Heartache and Health Risks at the
Estee, is our romance really dead? Have you been
honest with us? Maybe we need a break while you get your priorities in
order. You sold us Happy, Beautiful and Love, but you didn’t tell us
they contained toxic phthalates. We found out *sniff* from
The magazine tested U.S. versions of Aveda’s
Love Pure-Fume Essence, Clinique’s Happy and Estee Lauder’s Beautiful
fragrances (all made by parent company Estee Lauder) for
a group of chemicals linked to reproductive disorders and cancer. They
also tested versions of Happy and Beautiful sold in Europe, which boasts
new health-protective cosmetic standards, including bans on some
Both the European and U.S. samples of the two
fragrances contained the phthalates DEP and DEHP. The latter is banned
from cosmetics in Europe, making both Happy and Beautiful illegal to
sell in Europe in their current form. None of the eight products tested
by Consumer Reports, which came from Estee Lauder and five other
companies, listed phthalates among their ingredients, but unfortunately
they were present in all samples.
Oh, Estee! The tests, the phthalates! The
claims that you were in compliance with the EU law, that you were safe!
Sweet-scented siren, if you don’t do right by us, this love affair will
have to end!
Sure, we have bigger problems in our
relationship. The FDA doesn’t require you or any other cosmetics company
to test your products for safety. And current government policies on
chemicals just aren’t enough to protect me. But I wanted all your
promises of safety to be true!
Don’t take the heartbreak lying down this
Valentine’s Day -- e-mail or call Estee Lauder!
Join the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics in
demanding that Estee Lauder remove DEHP and DEP from their products in
every market they occupy. Not only is it the law in Europe,
it’s also the safe thing to do for our bodies and our health.
You can also remind Estee Lauder that if they
really want to win our hearts, they should join the 500 cosmetics and
body care companies that have promised to eliminate controversial ingredients
from their products worldwide by signing the Compact for Safe Cosmetics.
If you get flustered delivering bad news, you can use our handy script
at the bottom of this email.
To e-mail Estee Lauder, use
their contact form, found at
Or, give them a call at 1-877-311-3883 (after you hear the automated
message, press 4), or in New York at 212-572-4200. We've included
a sample script below.