l.f. Facing Off Against Beauty Giants: Third Among Mass Market Brands As Sales Jump 78%
E.l.f. cosmetics climbed to No. 3 brand in US mass market cosmetics, up two slots from a year ago as it surpassed Revlon and CoverGirl. In its recent sales and earnings presentation, it announced sales in its fiscal 2023 fourth quarter jumped 78%.
Cosmetics Industry’s Preservatives Crisis Grows More Dire Under New Washington State Law
Washington State Governor Jay Inslee signed into law HB 1047 on 15 May, implementing the most aggressive cosmetics ingredient ban in the country. The Personal Care Products Council and Independent Beauty Association are concerned about a lack of alternative preservatives to replace targeted formaldehyde-releasing substances effectively and affordably and the law’s inconsistency with FDA over lead levels, among other impacts.