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Safe Cosmetics Australia

The Toxic-Free Campaign

Registered Australian Trademarks

Look for SCA's trademarks when choosing products that are made without common irritants: Australian Certified Toxic-Free® Allergy Certified® & Made Safe® are registered IP Australia trademarks owned by Safe Cosmetics Australia. Approved brands are endorsed by SCA, they sign a legally binding pledge to uphold the campaign criteria.
 
Brands that consider consumer health & safety first is so important. Choosing cosmetics that are made free-from irritants is essential for the very young, the elderly & also during times of illness or pregnancy.
With tens of thousands of chemicals permitted for use & scant regulations, protecting consumer health is a safety issue. Raising chemical awareness also helps to protect the environment &  marine life.
The physical & biological effects of chemicals should be considered before chemicals are permitted for use in products, but sadly there is no such pre-market regulatory process in most countries.
 
SCA encourages consumers to equip themselves with the necessary knowledge to avoid irritating chemicals & those that are linked to adverse health effects. The campaign area of this site raises issues manufacturers are addressing, but not all brands care.
Safe Cosmetics Australia established the first Toxic-Free List in 2010. Today our trusted logo’s are readily identifiable on over 1,800+ products. Brands SCA endorses are raising the standards of cosmetic manufacturing by leaving out common irritants.

CHEMICAL SAFETY

Provided consumers follow the directions for use, most cosmetics are safe for many - True or False? This is a grey area. Some chemicals don't discriminate, they irritate broken skin like propyl & butyl paraben. Learn more about chemicals now >

 
This is an official publication by a Government or medical or pharmaceutical society, that lists medicinal drugs with their directions for their use, it provides guidelines & usage as well as their effects. Australia does not have it's own pharmacopoeia.
The TGA advises manufacturers to rely on any of the British, European or US Pharmacopoeias. If Australia relies on the advice of other nations, then why doesn't our chemical classification match that of other nations who restricts & excludes toxic & irritating chemicals?
Whilst NICNAS assesses the risks of industrial chemicals, this is only after consumers have reported adverse health issues relating to chemical use in everyday products. But, how many of us report skin irritation to authorities?
 
Certain products require ingredients such as plasticisers, to produce a waterproof mascara. Healthier ingredients are not always ailable, to satisfy consumer demand & provide a helathier product than other synthetic brands. Safe Cosmetics Australia allows less than 15% of the formula to contain ingredients required to produce a competitive product, one that performs to customer expectations.
Certified organics allow a percentage of the product to be non-organic. The Made Safe logo recognises products made in a base of 85% or more free-from chemicals published under Key Issues. When a comparable chemical is available, the brand will consider the options to replace specific ingredients.  Whilst 100% Toxic-Free is ideal, brands must compete with multi-national brands that are made exclusivly from synthetic chemicals.

CHEMICAL SCRUTINY

Chemicals should be accurately tested prior to use in cosmetics, personal care & household products. Brands that SCA endorses consider the purity of each ingredient they use. Natural & organic ingredients are ideal, some synthetic ingredients also work to provide a vital component of a formula. It is not a case of natural is in & synthetic is out, it's about assessing each chemical to determine if it casues harm to the skin & body.

 
Brands approved to carry the Allergy Certified® trademark, exclude &/or restrict the key allergens. Alternatively, brands can submit clinical test reports that confirm suitability for sensitive allergy prone skin.  Full disclosure of their product ingredients is required to ensure suitability of their products for sensitive allergy prone skin.
SCA conducts an ingredient based review of every product endorsed by SCA's trademarks. Compliance is also based on clinical test results. Where a product has been tested then this overides the need to do an ingredient based review because the product has been proven to be non-sensitising, non-irritating or words to this effect.
Even if a product is clinically tested & found to be safe for sensitive skin, there is always the potential for skin irirtation. Doing a patch test first is the best line of defence. As is reading the product label even if you don't have allergens or sensitive skin. If you are familiar with the ingredients you use & you experience a reaction, you can more easily rule irritants.