Since 2007, I have been screaming about dangerous ingredients in your skincare and cosmetics. I have been hating on talc for forever because of asbestos contamination. Everyone told me I was crazy, because there was no way the FDA would allow that to happen. Welp, WHO’S CRAZY NOW?!
I keep pointing out that the personal care industry in the US is a multi-billion $$ industry, and that they do not want regulation, so they use those $$ to buy politicians to prevent any regulatory efforts from succeeding. Combined with a toothless FDA, this is how we find ourselves in 2020 with asbestos in kid’s cosmetics. The only law regulating the cosmetics industry was passed in 1938, 82 YEARS AGO.
For those of you who won’t take my word for the FDA’s toothlessness, here’s a quote from the article: ‘Companies that use talc aren’t required to test it for asbestos or warn of possible contamination. And if products are found to contain asbestos, the FDA lacks the authority to mandate a recall, though companies can do so voluntarily (and sometimes have).’
THE FDA LACKS THE AUTHORITY TO FORCE A RECALL OF ASBESTOS-CONTAINING CHILDREN’S PRODUCTS. Let that wash over you.
For the love of whatever deity you like, stop using products containing talc! (Looking at you, Coty Airspun Powder users) Check labels BEFORE you buy any cosmetic containing powders, like setting powder, blush, eyeshadow, baby powder, etc. No one but you is looking out for your safety in this industry. #themoreyouknow
NOTE: the rabbit hole is super deep. Even if a company doesn’t add talc to its products, many pigment suppliers cut the pigment they sell to these companies with talc. This is part of the reason I got out of makeup (besides the godawful humans inhabiting that space). I was losing my one talc-free pigment supplier. There is no such thing as ‘clean’ makeup. Until companies are forced to test for asbestos contamination, all makeup is suspect. Sorry.