Article by: Perry Romanowski

In case you were curious, the EU is in the process of updating its regulations regarding the use of parabens in cosmetics. According to the new rules, parabens will continue to be allowed at specific use levels.

1. Methylparaben and Ethylparaben can be used at a maximum concentration of 0.4%

2. Butylparaben and Propylparaben are allowed at a use level of 0.19%

Some other parabens that were not used in cosmetics have been banned.

Now, I wonder how consumer groups who point to the EU as a good model for cosmetic regulations will react. Will they finally agree that parabens are safe for use? Or will they reject the findings of European scientists too?

Incidentally, it’s tough to keep up with the latest goings on in the world of cosmetic regulations. I find things like Twitter, Google Alerts, and RSS feeds useful.



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    Lise M Andersen

    I too am a fan of parabens and feel like I have been fighting an uphill battle on ‘clearing’ their reputation with my customers.
    Am also beginning to hear ‘rumblings’ about ethylhexylglycerin and phenoxythenol now too….

    PS. Agree with Mark. Getting consumers to accept parabens is as challenging as establishing Skoda as a high end, quality car.

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    Mark Fuller

    I may sound disenchanted or negative, but in this opinion I am being realistic; Consumers will still avoid Parabens and we as Formulators will still feel pressure to use alternatives.
    I am sure I am just reinforcing everyone’s thoughts, but this issue is not driven by Empirical scientific evidence but rather emotion, sensationalism and fear.
    Personally I love Parabens. In the Pharmaceutical Industry where we used them almost exclusively. They work great and in many cases they gave you a well deserved sense of security regarding the integrity of the product.

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      You’re probably right Mark. darn.

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