Most people don’t realize that the world of beauty & personal care products is still widely unregulated in the United States. To give you an idea, there are currently only 11 ingredients banned for use in cosmetics by the FDA—in the EU, there are over 1300.
The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act (FFDCA) which was signed into law in 1938 (and hasn’t been considerably updated since) remains to be the only significant piece of legislation regulating the personal care industry. Of the 112 pages of standards for food & drugs listed in the act, there were only two pages on cosmetic safety.
Essentially, the act failed to provide the FDA with the power to regulate the safety of an estimated $100 billion domestic cosmetic industry. Products are not required to be tested for safety before use, only 11 ingredients are banned, & companies can essentially use any words to market their products that they please (green, natural, eco, and even clean—none have a legal definition).
This means that most of our conventional beauty products are teeming with toxic chemicals (such as phthalates, parabens, butylated compounds, hydroquinone, & formaldehyde to name a few) that are known links to cancer, neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, inhibited fetal brain development, organ toxicity, infertility, developmental toxicity, and severe allergic reactions. Why does that matter? Our skin is our largest organ and absorbs up to 60% of what we put on it, so most of these toxic chemicals seep directly into our bloodstream—reeking havoc on our bodies (and our looks).
At Lulette, we demand more. We are no longer willing to sacrifice our health for highly effective, luxurious beauty products and neither should you. For this reason, we’ve created an extensive list of restricted ingredients and a rigorous three-step-approval process to thoroughly vet each product that we sell—not only for safety, but for performance, efficacy, sustainability, inclusivity, and sustainability—so you can be assured that when you are shopping at Lulette, you are choosing the best of beauty.
Thank you so much for supporting Lulette. We are devoted to maintaining your trust in all we do and will work endlessly to surpass your expectations—because you deserve that & more.