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Cosmetics Companies Hiding Toxic Chemicals

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Originally published 1.29.2014

The following companies and brands have reported to the state of California that some of their products contain a known carcinogen or reproductive toxin, but they have requested trade secret status for these ingredients so that they are not publicly revealed. WVE’s analysis shows that 1,456 products have requested trade secret status. Read our press release for more information.

Research Methods

The CA Safer Cosmetics Program Database is accessible at http://www.safecosmeticsact.org/search/. In the database, the term “Trade Secret” is used instead of a specific chemical name for any ingredient for which the manufacturer has requested trade secret status. Women’s Voices for the Earth conducted a search on the database for the term “Trade Secret” to create a list of 1,456 products entered in the database containing this “ingredient”. This list was then sorted by the company manufacturing the product, and broken down by brand name. Women’s Voices for the Earth viewed the entries for all products on the list to determine if the product was either discontinued or if the trade secret chemical had been removed from the product after initial reporting. The brands which had products in which either of these actions had taken place are indicated on the final list. The final list contains 22 companies which requested trade secret status for products reported to the database.

Alberto Culver

  • Motions
  • Nexxus
  • Soft & Beautiful
  • Tresemme

Alberto Culver USA, Inc.

  • FDS (removed trade secret ingredient)
  • St. Ives (removed trade secret ingredient)
  • VO5 (removed trade secret ingredient)

Chattem, Inc.

  • Balmex
  • BullFrog
  • Cortizone 10
  • Gold Bond
  • Herpecin-L
  • Mudd
  • Selsun Blue
  • Selsun Naturals
  • Selsun Salon

Colgate-Palmolive Company

  • SOFTSOAP (removed trade secret ingredient or discontinued product)

Conopco, Inc.

  • Suave (removed trade secret ingredient or discontinued product)

Demeter Fragrance Library, Inc.


Farouk Systems, Inc.

  • Bioglitz
  • Bioglitz Color
  • BioSilk
  • CHI
  • CHI Organics
  • Chromatic (discontinued product)
  • Sungliltz
  • Sunglitz

Great Clips, Inc.

  • Detour – Great Clips
  • Solutions by Great Clips

Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc.

  • Jan Marini Skin Research

Lumene Oy

  • Lumene

Melaleuca, Inc.

  • Nicole Miller – Confidential  (removed trade secret ingredient)

Nars Cosmetics

  • NARS

Regis Corporation

  • Costcutters
  • Mastercuts
  • Regis Design Line

Robell Research

  • Supersmile

rolland srl

  • Insight
  • Organic Way
  • Una

Rowpar Pharmaceuticals, Inc

  • CloSYS

Schwartzkopf & Henkel

  • Got2B
  • Smooth N Shine

Shiseido America, Inc.

  • Basala  (discontinued product)
  • NARS
  • Shiseido
  • Shiseido Benefiance BENEFIANCE
  • Shiseido Future Solution
  • Shiseido Pureness
  • Shiseido The Makeup
  • Shiseido The Skincare
  • Shiseido White Lucen

Shiseido Co., Ltd.

  • Cle de peau beaute
  • Qiora
  • Shiseido
  • Shiseido Benefiance
  • Shiseido Bio-Performance
  • Shiseido Elixir
  • Shiseido Hair Care
  • Shiseido Men
  • Shiseido Pureness
  • Shiseido The Makeup
  • Shiseido The Skincare
  • Shiseido White Lucent

Tammy Taylor Nails, Inc.

  • Tammy Taylor
  • Tammy Taylor Nails

The Dial Corporation

  • Coast
  • Dial
  • Right Guard
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