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CALIFORNIA BECOMES FIRST STATE TO BAN 24 TOXIC CHEMICALS FROM COSMETICS

ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS FOR A HEALTHIER PLANET AND LIFE.

Yay California! The new law is a victory for the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and the Clean Beauty movement, which have long campaigned for an approximation of US law to that of the European Union.

“Every day, Californians use soaps, shampoos, makeup and other personal care products without realizing that those products could contain chemicals that present serious health risks,” said Emily Rusch, CALPIRG executive director. “By banning some of the most toxic ingredients found in modern personal care products, the Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act will finally start to give consumers the protections they deserve. We applaud the authors for their hard work and dedication.”

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The new law bans 12 substances:

1. Dibutyl phthalate (CAS no. 84-74-2)
2. Diethylhexyl phthalate (CAS no. 117-81-7)
3. Formaldehyde (CAS no. 50-00-0)
4. Paraformaldehyde (CAS no. 30525-89-4)
5. Methylene glycol (CAS no. 463-57-0)
6. Quaternium-15 (CAS no. 51229-78-8)
7. Mercury (CAS no. 7439-97-6)
8. Isobutylparaben (CAS no. 4247-02-3)
9. Isopropylparaben (CAS no. 4191-73-5)
10. m-Phenylenediamine and its salts (CAS no. 108-45-2)
11. o-Phenylenediamine and its salts (CAS no. 95-54-5)
12. per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and their salts:
- Perfluor­ooctane sulfonate (PFOS); heptadec­afluorooctane-1-sulfonic acid (CAS no. 1763-23-1)
- Potassium perfluor­ooctanesulfonate; potassium heptadec­afluorooctane-1-sulfonate (CAS no. 2795-39-3)
- Diethano­lamine perfluor­ooctane sulfonate (CAS 70225-14-8)
- Ammonium perfluor­ooctane sulfonate; ammonium heptadec­afluorooctanesulfonate (CAS 29081-56-9)
- Lithium perfluor­ooctane sulfonate; lithium heptadec­afluorooctanesulfonate (CAS 29457-72-5)
- Perfluor­ooctanoic acid (PFOA)(CAS no. 335-67-1)
- Ammonium pentadec­afluorooctanoate (CAS no. 3825-26-1)
- Nonadeca­fluorodecanoic acid (CAS no. 355-76-2)
- Ammonium nonadeca­fluorodecanoate (CAS no. 3108-42-7)
- Sodium nonadeca­fluorodecanoate (CAS no. 3830-45-3)
- Perfluor­ononanoic acid (PFNA)(CAS no. 375-95-1)
- Sodium heptadec­afluorononanoate (CAS no. 21049-39-8)
- Ammonium perfluor­ononanoate (CAS no. 4149-60-4)


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