Europe

Lead, Aluminum and Parabens: Myths in Cosmetics

May 1, 2014Chris Flower, PhD, and Emma Meredith, PhD; Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association, London, UK

Cosmetic companies comply with strict ingredient regulations and stay abreast of the latest scientific studies to ensure that their products are safe and efficacious. Yet, rumors still abound about cosmetic companies intentionally including toxic chemicals. This column looks into those myths, separating fact from fiction.

Preserving with Methylisothiazolinone

Feb 21, 2014Chris Flower, PhD and Emma Meredith, PhD, The Cosmetic, Toiletry & Perfumery Association

Methylisothiazolinone (MI or MIT), a preservative used in cosmetics and other household products, has recently been in the news. MI was approved in Annex V as a cosmetic preservative up to 0.01%; however, after dermatologists found it to be a possible allergen, its safety was again reviewed by the SCCS.

Expression of Color in the EU

Jan 24, 2014Chris Flower, PhD; and Emma Meredith, PhD, Cosmetic, Toiletry, & Perfumery Association (CTPA)

The chemical industry has developed modern colors in virtually any hue that are both fast and safe. In the cosmetics industry, these pigments can be used to color skin and hair, although they are still covered by strict safety legislation. This column will discuss color formulating challenges and regulatory actions in the EU to govern pigments for skin and dyes for hair.