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P&G to eliminate triclosan, diethyl phthalate from products

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble is working to eliminate two chemicals — triclosan and diethyl phthalate — from its products by 2014, the manufacturer has stated on its website.

According to P&G, triclosan is an antimicrobal ingredient that slows or stops the growth of germs, such as bacteria and mildew. P&G stated that it only uses triclosan in antibacterial dish soap, professional hand soap and a few personal care products.

“Although triclosan is known to be safe through numerous studies and regulatory reviews, there are ongoing discussions about how effective it is for reducing bacteria compared to regular soap. Due to our limited use of the ingredient, we have decided to eliminate triclosan from our products by 2014,” P&G stated.

The second ingredient to be phased out is phthalates. P&G stated that it “70% of the way there and will be finished by 2014.”

Phthalates are a diverse group of materials that make plastics more flexible and are used in a wide variety of products — from building materials, to medical devices, to sporting equipment. P&G stated that it only uses one phthalate, diethyl phthalate (DEP), in its formulated products. It is present only at very low levels as a component in some of its products’ fragrances.

“DEP has been thoroughly studied and found to be safe. But we understand that DEP can get mistakenly linked to other phthalates in the public discussion because of its name. So we have been working for several years to eliminate DEP from the fragrances used in our products,” P&G stated.

The national coalition The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics commended P&G for the move and urged other large manufacturers who have not taken such steps to follow suit.
 

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More than 1 million smokers attempted to quit because of CDC campaign

BY Alaric DeArment

ATLANTA — A series of smoking ads from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that detail the health problems of real-life smokers led more than 200,000 smokers to quit immediately, the agency said Monday.

The CDC said that of those who had quit immediately thanks to the "Tips from Former Smokers" campaign, which it launched last year, more than 100,000 would likely quit permanently, and a total of 1.6 million had attempted to quit. The agency had estimated that 500,000 would attempt to quit, and 50,000 would do so successfully.

"Quitting can be hard, and I congratulate and celebrate with former smokers — this is the most important step you can take to a longer, healthier life," CDC director Tom Frieden said. "I encourage anyone who tried to quit to keep trying — it may take several attempts to succeed."

The ads feature former smokers who have faced such health problems as cancer and emphysema, offering "tips," such as not facing the water while taking a shower if one has had a tracheotomy.

 

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Red Carpet Manicure partners with designer Christian Siriano at NY Fashion Week

BY Antoinette Alexander

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. — Red Carpet Manicure, which manufactures an at-home LED gel manicure system, strutted down the runway of Mercedes Benz’s New York Fashion Week as the official nail sponsor of Christian Siriano’s Spring 2014 show at The Eyebeam Atelier held on Sept. 7.

Celebrity manicurist and Red Carpet Manicure brand ambassador Lisa Logan collaborated with Siriano to create a custom, color-block manicure that highlighted the theme of the collection.
 
Utilizing existing colors, Logan prepped each nail with “Fake Bake” for a base color, and color-blocked the nail with small boxes made with “The Perfect Pair,” underneath which she layered “White Hot,” adding an extra pop to the neon yellow.
 


Siriano’s Spring 2014 collection is primarily inspired by a recent trip to Mexico’s Isla Mujures, which translates to "the Island of Women." Siriano was influenced by the shapes and imagery of grass-lined huts, picturesque color-blocked residential streets, stonework and the locally abundant dahlia. 
 


Later this week, Logan will participate in the Life & Style “Meets Up” panel discussion, where she will discuss the look created for Siriano’s show and the hottest nail trends for spring 2014
 

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