California Toxic-Free Cosmetic Act (AB 495-Muratsuchi)

At a Glance

Californians deserve protections against harmful chemicals in the cosmetic products they use every day.

BCPP is cosponsoring the California Toxic-Free Cosmetic Act (AB495 – Muratsuchi), which would ban more than a dozen toxic chemicals from beauty and personal care products sold in California, in partnership with CalPIRG and the Environmental Working Group.

This bill would ban more than a dozen toxic chemicals from cosmetics sold in California.

Fact Sheet


The Toxic-Free Cosmetic Act (AB 495-Muratsuchi) bans cosmetic products containing any of the highly toxic chemicals referenced below from sale in California.

The chemicals, all of which have been banned by the European Union, include:

  • Asbestos
  • Dibutyl phthalate
  • Diethylhexyl phthalate
  • Formaldehyde
  • Isobutylparaben
  • Isopropylparaben
  • Lead
  • Long chain PFAS chemicals
  • Methylene glycol
  • Mercury and related compounds.
  • Paraformaldehyde
  • Phenylenediamine
  • Quaternium-15

This bill was introduced by Assemblymembers Al Muratsuchi (Torrance) and Buffy Wicks (Oakland) and is supported by dozens of NGOs and safe cosmetics companies.

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