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Poll: Consumers Want Cosmetics Labels

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Poll: Consumers Want Cosmetics Labels

Cosmetics consumers are growing increasingly wary of the makeup they use, with a new poll suggesting many want to see ingredients lists on their products.

The poll, conducted in may by the Oregon Environmental Council and Metro, found the majority of the 1,000 respondents believed manufacturers should be required to list all ingredients on product labels. As Oregon Live notes, such production transparency may greatly affect buying decisions in the $250-billion-a-year industry.

According to the report, as many as 10,000 of the ingredients used in hygiene and skin-care products contain potential carcinogens, and if consumers knew their makeup had these ingredients, they could make better choices.

"We know that these chemicals end up in our bodies," Renee Hackenmiller-Paradis, a geneticist and program director for the environmental council, told the news source.

The demand for cosmetics warning labels is not a new one, and some regions have been slowly enacting regulations. For example, the state of California requires any products using butylated hydroxanisole — used in eyeliner, mascara and lipstick — to denote so on a warning label