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There is a lot of misinformation about them.”
If preservative issues create headaches for Lange and the
Personal Care Products Council staff, then sun care has become
a bright spot, thanks to the recent passage of The Sunscreen
“I am very excited about the Act. It will give us more ingredients and more options for formulators,” she told Happi.
More than six months into her new role, Lange has found
that best thing about her job is how focused the industry is on
“Safety is the No. 1 priority; our members spend so money
making sure that products are safe before they reach the market,”
Safety Is Critical
On the flip side, Lange has been surprised by how quickly key
stakeholders, such as NGOs and retailers, can make decisions
without seeking input from industry or its association. When
she joined The Council, Lange assumed that other stakeholders
would use PCPC as a resource before making decisions.
“Too often, they ignore us, or they call us an hour before announcing a strategy,” she observed.“If you are trying to do what is
best for the consumer, why not reach out and ask?”
Council members want decisions to be science-based, she
noted. That said, members are often the first to recognize the
need to eliminate a questionable ingredient or material. Lange
pointed out that member companies recognized the need to
reformulate away from polyethylene beads and were happy to
move away from these materials in exfoliating cleansers.
Similarly, the biggest issue facing the association now and for
the foreseeable future is the expansion of retailer sustainability
scorecards that are being developed without input from industry,
according to Lange.
“We are trying to work with them to show that we are a credible scientific resource.”
At the same time, Lange is committed to promoting the
credibility of the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR), which was
established in 1976 by the Personal Care Products Council’s
predecessor, the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association,
with the support of the US Food and Drug Administration and
the Consumer Federation of America. Although funded by the
Council, CIR and the review process are independent from the
Council and the cosmetics industry.
“It provides a great venue for people to see how science is
assessed,” she insisted.
Pictures Tell the Story
Educating consumers about the science behind cosmetics is a
key goal of Lange. To that end, the Council has revamped cos-meticsinfo.org to make it more user friendly, adding infographics to help consumers understand complicated issues such as
the importance of preservatives and naturally-occurring lead in
“People respond to visuals more than words, so we’re using
pictures to help get the story right.”
Now the Council is developing an infographic on product reformulation, a topic that is near and dear to Lange’s heart. She
noted that there always some group somewhere that is urging
the industry to immediately eliminate a particular ingredient.
“You can’t just get out of an ingredient overnight,” Lange noted. “So our new infographic will explain the expertise involved
and the approximate time that it takes to get a new formula to
As the Personal Care Products Council works with disparate
groups on a number of critical issues, not to mention dealing with
regulators around the world in key markets such as Brazil and
China, it is clear that Lange and her co-workers have a full slate
of issues to deal with in 2015. But The Council’s chief scientific
officer is undaunted.
“I am really proud to work in the cosmetics industry,” she
concluded. “It is innovative, safe and something that touches
people’s lives every day.”
And so, while she’s rarely called up to speak in front of 30,000
people at one sitting these days, Lange and the Personal Care
Products Council are still making decisions that can impact millions of consumers.•
• The Personal Care Products Council will hold its 2015 Annual
Meeting Feb. 22-25 at the Breakers in Palm Beach, Fl. the program
will kick off sunday evening with a dinner for all attendees featuring a
keynote address by Bert Jacobs, co-founder and “chief executive optimist” of the life is Good Company.
david rose will address attendees on Monday at the morning plenary session. rose is an instructor and researcher at the Mit Media lab,
author of enchanted objects: design, Human desire, and the internet
of things, and founder of Vitality, a company that reinvented medication
packaging that is now distributed by CVs and Walgreens.
also on tap for Monday are Jon steinberg, Ceo of dailymail.com and
former president of BuzzFeed, and the Council staff’s annual Washington
report, detailing the continuing and emerging issues impacting the cosmetic and personal care products industry.
Feb. 24 opens with a networking breakfast, followed by a plenary
session that will include a sustainability panel moderated by Pamela Gill
alabaster of estée lauder. Panel speakers will include Kate Heiny of
target, Paulette Frank of Johnson & Johnson, rob Candelino of unilever,
lori Michelin of Colgate Palmolive, and Candace taylor of Belks.
in addition, doug rauch, former president of trader Joe’s, will discuss innovation.
More info: www.personalcarecouncil.org
2015 ANNUAL MEETING SCHEDULE IS SET