#BetterBeauty Advocacy Update
It has been a while since I let my readers know what is going on with Beautycounter. I’ll be sending more emails in the coming weeks about what is happening with Beautycounter as I’m still involved as a consultant with the company and believe in what they are doing to make cosmetics and skincare safer for everyone. It’s also my side hustle to try and earn more money for my family. If you are a current customer I truly appreciate your business. If you aren’t a customer yet then what are you waiting for? 😉
Beautycounter recently had a big day for #BetterBeauty. Our Founder & CEO, Gregg Renfrew, testified as an expert witness on Capitol Hill. Watch the recording I’ve linked below and be sure to read Women’s Wear Daily’s piece. Gregg was also interviewed on Yahoo Finance on December 5th and did a recap of her Congressional Hearing. I’ve summarized some key points here:
“It has been 81 long years since Congress has passed any laws to make sure our beauty products are safe, and now is the time to act,” shared Gregg Renfrew, founder and chief executive officer of Beautycounter, in a statement to WWD. Renfrew, a longtime advocate of clean beauty, testified Wednesday, December 4th, as an expert witness in a hearing on cosmetics reform held by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health in Washington, D.C.
“Beautycounter has proven that it’s possible to protect the health of our customers and of those around us while building a business,” continued Renfrew, who founded the company in 2013. Direct-to-consumer Beautycounter has banned more than 1,500 ingredients from its own formulations, while the U.S. has banned 30, according to the skin-care and cosmetics brand, which aims to make clean beauty the standard in the industry.
“The current absence of modern, federal safety regulations governing the beauty industry force businesses like Beautycounter to make their own determinations about the safety of products,” said Renfrew, at the hearing.
Legislation introduced earlier this year includes the Cosmetic Safety Enhancement Act of 2019 and Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2019, both created to protect users of cosmetics. But as it stands, federal law doesn’t demand for cosmetics ingredients, other than color additives, to have the approval of the FDA before hitting the market.
“The industry looks very different than it did in 1938 when FDA was given regulatory authority over cosmetics,” Dr. Susan Mayne, director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at the FDA, said during the hearing.
Source: Women’s Wear Daily (PDF)
YouTube video below is the Congressional Hearing on “Building Consumer Confidence by Empowering the FDA to Improve Cosmetic Safety”.
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