Cosmetics Companies Sued For Mislabeled ‘Organic’ Products

Posted by June 20, 2011 2:50 pm

While many people have raised concerns in the past regarding how “organic” a beauty product may actually be, no one has clarified or regulated the organic industry enough for the consumers. Until now apparently. The Center for Environmental Health has filed a class action lawsuit against 26 cosmetic companies for violating a California law that declares that for a product to say that it is organic on its packaging, it must contain at least 70% organic ingredients.

According to the Associated Press, the federal government has never established rules for what constitutes an organic beauty product. Because of this, many products have been able to fly under the radar. CEH had researchers perform tests on beauty items bought in stores such as Target, Walgreens and Whole Foods earlier this year. Executive Director Michael Green told the AP that “a simple reading of the ingredients list on the back of many products revealed they fell short of meeting the 70% threshold.”

In a press release the group said:

Some of the “organic” labeled products contain ingredients linked to health concerns. For example, a “Kids Hair Softening System” made by the company “Organics by Africa’s Best” contains BHA and cocamide DEA, chemicals that have been classified as cancer-causing by government agencies, triethanolamine, which has caused asthma in exposed workers, and parabens, chemicals that have disrupted hormones in laboratory tests. The package, colorfully decorated with images of young girls, warns: “Keep away from eyes. Can cause blindnessSerious injury can resultif ingested” and “Keep out of reach of children.”

A list of the brands that were named in the suit has been compiled, and are below. We’ll keep you posted on the results of this case to find out if the claims are proven to be true. For now, brush up on what you should be looking for when shopping for organic products.

Advantage Research Laboratories, Inc./Murray’s Worldwide, Inc.: Parnevu T-Tree No Lye Conditioning Relaxer System
Aubrey Organics, Inc: Collagen & Almond Enriching Moisturizing Lotion
Beauty Without Cruelty/Lotus Brands, Inc: Organic Aromatherapy Facial Cleanser
Boots Retail USA Inc: Boots Amazon Forest Brazil Nut & Vanilla Body Wash
California Inside & Out, Inc: Out of Africa Handwash Tea Tree with Essential Oil
Colomer U.S.A.: Crme of Nature Kiwi & Citrus Ultra Moisturizing Shampoo
Cosway Company, Inc/Head Organics Company: Clearly Head Conditioner
Curls, LLC: Curlicious Curls Cleansing Cream Organic Shampoo
derma e Natural Bodycare/Stearns Products, Inc: Psorzema Body Wash
Hain Celestial Group: Jason Thin-to-Thick Conditioner and Baby Avalon Organics Silky Cornstarch Baby Powder
House of Cheatham, Inc: Organics by Africa’s Best Hair Mayonnaise
International Trade Routes of New York, Inc/Laboratorios Phergal: Naturtint Green Technologies Permanent Hair Colorant
Kinky-Curly Hair Care: Kinky-Curly Spiral Spritz
Kiss My Face Corporation: Hold Up Styling Mousse
Lafe’s Natural BodyCare/Lafe T. Larson, Inc: Deodorant Stone With Holder
Morrocco Method, Inc: Euro Organic Oil Simply Pure Hair & Scalp Therapy
Namast Laboratories: Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Replenishing Pak
Nature’s Baby Products, Inc: Nature’s Baby ORGANICS Shampoo & Body Wash in Vanilla-Tangerine Scent or Lavender-Chamomile Scent
Nubian Heritage Group/Sundial Group LLC: Coconut & Papaya with Vanilla Bean Extract Body Wash
Nutrition Resource, Inc. dba NutriBiotic: NutriBiotic Everyday Clean Conditioner Botanical Blend
Rainbow Research Corporation: Rainbow Baby Oh Baby Unscented Organic Herbal Shampoo
Renpure, L.L.C: Renpure Organics I Love My Hair! Body and Shine Shampoo
Strength of Nature Global, LLC: Elasta QP Intense Fortifying Hair Conditioning Treatment
Sundial Brands/Sundial Group LLC: Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo
The Himalaya Drug Company: Organique by Himalaya Toothpaste
Todd Christopher International, Inc/Vogue International: Hydrating Teatree Mint Conditioner

What do you think of the claims? Do you think the companies were simply trying to charge more money for your average cosmetic products?

via [Jezebel]

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  1. says:

    This is very interesting! There are so many companies that are labeling Organic. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Behind the Lashes says:

    I will have tweet this to my readers, thanks for the list!!!

  3. Michelle says:

    To experience a truly organic company look into Neal’s Yard Remedies from the UK. They have gotten numerous awards from the Soil Association (among others) and must follow strict European standards. U.S. companies are failing miserably!
    Here is their link:

  4. Susan says:

    Good to hear.  Its time cosmetic companies were more accountable about their product line.  Consumers should never have to pay more for something good for your health.

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