P&G Beauty & Grooming, the parent company over beauty products like CoverGirl, , Herbal Essence , Hugo Boss, Olay and Fekkai announced that by 2014, the brand’s products will no longer contain two potentially harmful chemicals: phthalates and triclosan although currently 70% of the company products are phthalates and triclosan free. Phthalates are added to plastic products to increase flexibility, transparency and durability and are fond in shampoos and cosmetics also. Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal product that is found in just about every cosmetic product including toothpaste. Both substances have been linked to asthma, allergies, disruption of the thyroid system and the reproductive system.
Dr. Scott Heid, Ph.D. of P&G Communications noted, “While the only phthalate we used in our product formulations is safe (DEP), we know that there is the potential for people to confuse DEP with other phthalates that are banned from certain product types. We want people to also feel safe about using our products and not have any misperceptions about the product ingredients we use.”
According to the FDA in regards to triclosan:
Triclosan is not known to be hazardous to humans.
FDA does not have sufficient safety evidence to recommend changing consumer use of products that contain triclosan at this time.
In light of questions raised by recent animal studies of triclosan, FDA is reviewing all of the available evidence on this ingredient’s safety in consumer products. FDA will communicate the findings of its review to the public in winter 2012.
At this time, FDA does not have evidence that triclosan added to antibacterial soaps and body washes provides extra health benefits over soap and water.
Consumers concerned about using hand and body soaps with triclosan should wash with regular soap and water. Consumers can check product labels to find out whether products contain triclosan. (Source: FDA)
In regards to phthalates according to the FDA:
- At the present time, FDA does not have compelling evidence that phthalates, as used in cosmetics, pose a safety risk. If FDA determines that a health hazard exists, the agency will advise the industry and the public, and will consider its legal options under the authority of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act in protecting the health and welfare of consumers. (Source: FDA)
So it seems that although both phthalates and triclosan can be harmful in large quantities and in animal related studies there really isn't enough evidence to show that the small quantities of them that are found in cosmetics isn't harmful. At least though, until further testing, P&G is going to err on the safe side and just remove them from all their products making their products not only more environmentally safe but consumer safe as well.
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