The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act does not require cosmetic products and ingredients to be approved by FDA before they go on the market, except for color additives that are not intended for use as coal tar hair dyes. However, they must be safe for consumers under labeled or customary conditions of use. Companies and individuals who market cosmetics have a legal responsibility for the safety of their products and ingredients.
The resources listed below are related to products that people often inquire about. For resources on cosmetic ingredients, see Selected Cosmetic Ingredients.
- Hair Products (Dyes, relaxers, removers, statement on Brazilian Blowout)
- Nail Care Products
- "Organic" Cosmetics
- Tanning Products
- Tattoos & Permanent Makeup
- Temporary Tattoos & Henna/Mehndi
- More on Tattoos