Does FITGLOW Beauty have indications of PFAS “forever chemicals” still after our green beauty PFAS investigation? After working behind the scenes with this brand and helping them identify sources of PFAS contamination, we are happy to announce that they have successfully reformulated and no longer have indications of PFAS in their products. What happend and how does this impact your family? You’ve trusted Mamavation to bring you topics like best & worst shampoo brands, safest sunscreens, & safest hand lotions, now join us for a story about how one green beauty brand changed based on our investigations.
Disclosure: This post was medically reviewed by Sondra Strand, RN, BSN, PHN. This post also contains affiliate links.
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Mamavation is Proud to Announce FITGLOW Beauty Products Are Now Free from Detectable PFAS
When we originally posted the Green Beauty Makeup PFAS study, our lab detected indications of PFAS in FITGLOW Beauty’s mascara. Then a few months after the post was released, the owner Anna Buss, reached out to me for help. She hadn’t seen our investigation right away but was in touch as soon as she had. She was very concerned about her independent lab results from Mamavation’s lab and wanted to fix the issue right away. She also wanted to know what other brands were doing to identify PFAS and reformulate their green beauty products.
How FITGLOW Beauty Found & Dealt With PFAS
FITGLOW Beauty used our EPA-certified laboratory and sent several products for examination. Oddly, the first results she got were all non-detect and she sat there baffled. Then after additional discussions with Mamavation on issues other brands were having, she began to interview her manufacturer and discovered the problem. During the quarantine, her manufacturer swapped out her iron oxide to another supply she hadn’t vetted WITHOUT TELLING HER and that was the batch that we tested that came up with detections of PFAS “forever chemicals.” So the complications of the supply chain and some transparency issues with her manufacturer were the problem.
Anna since then has fixed all these issues and has sent her products to our lab and has received several non-detect results. We are now confident that she has fixed her supply chain problem and we can recommend her brand as one that immediately took action to protect her customers.
This also testifies to the issues with the supply chain the how little manufacturers are on the hook to be transparent to brands in general–something we believe needs to be addressed in federal legislation.
PFAS “Forever Chemicals” Are Linked to Problematic Health Effects
PFAS “forever chemicals” are problematic to human health and the environment. They are considered persistent, ubiquitous, and very toxic. Because they do not naturally exit the body for many months or many years and are not known to degrade in the environment, they are considered “forever chemicals.” Therefore, it’s imperative to reduce the amount of PFAS you are exposed to by food, water & personal care like cosmetics.
Here’s a list of health effects PFAS chemicals are linked to presently:
- reduction in immunity
- reduced vaccination response
- increased risk of allergies & asthma in young children
- affect the growth, learning, and behavior of infants and older children
- increase cholesterol levels
- metabolic diseases like obesity & diabetes
- cardiovascular disease
- lower a woman’s chance of getting pregnant
- lowers male fertility
- smaller penis size
- increase the risk of kidney & testicular cancers
- Causes endocrine disruption
- Disrupts normal thyroid function
If you feel like you’ve been exposed to PFAS, especially during pregnancy, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, a division of Community Health Investigations has created this health advisory fact sheet to use when talking to your doctor. While regulating authorities struggle to catch up, it would be wise to limit your daily exposure to PFAS markers within food like pasta sauce or ketchup. You don’t want indications of PFAS in your makeup either.
How You Can Support FITGLOW Beauty For Their Transparency & Dedication to Your Health
Because Mamavation has been working with FITGLOW Beauty behind the scenes, we were able to get a discount for you to try out their products. We hope you do! In addition to the two products we originally tested, Mamavation helped with the formulation and testing of another product, their Plum Lash Primer, which we have linked below. If you decide to purchase anything to support their efforts, make sure to use discount code “Mamavation20” for 20% off all FITGLOW Beauty products. Here is what was tested:
- FITGLOW Beauty Product #1: FITGLOW Beauty Lip Colour Serum (non-detect)
- FITGLOW Beauty Product #2: FITGLOW Beauty Vegan Good Lash Mascara (non-detect)
- FITGLOW Beauty Product #3: FITGLOW Beauty Plum Lash Primer (non-detect) (formulated with Mamavation’s help!)
Note: we have not tested every single product FITGLOW Beauty offers and thus can only give you information about the products we tested. However, this brand is very transparent and we are proud to create content to help you support them and thus encourage other green beauty brands to take the same steps.
More PFAS Studies Mamavation Has Released
Mamavation has been commissioning studies looking for PFAS “forever chemicals” inside everyday products you use. We are continuing to test and run studies and if you would like to tax-deductible donation, simply go to Environmental Health News and donate on behalf of Mamavation. Environmental Health News has partnered with us on most of our PFAS studies and provides support & more scientific scrutiny.
Here are the PFAS consumer investigations we have finished:
- Nut Butters
- Pasta & Tomato Sauce
- Cooking Oils
- Sports Bras
- Green Beauty Makeup
- Period Underwear
- Parchment Paper
- Bamboo Flooring
We also have other investigations you may like.