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What is the California Safe Cosmetics Act?

Many cosmetics contain chemicals that are known or suspected to increase reproductive harm, birth defects, and lead to various forms of cancer and other adverse health events. The California Safe Cosmetics Act (Senate Bill 484) was established to gather information on those products. This Act mandates information to be shared with the public and helps protect individuals at a greater risk of exposure by profession.

The law achieves this by enacting the following mandates on cosmetics manufacturers who sell their products in the state of California:

  • They must disclose to the state any ingredients that are identified on state or federal chemical lists that are reported to cause cancer or birth defects
  • Labeling must include all ingredients which are found on the above lists
  • Reports of these hazardous cosmetic ingredients must be submitted to the California Department of Health Services (DHS)

What Are the Ingredients Included in California SB 484?

The California Safe Cosmetics Act has detailed an exhaustive list of over 900 harmful ingredients. Here is a list of the most common ingredients required to be reported:

  • Butylated Hydroxy Anisole (BHA)
  • Black 2 or Carbon Black
  • Cocamide DEA
  • Titanium dioxide (when airborne)
  • Retinol and Retinyl Esters (like Acetate and Palmitate)
  • Talc (airborne, such as in body powders)
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The SB 484 Full List of
Reportable Ingredients

The most up to date list is from the California Safe Cosmetics Program. You can find a full list of the reportable cosmetic ingredients under CSCA & CFFRIKA from the June 2023 Update.

The Registrar Corp Advantage

As a global leader in U.S. cosmetics regulations, Registrar Corp’s expert ingredient review and reporting services free you from tedious compliance tasks. We help you focus on the initiatives that matter most to your business: creating quality products consumers will love.

Simply complete the form and gain peace of mind knowing your labels and reports are compliant with current California Safe Cosmetics Act standards.

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