On April 24, Kourtney Kardashian teamed up with the Environmental Working Group’s president Ken Cook to discuss cosmetics reform on Capitol Hill. Specifically, Kourtney spoke out on her support for a bill to more strictly regulate personal care products. The Personal Care Products Safety Act of 2017 would require personal care companies to tell the Food and Drug Administration what ingredients they include in their products and to register their manufacturing facilities with federal authorities.
According to Cook, requirements for companies that make cosmetics have not changed much since 1938 when the legislation was first passed. He is strongly advocating for reform and has launched a new campaign for #BeautyMadeBetter. He has stated that cosmetics manufacturers are allowed to use ingredients that have known safety issues.
In typical Kardashian style, the event was anything but low key. Kourtney was followed around by members of the Keeping Up With The Kardashians film crew and congressional aides who attended the meeting were asked to sign a consent form to appear on Kardashian’s TV show.
During the meeting, Kourtney discussed the impact that being a mother has had on her product choices. “As a mom, you really take so much interest in the products…and it’s so crazy. I was thinking about it this morning. I would get so many baby gifts and a lot of it were products, skincare products for my kids. And I would use the things that people sent me just assuming these are baby products and that they should be safe. I remember learning from my mom friends that these were not healthy at all.”
She also noted that she doesn’t always have the time to research every product she uses and that “it’s time for Congress to do their job.”
Interestingly, the meeting coincided with the launch of her sister Kylie Jenner’s new cosmetic line, which she also helped develop. During a closed meeting, Kourtney stated that this cosmetic line doesn’t use toxic chemicals, but one attendee told People magazine that she “side-stepped” questions about what type of chemicals were in the products.
Another attendee tweeted: “Disappointed in consumer safety briefing with @kourtneykardash. Denied to answer what chemicals are in her new makeup line with sister @KylieJenner and she side-stepped questions on where the family sources their products…yet Kourt was advocating for safer & smarter cosmetics?” – Sydney Levin-Epstein
A participant in the meeting who did not want to be quoted by name asked about whether her new makeup line lived up to her standards. “She said you can’t test products until they come out,” clearly demonstrating her ignorance of cosmetic regulations.
Following the event, Kardashian posed for photos but didn’t respond to a question by DailyMail.com as to whether she has done testing on her new line yet.
What was Kardashian’s real motive for flying to D.C.? To plug her and her sister’s new line of cosmetics? If so, does the fact that she brought attention to regulations that are badly in need of updates a good thing?
Tell us your thoughts.