Organic Consumers Association

Campaigning for health, justice, sustainability, peace, and democracy

ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN

Organic Integrity in the Health and Beauty Care Aisle
The OCA's Coming Clean Campaign has been working to clean up the "organic" cosmetics industry since 2004. Unlike organic foods, many health and beauty products are falsely labeled as "organic".
Look for the USDA organic seal on personal care products that claim to be organic. If it doesn't have the seal, read the ingredient label to find out how many ingredients are truly organic and how many are synthetic.

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

  • In Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What’s at Stake for American Power, award-winning investigative journalist Mark Schapiro reveals how products on American shelves are increasingly being linked with serious health hazards—hazards, like Bisphenol A (BPA) and plastic softening phthalates, that the European Union is leading the rest of the world in legislating out of existence.
  • Confronting the unknown hazards of the cosmetics industry, this in-depth investigation provides the lowdown on potential health risks, from the store to the salon. Detailing the carelessness with which women's cosmetics and anti-aging products are made and the toxins in men’s deodorant, cologne, and aftershave, this revealing study shows how consumers can put themselves and even their unborn children in danger daily by simply applying lipstick or moisturizer. Outlining a simple beauty regimen and a variety of positive alternatives, this resource educates consumers on how to identify potentially harmful ingredients and protect themselves from their possible long-term effects.
  • Lead in lipstick? 1,4 dioxane in baby soap? Coal tar in shampoo? How is this possible? Simple. The $35 billion cosmetics industry is so powerful that they've kept themselves unregulated for decades. Not one cosmetic product has to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration before hitting the market. Not Just a Pretty Face delves deeply into the dark side of the beauty industry, and looks to hopeful solutions for a healthier future. This scathing investigation peels away less-than-lovely layers to expose an industry in dire need of an extreme makeover.

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