Protecting Against Toxic Personal Care Products | Clean Personal Care Formulations


 March 1, 2019

Over the past few years, clean beauty has taken the world by storm as consumers pay more attention to what they put on their skin and in their bodies. With efforts to protect against toxic personal care products, brands are answering the call with cleaner, safer ingredients.

Examples of Toxic Personal Care Ingredients

A report by the Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP) sheds light on close to 100 toxic personal care products, cosmetics and fragrances linked to adverse effects such as cancer, asthma, reproductive harm, hormone disruption and aquatic toxicity. Some of these include:

  • Benzophenones – Benzophenones are used to protect scents and colors in fragrances and personal care products from light damage. It has been linked to cancer and hormone disruption.
  • Toluene – Toluene is a solvent used in many products such as nail polish. It is toxic to the immune system and is linked to endocrine disruption, reproductive and developmental harm, neurotoxicity, and skin irritation.
  • Parabens – Parabens are antimicrobials used in cosmetics. Certain parabens have been associated with hormone disruption, cancer and reproductive harm.
  • Phthalates – Phthalates hide under the term “fragrance.” They are associated with neurotoxicity, reproductive harm, hormone disruption and obesity.

Toxic Personal Care Products In the News

Personal Care Products Safety Act Would Improve Cosmetics Safety

The Personal Care Products Safety Act, developed through consultation with the FDA would reform regulation of personal care products, requiring companies to ensure that their products are safe before marketing them and giving FDA the tools it needs to protect the public.

This act would empower the FDA to review the safety of ingredients and would give them the same tools for ensuring the safety of personal care products, referred to as “cosmetics” in the law.

The Consumer Right to Know Act

Recently, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing to add warning labels to products to help protect consumers from potentially harmful ingredients as part of the “The Consumer Right to Know Act.” Cleaning products as well as personal care products, such as shampoo and deodorant would require labeling of these toxic ingredients. The proposal, which is similar to a California law that has been in effect for more than 30 years, could be seen in other states as well.

Natural Organic Personal Care Product Market is projected to register a healthy CAGR of 8.3% by 2028

Increasingly, many clean beauty brands, such as Beautycounter, are using clean ingredients – both natural and synthetic – in place of questionable, toxic ingredients. And the “trend” shows no sign of slowing down.

In the outlook, “Natural and Organic Personal Care Products Market: Global Industry Analysis 2013-2017 and Forecast 2018-2028,” the global natural and organic personal care products market is projected to register a healthy CAGR of 8.3%. North America is expected to remain the largest market through 2028, followed by Europe. According to the report, “the natural and organic personal care products market is segmented into skin care, hair care, oral care, cosmetics, and others. The skin care segment is expected to register highest growth over the forecast period.”

Amazon launches new policy to restrict toxic chemicals

Amazon launches new policy to restrict toxic chemicals Kinetik

In early October, Amazon launched a new chemicals policy that includes a Restricted Substance List (RSL). Amazon’s RSL targets 54 chemicals of concern, such as phthalates, for elimination in their private-label products. This includes the product across categories such as baby (shampoo, lotion, wipes), household cleaning (all-purpose, kitchen, and bathroom cleaners), personal care (shampoo, sanitizers, moisturizers) and beauty (make-up).

Now is the Time to Tackle Toxic Personal Care Products

In response to the growing consumer demands for healthier ingredients, brands need to take note. From EWG Verified mark to the Made Safe seal, consumers are looking for safe, nontoxic products they can trust. These trends unleash new opportunities for business development, innovation and reformulated products that rely on nontoxic ingredients, such as:


At Kinetik, we don’t just supply nontoxic ingredients, we also provide expert guidance to help brands formulate a clean personal care product that consumers can trust. From collagen skin care to snail slime, our experts can help you discover the perfect formulation.

Kinetik is headquartered in the USA, but we work with clients and represent suppliers worldwide. Contact us at (732) 335-5775 to speak with one of our sales representatives about ingredients to support your formulations today.