Digging Deep: A Potential Ban of Beauty Ingredients

Every day, we wake up and proceed to the bathroom to apply lotions, serums and fragrances to our body not knowing that some of those products contain ingredients that may soon be banned by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act.

If the Safe Cosmetic and Personal Care Products Act of 2018 passes in Congress, some ingredients including ocinoxate, benzophenones and toluene, would be banned. If banned, manufacturers would have one year to eliminate the in-question ingredient.

Personal care products haven’t been regulated in 80 years. That’s eight decades of new ingredients being pumped into little bottles and jars.

Before you make your next purchase, make sure you research what ingredients are in the products you are using to protect yourself and eliminate them from your shelves. See below for a full list of ingredients being evaluated for elimination.

  • Benzophenones (benzoph­enone, ben­zo­p­he­none-1, benzophenone-3 aka oxybenzone);
  • Octinoxate;
  • Butylated Hydroxya­nisole and Bu­ty­lated Hydroxyoluen;
  • Coal tar dyes (p-Phe­nyl­­ene­di­a­mine);
  • Cocamide Diethano­lamine;
  • Dibutyalated Phthalate (Phthal­ates DBP), Bis(2-ethylhexyl) Phthal­ate (DEHP);
  • Toluene;
  • Styrene or Styrene acrylates;
  • Formaldehydes (Methylene glycol/​methanediol/​formaldehyde) and Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazol­idinyl urea, methenamine, quaternium-15 and sodium hydroxym­ethylglycinate);
  • Triclosan;
  • Lead acetate or other lead compounds; and
  • Parabens (iso­pro­p­yl­paraben, iso­bu­t­yl­pa­ra­ben, phenylpa­raben, ben­zyl­­pa­ra­ben, pentylpa­raben, propylparaben and butylpar­aben).