COSMETIC INGREDIENT ALERT –BUTYL PARABEN
by Dr Sudhir Sawarkar, PhD
Butyl Paraben is a one of the widely used paraben in cosmetics. It is used to make product
last longer by preventing the growth of microorganism like bacteria, molds and yeasts. In
recent years Parabens are seen as villain in cosmetic products due to their link to
sensitivity and the potential to mimic human hormones in the body.
Butyl paraben is one of the synthetically made preservative for skincare and other cosmetics .
Recently, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has updated its list of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) with inclusion of Butylparaben.1-Vinylimi¬dazole & 2-Methylim¬idazole are the other substance used in coating and polymer industry which are not part of list of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC).
The candidate list of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) now contains 209 substances is updated (on 25th June 2020) with butylparaben. From January 2021, companies must notify the agency, via ECHA’s upcoming SCIP database, of the present substances of concern in articles and products.
Butylparaben was included due to its endocrine-disrupting properties, which can be hazardous to human health.
This mean, Butylparaben need to be phased out from the formulations, since Chemicals on the candidate list are among the most regulated in the EU and we aim to gradually phase them out.
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