Assembly Bill 495

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Ok, huge huge HUGE news about the safety of cosmetics was just announced yesterday.

I've mentioned before how clean beauty is really starting to blow up and have a major impact on the beauty industry, but California takes the lead again on trying to actually make something happen. Citing health concerns, California's legislature is considering a bill that would ban the sale of all cosmetics in the state containing 15 proposed ingredients.

The proposed legislation, Assembly Bill 495, would amend the state's Health and Safety Code. Building off of the existing Sherman Food, Drug and Cosmetic Law—which "prohibits the manufacture, sale, delivery, holding or offer for sale of adulterated cosmetics"—the new bill would go further and define adulterated cosmetics as those that contain asbestos, lead or the following ingredients:

  • Dibutyl phthalate;

  • Diethylhexyl phthalate;

  • Formaldehyde;

  • Formaldehyde releasers;

  • Mercury and related compounds;

  • Isobutyl­paraben;

  • Isopropy­lparaben;

  • Butylparaben;

  • Propylparaben;

  • Toluene;

  • Triclosan;

  • Carbon black; and

  • Per- and Polyfluo­roalkyl substances (PFAS)

One of the bill's authors, Assembly member Al Muratsuchi said the following:

“Californians deserve to know whether the cosmetic products they purchase in the state are not harmful to their health. While cosmetic products sold in the U.S. are largely unregulated, other nations—and even retailers—have proactively banned or restricted the use of hundreds or thousands of cosmetic ingredients. AB 495 will protect consumers by banning the sale in California of cosmetics containing known carcinogens, reproductive toxins and endocrine disruptors that are harmful to human health."

AB 495 was really proposed to "protect consumers". Think about how often we use cosmetics and personal care on a daily basis, and how some of these products still contain chemicals that can be harmful to our health. I know I've discussed in length CA Prop65, and you can think of AB495 in that same capacity. It's great for consumers that want tighter regulation and safer beauty, but it's a real pain in the butt for brands needing to comply.

The committee hearing is on April 2, 2019. If you want to keep up with this bill, you can do so here. You can read the full text here.

If you're a brand looking for some help on how this bill might affect you, send me an email! Happy to chat.

What do you think of this proposed bill? Are you for stricter regulation about potentially harmful ingredients in your beauty products?