California launches cosmetic database

Well, here’s the latest entry into the online cosmetic chemical database world. (California Safe Cosmetic Product Database). This follows sites like the industry supported Cosmetic Ingredient Review database and the junk science based Skin Deep Database.  

The California Safe Cosmetics act compels companies that make cosmetics to report any cosmetics products that contain ingredients known or suspected to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. This database collects that information and makes it available to the public.

The database is just getting started but here is a list of all the chemicals that have been reported thus far.

It’s not many. And it’s also interesting to see how many of the 12 most maligned cosmetic ingredients are not on the list. No parabens, no petrolatum, no propylene glycol, etc. I suppose it is always more difficult to get things declared unsafe if you have to back the claim up with science.

Clearly, the website is a work in progress. There are some glitches and some of the ingredients included are baffling. Titanium Dioxide? Aspirin? Coffee? But it is interesting to look at and see what ingredients you might want to avoid in the future.

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