Concerned about generations-old regulations the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began talks with the cosmetics industry via the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) over a year ago with the goal of reaching a deal on a regulatory regime that has not changed since 1938.  But the talks collapsed, and those once-promising private discussions have given way to public pronouncements of disillusionment, frustration and distrust. You can read more about the talks in a previous post I wrote last month recapping the negotiations.  And what are the products at the center of the debate: Here is a list.

  • After-shave
  • Shaving cream
  • Pore strips
  • Pore minimizer
  • Lip balm
  • Anti-aging products
  • Acne treatments
  • Makeup remover
  • Makeup corrector
  • Dark spot corrector
  • Eye cream treatments
  • Facial mask
  • Facial moisturizer
  • Facial cleansers (astringent, soap, toner or exfoliating solutions)


  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Breath freshening products
  • Tooth whitening products
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Hair loss treatments
  • Hair gel or lotion
  • Hair dye or bleach
  • Hair foam or mousse
  • Relaxer or perm products
  • Chemical straightening treatments
  • Lotion or skin moisturizer
  • Deodorant (spray, roll-on or stick)
  • Cologne, perfume or body spray
  • Essential oils
  • Body butter
  • Sunscreen
  • Tanning oil
  • Suntan lotion
  • Sunburn or after-sun products
  • Skin bleaching cream
  • Soap (bar or liquid)
  • Body wash or cleanser
  • Body scrub or exfoliating solutions
  • Body paint
  • Body art
  • Body or facial glitter
  • Body shimmer
  • Bath oil or salts
  • Bubble bath
  • Foot soap or cleansers
  • Foot moisturizers or creams
  • Hand soap or cleansers
  • Hand moisturizers or creams
  • Hand sanitizers
  • Nail polish
  • Nail polish remover
  • Nail or cuticle treatments
  • Pain relief products
  • Anti-fungal solutions
  • Wound treatments
  • Anti-itch creams
  • Baby oil
  • Baby lotion
  • Baby shampoo
  • Baby powder
  • Baby wipes
  • Diaper cream
  • Baby toothpaste
  • Baby bubble bath
  • Lip gloss
  • Lip liner
  • Lip plumper
  • Lipstick or matte
  • Concealer
  • Blush
  • Bronzer or highlighter
  • Mascara
  • Eye shadow
  • Eyeliner or pencil
  • Eye makeup remover
  • Eyebrow liner, powder or pencil
  • Eyelash glue, sealer or adhesive
  • Eyelash gel, conditioner, primer, enhancer or serum
  • Foundation (cream, liquid, powder, finish, matte or spray)

1938 is the online magazine blog for Well-Kept Beauty, formally entitled Primer.

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