Safe Cosmetics Australia

The Toxic-Free Campaign

Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to Safe Cosmetics Australia, The Toxic-Free Campaign®. Browse the site to learn more about chemical awareness and how you can best avoid those nasty ingredients. See Key Issues for SCA's list of top offending chemicals and Key Allergens to avoid. Discover our Certification seals and what they mean to your health and beauty regime, find Certified Brands or catch up on the latest news, browse
Safe Cosmetics Australia is prompting many to question the health and beauty industry. Raising concerns for toxic chemicals used to formulate everyday products, our mission is to provide consumers with the information and identification required to purchase products that are formulated without chemicals, known or suspected, to cause harm to human health, animals and the environment.
What is the Toxic-Free List? Companies published on the TFL have been reviewed by Safe Cosmetics Australia. Products that meet SCA's criteria of excluding known toxic chemicals are awarded our trademarked Certification seals. SCA governs the terms Australian Certified Toxic-Free® & Non-Toxic, Safe Cosmetics Australia, The Toxic Free Campaign®, Made Safe ® Australian Allergy Certified® see T&C's for a full list of copyright inclusions.
Who can apply for certification? The Toxic-Free List is for brands that manufacture cosmetics, personal care and household products including skin care, bath care, body care, baby care, beauty products, pregnancy care, cosmetics, makeup, pet care products, sunscreen, self tanning lotion, specialised treatments, spa, facials, home cleaning products and all beauty care products and services that exclude toxic chemicals.
How is The Toxic-Free Campaign funded? SCA's campaign is funded by application fees and provided by volunteers ie. donated time and a whole lot of passion and commitment! The income generated from the application fees covers basic administration expenses only ie. the cost of running the Safe Cosmetics Australia's website, trademark fees, advertising and accounting costs only. The application fees do not provide any payment for time spent researching, publishing, designing content and providing administration duties ie. the great deal of time spent running Safe Cosmetics Australia is on a volunteer basis only. Web developers are paid for website development, but all publishing research and customer relations is unpaid.

What is an ingredient philosophy?  SCA Certified brands disclosed all ingredients used to formulate their products. Our ingredient philosophy excludes known harmful chemicals from Australian cosmetics, toiletries and home cleaning products. Where necessary, further product assessment is undertaken including submission of specification sheets, and test results carried out on humans. SCA does not support cruelty to animals.

How does SCA confirm that companies do not use toxic chemicals? Brands must supply a full list of products they produce and sign a legal declaration confirming the true nature of their product ingredients. Companies sign a "Product Ingredient Declaration" stating to the effect that the information supplied to SCA during the application process is the truth about their practices. Brands pledge to maintain toxic-free formulations by signing SCA's Ingredient Pledge to always consider the Ingredients First™