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Personal Care / Beauty Care

There are more than 85,000 chemicals registered for use, with thousands more hitting the market. Currently, there are approximately 2,800 HPV (high-production-volume) chemicals produced in the United States in quantities equal to or exceeding 1 million pounds. Less than one-third of these chemicals have publicly available safety data, and less than two percent have been assessed for their effects on children’s health and development.

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Health & Safety

More than 3,000 materials have been reported as used in fragrance compounds found in cosmetics and other consumer products. But since “fragrance” is considered a trade secret, companies do not have to disclose the ingredients used to create their fragrances, and the consumer is often left in the dark. The blends may include phthalates, synthetic musks, and other ingredients linked to hormone disruption and allergies. The 40-year-old Cosmetics Ingredient Review Panel (funded by the industry’s own trade association) states that as of 2012, it has reviewed3,156 ingredients and found only 12 to be unsafe. The CIR has not analyzed 70% of cosmetic ingredients.

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