Safe Cosmetics Australia (SCA), The Toxic-Free Campaign, aims to make
it easier for everyone to identify products that are in-line with their
own personal health and beauty philosophy. Furthermore, to help reduce
exposure to nasty chemicals commonly found in cosmetics and everyday
products, used in and around the home. Products that are endorsed
by SCA meet the highest standards of quality and transparency between
manufacturer and consumer that goes above and beyond current
legislation. Unfortunately, the natural V's synthetic debate is often
miss-guided through marketing, media and various online channels giving
somewhat unhelpful and confusing advice.
SCA is proud to
provide information with references to leading experts on chemical use
and the impact these chemicals can have on your health. By providing
consumers with credible links to scientific reports, industry
professionals, organisations and government agencies, Safe Cosmetics
Australia aims to raise chemical awareness, substantiating the
campaign objectives by encouraging everyone to dig a little deeper into
the chemicals that are lurking in your hand bag, bathroom, kitchen and
laundry. Common sense should prevail, a clearer understanding of how products are regulated and why the chemical debate is by no means black and white.
You shouldn't need a degree in chemistry to understand a product label, so how is toxicity defined?
Today it is not clear how suppliers,
manufacturers, retailers or consumers define toxicity. Australian
cosmetic labeling laws require all ingredients to be stated on the
product label in descending order, from highest to lowest concentration. But, not all chemicals are required to be stated on the label for example fragrances can contain an unlimited number of chemicals within this key word on pretty much all products. Even the term fragrance-free should be scrutinised.
'chemical' refers to 'ingredients', a chemical can be Natural or
synthetic. All ingredients are classed as 'chemicals' and both can be
equally as toxic. One of the best examples is fragrance, this can refer
to a natural or artificial aroma, any given perfume can contain
thousands of chemicals within this one ingredient listed on the product
label simply as 'fragrance' or 'parfum'. Many artificial fragrances are
found to contain up to 5,000 unique chemicals, giving true meaning to
the term 'a concoction of chemicals'.