Originally Posted by CaliMel
I see. I tend to think that companies error on the side of caution since they don't want a lawsuit. I mean, it just says "not recommended" not "this will make you go blind", so for me I'll keep using it. But I also don't wear contacts or anything like that. If I did, I would definitely be more careful. Thanks for posting that! Do they have those for all products? I wish they would send those out with them, but I'm weird and love looking at things like that because it's good to know the extra info.
The cosmetic companies didn't choose to err on the side of caution. It's because of laws in the US to protect consumers from potentially hazardous products.
I have some makeup i bought back in the late 1960s, and i can tell by looking at it now that it has ingredients that are REALLY not safe to put on my skin. One is a gold pressed powder that tarnished - it oxidized and turned green! That means it was made with real metal, probably what is called "bronzing powder". This has nothing to do with making skin look tan. Bronzing powder is real powdered metal. For example, bronzing powder can be mixed with paint to make a wooden picture frame look like it's made of bronze, or it can be mixed with something else and painted over old baby shoes - formerly a common practice to make a keepsake from one's child's infancy. So this face powder was made and sold back before the laws to protect consumers were passed in the US.
Nowadays in the US all makeup products must list all the ingredients in them (except their proprietary perfumes), use ingredients that are more or less safe, and note when a product contains an ingredient known to be unsafe for use on a particular part of our faces. I think it's good to know when some products aren't lip safe -- get in our mouths, get swallowed, spread into our bodies, cause illness or permanent damage -- or eye safe -- maybe not make us to go blind, but can cause irritation, infection, permanent damage to the cornea, etc. Other products may contain ingredients that haven't been tested on certain parts of the face, so it is not known if they are safe - as is the case with the EDSF and eyes. Of course, the ultimate choice is up to us whether we pay attention to warnings or not, but at least we have been informed. I always read labels, and i look up information unfamiliar ingredients.
However, there isn't nearly enough oversight on skin care products in my opinion, but that's a whole 'nother issue.
I don't know about consumer protection laws in other countries.