28 Nov '11, 10am

Ask Umbra: Are cosmetics companies lying to my face?

Ask Umbra: Are cosmetics companies lying to my face?

To answer your specific question, there is no such thing as certified hypoallergenic (in fact, there's barely such a thing as hypoallergenic ). But it is not illegal to use the term, because there are also no standards governing its use. A spokesperson from the Food and Drug Administration, which regulates product labels, told me that hypoallergenic "means whatever a particular company wants it to mean." Other terms are not so lucky: Many fall under guidelines issued by the FDA , which works with the Department of Justice to curb the most unseemly labeling offenses. But the FDA cannot -- and does not pretend to -- regulate every word on every product. Kind of a kicky opportunity for cosmetics companies, and a headache for consumers.

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