Posted on June 23, 2021

By Tibby Reas Hinderlie, Communications Manager

New research finds that PFAS chemicals – which may increase breast cancer risk–are present in most makeup tested, and calls for immediate action!

In the past, you’ve joined us in calling out the corporate cosmetics industry for using chemicals like phthalates, parabens, and formaldehyde, chemicals suspected of being linked to increased breast cancer risk. Please join us now in this unique opportunity to ban ALL intentionally-added PFAS in cosmetics.

Tell your legislators to support the No PFAS in Cosmetics Act! 

Text in image reads: A new study found PFAS chemicals in most waterproof mascara, liquid lipsticks, and foundations. Take action today.

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a large and ever-growing class of fluorinated synthetic chemicals used to repel oil and water. They are referred to as “forever chemicals” because they never break down in the environment. PFAS is widely used in non-stick cookware, clothing, furniture, and many other products despite evidence of harm. Users of cosmetic products may absorb PFAS through their skin or, in the case of lip products, by ingesting them. When cosmetic products are washed down the drain or thrown away, the chemicals are likely to contaminate our soil and water supplies.

In a study led by the University of Notre Dame and published in Environmental Science & Technology Lettersresearchers found that PFAS were present in just over half of the makeup products tested. The chemicals were particularly prevalent in mascara, lip gloss, and foundation. What’s even more concerning is that most of the time PFAS were not listed on ingredient labels.

The No PFAS in Cosmetics Act [S.2047] will shift the responsibility from consumers to the cosmetics industry to stop the use of intentionally added PFAS in makeup and personal care products. The bill is concise and definitive: it bans all intentionally added PFAS in cosmetics. Contact your legislators and ask them to support the bill.

This is an urgent issue. Please contact your legislators today and tell them to support the No PFAS in Cosmetics Act now!