The Importance of Preservatives

« Learn why preservatives are so important for your cosmetics and personal care products.
Ever wonder what would happen without them ?! »

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Notifications RAPEX- Semaine 33 -2015

Toujours les phtalates dans les jouets : 5 cas de produits avec du DEHP !!
Ce phtalate peut nuire à la santé des enfants, pouvant causer des dommages au système reproducteur .
Selon le Règlement REACH, les phtalates DEHP , DBP et BBP sont interdits dans tous les jouets et articles de puériculture .
Mesures : retrait des produits du marché, rappel des produits en provenance des consommateurs


*Product: Butterfly LOVELY GIRL from Mega Creative
Plastic doll with long blue hair, blue wings, blue dress, pink belt decorated with shiny rhinestones and red shoes..
DEHP : 21.8 % by weight (measured value)


*Product: Foamed Water Gun from Deex/NEWSUN
Toys in a cylindrical shape. On the top of the cylinder there are figures of different animals.
DEHP : 13.7 % by weight (measured value)
*Product: Badeball from Klubben Helse Sport Fritid


Inflatable plastic ball with different colours
DEHP : 12.1 % by weight (measured value)


*Products: Plüss ajándék from Boyds/SEVEN
Animal-shaped soft toys with suction cup attached by a chain.


Animal-shaped soft toys (frog and dog) with suction cup attached by a cord. The animals have a sweatshirt with a hood. The hood includes drawstring with toggles on the ends.
DEHP : 31-33 % by weight (measured values)


Breastfeeding major exposure pathway for perfluorinated compounds


« Breastfed children’s burden of PFAS increases by 20-30 % per month
A group of Danish, US and Faroese researchers have demonstrated that breastfeeding is an important route for children’s exposure to perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS), such as PFOS and PFOA.


The compounds are used in non-stick and oil- and water- resistant packaging, textiles and coatings. They are highly persistent in the environment, bioaccumulative in food chains and their half-life in the human body may be several years.

The paper is published in Environmental Science and Technology :

Breastfeeding as an Exposure Pathway for Perfluorinated Alkylates
Ulla B. Mogensen, Philippe Grandjean, Flemming Nielsen, Pal Weihe , Esben Budtz-Jørgensen
(Department of Biostatistics, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark; Department of Environmental Medicine, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark; Department of Occupational Medicine and Public Health, Faroe Islands; Department of Environmental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, United States)
Environ. Sci. Technol., Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b02237


Perfluorinated alkylate substances (PFASs) are widely used and have resulted in human exposures worldwide. PFASs occur in breast milk, and the duration of breastfeeding is associated with serum-PFAS concentrations in children. To determine the time-dependent impact of this exposure pathway, we examined the serum concentrations of five major PFASs in a Faroese birth cohort at birth, and at ages 11, 18, and 60 months. Information about the children’s breastfeeding history was obtained from the mothers. The trajectory of serum-PFAS concentrations during months with and without breastfeeding was examined by linear mixed models that accounted for the correlations of the PFAS measurements for each child. The models were adjusted for confounders such as body size. The duration of exclusive breastfeeding was associated with increases of most PFAS concentrations by up to 30% per month, with lower increases during partial breast-feeding. In contrast to this main pattern, perfluorohexanesulfonate was not affected by breast-feeding. After cessation of breastfeeding, all serum concentrations decreased. This finding supports the evidence of breastfeeding being an important exposure pathway to some PFASs in infants. »

Compléments du 29.08.15:

Latin American Summit to discuss Sustainability issues of using food ingredients in Cosmetics

« A wide range of food ingredients are making their way into cosmetic & personal care products.

Organic Monitor finds the trend is driven by consumer demand for health & wellness products, however it brings sustainability implications.
As will be shown at the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit Latin America, the move towards food ingredients is partly driven by innovation: product developers and formulators are looking to the kitchen table for inspiration.


With many consumers associating food ingredients with health benefits, such cosmetic products are usually marketed on these ingredients.

The Body Shop has been a frontrunner in this respect, having imagery of agricultural ingredients on product packs and store shelves for decades.

A large number of cosmetic products are now marketed on these ingredients. (…)


Evolva introduces Nootkatone, a fragrance ingredient derived from sugar

« Evolva announces the launch of nootkatone, a highly prized citrus flavor and fragrance (F&F) ingredient.
By brewing nootkatone from sugar, rather than extracting it from the skin of grapefruits. Evolva’s process allows nootkatone to be made in large amounts in a highly reproducible, contaminant free, sustainable and affordable manner.
Evolva has now begun selling nootkatone as a F&F ingredient to food, beverage, personal care, and home care product producers around the world. (…)