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While acknowledging concerns about oxybenzone, Consumer Reports maintains the importance of sunscreen to help prevent skin cancer and says oxybenzone-containing offerings continue to test best when it comes to broad-spectrum protection and minimal SPF “variation.”
Trade group Cosmetics Europe launched an education and advocacy campaign in 2018 to address industry’s shrinking preservative palette, which many believe has reached “crisis proportions." Stateside, 2018 saw growing movement in the development and use of alternative preservative systems, while Cosmetic Ingredient Review activity accelerated around conventional go-tos.
Nearly 80% of the “toxins” detected in the Breast Cancer Prevention Partners’ cosmetics analysis were fragrance chemicals undeclared (lawfully) on product labeling, according to the NGO, which seeks regulatory changes to mandate full ingredient disclosure. Industry is calling the report misinformation, but it’s garnering media attention and being cited by the sponsor of a new cosmetic reform bill in the House.
The Los Angeles-based natural product trailblazer says it will be positioned to use 100% bio-based claims – and USDA’s corresponding certification logo – thanks to its new plant-based preservative system. The innovation should serve as a signal to the wider industry and FDA that 100% plant-based skin-care products are possible, the company’s founder suggests.
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