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L'Oreal make-up, skin care, and clothing products are popular with millions of consumers around the world. However, behind such brand names as Kiehl's, Lancome, and Ralph Lauren there lie health hazards and labor violations. L'Oreal has chosen not to sign the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, which calls for the removal of toxins and potential carcinogens from personal care products. The company's clothing subsidiary, Ralph Lauren (Polo), was involved in the notorious Saipan sweatshop case where 30,000 garment workers on US territory were abused over a the course of ten years. L'Oreal's ownership is split among several entities, including Nestle as a large stakeholder. Its corporate connections and its own operating record make L'Oreal a tough company to feel good about. Bottom line: support the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and ask L'Oreal for safe products. Let the Green Shift lead you healthier alternatives.

About L'Oreal

L'Oreal is the world's largest beauty products company including makeup, perfume, hair and skin care as well as conducting cosmetology and dermatology research. It also owns a number of brands such as Maybelline, Lancôme, and Redken and several European brands. L'Oreal reported revenues of $17.21 billion in 2005 with more than 52,403 employees worldwide. In March 2006, the Body Shop was taken over by L’Oreal.

Contact L'Oreal

575 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10017 USA
Phone: 212-984-4000

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Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
Everyday products such as shampoo, deodorant and make-up contain chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects and other serious health consequences. Cosmetics manufacturers are allowed to use almost any chemical as an ingredient without government approval; however, some leading companies agree that cosmetics should be made with safe, non-toxic ingredients. Over 300 companies have signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, a pledge to make safe products and the campaign is calling for all cosmetics companies to do the same.

Progress Noted

L'Oreal removes dibutyl phthalate (DBP) from nail varnish formulas. Read more ...

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics confirmed that cosmetic corporations such as Avon, Estee Lauder, Revlon, L’Oreal, and Proctor and Gamble’s Cover Girl and Max Factor lines, have removed dibutyl phthalate (DBP) from nail varnish formulas. DBP, a chemical used to prevent nail polish from chipping, has been linked to cancer, birth defects, and reproductive toxicity. While the chemical has been banned by the EU in 2004, the FDA has made no such move.
-- Health News Digest, 09/04/2006
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Complaints, Abuses, and Scandals


Friends of the Earth issued a report detailing the risks of nanomaterials found in cosmetics, sunscreens, and personal care products. The study demonstrates how a variety of nanoparticles can be toxic to human tissue and skin cultures. Numerous prominent cosmetic companies, such as Proctor & Gamble, L'Oreal, and Estee Lauder, continue to sell products containing nano-scale ingredients. Friends of the Earth is calling for a moratorium on further commercial release of such products, a withdrawal of those currently on the market until further studies have been completed, and regulations put into place for the general public, workers manufacturing such products, and environment.

-- Friends of the Earth, 05/01/2006
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