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24 Toxic Chemicals Banned in California Cosmetics Products

Beginning Jan. 1, 2025, AB-2762 will ban 24 specified ingredients from cosmetics and personal care products in California.

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October 21, 2021

by Chelsea Lane, regulatory specialist, UL's Supply Chain team

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2025, a group of 24 well-known carcinogens, reproductive toxicants and endocrine disruptors will be banned from use in personal care and beauty products (generally termed “cosmetics”). The governor of California signed the Assembly Bill No. 2762 (AB 2762), sometimes referred to as the "Toxics Free Cosmetics Act," into law on Sept. 30, 2020. AB 2762 states that "no person or entity shall manufacture, sell, deliver, hold, or offer for sale, in commerce any cosmetic product that contains any of several specified intentionally added ingredients, except under specified circumstances" such as unavoidable trace contaminants. 

All of the chemicals on this list are also present on the European Union's Annex II of Regulation No. 1223/2009, which lists the substances fully banned for sale in cosmetics in the EU.

The list of prohibited chemicals is available in UL's ChemADVISOR Regulatory Database under List ID 8517.

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Assembly Bill 2762
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