Online database lists harmful chemicals in cosmetics

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Efforts to introduce beauty products that are free of toxins are leading to the creation of an online database that will offer information on cosmetics.

The creation of the Safe Cosmetics Program custom online database is related to California’s regulatory policy on the inclusion of potentially harmful ingredients in products that people use on a regular basis. It will include a search function that people can utilize to look up specific products sold in the state and will list potentially hazardous ingredients that go into them, according to San Jose Mercury News. The online database is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

A movement to identify harmful chemicals in beauty products and other cosmetics sold in California began in 2004 with the founding of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, which was mobilized after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a 2001 report on the dangers of exposure to chemicals. The report found that women of childbearing age had high levels of certain compounds that often exceeded recommendations, according to the Marin Independent Journal.

“We just felt like this was such a violation of women’s trust and human rights,” Campaign for Safe Cosmetics co-founder Bryony Schwan told the source. “These are chemicals that you are applying directly to your body.”

California law requires that all manufacturers, packers and distributors listed on cosmetics labels provide the state with a list of their products that contain ingredients linked to cancer, birth defects or reproductive damage. The online database is part of the state’s effort to disseminate this information.