The Natural Cosmetics Act would define the terms “natural” and “naturally-derived ingredient” as they relate to personal care products. Cosmetic products sold, labeled, or represented as “natural” as defined by the bill must contain at least 70% natural substances, excluding water, to use the term. To maintain accountability the bill requires suppliers to conduct Carbon-14 testing which they must submit to manufacturers. The bill would also give the FDA authority to issue a cease distribution order, public notice on the FDA website, and voluntary recall authority of any product deemed misbranded under this act.
“Right now, the FDA doesn’t consider it misbranding for companies to label products as ‘natural,’ even if they contain toxins like coal tar, asbestos, and other harmful chemicals. That’s just not right,” said Rep. Maloney, in a statement. “We’re talking about safety and health of millions of Americans who use these products. My bill will set the standard for ‘natural’ personal care products and do right by American consumers by putting transparency first.”
“I am proud to join my colleague Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney in introducing the Natural Cosmetics Act,” said Rep. Grace Meng (NY-6). “Increasing protections, transparency and oversight of personal care products is desperately needed, and this legislation would go a long way towards ensuring strict standards for items claiming to be ‘natural.’ In Congress, I have worked to improve the safety and transparency of cosmetic products, menstrual hygiene products and other consumer goods. I am now proud to help champion this legislation as well. All Americans deserve nothing less than full transparency and accountability from companies that market their products as ‘natural.’ I look forward to this important bill moving through the House, and I urge all of my colleagues to support it.”
Endorsers, according to a statement issued by Maloney’s Congressional Office, include: Aprinnova, BaboBotanicals, Beautycounter, The BeautyWell Project, Biossance, Credo, EO Products, Follain, Ivy Wild, May Lindstrom Skin, NakedPoppy, National Women's Health Network (NWHN), OSEA, Pipette, RMS, Take Care Shop, WE ACT for Environmental Justice.