We’ve blogged before about our concerns of how the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and the Environmental Working Group are using fear mongering to scare consumers away from beauty products that are perfectly safe to use.
Competitive Enterprise Institute
We’re excited to see that the Competitive Enterprise Institute is now committed to exposing the facts behind the propaganda that these groups are spreading. According to Dana Joel Gattuso, author of the CEI Issue Analysis, The True Story of Cosmetics: Exposing the Risks of the Smear Campaign:
“As part of their effort to ban the use of synthetic ingredients from skin products, environmental extremist groups are working to incite fear among consumers, making outrageous and bogus claims that we are poisoning ourselves by using lipstick, makeup, deodorants, skin creams, and even baby products.”
These groups claim certain preservatives cause cancer, create neurological disorders, or cause hormone disruption while in fact when used properly, these ingredients protect users from bacteria that can cause eye infections, skin rashes, and even deadly infections such as E. coli and Salmonella. Similarly, the EWG claims the sunscreen ingredient, oxybenzone, can cause skin cancer even though cancer research organizations such as the Skin Cancer Foundation refute this claim.
Perhaps the most disturbing point is that these groups are lobbying for the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011, that would “ban any cosmetic and skin care ingredients that exceed a one in a million risk of an adverse health impact. That bill would effectively ban most ingredients since almost everything carries risk greater than one in a million.” CEI’s tongue-in-cheek video makes the point nicely.
Important note: While the Beauty Brains like CEI’s approach of making science-based decisions we also recognize that they have their own political agenda to push. You can read all about their conservative backing here.