When more than 200 women in 40 states filed a class action lawsuit claiming that Wen Hair Care cleanser and conditioner damaged their skin and hair, they brought the issue of safety in cosmetics and personal care products into the spotlight.

Wen’s infomercials have paraded stylist Chaz Dean and celebrities, like Alyssa Milano, Brooke Shields and Roselyn Sanchez, across television screens touting the benefits of the hair products. But the lawsuit contends that some people who used Wen suffered hair loss, rashes and scalp irritation. Wen Hair Care counters, “There is no scientific evidence to support any claim that out hair care products caused anyone to lose their hair.”

Unlike drugs and medical devices, cosmetics and personal care products are not subject to approval by the Food and Drug Administration. But Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, and Sen. Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, introduced a bill last year that would give the FDA more regulatory authority over such products.

Another celebrity, Gwyneth Paltrow, spoke out in favor of the legislation this week when she sent out an email, via the Environmental Working Group, asking people to encourage their senators to support the measure. Her email said:


Like most consumers, you may think that the U.S. government reviews the safety of cosmetics and other personal care products.

But right now, cosmetics companies are allowed to put nearly any chemical into personal care products sold in the U.S. – even known carcinogens – without any safety testing and without disclosing all the chemicals on labels.

To bridge this gap in oversight, Senators Dianne Feinsten (D-Calif.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) have introduced the Personal Care Products Safety Act in an effort to modernize the regulatory process and make sure the products we use every day are safe.

EWG needs our help to persuade Washington that passing it is the right thing to do.

I am asking you to reach out to your senators and urge them to support the Personal Care Products Safety Act. Will you take a moment to do that now?

Click here to contact your senators and urge them to add their name to this critical piece of legislation.

This bill would establish a safety review process for ingredients in personal care products and give federal regulators additional tools they need to protect consumers.

Companies would register and be required to report when products cause harm to someone’s health. The FDA would also have the authority to recall dangerous products if companies won’t do it voluntarily. These are all straightforward, common sense proposals – and they are long overdue.

Consumers deserve to know the products they use every day are safe. Will you tell your members of Congress to pass this important legislation?

Take a minute to contact your senators now. It’s fast, easy and will help us all have safer products.

Thanks for standing with me, Friend.

Gwyneth Paltrow




COMPLEXION: Skin Care for Women Over 40, Part I

5891823018_9d9990a4a5_zBy Anetta Reszko, M.D., Ph.D.
We all want to put our best face forward. What do we need? Trustworthy advice. This is Part I of Women’s Voices’ three-part series—by dermatologist Anetta Reszko, M.D., Ph.D.—on how to devise an appropriate skin-care regimen.


The Bad-Haircut Blues

captionBy Roz Warren
When the haircutter had finished and I put my glasses back on, I didn’t gasp, scream, or curse her out. I’m far too polite. I was in shock. And the damage was done. Speechless, I paid and fled.


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  • Mickey February 12, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Wow, did I ever dodge that careening bus! I was going to try Wen and it was too expensive. Now I’m glad, so very glad I didn’t. Thank you, WFC and Gwyneth Paltrow, senators working for change.