Texas Mask Mandate is in the news again. The last two months, the legislature passed a bill that essentially prohibits any kind of facial cosmetic using chemicals that are found in nature, including: nail polish, lipstick, eyeliner, mascara, eye shadow, and cream foundations. There are many people that want to use products that contain these things, but the state government has placed a mandate on the general public to purchase these products. As with many other states, the law will take effect in July, and will likely be enforced for the entire year.
When the Mandate was first introduced, there were quite a few cosmetic companies that planned on staying on until the law was enacted. These companies included: Revlon, Makeup Artist Intensive Serums, and QVC. Revlon never even got around a legal issue until after the Mandate was enacted, because they already have their European Union and Safe Cosmetics compliances. Therefore, they plan to comply with the new laws.
The laws that the Texas Mask Mandate is enforcing affect more than just cosmetics and skin care products. A Texas Mask is also being enforced against people who sell products that do not have natural ingredients. Basically, if you do not have Texas ID, a sales receipt, or the proper paperwork, you cannot sell the products to consumers. Some people are confused by this. Well, basically, the Texas State Department of Health does not feel that people need to know whether or not a product was created in or from the state.
So, why was the Mandate put into place? Proponents of the Mandate say that it is to protect the public’s health. However, some say that the Mandate is just another way for the cosmetics industry to make money. In order for makeup to be successful, people must love the products that they are buying. Otherwise, the public will not purchase them, therefore, no one will pay for them. However, Texas health officials think otherwise, and they believe that the Mandate will help ensure that people only purchase products that they will love.
According to the Mandate, companies must list the ingredients on the label of their products. If the manufacturer fails to do this, then they can be penalized for using language on their labels that is contrary to the Mandate. This includes everything from statements such as “this product is free of animal testing” to the more technical “this cosmetic has been evaluated by the American Cancer Society”. Although Texas health officials claim that the regulations will prevent the use of false and misleading statements on the packaging, the courts have ordered many companies to remove these types of statements from their products.
There is no doubt that the Texas Mask Mandate is having an adverse effect on the sale of cosmetics in the state of Texas. Many people are afraid that the Mandate is making it difficult for them to use the products that they love, and they are rightfully scared. Still, in the grand scheme of things, the Mandate is only a small part of the overall problems that many people face when using cosmetics. Cosmetics are a very important part of everyday life, and the laws surrounding them are meant to protect people from using products that might be dangerous.