Stay the &*$# Out My Beauty Business

Imagine a world without Carol’s Daughter (CD founder, Lisa Price is pictured at left), Jane Carter Solution, and all of the other fabulous kitchen beautician brands that have followed. Scary, huh? Personally, I don’t know what I would do without my fave indie/niche beauty brands. Most are on a much smaller scale than Carol’s Daughter and Jane Carter Solution, but I rely on to keep my skin and hair in check nonetheless.

This is what the beauty world might look like if the FDA Globalization Act of 2008 gets passed. The act is just in a draft stage, but if it moves forward the law would force every manufacturer, seller, or distributor of cosmetics (makeup, shampoo, perfume, fragrance oils, bath products, spa products, soaps) to pay $2,000 per year. On top of that, if the company imports ingredients like shea butter, they have to pony up an extra $10,000 per year! It doesn’t matter if you’re a do-it-yourself, one-person production that barely breaks even or a behemoth, billion-dollar company like Proctor and Gamble – the fees apply to everyone.

If this sounds ludacris (I love that word) to you, contact your Congressional representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate and tell them you OPPOSE the FDA Globalization Act of 2008. Then, go out and support small beauty businesses like these – they seriously make some of the best stuff!

Urban Apothecary True Brilliance Lip Stain, $21,

Kinky Curly Gloss Pomade, $7,

Jelly Pong Pong Lip Cushion, $19,

—Mrs. Ayren

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  • Mrs. Ayren,

    Thanks so much for calling attention to this important issue.

    My name is Jamila White, owner of j.blossom and co., a 2-year old manufacturer of fun, natural bath and body products for girls.

    I was selected to represent small, independent beauty companies on Capitol Hill last month, as part of a five-women delegation of beauty business owners (all of us members of the 700-member Indie Beauty Network) who personally lobbied against the FDA Globalization Act of 2008.

    If this law goes into effect as it is currently drafted, my company is one of the thousands across the country — mostly women owned — who may have to shut their doors for good.

    It doesn’t have to be this way! This law is all about fees and paperwork — there is not one single new safety standard for cosmetics included anywhere in this legislation! It’s really about big business — who want to get their hands on these niche markets like natural products that used to be obscure but are now mainstream — and small, innovative companies — who have been enormously successful at serving these niche markets and *growing* them mainstream. (Example: Clorox couldn’t successfully break into the natural market on their own, so instead they bought the Burt’s Bees company.) If you ask me, big companies now want to muscle out he little guys by using their money to influence the laws and eliminate the competition. In a word, it’s about *greed*.

    And it’s about consumers. Consumers have a right to *choose* what they want to buy, and not just be limited to whatever mass market brand is on the shelf at Wal-Mart. Consumers also have a right to a fair price. But when every entity in a single supply chain (i.e. raw ingredients suppliers, fragrance oil suppliers, manufacturers, wholesalers, and retail stores) have to EACH pony up $12K, what do you think will happen to the final price of a single bottle of lotion by the time it gets to the retailer’s shelf?

    I urge everyone who loves beauty products to stand up for your consumer rights and the rights of small businesses to exist. Please write to your Congressional reps TODAY. There’s no time to waste — the Congressional staffer that we met with who is writing the draft of this law said he wanted to see it go into effect as soon as the end of this year.

    After you contact your Congressional reps, please sign the online petition against the FDA Globalization Act of 2008:

    (Cut and paste the link, then leave your virtual signature in the “Comments” section.)

    And tell a friend to do the same!

    Jamila White
    Chief Joy Officer
    j.blossom and co.

  • Mrs. Ayren,

    Thank you so much for including Urban Apothecary in this story and more importantly, bringing attention to this serious matter.

    Cheri Tracy
    CEO Urban Apothecary

  • Quanette Vasser

    Hello. Thank you so much for sharing this information with us. It is definately something I am objective to and I will e-mail them and let them know.