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CTFA reassures lipstick safe, despite claims of lead exposure

BY Antoinette Alexander

WASHINGTON Responding to a report released Thursday by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics on lead in lipstick, the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association issued a statement stressing that all of the products identified in the report meet Food and Drug Administration standards and the California standards for safety established under its Proposition 65 process.

“Despite continuous allegations over the years, lead is not intentionally added to cosmetics. Lead is a naturally occurring element that is found everywhere in the environment,” stated John Bailey, executive vice president for science cosmetics at CTFA. “Consumers are exposed daily to lead when they eat, drink water and breathe air. The average amount of lead a woman would be exposed to when using cosmetics is 1,000 times less than the amount she would get from eating, breathing and drinking water that meets Environmental Protection Agency drinking water standards.”

CTFA is the trade association representing the cosmetic, toiletry and fragrance industry in the United States and globally. It has a membership of more than 600 companies, including manufacturers, distributors and suppliers.

Bailey’s comments are in response to the findings of new product tests released Thursday by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, which claim that more than half of the 33 brand-name lipsticks tested contained detectable levels of lead, with levels ranging from 0.03 to 0.65 parts per million.

The coalition of public health and consumer rights’ groups further claims that one-third of the tested lipsticks exceeded the FDA’s 0.1 ppm limit for lead in candy.

An independent laboratory conducted the tests during September on red lipsticks bought in Boston; Hartford, Conn.; San Francisco; and Minneapolis.

“The FDA has set daily safe levels for lead exposure for adults, children and pregnant women. The agency also has set strict limits for lead levels allowed in the colors used in lipsticks, and actually analyze most of these to ensure they are followed,” stated Bailey of CTFA. “The products identified in the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics report meet these standards. In fact, all of the products tested in the CSC report meet the California standards for safety established under their Prop 65 process.”

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is calling on the industry to reformulate products to remove lead and to require suppliers to guarantee that raw materials are free of lead and other contaminants.

Added Bailey, “Despite the negligible levels of lead found in some lipsticks, cosmetic companies are committed to reducing that level even further. For decades, cosmetic companies have worked to minimize all product contamination, including lead. They actively and continually review all raw materials to ensure that they contain the lowest levels of impurities possible. Cosmetic companies have some of the world’s leading chemists, toxicologists and biologists to evaluate all the safety information.”

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Voting period wrapping up for L’Oreal’s women’s honoree program

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK L’Oreal Paris is wrapping up on Oct. 15 the voting period for The Women of Worth National Honoree program, which was inspired by the beauty company’s iconic brand philosophy, “Because You’re Worth It,” and recognizes the achievements of real women who embody the spirit of the L’Oreal brand.

Visitors can go to www.womenofworth.com to log on and vote for the honoree who has made the biggest community impact. The pool is comprised of 13 women committed to community achievement and volunteerism. All of the honorees, who were chosen from thousands of applicants by a group of judges, will be publicly recognized at the CNN Inspire Summit.

L’Oreal will recognize the honorees by making a monetary donation of $2,500 on their behalf to the nonprofit organization they work with and a matching monetary donation of $2,500 will be made in the name of each winner to The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, the 10-year charitable partner of L’Oreal.

The Women of Worth National Honoree will receive a $25,000 donation in her name to her associated non-profit organization.

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Tummy flattening gel to debut at Sephora

BY Antoinette Alexander

SALT LAKE CITY Expected to soon debut at Sephora is the Tummy Flattening Gel from Sovage Dermatologic Laboratories.

“We knew there was a tremendous demand for an effective topical slimming gel,” stated Gina Gay, spokesperson for Sovage. “But the customer base for Tummy Flattening Gel has been high-end spas and exclusive ’beauty’ retreats and not traditional cosmetic counters. So we did wonder if Nordstrom’s consumers would connect with TFG and its $119 price tag. We were pleasantly surprised when initial sales figures showed that Tummy Flattening Gel was a huge hit.”

Following its success at Nordstrom, the company announced that Tummy Flattening will soon debut at Sephora and other prestige retailers nationwide.

Although it’s called Tummy Flattening Gel, it promises to help reduce the appearance of bulging pockets of unsightly fat wherever they appear.

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