About SCA

Advocating for Natural & Organic ingredients since 2003. Today over 100+ innovative brands from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, India & most recently China, have joined The Toxic-Free Campaign to show their commitment to safe & healthy cosmetic ingredients.

Established 2010, Safe Cosmetics Australia pioneered the first toxic-free guidelines for cosmetic manufacturers. The list of chemicals to exclude & restrict took the precautionary approach towards chemicals, in having a preference for Natural & Organic ingredients.

The campaign continues to attract manufacturers of high quality products that are formulated without unnecessary binders, fillers & other irritating chemicals, recognised internationally as being associated with common skin reactions & systemic toxicity. Brands take pride in providing ingredient transparency & consumers are confident in making ethical choices with SCA’s not tested on animals policy.

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Chemicals in cosmetics

Here are 10 quick facts to consider as you navigate the chemical maze. Many would have you believe that you have been frightened into choosing healthier products that are free-from irritating & potentially harmful chemicals. But, we all need to make healthier choices that reduce toxicity not only for our health, but also to improve the impact humans have on the inenvironment.

  • What is a natural chemical? A substance or compound, produced by a living organism, it can be sourced from plants or animals.

  • What are chemical ingredients? Every ingredient is a chemical & every chemical is an ingredient, they are terms used interchangeably.

  • What are man made chemicals? There are an estimated 144,000 chemicals made by man that do not exist in nature.

  • Which chemicals are toxic? All chemicals can be toxic, even water can be irritating to skin, some people are allergic to water.

  • Who regulates chemicals? Government agencies around the world are responsible for chemical regulation in their respective country.

  • Who influences chemical scrutiny? Consumers hold the balance of power if they report adverse health issues & shop responsibly.

  • Are chemicals tested prior for use in products? No, adverse health issues must be reported then government agencies investigate.

  • Who should report adverse reactions? Everyone needs to report adverse reactions to the TGA, authorities respond to multiple reports.

  • What are the benefits of certifications? Independent verification raises the standards of manufacturing, above & beyond legislation.

  • Why are campaigns important? Chemicals in cosmetics is a project that governments, industry & consumers must work on together.

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By Amina Kitching, Founder of Safe Cosmetics Australia, The Toxic-Free Campaign…

“Thanks to research organisations, writers, journalists, doctors, scientists, environmental advocates and the many people that make up the cosmetics industry, I am proud to be part of a movement towards Natural & Organic ingredients. Following are a handful of inspiring articles by media that share a passion for raising chemical awareness, seeking to improve the cosmetics industry and supporting Safe Cosmetics Australia, The Toxic Free Campaign.” - Amina Kitching.