Web site shows health safety of personal cosmetics - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/8/10

Environmental Working Group creates a Cosmetic Safety Database for consumers

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By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Kristin Beerman | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – New concerns this Tuesday come from the Environmental Working Group.  The non-profit research organization says it has created a cosmetic safety database called "Skin Deep," to allow consumers to do a so-called hazard search of skin products to see if any you use contain ingredients that may be linked to cancer or reproductive health.  It works by conducting a search for your product to find the hazard score, which ranges from 0, the lowest, to 10 being the highest.

"So the perfume that I put on my body every single day got a 9 on a scale of 1-10 which is very high," said Amanda Grant, who uses cosmetics.

"Fragrance is kind of a mystery word because the term fragrance, when you see it on the ingredient list can include any number of chemicals, they're all mixed together, and you don't really know what you're getting," said Rebecca Sutton, Ph.D., a scientist with the Environmental Working Group.

The group says it tested more than 55,000 products on the market to include in this data base.  If your personal care item is not listed on the site, you just type in the ingredients listed on the product and you can get an approximate safety rating.  You can learn more about the safety of your cosmetics by logging onto www.cosmeticsdatabase.com.

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