The good, the not so good and the toxic

New report ranks the top cosmetic companies in Canada on their progress in eliminating harmful chemicals from their products.

Some cosmetic companies are good and others are naughty, but they are all more or less toxic, according to the Environmental Defence report Taking Stock: How the Cosmetic Industry Ranks on Toxic Chemicals.

The report ranks the top cosmetic companies in Canada on their progress in eliminating harmful chemicals from their products. At the top of the list, Procter & Gamble was recognized for its published policies to eliminate triclosan, phthalates, parabens and 1,4-dioxane — chemicals with possible links to serious health problems, including cancer — as well as providing public information on its website. And Estée Lauder and L'Oréal rounded out the bottom of the list because they had no published policies to phase out harmful ingredients on their websites.

About the Author

Yan Barcelo


Yan Barcelo is a journalist in Montreal.

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