Washington State has introduced a new law under The Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act that could impact your product portfolio. Applicable from January 1, 2025, this law will restrict the manufacture, distribution, and sale of cosmetic products that contain one or more of following nine chemicals or chemical classes listed – Ortho-phthalates, Perfluoroalkyl an polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), Formaldehyde and chemicals determined by the department of Ecology to release formaldehyde, Methylene glycol, Mercury and mercury compounds, Triclosan, m-phenylenediamine and its salts, o-phenylenediamine and its salts, Lead and lead compounds.

The enactment of this law reflects increasing concern regarding harmful chemicals present in everyday items such as shampoo, deodorant, lipstick, and other personal care products. These substances, which come into direct contact with the skin, hair, lips, and eyes, have been linked to various health concerns, including cancer and neurological damage, through repeated exposure. In accordance with the legislation, companies found in violation may face fines of up to $10,000 per offence. However, there is a grace period until 2026 for the sale of existing inventory that does not adhere to the updated standards.

If you have any questions regarding this new law, please let us know