"The palettes and hot pots are manufactured in accordance with FDA
guidelines. Our products are safe to use and pass all FDA regulations. However, we can only speak for our own production and for all of our products that are shipped out from our warehouse. Any products that look the same or are claimed to be similar as Coastal Scents palettes (like the ones sold on eBay) are out of our control and could be manufactured by guidelines other then FDA."
What is the FDA?
The FDA stands for Food and Drug Administration, which is the basically the governing body of safety in the U.S. cosmetics industry, among other things. Products that are sold in the United States must comply with FDA guidelines to be put on the market. I think Coastal Scents makes a good point that even though some palettes might look exactly the same, they could still be a knock-off and aren't necessarily safe.
Still Have Questions?
Perhaps this post leaves you with further questions for Coastal Scents. If you still don't feel assured that the products are safe, I encourage you to contact the company directly. Visit http://www.coastalscents.com/, and click the "Contact Us" link to ask any questions. I got a very prompt response to mine.
Cosmetics Safety Database
I also did some investigating on my own. There is a fantastic cosmetics safety resource on the web by the Environmental Working Group called the Cosmetic Safety Database: http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/. This is a phenomenal resource if you have any questions about a particular brand, product, or ingredient. I will likely use this as a resource for any future reviews I do. You can also sign up for email updates on cosmetics & ingredient safety, which I did- there's a place to do that on the left hand side of the page.
CSD on Coastal Scents
Ingredients on the Cosmetic Safety Database (CSD) are given a numerical rank in terms of their safety. 0-2 means low hazard, 3-6 is moderate hazard, and 7-10 is high hazard. If you look up Coastal Scents on the site- it has no items marked as a hazard of any sort. Perhaps it's because the site doesn't know much about the brand yet- but the fact that nothing negative has been reported here is a good thing. And there is SO MUCH information on the products in many other brands, it makes me feel like the Environmental Working Group has done their homework, and simply may not have had negative findings. In addition, you can see "Company Policies". I'm able to see that Coastal Scents recently signed the "Compact for Safe Cosmetics"... According to the site, this means...
"The Compact for Safe Cosmetics aims to improve the safety of products made by companies who sign on, and to ensure that companies provide the fullest information possible to help consumers make informed decisions about the products they buy."
-www.cosmeticsdatabase.com, Compact for Safe Cosmetics
As a company who complies with this compact- you're supposed to comply with... "Ingredient standards recommended or mandated by national health agencies overseeing cosmetics safety, including in the U.S., Japan, Canada, and the E.U." I take this as a good sign for Coastal Scents, since they have chosen to be part of this voluntary group.
One last note: the cosmetics database also allows you to search any specific ingredient and it will tell you what the risk level is. Coastal Scents lists ALL of their products ingredients on their website, so you can investigate any ingredients you're concerned about.
I hope this is helpful, and puts you at ease!
Have a great day, it's almost Friday!