Starting from January 1, 2025, a person or an entity is prohibited from manufacturing, selling, delivering, holding, or offering for sale in commerce any cosmetic products that contain the 24 types of intentionally added ingredients.

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The US State of California signed AB2762 (Cosmetic products: safety) into law on September 30, 2020 to ban 24 types of substances in cosmetic products. From January 1, 2025, a person or entity is prohibited from manufacturing, selling, delivering, holding, or offering for sale in commerce any cosmetic products that contain the intentionally added ingredients in Table 1. 

Substance(s) CAS No.
1 Dibutyl phthalate 84-74-2
2 Diethylhexyl phthalate
3 Formaldehyde
4 Paraformaldehyde
5 Methylene glycol
6 Quaternium-15
7 Mercury
8 Isobutylparaben
9 Isopropylparaben
10 m-Phenylenediamine and its salts
11 o-Phenylenediamine and its salts

Table 1. Intentionally added ingredients banned by AB2762

This law also prohibits the use of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) and their salts in cosmetic products to be placed in California, see Table 2. 

Substance(s) CAS No.
12 Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS); 
heptadecafluorooctane-1-sulfonic acid
13 Potassium perfluorooctanesulfonate; 
potassium heptadecafluorooctane-1-sulfonate
14 Diethanolamine perfluorooctane sulfonate
15 Ammonium perfluorooctane sulfonate; 
ammonium heptadecafluorooctanesulfonate
16 Lithium perfluorooctane sulfonate; 
lithium heptadecafluorooctanesulfonate
17 Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)
18 Ammonium pentadecafluorooctanoate
19 Nonadecafluorodecanoic acid
20 Ammonium nonadecafluorodecanoate
21 Sodium nonadecafluorodecanoate 3830-45-3
22 Perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA)
23 Sodium heptadecafluorononanoate
24  Ammonium perfluorononanoate

Table 2. PFAS, and their salts, banned by AB2762

The presence of technically unavoidable trace quantities of the above ingredients due to impurities of natural or synthetic ingredients, the manufacturing process, storage, or migration from packaging is not within the scope of violation. 


[1] Newsletter from the California Governor – Governor Newsom Signs Legislation Making California First in the Nation to Ban Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics
[2] AB 2762 Cosmetic Products: Safety 

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