Butylparaben on the REACH Candidate List

Several regulatory developments related to endocrine disruptors are ongoing in the EU. Among them, the ECHA committees (European Chemicals Agency) have the duty to review ingredients suspected to be endocrine disruptors and that may have serious effects on human health or the environment. The first significant cosmetic ingredient to be reviewed in this regard was […]

HEMA in UV Nail Polishes

Update: Future Restriction of HEMA and Di-HEMA Trimethylhexyl Dicarbamate April 9th, 2020 Hydroxyethylmethacrylate (HEMA) and Di-HEMA Trimethylhexyl Dicarbamate (Di-HEMA TMHDC) are two colorless viscous liquids that readily polymerize when exposed to UV-light. Because of their physical properties, these monomers are typically used in nail enhancement products. In 2016, Sweden activated the Safeguard Clause (Article 27 […]

Insolubility of Silica and its Classification as Nanomaterial

Update March 4th, 2020 As reported below, the SCCS released a new interpretation regarding the classification of silica as ‘Nanomaterial’. This one has a considerable impact on all cosmetic brands using Silica in their products and it mainly affects the make-up product category. Indeed, the SCCS strongly contradicts the position of the industry and concludes […]

Hydroxyethoxyphenyl Butanone (HEPB) Added to Annex V

The European Commission added a new preservative to Annex V of the European Cosmetics Regulation, namely Hydroxyethoxyphenyl Butanone (HEPB, CAS 569646-79-3). The maximum use level related to this new entry follows the recommendations of the SCCS, namely 0.7 % in all product categories. Regulation EU No 2019/1858 is available here.

Titanium Dioxide in cosmetic products

New Approved Coatings for Titanium Dioxide (nano) November 17th, 2019 The nano form of Titanium Dioxide is used in cosmetic products as a UV filter and this use is regulated via the European Cosmetics Regulation (Annex VI, Entry 27a). One of the use conditions is the coating of Titanium Dioxide with one of these materials: […]

Butylphenyl methylpropional in cosmetic products

Upcoming Ban of Lilial (Butylphenyl Methylpropional) October 17th, 2019 Lilial, also called Butylphenyl Methylpropional (CAS 80-54-6) is an important fragrance ingredient commonly found in cosmetic products. This is also an ingredient well-known from cosmetic brands since it is one of the 26 official fragrance allergens that have to be reported in cosmetics’ lists of ingredients. […]

Further Regulation of Climbazole

Climbazole (CAS 38083-17-9) is a preservative regulated by the European Cosmetics Regulation (EC No 1223/2009) and reported at Entry 32 of Annex V. Until now, this substance could only be used as a preservative at a maximum concentration of 0.5%. Climbazole also exhibits interesting anti-dandruff properties and the industry submitted a safety dossier to the […]


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