Typically, the beauty industry is filled with competition and it’s unusual to see several brands work together, but in the indie community, that’s different. According to an article in Cosmetics Business News, 15 indie beauty brands joined forces to form a group called Counteract Coalition, designed to take on the lack of regulation in the cosmetics industry. The companies include CEOs from Beautycounter, Annamarie Skin Care, Biossance, côte, Goddess Garden, Follain, Josie Maran, OSEA, Peet Rivko, Rahua, Seventh Generation, Silk Therapeutics, SW Basics, tenoverten, Vapour Organic Beauty and Vintner’s Daughter.
The coalition is petitioning the US government to update the laws regarding the creation of beauty products, as the US currently does not require vetting for safety or any kind of formal regulation before a product is released onto the market. Here are some interesting facts the group has highlighted:
- Almost 1400 ingredients are banned from personal care products in Europe but only 30 are banned in the US.
- The FDA has no recall authority for beauty products.
- There is no requirement for ingredient screening or monitoring.
The group recentky met with lawmakers in Washington D.C to call for a hearing on the Personal Care Products Safety Act. If the Act is updated, they hope consumers will be better protected and businesses will have access to safety information.