A Promising Victory in the Crusade for Safer Cleaning Products

We are obsessed with Beautycounter's skincare products.  They are clean, beautiful and high performing.  But Beautycounter isn't just about making great products.  We also love the mission behind Beautycounter.  It's simple.  Get safe products in the hands of everyone.  And they don't take that mission lightly.  

Leading the charge to change law making in Washington, Beautycounter is at the forefront of making the world a safer place in the skincare industry.  Recently, their voice was heard with a major win.



Beautycounter’s passion for safer products doesn’t stop with personal care—we want to see more ingredient transparency in everything we use at home and at work. That’s why we’re thrilled that the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017 (SB 258) was signed into California law on October 15, requiring manufacturers to disclose cleaning product ingredients for the first time ever.

The victory was a long time coming—in general, it takes several years to pass such momentous consumer safety laws. This particular bill was introduced by California Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), whose mother, a domestic worker, would often complain of feeling “dizzy and ill” after cleaning. Several advocacy groups and cleaning product manufacturers rallied behind him to demand change, including Breast Cancer Prevention Partners and Environmental Working Group—two of our trusted non-profit partners—as well as Seventh Generation, Dr. Bronner’s, and Beautycounter. (Clearly, big things can happen when we all work together!)

This win will finally give consumers the chance to make informed decisions about the cleaning products they use. Beautycounter applauds California policymakers for their leadership in the regulation and disclosure of chemicals in consumer products. Families, consumers, and workers have the right to know what ingredients are inside the products they use every day.
— Founder of Beautycounter, Gregg Renfrew

What does the Cleaning Products Right to Know Act mean for you?

Although only California has signed this law, the hope is that its supporters will create a ripple effect outside the Golden State’s borders.

One of those proponents is Nancy Buermeyer, senior policy strategist for Breast Cancer Prevention Partners. “Breast cancer prevention advocates everywhere are thrilled with this historic new law because we know it will have a positive impact far beyond California,” she says.

One of the first impacts consumers will start to see before January 1, 2020 is cleaning product ingredient lists, including fragrance components.  National brands are expected to change the cleaning product labels across the country (so they don't have to make separate bottles just for California) to also feature full ingredient disclosure by January 1, 2021. 


The bill may also inspire similar legislation in other states, and it could even serve as a model for federal policy change.  Why? “Consumers are increasingly demanding information about the ingredients in the products they use every day, and this is especially true for cleaning products,” says Buermeyer.

According to Seventh Generation CEO Joey Bergstein, adoption of likeminded laws across the country would only be a positive thing. “Nearly 10 years ago, Seventh Generation began displaying all of our ingredients on packages, and we’ve been able to prove that this is not only good for consumers but good for business,” says the B Corp leader, whose company was at the forefront of SB 258’s triumph. “We’re proud to have collaborated on this legislation and to see California lead the nation in ingredient disclosure.”

As for Beautycounter, they are proud of our independent Consultants, clients, and staff who played a crucial role in advocating for the passage of this bill.

If you’re inspired to do the same on the cosmetics front, join this movement by joining our team at Clean Beauté today and be an educational voice for those you love.

Learn more about Beautycounter & the impact they have in the safe beauty market place here.