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California Passes a Law to Ban 24 Substances from Cosmetic Products

SafeGuardSCosmetics Personal Care and HouseholdOctober 09, 2020

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.

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.
1Dibutyl phthalate84-74-2
2Diethylhexyl phthalate
5Methylene glycol
10m-Phenylenediamine and its salts
11o-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.
12Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS); 
heptadecafluorooctane-1-sulfonic acid
13Potassium perfluorooctanesulfonate; 
potassium heptadecafluorooctane-1-sulfonate
14Diethanolamine perfluorooctane sulfonate
15Ammonium perfluorooctane sulfonate; 
ammonium heptadecafluorooctanesulfonate
16Lithium perfluorooctane sulfonate; 
lithium heptadecafluorooctanesulfonate
17Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)
18Ammonium pentadecafluorooctanoate
19Nonadecafluorodecanoic acid
20Ammonium nonadecafluorodecanoate
21Sodium nonadecafluorodecanoate3830-45-3
22Perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA)
23Sodium 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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