Michelle Pfeiffer Urges Congress To Reform Outdated Cosmetics Law

Michelle Pfeiffer Urges Congress To Reform Outdated Cosmetics Law

EWG Board Member Michelle Pfeiffer Urges Congress To Reform Outdated Cosmetics Law


WASHINGTON – EWG board member Michelle Pfeiffer met with federal lawmakers today to urge them to support bipartisan legislation to reform a woefully outdated law governing the cosmetics industry.

Pfeiffer and fellow board member and EWG President Ken Cook went to Capitol Hill to build support for the Personal Care Product Safety Act, a bipartisan bill by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine). Their proposal would modernize how the Food and Drug Administration regulates personal care products by giving the FDA the tools it needs to protect the public.

Currently, cosmetics companies do not have to register with the FDA, submit cosmetic ingredient statements, adopt good manufacturing practices, provide access to safety records or report serious adverse events when they occur. The agency also does not have the authority to recall contaminated personal care products – even if a company fails to voluntarily act to remove a product from store shelves.

Photo credit: US Senate – Dem Committee on the Judiciary

Photo credit: US Senate – Dem Committee on the Judiciary

“Thanks to Sens. Feinstein and Collins and other congressional leaders for taking on such an important and overdue cause to clean up the cosmetics industry,” Pfeiffer said. “Companies should not be allowed to use hazardous ingredients in products people use and apply to their skin every day. As a parent, I am particularly concerned about the ingredients in products marketed toward infants and children. Parents and expectant parents deserve to know that the soaps, lotions and other products they put on their kids’ skin is free of toxic chemicals.”

“Michelle first found EWG after doing her own research about what products were the safest for her family, and no one is more committed to seeing these much-needed reforms by Sens. Feinstein and Collins become law,” said Cook. “EWG has advocated for new federal cosmetics industry standards for nearly 20 years, and it feels like the moment is upon us. EWG and all of our supporters are grateful for the tireless leadership of Sens. Feinstein and Collins, Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey, and others for getting us to this critical point.”

Pfeiffer’s commitment to cleaning up the personal care and cosmetics industries goes beyond her lobbying in support of policy reforms in Washington.

The actress and environmentalist recently launched the first-ever fine fragrance line that is entirely transparent in disclosing its ingredients. Henry Rose is a new collection of five distinct scents that meets EWG’s rigorous criteria for health, ingredient disclosure and transparency, making it the first fine fragrance line to earn the EWG VERIFIED™ mark.

The Environmental Working Group is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization that empowers people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. Through research, advocacy and unique education tools, EWG drives consumer choice and civic action.

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Michelle Pfeiffer is fighting to make your beauty products safer

By Elizabeth Segran

Your beauty products may be harming you, and Michelle Pfeiffer, the actress and one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in 2019, is fighting to make sure the government does a better job of regulating the products you slather on your body.

What many Americans don’t realize is that the beauty industry is not regulated. While products you ingest are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, the chemicals and ingredients that you put on your skin–your body’s largest organ–are not vetted by the government in any way. Compare this to the European Union, where more than 1,400 ingredients have been banned in personal care products because they are either known to cause harm or questionable.

Senators Dianne Feinstein and Susan Collins have put together a bipartisan bill called the Personal Care Product Safety Act, which would empower the FDA to regulate beauty products. A consortium of clean beauty brands have shown support for this bill, including Beautycounter and California Baby. But Pfeiffer is also lending her support to the movement. The actress met with federal lawmakers today and urged them to support the bill, according to a release from the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit organization that campaigns for safer products and has a database that allows you to look up the ingredients in cosmetics.

This burst of activism doesn’t come out of nowhere. Pfeiffer has been concerned about the ingredients in beauty products for years, and was particularly worried about perfumes that are known to contain high levels of chemicals known to cause harm. She’s now a board member of EWG.

She also just launched her own direct-to-consumer perfume company called Henry Rose that is highly selective when it comes to what chemicals it includes in its formula. While perfumers generally choose from a menu of 3,000 ingredients, she says Henry Rose limits these options to 250.