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“CVS Pharmacy is highly attuned to our customers’ evolving needs and their desire for products that are more sustainable while still being efficacious,” says CVS Health’s George Coleman, senior vice president of merchandising. The retailer is committed to eliminating oxybenzone and octinoxate from CVS-branded sunscreens with SPFs less than 50 by the end of 2020.
“With some products facing tariffs as high as 30%, many businesses will have no choice but to pass along those costs to consumers,” an industry coalition called Americans for Free Trade asserted in an August letter to President Donald Trump in response to proposed escalations of tariffs on Chinese goods. “Price increases will likely hit shoppers just as they are making their holiday purchases,” the group noted.
Currently, representations on product labels dictate the levels of VOC content they are permitted to contain under the California Air Resources Board’s consumer products regulations. In its drive to tighten VOC limits, the agency is considering a change that would make online statements additional controlling factors for VOC categorization, one of several moves the personal-care industry aims to discourage.
Personal Care Products Council exec Tom Myers says it’s crucial that industry be involved now, ahead of proposed rulemaking expected from California’s “clean air agency” in 2020, to inform the Air Resources Board about reformulation challenges and opportunities to reduce levels of volatile organic compounds in line with state goals.
What exactly is “clean beauty”? At Target and Sephora, it means phasing out many traditional preservatives, among other commonly used but “unwanted” ingredients, and getting prominent placement and the retailers’ “Clean” stamps of approval in return.
Potentially present at trace levels in personal-care products manufactured with ethoxylated materials, 1,4-dioxane is getting regulatory looks from multiple angles at the US state and federal levels. Chemicals law expert Lynn Bergeson of Bergeson & Campbell discusses potential implications for cosmetics industry players.