In response to the growing concern for ingredients used in cosmetics nationwide, California recently passed sweeping legislation banning 12 common cosmetics ingredients; California’s Toxic-free Cosmetics’ Act. The reasoning behind the movement stems from a public concern for the health and wellness of the main users of cosmetics, which includes: children, teenagers, and those who are pregnant or of childbearing age. There is a concern that the ingredients listed increase the likelihood of exposing mothers, fetuses, and nursing children to substances that can cause cancer and reproductive toxicity. The goal of the new law is to ensure cosmetics on the market are safe, properly labeled, and free of contamination.
How will the new law affect the cosmetics industry and future cosmetic developments? What ingredients are banned? What alternatives are on the market for developers and researchers to choose? In our latest article, we address the concerns and questions from the cosmetics industry. Additionally, we want to assure our customers that we are on the cutting-edge of this mandate with environmentally safe ingredients from our strong supplier network, which includes JARCHEM® Biopure™ GLDA, an alternative chelating agent to EDTA.
With the passing of the Toxic-free Cosmetics’ Act in California, researchers and developers in the cosmetics industry need to prepare for changes in formulation within the next few years.
First of all, the law will go into effect starting January 1, 2025, which gives manufacturers and cosmetics R&D about five years to implement new formulations and find alternatives to the 12 ingredients banned.
The following is a list of the ingredients identified as harmful and environmentally toxic:
1. Dibutyl phthalate (CAS no. 84-74-2)
2. Diethylhexyl phthalate (CAS no. 117-81-7)
3. Formaldehyde (CAS no. 50-00-0)
4. Paraform•aldehyde (CAS no. 30525-89-4)
5. Methylene glycol (CAS no. 463-57-0)
6. Quaternium-15 (CAS no. 51229-78-8)
7. Mercury (CAS no. 7439-97-6)
8. Isobutyl•paraben (CAS no. 4247-02-3)
9. Isopropy•lparaben (CAS no. 4191-73-5)
10. m-Phenylen•ediamine and its salts (CAS no. 108-45-2)
11. o-Phenylen•ediamine and its salts (CAS no. 95-54-5)
12. The following per- and polyfluo•roalkyl substances (PFAS) and their salts:
The new law bans specified ingredients (see list above) from cosmetic products consistent with the European Union’s (EU) Annex II of regulation No. 1223/2009, which lists substances prohibited in cosmetic products sold in the EU. The law specifically states, “no person or entity shall manufacture, sell, deliver, hold or offer for sale, in commerce any cosmetic product that contains any of the …  intentionally added ingredients…” To that end, the above provisions of the law will have downward trickling effects on the cosmetics supply chain nationwide.
Thankfully, the law does provide a stipulation for product manufactured unintentionally with trace quantities of the banned ingredients. If the manufacturing processes intended to comply, but the trace quantity stems from impurities of natural or synthetic ingredients, the manufacturing process, storage or migration from packaging, that trace quantity shall not incur the product to be in violation. The law accounts other provisions for adulterated cosmetics as well.
As the cosmetics industry looks to respond and adapt to the edicts laid out in the California Toxic-free Cosmetics’ Act, companies like JARCHEM® are working to fulfill supply need for alternative, high-performance cosmetics ingredients.
Our supplier JARCHEM® provides industry-leading ingredients for the personal care and cosmetics industries worldwide. We are proud to partner with JARCHEM® to supply the Western and Central regions in the United States of America. Among the many ingredients that we distribute from JARCHEM® to our customers, Biopure™ GLDA (Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate) is a bio-based chelating agent that is a low eco-tox alternative to market standard chelating agents such as EDTA and NTA.
JARCHEM® BiopureTM GLDA is powerful, readily biodegradable and highly stable over a wide pH range. Additional benefits include preservative boosting and natural anti-discoloration properties. The chart below displays the incredible characteristics that set Biopure™ GLDA apart from leading chelating agents on the market today:
Common and ideal uses for Biopure™ GLDA include the following:
1. Hard surface cleaners
2. Laundry detergents
3. Industrial cleaners
4. Dishwashing detergents
5. Personal care products
6. Wet wipes
For those looking for an alternative to EDTA in their cosmetics and personal care products, Biopure™ GLDA from JARCHEM® is an excellent choice-bringing functionality and environmentally safe standards into the formulation. With the changes coming to the industry from California’s Toxic-free Cosmetics’ Act, it is imperative to have safe and environmentally sustainable alternatives to the current standards. We are here to provide not only specialized ingredients to our customers but environmentally conscious options that keep stride with industry standards.
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