All of the ingredients used by Revlon are approved and have been determined as safe for their intended use by many different scientific expert panels and regulatory authorities, such as the FDA, the U.S. Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel (“CIR”), the E.U. Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (“SCCS”) and Health Canada.
To help you better understand what ingredients we use, we have provided a short summary below. Note, that some of these ingredients have been sensationalized by reports in the press or on the internet as having potential safety concerns. In our summary we have included factual, scientific information relating to the ingredients we use, and encourage you to use additional, scientific resources to inform yourself about product safety – including information found at Cosmeticsinfo.org.
Like most antiperspirant manufacturers, Revlon uses a variety of FDA-approved active antiperspirant ingredients in its products, including aluminum compounds that are approved and determined as safe for their intended use by the FDA and other safety authorities. The FDA and other authorities have found that these materials are safe when used as intended. There is no science to back up claims that state otherwise. For example, see: http://cosmeticsinfo.org/HBI/16.
Carbon black is a colorant that is recognized by the FDA and other safety authorities as safe for use in a bound, liquid form. Revlon uses carbon black in a select few liquid mascaras, eye liners and nail enamels.
Cocamide DEA is a chemically-modified form of coconut oil that is sometimes used as a foaming agent, emulsifier and viscosity controlling material. Revlon does not use Cocamide DEA in any of its Consumer products and is in the process of reformulating out of it in its Professional products, which process is expected to be complete by 2016.
Formaldehyde, Toluene and DBP
Revlon products are not made with any of these ingredients. As a leader in safety innovation, more than twenty years ago Revlon developed safer alternatives to these controversial ingredients. Revlon was the first company to stop using these ingredients in nail enamels and led the change that was finally embraced by others in the cosmetics industry several years later. For additional information relating to formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives, see “Preservatives” below.
Revlon restricts its use of fragrances to those that are International Fragrance Association (IFRA) compliant. In 2005, the E.U. adopted a labeling system for perfume ingredients that provides sensitive consumers with the information they need to avoid perfume ingredients to which they may be allergic. Revlon voluntarily identifies the presence of any of twenty-six identified fragrance allergens on its products sold globally, consistent with regulations in the E.U.
Hair dyes have been perhaps the most intensely studied cosmetic product with an extensive body of safety data. Many of the ingredients used in hair dyes have been widely used for years and are allowed for use by scientific and regulatory agencies globally. All hair dyes used by Revlon have been extensively studied and determined to be safe and effective for consumer use by both the US Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel (CIR) and the EU Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS). The weight of scientific evidence shows that hair dye use is safe for its intended use. Hair dyes, however, have long been known to contain ingredients such as resorcinol and p-Phenylenediamine (PPD) that while safe, can cause allergic reactions in a small number of individuals. For this reason, instructions are provided on each box telling consumers how to conduct a simple pre-test to make sure they are not allergic to hair dyes and thereby allowing them to use the products safely. We strongly encourage all consumers to follow these allergy test instructions prior to using our products.
Hydroquinone is a skin lightening ingredient used in some cosmetic products to lighten skin and/or age spots. Revlon does not use hydroquinone in any of its products.
Revlon does not use lead as an ingredient in any of its products. Lead, however, is commonly found in the environment and there may be insignificant trace amounts in many consumer products. In 2010, the FDA conducted testing of various lipsticks (including Revlon products) and has confirmed that there is no safety concern over the amount of lead generally found in lipsticks. See http://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/productsingredients/products/ucm137224.htm; http://cosmeticsinfo.org/HBI/31.
Although Revlon, Elizabeth Arden and the other brands in our company’s portfolio use limited quantities of mica sourced from India, the complex socio-economic challenges related to this supply chain are of great concern to us. As such we have joined the Responsible Mica Initiative (www.responsible-mica-initiative.com), a multi-stakeholder collaboration focused on solutions to improve mica sourcing conditions in India.
Revlon is committed to the highest levels of safety for human and environmental health. Revlon does not use plastic microbeads which are defined by US Federal regulation as "any solid plastic particle that is less than five millimeters in size and is intended to be used to exfoliate or cleanse,” in any of its cosmetic or personal care products, anywhere around the world.
Although Revlon, and its portfolio of brands, are low-volume users of Palm Oil and Palm Kernel Oil derivatives, we are aware of the environmental and human rights challenges in that supply chain and committed to improving the traceability of our source material and procuring from suppliers that can demonstrate responsible sourcing practices.
Petrolatum (petroleum jelly) is used as a moisturizer to treat or prevent dry, rough, scaly, itchy skin and minor skin irritations, and is generally regarded as safe. Revlon only uses the highest quality petrolatum in its skincare products that conforms to the US Pharmacopeia (USP) Quality standard.
Phthalates are ingredients that were used historically in cosmetic products to make fragrances last longer. More than 20 years ago, Revlon led the cosmetics industry by moving to formulations without added phthalates. Since then, this practice has extended to all Revlon Consumer product raw materials, finished products and components.
Polyacrylamide is used in the cosmetics industry as a binder, film former, and hair fixative. The safety of this ingredient has been evaluated by the FDA and the E.U. Scientific Committee on Cosmetic Products and Non-Food Products, and was found to be safe when used at the levels that Revlon uses this ingredient in skin care and foundation products.
Preservatives are necessary ingredients in cosmetics that prevent the growth of bacteria and help preserve a product’s freshness and quality. All preservatives used in Revlon products are safe and effective ingredients that protect the overall safety and efficacy of our products for their intended use. Below is additional information on certain preservatives:
Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) is an anti-oxidant preservative added to many foods to ensure freshness over time. Revlon does not use BHA and has not for more than five years. BHA and BHT are often confused for each other because of the similarity of their names. Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), however, is a widely used preservative in the food and cosmetics industry. It is generally accepted as safe. Like many other manufacturers, Revlon uses BHT in a variety of products including eye make-up, lip products, face make-up, skincare and fragrances.
Formaldehyde Releasing Preservatives
Revlon does not use formaldehyde as an ingredient in its products. Formaldehyde is an organic compound that is found in nature and in all living organisms in low levels. Safety authorities in Europe, Asia and North America have concluded that a formaldehyde concentration of up to 2,000 ppm in cosmetics is safe for humans.
There is a class of preservatives often called “formaldehyde-releasing preservatives,” that release small amounts of formaldehyde over time as the product ages below the concentration levels described above. Revlon uses some of these preservatives in certain shampoos and conditioners where other methods of preservation are not feasible. Specifically, we use those which have been determined to be safe for their intended use by the U.S. Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel (CIR) and the E.U. Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS). Revlon has reformulated its Consumer products out of certain preservatives of this class, such as DMDM Hydantoin, and is in the process of eliminating Quaternium 15 in all of its Consumer products.
Parabens are a large class of materials that occur naturally in many plants, and are used as preservatives in cosmetic products to keep them safe for use by consumers by preventing the growth of bacteria or mold. Not all parabens are the same. Specifically, Revlon does not use any parabens in its lip products and only uses short chain parabens, such as methyl, ethyl, and propyl paraben in eye and face make-up, skincare and other products, that are widely accepted as safe and classified as safe by independent expert review, and in concentrations below the limits set by the European Commission to be effective in April 2015. Revlon does not use any of the long chained or branched parabens such as isopropylparaben or isobutylparaben, in any of its Consumer products. Additionally, it has eliminated butylparaben from all but one of its Consumer products, Eterna 27, which it is in the process of reformulating.
Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) and its chemical cousin sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) are commonly used surfactants (wetting agents) and detergents, often used in diluted form in personal care products like shampoos and body washes. Revlon uses these ingredients in its shampoos. The current science confirms these ingredients are safe for their intended use. At least three different agencies (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the National Toxicology Program (NTP), and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)) have all rated these ingredients as non-carcinogenic.
Styrene is the precursor to polystyrene, which is often used in containers and packaging materials. Revlon does not use styrene in any of its Consumer or Professional products.
To help fight the unwanted and avoidable effects of sun exposure, many Revlon products contain sunscreen which allows our consumers to get some of the SPF protection they need in a convenient form. All the sunscreens in Revlon products are safe and effective when used as directed. These include primarily:
Micronized Titanium Dioxide
Micronized titanium dioxide has been used in sunscreens for many years. Micronized titanium dioxide is used as an active ingredient in sunscreen products and has been approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 1999. http://cosmeticsinfo.org/HBI/1. Revlon uses micronized titanium dioxide in bound, non-respirable form in color cosmetics.
Octinoxate (also known as Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate) is a highly effective UVB sunscreen used in many sunscreens throughout the world. This popular sunscreen ingredient has been expressly approved for use by the FDA as safe and effective. Revlon uses this ingredient in foundation, concealer and other color cosmetics for the face.
Oxybenzone (also known as Benzophenone-3) is widely used and is an effective sunscreen expressly approved for use by the FDA. The American Academy of Dermatology says oxybenzone is safe. "Oxybenzone is one of the few FDA-approved ingredients that provides effective broad spectrum protection from UV radiation, and has been approved for use since 1978," said Dr. Daniel M. Siegel, president of the academy. (http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/16/health/sunscreen-report/). Revlon uses this ingredient in nail enamel, nail enamel remover, skincare, and lip products.
Revlon uses other FDA-approved sunscreens and UV filters that are safe and effective when used as directed, including Ethylhexyl Salicylate (Octisalate), Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Avobenzone), Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid (Ensulizole), Benzophenone-4 , and Homosalate.
Talc is widely used in cosmetic products. It has been reviewed by CIR and determined to be safe for use in cosmetics. Revlon uses talc in its Consumer products, and only uses talc that has been certified as free of asbestos.
Titanium dioxide in bound, non-respirable form, is used as a sunscreen (see above) and also as a color additive in many of Revlon’s color cosmetic products. All color additives used in foods, drugs and cosmetics in the United States must be approved by FDA and listed in the Code of Federal Regulations. The FDA and the E.U. have deemed titanium dioxide to be safe for use in coloring products, including cosmetics and personal care products applied to the lips, and the area of the eye, provided it meets certain specifications. All titanium dioxide used by Revlon meets FDA’s strict specifications and is safe when used as intended.
Triclosan is an ingredient added to many consumer products to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination. It may be found in products such as clothing, kitchenware, furniture, and toys and certain antibacterial soaps and body washes, toothpastes, and cosmetics. Revlon does not use triclosan in any of its Consumer products.