In Part 1, Kayla Fioravanti from Essential Wholesale, Inc. in the U.S., together with a bunch of small cosmetic business owners flew to Washington DC in order to talk directly to the staff at offices of U.S. representatives Schakowsky, Markey, Baldwin, Frank and Feinstein, all co-sponsors of the H.R. 5786 The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010.
Interesting enough, today I got message that over half a MILLION dollars were spent for lobbying to these United States representatives paid for by cosmetic giants including L’Oreal, Revlon, Avon and Proctor & Gamble. One would think why these large companies would spend all that money? Well let’s put this all very simple.
This proposed bill COULD be the end for small natural cosmetics companies, especially the ones buying organic ingredients from small farmers. These are often the creative cosmetic companies who – by using grassroots activities – have helped to change the cosmetic industry for the better.
Sometimes they brought these cosmetic giants on their knees. Just think about the fight against animal tests? A terrible practice FIERCELY defended by most of these multinational companies till the last hour. At the end they lost the battle in favour of a few small independent ‘warrior cosmetic companies’, the ones favoured by the consumer.
These multinationals have a lot at stake right now. Because more and more small cosmetic companies are around offering beautiful, truly natural high quality cosmetic products. What about the revenues of these multinationals still produce cosmetic products the old way? Multi-nationals are in support for this new bill to get their lost market share back. And they have the financial resources and necessary manpower to do whatever it costs to do what they are doing .… and they have been doing it quietly….quietly!
Small start-up companies, the ones with dreams and often great creative ideas cannot set-up business anymore because of the horrendous lab rests required, the enormous amount of paperwork needed, and the capital that must be available to finance all these ridiculous requirements. And your cosmetics will NOT be getting more safe but more expensive.
Small cosmetic entrepreneurs now will fall in the hands of cosmetic manufacturers (OEM’s) who are waiting for them and will be making their products according to the same formulations that are being made for others as well. And I bet you that many cosmetic companies will start falsifying documents in order to get faster and cheaper through the silly requirements they need to fulfil in order to survive. Are you getting the large picture here? Nobody will gain here but the large cosmetic industries and regulators often lawyers are no cosmetic chemists, so they are being lied to, or not always told the truth.
It is also bad for small organic producers because of the heavy demands the new bill will put on them. Often they can not meet these and they may be put out of business as well. Therefore, at the end…. you consumer will be forced to look more into cosmetics from the large cosmetic companies.
This new bill, when it comes through, will be bad for all of us who favour natural ingredients and who wish to support small businesses. But when you love L’Oreal, Avon, Proctor & Gamble and more of these multinationals then support this bill and make them even more powerful.
This proposed bill is a shame to the American Dream and to you, the consumer who is maybe being mislead; maybe even lied to? But it is not too late.