• Alberto-Culver produces personal care and household products as well as a line of spices and seasonings.
• Alberto-Culver is not a signatory of the Compact for Safe Cosmetics and continues to include potential carcinogens and other unhealthy chemicals in its personal care products.
• Alberto-Culver has been cited for unlawful toxic dumping.
• Get involved with efforts to improve cosmetics manufacturing standards and find green products through Go Green.
-- Profile Updated 06/30/2010
Alberto-Culver produces personal care and household products as well as a line of spices and seasonings. The company, headquartered in Melrose Park, Illinois, employs 3,800 people. In 2006, Alberto Culver reported revenues of $3.7 billion.
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.
Alberto-Culver (P.R.), Inc.
- Alberto-Culver Canada, Inc.
- Alberto-Culver Company (U.K.), Limited
Alberto-Culver Company (U.K.), Limited
- Alberto-Culver de Mexico, S.A. de C.V.
- Alberto-Culver Holdings (Australia) Pty. Ltd.
- Alberto-Culver International, Inc.
- Alberto-Culver USA, Inc.
- BDM Grange, Ltd. (New Zealand)
- Beauty Systems Group (Canada), Inc.
- Beauty Systems Group, Inc.
- Cederroth International AB (Sweden)
- CIFCO, Inc.
- Nexxus Products Company
Melrose Park, IL 60160-1163 USA
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has signed a consent agreement with Alberto-Culver USA on alleged violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. In February 1999, the EPA inspected the plant and found eight 55-gallon drums of hazardous waste, including spent chloroform. The company agreed to pay a $104,000 fine and has completed an environmental project, spending $6,000 on equipment to reduce chloroform generation by about 70 percent. Chloroform is a persistent toxin that can remain in the environment for long periods of time.
-- Environmental Protection Agency, 04/07/2000
Health and Safety
According to the Environmental Working Group, the following Alberto-Culver products contain phthalates (chemicals banned by the European Union and linked to birth defects):
TRESemme Eurpean Freeze-Hold Hair Spray
TRESemme European Slick Melting Gel
VO5 Crystal Clear 14 Hour Hold
-- Environmental Working Group, 07/18/2002