What L’Oréal can do to help prevent cancer
It’s hypocrisy in action: L’Oréal, the multinational cosmetic conglomerate, is promoting its contributions to the fight against ovarian cancer at the same time that it sells products containing toxic chemicals linked to cancer.
Across L’Oréal’s many brands, products like eye makeup, nail polish, and hair products (including kids’ shampoo) contain cancer-causing chemicals.1
Reducing our daily exposure to carcinogens is a major way to protect our health and fight cancer.
L’Oréal needs to get the message that it’s time to remove carcinogens from its products.
Our friends at the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics reviewed the scientific literature and found a host of carcinogens, formaldehyde releasers and contaminants in products sold under the L’Oréal, Maybelline, and Garnier brands - all owned by L’Oréal. They’ve cross-referenced this research with authoritative bodies including the California Proposition 65 list of chemicals, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, and the National Toxicology Program .2,3
Safer alternatives exist for the carcinogens in L’Oréal’s products, and some companies, including Johnson & Johnson, have agreed to remove some chemicals of concern. If an industry leader like L’Oréal makes the decision to go carcinogen-free, it will help move the rest of the industry, removing a huge source of daily exposure to cancer-causing chemicals.
It's time for L’Oréal to stop putting our health at risk by selling products with cancer-causing chemicals.
Thanks for helping hold L’Oréal accountable for its customers’ health.
- “L’Oreal,” The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.
- "Breast Cancer Fund: Chemicals in Cosmetics."
- "State of California Environmental Protection Agency:Chemicals Known to the State to Cause Cancer or Reproductive Toxicity," Jan 3, 2014