The Importance of Safe Cosmetics with the Right Packaging

Published: 12th August 2011
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It is important for everyone to use safe cosmetics for their personal care. Just like your fresh fruit and vegetables, cosmetics too don’t last forever. Nobody wants an unsafe product, and therefore a "safe cosmetic” should be at low risk of causing harm, placing people in danger or injuring them. Some of the cosmetic ingredients put into a product have the ability to react with the others, so choosing safe cosmetics is important.

Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010

The proposed Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 requires companies to conduct safety testing of the ingredients they use and include a full, detailed list of ingredients on their websites and product labels. The proposed law requires the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to conduct random testing for contaminants in cosmetics and personal care products. It also requires companies to report adverse health issues from their products to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and give the FDA the authority to issue recalls for products that fail to meet specific safety standards.

To see if a cosmetic product is safe, it is necessary to:

1. Check sulfate ingredients

It is always important to check the ingredients of a cosmetic before purchasing it. One of the most common bad ingredients is "sulfate.” This is commonly found in cleansing products such as shampoos, facial cleansers, bar soaps, liquid hand soaps and sometimes even toothpastes. A product which includes sulphate is best avoided as using a product with "sulfate” in it can never be safe.

2. Test the product

Checking the content of the chemicals in cosmetics before purchasing them is always advisable. If you have any kind of skin problem then you should use cosmetics that have been tested for sensitive skin levels of chemicals.

Packaging for Safe Cosmetics

As cosmetic packaging plays an important role in how the end-user interacts with your products, an attractive package is vital. Just the way branding helps companies create a distinctive identity of their own, unique and safe packaging for cosmetics helps manufacturers to make their products inimitable from the competitors’. For example, in the case of products like sunscreens, the product is safe if the consumer uses enough of it. It is therefore necessary that sunscreens are in a format that assists delivery of a large dose, like lotion pumps or airless pump bottles.

Impact on the Environment

Ideally when a product is being developed, it will be reviewed for material safety data which outlines how

biodegradable and safe the chemistry is for the environment. A safe cosmetic needs to be the one that understands how it acts in the environment. Consumers need to be informed of the danger that the product poses on the environment, if any. In cases where a cosmetic is expected to take a long while to biodegrade or may be dangerous to aquatic organisms in large doses, it may be pertinent to communicate that with consumers.

It is also essential from a legal perspective that anyone involved in making decisions about a cosmetic brand ensures the relevance and accuracy of scientific information.

Lastly, do some research and ask questions about product origin before you choose a product. And remember, organic products are safer for you as well as the environment.

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