TALC AND CANCER—THE ENIGMA

  Regulatory agencies such as the FDA and the IRAC are not sure about the link between cancer and the mineral talc. Yet a Missouri jury awarded $72 million to a family of a woman who died of ovarian cancer. She had used Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for “feminine hygiene”…

FDA Warns Cosmetic Companies About Unproven Claims

Are you still convinced that a cosmetic can whisk away your wrinkles? In 2013, I wrote: “As I have been reporting through seven editions of my Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients, the definition of cosmetic, according to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, is that a cosmetic improves appearance, whereas a drug diagnoses, relieves or cures a disease….

SOMETHING IS FISHY WITH MICROBEADS

Take a bite of fish and you may swallow plastic micro-beads used in your anti-aging cosmetics, body washes, soaps,toothpastes, pillows, clothes and other products. There is alarm among environmentalists because micro-beads are being flushed down the drain and they are eternal. The International Pellet Watch, led by Professor Shige Takada at the University of Tokyo,…

COSMETICS AND ANIMAL CRUELTY UPDATE

Diplomats may have problems communicating with China but not animal lovers. Groups like The International Humane Societies and PETA told the Chinese they wanted the testing of cosmetics on live creatures to stop. The China Food and Drug Administration announced this month that it will no longer require skin- and eye-irritation tests on so-called “ordinary”…

ELECTRIFYING NEWS! ANTI-AGING COSMETICS THROUGH SKIN?

Can a battery powered patch more effectively deliver cosmetics through the skin? A wearable SoftBattery-Enfucell device has been developed by Spanish and Finnish researchers. It is a paper- thin patch with electronic sensors; the developers claim it will emit micro-currents to increase permeability and faster absorption of applied cosmetics and medications. You can bet you…

PROMISES, PROMISES—FOOD AND COSMETIC REGULATIONS FOR 2014

Will food additives and cosmetic ingredients be safer this year? In my first book  Poisons in Your Food  published by Crown in 1969 and in my second book, the First Edition of A Consumer’s Dictionary of Food Additives in 1989 I pointed out  antibiotics were added to  feed and hormones were given to animals—to increase…

STRANGE FISH AND ANIMAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO COSTLY ANTI-AGING COSMETICS

Camels are not very good looking but their milk is about to be an ingredient in high priced cosmetic products. A Dubai company, EICMP, is targeting premium cosmetic manufacturers to launch their “natural moisturizer.” One of Cleopatra’s beauty secrets is reputedly bathing in a tub full of camel’s milk. Bedouins still use it today to…

HOW COSMETIC COMPANIES FIGURE YOU OUT

Do you believe you are choosing cosmetic products on your own? Behind every make-up and fragrance you buy, you are unknowingly responding to the lures created by experts who have targeted you by your personality. “One major reason cosmetic sales keep climbing, no matter what happens in the world, is that the cosmetics, toiletries ,…