An August-September 2014 investigative article in Consumer Reports “Shop- Smart” guide asserts that while many personal care products may contain aloe or shea butter, “there might also be lots of stuff you don’t want to rub on your body every day.”
According to the article, while some American manufacturers have chosen to eliminate such chemicals as triclosan, phthalates and formaldehyde from their products, “the biggest problem is our cosmetics laws. The reason makeup is loaded with risky ingredients is because when compared with Europe, the U.S. is a regulatory free-for-all.” The author champions passage of federal legislation (H.R. 1385) that would, among other things, require the Food and Drug Administration to prohibit the use of purportedly toxic chemicals in cosmetics and personal care products and mandate adverse events reporting by manufacturers. Consumers are also advised to avoid products stating “natural,” “dermatologist tested” and “hypoallergenic” on the label or those containing formaldehyde, 1,4-dioxane, phthalates, triclosan, triclocarbon, coal tar, and nanomaterials.