France’s body for competition and fraud control (DGCCRF).

Cosmetics Design Europe reports on some interesting findings by France’s body for competition and fraud control (DGCCRF). 

"...DGCCRF, in partnership with the French authority on the safety of health products (Affsaps), investigated the chemical makeup of products, and how this compared to their labels, as well as investigating the levels of microbial contamination.

Out of 28 products, 12 advertised themselves as preservative free, and the other 16 as free from parabens and/or phenoxyethanol. The preservatives used in the latter group were the salts of benzoic or sorbic acid, and dehydroacetic acid.

Regarding this practice, the DGCCRF stated that flagging up the absence of certain preservatives when the product contains others is a way of voluntarily giving incomplete information to the consumer.

This could be seen as misleading the consumer about the actual formulation of the product, it claimed.

In addition, chemical analysis of the products flagged up a number of products that contained traces of preserving compounds that were not marked on the label..."

Unfortunately, "paraben-free" sometimes means just that - free from parabens. But you might get benzoic or sorbic acid. Or even diazolidinyl urea and phenoxyethanol. How about some formaldehyde? I was shocked to see products containing the latter on the shelves on many high-street stores.

When you get a MuLondon product, you can be sure that it does not contain ANY man-made preservative mentioned above. Our unique water-free process enables us to naturally keep our products fresh and safe using gentle natural herbal extracts and essential oils - all completely preservative-free! No parabens, no formaldehyde (perish the thought!), no benzoic acid or phenoxyethanol.

Fisher's Contact Dermatitis (Robert L. Rietschel, Joseph F. Fowler, Alexander A. Fisher) claims that:

"...the parabens and sorbic acid are the most common causes of contact dermatitis".

Why would you want to put that on your skin?