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Oh Happy Day: J&J works to revise its formulas

Last November I wrote this post about Johnson & Johnson’s No More Tears and how sad some of its ingredients make me.

The update: the company recently told the Associated Press that it’s still on track to reformulate its baby products with safer ingredients by the end of next year. Adult products are on track to be reformulated by the end of 2015. (Here’s a link to the full story via the New York Times.)

This is a really big deal, you guys. It’s not perfect: the company also revealed that although it will phase out 1,4 dioxane, quaternium-15, triclosan, pthalates, and parabens as well as fragrance ingredients, it will keep using chemicals that release formaldehyde “when no safe alternative will work.”

There’s definitely still some work to be done. But the bottom line is that even though the FDA doesn’t heavily regulate cosmetics, we as citizens helped create an important change. And I’m so, so, SO thrilled by the hard work of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and the Environmental Working Group. Well done.

I’m doing my happy dance today. How are you celebrating this news? —Aleigh


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Video: The Story of Cosmetics

I’m not sure how it’s taken me so long to discover this video, created by The Story of Stuff Project in partnership with the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics last year, but it’s really great. It explains in a clear way why it’s so important to read the ingredients labels on your beauty products (and to know which chemicals are best avoided).

If you have friends or family like mine who are skeptical of natural beauty products—whether it’s because they worry that natural products won’t be as effective (Natural Beauty Myth #2) or because they assume the products they’re already using are safe—this video would be a great way to explain your point of view.

Honestly, I’m curious—do you have friends and family who think using natural or organic products is ridiculous? I know I’ve created a few converts over the past few years, but plenty of my friends and family have been immune to my soapbox chatter thus far…please tell me I’m not the only one! —Aleigh

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