The retail pharmacy chain announced plans this week to remove select ingredients from four of its own cosmetics and personal care brands, calling the move “a natural step in the evolution of our comprehensive approach to chemical safety.”
I’ve lost all respect for CVS. Following in the footsteps of NGO activist groups, the decision to phase out “Chemicals of Concern” shows the stupidity of someone in their decision tree. I doubt that it involved their pharmacists, who are well-read in science, chemistry, and toxicology. It appears the corporate powers that be have been listening to NGO activist groups who demonize just about every personal care chemical over two syllables long. I think the motive is positioning in the marketplace. A target market of new-age hippies and crunchies. They’re caving into the anti-scientific movement and profiting off people’s ignorance of chemistry, when they should be educating the public.
Phthalates are on the no-no list. Chemophobes tend to group them together, but the ones used in cosmetics are DBP (nail polish) and these days you’d be hard pressed to find any fragrance oils that are made with phthalates. As expert Chemist David C. Steinburg said in Cosmetics & Toiletries, October 2005, Volume 120, No 10,
And Yes, CVS sells liquor.
Here is the FDA’s position on phthalates in personal care products. “At the present time, FDA does not have evidence that phthalates as used in cosmetics pose a safety risk.”
I won’t even get started on formaldehyde donors and parabens. Both are safe as used. The irony is they’ll ban ingredients deemed safe by most of the scientific regulatory bodies all over the world, but refuse to quit selling homeopathic remedies. Worthless crap. Homeopathy has been studied to death and doesn’t work under any controlled conditions. At best it’s an expensive placebo…. unless it’s made wrong and poisoning babies.
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It looks like CVS just can’t resist the $$$ from duping gullible consumers. Profit up, credibility down.