In case you didn’t know yet, there is a bill in the making in the U.S. called H.R. 5786, the ‘Safe Cosmetics Act’. It is similar to the new European cosmetic regulation where ingredients need to be specified ‘properly’ on cosmetic products so they start to look like a chemistry book!
While regulators (made up of more lawyers and politicians than chemists) have yet to understand that almost all consumers do not understand chemical terminology, these regulators also never figured out a good way how to attach all this nonsense information on your cosmetic jar.
Regulators keep pushing their proposals, sometimes for their own hidden agendas. They forget that consumers are not that interested in explanations which nobody can understand. In Europe, where they love difficult and sometimes unexplainable things, regulators are already getting their way. In Asia they think little bit more which maybe makes more sense.
When it happens in the U.S., I can tell you these regulators can expect a fight! For this reason I love being an American because whatever the world may think about Americans being ignorant and what else, Americans are not that stupid to let regulators get their way as they did in Europe.
To ‘meet’ these regulations, companies are reduced to falsifying official declarations (happening with large and small companies). All because they want to satisfy the demands created by legislators.
For you, it’s bad news. You as a consumer can expect to pay more for your cosmetic products because of this new legislation. Because you and I know that certification bodies and all involved in the game of ‘certification’ just want more money! If you want to know, I think it’s a conspiracy of large cosmetic companies lobbying with legislators to get rid of honest little companies like us!
Here are examples of 2 totally NATURAL ingredients we also use in Paul Penders products. See how 2 simple ingredients will need to be labeled in the future? Take in consideration that some of Paul Penders products contain no less than 20 or 30 different natural ingredients. See how Natural Organic Olive Oil needs to be declared according to the regulators:
Olive Oil (Tri-Glycerides of Palmitic, Di-Glycerides of Palmitic, Palmitoleic, Stearic, Oleic, Linoleic, Arachidic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Squalene, Beta Carotene, Campesterol, Methylenecholesterol, Stigmasterol, Sitosterol, Fucosterol, 28-Isofucosterol, Stigmadienol, Brassicasterol, 7-Cholestenol,Ergostadienol, Avenasterol, Triterpene Alcohols, Tirucallol, Taraxerol, Dammaradienol Beta-Amyrin Germanicol, Butyrospermol, Parkeol, Cycloartenol, Tirucalladienol, 24-Methlene 24-Dihydroparkeol, 24-Methlenecycloartanol, Cyclobranol, 4-Methyl Sterols, Esters of Tyrosol, Esters of Hydroxytyrosol, Vitamin E (Tocopherols), Carotenoids, Oleuropein) Cocoa Butter (Tri and Diglycerides of Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Lead, Oleic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Isoleic Acid, Beta Carotene, p-Hydroxybenzoic Acid, Vanillic Acid, Ferulic Acid, Syringic Acid, Phenylehtylamine, Theophylline, Aliphatic Esters, Aromatic Carbonyls, Caffeine, Theobromine, Diketopiperazines and Alkylpryazines)
Do YOU understand this? I don’t! And this is just for one single ingredient like Olive Oil. Which label is large enough to fit all these ingredients?
Another example is Natural Organic Lavender Essential Oil…. well, this should be a simple ingredient, right? Not so for these regulators.
Remember that we buy Organic Lavender Essential Oil from small farmers. But now the farmers cannot sell it to us anymore. After they have distilled lavender into essential oil, they need to come up with multiple pages of scientific reports with declarations, lab tests and more. Just to prove it is what it says it is!
The question is, how do they expect small farms to produce scientific information about pure essential oil the way the regulators need it to be? The small farmer needs to pay some chemist to write up these scientific reports!
According to the legislators, pure Natural Organic Lavender Essential Oil will need to labelled like this on our Paul Penders products:
Lavender Essential Oil (Cineole Octanol, Octanone, Alpha Bisabolol, Alpha Cadinol, Alpha Humelene, Alpha Phellandrene, Apha Pinene, Alpha Terpinene, Alpha Terpineol, Alpha Terpinyl Acetate, Alpha Thujene, Alpha Thujone, Beta Bisabolol, Beta Pinene, Beta Thujone, Borneol, Bornyl Acetate, Camphene Camphor, Cineolealpha Terpineol, Carvone, Caryophyllene, Carophyllene Oxide, CIS Alpha Terpineol, CIS Alpha Bisabolene, CIS Carveol, CIA Linalol Epoxide, CIS Ocimene, Citronellal, Citronellol, Coumarine, Cuminaldehyde, Eugenol, Furfural, Geraniol, Geranyl Acetate, Geranyl Butyrate, Hexanol, Hexyl Tiglate, Isoborneol, Lavandulol, Lavandulyl Acetate, Limonene, Linanlol, Linalyl Acetate, Methyl Heptenone, Myrcene, Nerol, Neryl Acetate, Oleanolic Acid, P Cymene, Rosemarinic Acid, Sabinen, Terpinenol, Terpinolene, Trans Carveol, Trans Epoxy Linalyl Acetate, Trans Linanol Epoxide, Trans Ocimene, Ursolic Acid)
Which on the label will look like below, otherwise how can the label fit 1,000 chemical names for all the natural organic ingredients we use?
So this is what we call ‘progress’ in the mad, mad world of cosmetic manufacturing?
What do YOU say as a consumer?