Hair care company Bumble and Bumble and Wal-Mart are among the companies fined by the California Air Resources Board for selling products that create too much pollution.
Spokesman Antonio Leaks says they settled some 20 cases in the second half of 2013 involving air-quality violations.
"They were either non-compliant, they didn't cooperate, or they were selling things that they did know of that were exceeding our standards," Leaks said.
Leaks says the non-compliant products ranged from nail polish removers to air fresheners.
The board collected more than $230,000 in fines and plans to use the money to support air quality projects and research.