L’Oreal: No More Cancer Chemicals in Cosmetics

At a Glance

Since 2014, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a project of BCPP, has been asking L’Orèal to make a public commitment to eliminate carcinogens from its personal care products and cosmetics.

In July, 2017, representatives from BCPP’s Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and U.S. PIRG visited the L’Orèal headquarters in New York for the first time, joined by colleagues, students and parents, to deliver over 150,000 petition signatures.

We’re worth it

L’Oréal must stop using chemicals linked to cancer and endocrine disruption in beauty products. We have discovered ingredients of major concern in L’Oréal children’s products, makeup, anti-aging creams and nail polish, including:

  • DMDM hydantoin, a chemical that releases formaldehyde and a known human carcinogen, found in L’Oréal Kids Shampoo;
  • PFOA contamination (perfluoroctonoic acid), a toxic chemical linked to cancer, endocrine disruption and reproductive harm, discovered in lab testing of L’Oréal Garnier Fructis Ultra-Lift Transformer Anti-Age Skin Corrector;
  • Benzophenone-1, a toxic chemical linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and organ system toxicity, in L’Oréal Colour Riche, Nyx and Maybelline Color Show nail polishes;
  • Carbon black in L’Oréal eye liner and in Maybelline Master Precise Curvy eye liner;
  • Titanium dioxide (in inhalable form is listed as a California Prop. 65 carcinogen) in L’Oréal eye shadows and Maybelline blushes and pressed powders;
  • BHA, an endocrine disrupting compound linked to cancer by the National Toxicology Program, in Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencils.

It’s time the L’Oréal made a public commitment to eliminate carcinogens from its personal care products and cosmetics. Follow the lead of companies like Unilever and make all ingredients public, especially secret fragrance ingredients.

Read our letter to L’Oréal 

Tell L’Oréal: No more cancer chemicals in my cosmetics

Take action against cancer chemicals in L’Oréal’s cosmetics products. We’re worth it!


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