The FDA requires that we post this notice, and it’s important info about recommended usage, so read it and heed it.
Responsible Use Statement
Although every last one of our pigments are non-toxic, there are certain disclosures that the FDA requires of cosmetics manufacturers. Please read the following so that you are fairly informed on how our pigments are meant to be used for safety and efficacy. If our pigments or products are used in a way inconsistent with their labeling, Prophetics Cosmetics cannot be held responsible for the result. For this reason, we urge you to read this statement and heed its warnings and advices.
1. Some cosmetics pigments are FDA labeled as “not for lips” “not for eyes” or “not for use on skin”. Some of these pigments do not carry the same warnings in other countries. We have made every reasonable attempt to indicate, in each listing found on the store and website, what the FDA labeling and usage standard is, and, where available, the standard and labeling usage dictated for other countries. Please pay close attention to these warnings; they are meant for your safety.
Please note that the FDA, EU Cosmetics Directive Board, and Japan’s Cosmetics Regulation Commission often differ in the ways in which they regulate personal care, health, and beauty items. Most of the time, the FDA and Canada’s regulatory commission are in accord on cosmetics and pigment regulation. If in doubt, please request a MSDS sheet and ask questions. We are just an email away, and know well all of the regulatory statutes that govern our products. We can therefore answer questions in a very efficient fashion, but when in doubt, we encourage you undertake the research you need to conduct to make sure something is safe for you, with your particular concerns and in regard to any heath issues you personally face. It is always better to be safe.
Furthermore, if you find that something you really like is usage-restricted in your area of the world, there are often options we can present that will either duplicate or closely approximate the color you are after. Please ask; we do take a ton of custom orders, and we’re able to get them out nearly as quickly (and sometimes as quickly) as something you find as a stock option.
Example: let’s say you want a matte sea green lipstick, but that pigment itself is restricted for use on eyes and not lips in the US. We can approximate this color in a lip-safe version.
Also, if you have allergies to any type of pigment, please do note this in the order notes when you purchase. Each order is sorted by a real person, filled by a real human being, and made to specifications. We can notify you of the conflict and possibly suggest something that will work just as well without aggravating your allergies, usually without even delaying your order.
What we are saying here is that ultimately, we exercise the utmost caution and vigilance in making cosmetics that are non-harmful and non-irritating to all persons, but each customer is an individual with different tolerances and needs. It is, in the end, up to you to make sure that you get what you need and want out of your cosmetics, and that it’s as safe as possible for you — personally — as you can assure. We are in every way about transparency in ingredients and the manufacture of cosmetics, but your input is crucial and appreciated at every stage of the process. Please do not hesitate to send us an email with a special request, a concern, a question, or any comment at all. We take them all very seriously, and we aim to be the most consumer-friendly, ingredient-responsible and custom-product-driven brand you’ll ever find anywhere in the cosmetics industry.
In specific, regarding pigment restrictions, and to reiterate, here are the classes of pigments that we carry that are restricted usage types:
a. Glow in the dark pigments have not been approved by the FDA for any usage involving cosmetics; however, their usage in soaps and nail polishes has not been restricted. However, these pigments are classified as safe for usage in cosmetics for eye, lip and body by the EU, Japan, and New Zealand.
b. UV pigments are often use-area restricted by the FDA, usually for lips, sometimes for eye and lip. These pigments have been approved for all uses and as safe for use in cosmetics in the EU and Japan.
c. Anything containing ultramarine violet or blue; these pigments have been deemed unsafe for lips by all regulatory agencies worldwide. We have alternatives to this pigment for lip safe cosmetics.
d. Titanium dioxide has been declared a pigment of “interest for further research” by a regulatory agency in Canada, and micronized titanium dioxide has therefore been voluntarily listed for removal by L’oreal USA/Paris from powdered cosmetics because of the fact that many of their brands use micronized pigments, which are not proven to be 100% safe when inhaled by a human being, and have been proven to be carcinogenic in studies done with rats that inhale an industrial-worker sized amount of micronized TO2. We do not use the same form of the pigment, and ours is not micronized, and we also use the safer form (Rutile) which has not been shown to be an inhalation hazard or carcinogen in the lungs. However, given the fact that our customers come to us with concerns about this ingredient, we pledge to phase out the use of titanium dioxide in our cosmetics by 2014, and will begin using zinc oxide as our white pigment of choice by that time.
d. Anything containing chromium oxide green is rated in all countries as not safe for lips. We have alternatives to this pigment for lip safe cosmetics.
Please read the disclosures in our product listings and use accordingly.