Oyin Supports Responsible Cosmetics Legislation!
did u know there’s a pending bill in congress that claims to be for safe cosmetics, but could gravely hurt small business like ours, raise cosmetics prices across the board, and limit the ability of consumers to make educated choices? the so-called Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010, or HR-5786, viewable in its entirety at the link above, is a newly drafted piece of legislation that claims to be about safer cosmetics for all… which, who doesn’t want safer cosmetics, right? the problem is, the way the legislation is written actually doesn’t ensure that cosmetics will get any safer, and the increased regulation would make it much more difficult for most consumers to make educated choices about the ingredients in their products.
not only that, but the smallest cosmetics companies, many of which were formed specifically to create safer alternatives to commercial cosmetics, would be hit hardest by the increased regulation… many would become illegal and/or be forced out of business if this legislation is put into effect as currently written. in addition, the science the bill is supposedly built on is incompletely reported and at times misleadingly applied. we all want safer cosmetics, but this bill is NOT the answer.
please visit http://www.opposesca.com/ to learn more & find the link to sign the petition protecting small biz! and read on to find out more…
the idea of regulation toward safer cosmetics would not necessarily hurt our company, or any company like ours who is already committed to safe cosmetics, natural ingredients, and responsible practices! we’ve been working toward safer cosmetics for years, by MAKING safer cosmetics with natural ingredients, by educating our lovely customers to want and expect the best from their products, and by caring about the health of our customers and our environment.
but this bill as written contains an incredible increase in testing and labelling requirements that are simply out of reach of most small businesses, and are of extremely questionable use to the average consumer. for instance, the article i’ll link to below shows how a product with 5 natural ingredients (olive oil, blue chamomile extract, and 3 essential oils) would require a label with over 200 ingredients listed, if the bill as currently written is passed and we suddenly had to list every microscopic component of each of our ingredients. as a consumer, this list of 200 trace components would be difficult for me to interpret, and particularly since i was actually looking at a list of 5 things, might limit the usefulness of ingredients listings altogether. (
this is particularly onerous to us b/c we thrive on educating our consumers about ingredients, and legislation like this would work against these efforts by making label-reading a difficult and confusing prospect for most of us.
more info & resources:
- there’s an absolutely incredible article that explains more specifics about the misleading/missing science behind the bill and details its potential ramifications for labels at this aromatherapy guild page.
- visit http://www.opposesca.com/ and click ‘take action’ to sign a petition that members of our independent beauty business guild will use in our organizing efforts against this bill. we are IN SUPPORT of safe cosmetics, but believe this act would cause more harm than good to the cause!
- read this article exposing some of the bad/missing science behind the bill and the unprofessional practices of the organization who is lobbying for it at www.personalcaretruth.com