Category Archives: Certification

Parabens, Phthalates, and Breast Cancer, Oh My!

Yes, the pink-washed month of breast cancer awareness is over, but that doesn’t mean breast cancer just goes away. Every day of every month there are new women diagnosed and beginning the fight against breast cancer. So why not start today, right now, learning about how you can increase your odds of avoiding that nasty […]

How green is green?

Greenwash: The act of misleading consumers regarding the environmental practices of a company or the environmental benefits of a product or service. Green is truly the new black. There are trendy, eco-friendly ways to update our homes, our travel, our meals, our clothing—and our beauty products. But how do consumers know how “green” a product […]

Leaden Lips: Go Organic for a Healthy Pout

Over a year ago, The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics discovered and reported that many popular brands of lipstick contain lead. Then, within the past few weeks, the Canadian government announced it had found lead in children’s face paint. So far, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not released the results of its own testing […]

Natrue-ly Yours?

Leading Swiss and German brands Weleda, Dr. Hauschka and others, representing 2/3 of Europe’s natural cosmetics sales, joined together in 2008 in response to slow progress on the pan-European Cosmos standard and formed rival non-profit association Natrue in an effort to set an industry-specific European cosmetics standard. Now the standard is live, has published its first certified […]

Do An “Obama”: The Power Of Inclusiveness in the Certification Campaign

An Inclusive Victory Like many Americans I am thrilled with the historic outcome of this election. Obama has become a national President, capable of unifying Americans across the geographic, gender, generational and racial divides. This is a victory for new America. A testimony to Americans’ capacity for growth and change. As a former expat who […]

Green is Where the Growth Is

Green beauty is growing at about 12%– almost 5x faster than conventional beauty care– which explains why companies big and small are getting into it! Over 500 new green beauty brands have launched in the last 2 years.With great growth comes great responsibility- and unfortunately, all green products are not created equal! There is no […]