• Mary Kay is the maker of more than 200 cosmetics and other beauty products.
• Mary Kay has not signed onto the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, which is an industry effort to eliminate the use of carcinogens and otherwise harmful ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products.
• Mary Kay does not include a comprehensive list of ingredients on its Web site and has lobbied against legislation requiring disclosure of any hazardous chemicals in cosmetics products.
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-- Profile Updated 06/12/2008
About Mary Kay
Mary Kay is the maker of more than 200 cosmetics and other beauty products. The company is second only to Avon in the direct-seller cosmetics world, having sold $2.2 billion worth of cosmetics and personal care products in 2005. In addition to its 4,000 staff, Mary Kay utilizes approximately 1.6 million independent consultants to sell its products.
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.
There are no known affiliates associated with Mary Kay .
Contact Mary Kay
Addison, TX 75001 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