The cosmetics brands phasing out harmful chemical butylparaben
Several cosmetics brands have announced that they are phasing out the use of the preservative butylparaben, which is a chemical that is known to disrupt the hormone system.
Before the summer butylparaben was added to the European Chemical Agency’s candidate list, indicating it is unwanted in products and should be phased out over time because of its negative effects on health.
Earlier this year the Danish consumer council carried out an assessment of the ingredients of 18,000 cosmetic and personal care products sold in Denmark. In this study they found butylparaben present in more than 100 products. It was found in cosmetic products such as powders, mascaras, and foundations.
But despite being a hormone disrupter, butylparaben is still allowed in cosmetics.
The Danish Consumer Council has asked the companies behind the cosmetic brands still using butylparaben whether they will phase out the use of the substance. Some companies are – which is great news. But not all are taking action.