• Revlon Inc. manufactures cosmetics and personal care products, which it sells in over 175 countries.
• Revlon's products are affordable and have won "Healthy Beauty" awards, and the company also supports breast cancer research and advocacy.
• Revlon is not a signatory to the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, which lobbies companies to remove harmful chemicals from its products.
• In 2002 Revlon was sued by Lip Ink for alleged patent infringement.
• Find safe, environmentally sustainable products through Go Green.
-- Profile Updated 07/01/2010
New York-based Revlon Inc. manufactures cosmetics and personal care products, which it sells in over 175 countries. The company employs 6,00 people and reported sales of $1.33 billion in 2006.
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 600 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.
New York, NY 10017 USA
Health and Safety
Despite support from such groups as the Breast Cancer Fund, the Cosmetics, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association (CTFA) actively lobbied against and defeated California legislation seeking a ban on phthalates (chemicals recently banned by the European Union linked to reproductive damage and birth defects) and disclosure of any dangerous chemicals in products. CTFA represents over 600 companies in the industry, including all major cosmetic companies like L'Oreal, Mary Kay, Revlon, Estee Lauder, and Procter and Gamble.
-- Environmental Working Group, 03/11/2005
Source URL: www.ewg.org/news/story.php?id=3704
Ethics and Governance
California-based cosmetics company, Lip-Ink International, sued Revlon for patent infringement of their smear-resistant lipstick.
-- Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 06/22/2002
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