First – thank you for being interested in my big goal for 2022!
I’m taking on a BIG challenge in my business to qualify as one of the delegates for our upcoming trip to Washington D.C. I’ll share quickly what it is + how you can support me in getting there.
For the past 6 years, I have been actively participating as an advocate in the cosmetic + personal care industry.
Because I learned that:
- There are only 2 pages of federal legislation governing the cosmetics industry—a market valued at $89 billion in 2018.
- We have not made any significant updates to this legislation since 1938 (over 80 years ago)
- There are more than 85,000 chemicals registered for use in the United States with thousands more hitting the market every year. They are used extensively in our homes, schools, and communities, but less than one-third of these chemicals have publicly available safety data, and less than two percent have been assessed for their effects on children’s health and development.
- The E.U. already bans or restricts about 1400 ingredients from use in personal care products due to potential health concerns.
- The U.S. only bans or restricts 30 ingredients.
If you’re like me, you probably assume that the FDA has some level of oversight over this industry to ensure safe ingredients, but that’s not how it works.
The FDA actually has very little authority in this industry. Unlike food, drugs or medical devices, personal care products are some of the least regulated consumer products in the market.
And – we put them on our skin every day.
Women use an average of 12 personal care products a day, and men use about six. Teenage girls average 17 products a day. This can mean exposure to hundreds of chemicals just in the course of a morning beauty routine, and the FDA doesn’t have the proper authority to order a recall even if there is a safety issue.
These are all things that need to change. So consumers can feel confident when reading ingredient lists + trying to make the safest choices for their families.
The good news – we are making strides. Big ones.
I have had the opportunity to join other clean beauty advocates in my local area each year to visit our local representatives in the San Diego area.
In 2019, I had the opportunity to go to Sacramento to lobby on behalf of legislation that addresses all of these concerns.
As a result, we helped pass two pieces of important consumer-protective legislation in California, closing the“fragrance loophole” and eliminating certain ingredients known to cause health harms from personal-care products.
In April of 2022, I have the opportunity to attend our lobby day on Capitol Hill in D.C. This is a particularly exciting year because there is active legislation on the floor that could result in new legislation that helps close this 80+ year gap.
I would SO LOVE TO BE THERE! To see this through.
As with ALL big goals – I can’t do it by myself! I need to rally my community + network to get there.
If you’re willing to help me out – to be part of my support squad – all you have to do is email or text me + I’ll give you a couple easy ways to support me.
The more people I rally – the more likely I will be selected. So – PLEASE – send me to D.C. Let me advocate on our behalf to ensure safer products for everyone.
Much like removing lead from paint + smoking from airplanes – getting toxic ingredients out of personal care products will one day be the norm. We won’t have to worry about whether the products we are using are harmful to our health or the health of our children or grandchildren. And, we can say that together – we played a role in making that so.
Will you join me?
Below is a quick video from our 2016 trip to D.C. If you’d like to get a taste of what it’s like + some of the work I will be doing while there. Please let me know if any questions + let me know you’ll join me to #sendKarentoDC