Preservatives

Cosmetic preservatives and facial bacteria

An interesting study published in The Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology caught my eye recently, which examined the effect on healthy facial bacteria of cosmetic preservatives. You can see an abstract summary here. The five preservatives tested were methylisothiazolinone — or MI,…
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Where’s the real fear when it comes to ‘free from’ skincare?

‘Free-from claims are based on fear and should stop‘ reads the headline of a report from Cosmetics Design Europe, which is drawn from remarks made by an industry panel at a recent In-Cosmetics Summit meeting. Are they? I don’t read ‘free from animal derivatives’…
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Prawns, Coconut and Problem Skins …

Two of my favourite food ingredients have been in my thoughts a bit lately — but not in a culinary capacity! First came a request from one of our readers: I cannot have any coconut ingredients in any body products…
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Three ingredients, three problems …

Three interesting snippets on issues that concern us have come to our attention lately … The first concerns the preservative methylisothiazolinone (MI) — a subject we have covered extensively before. Cosmetics Design Europe recently reported that Denmark has called for…
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Award Criteria and Categories – Sorted!

Although the last few months have been our ‘down’ period in terms of the Free From Skincare Awards calendar, this doesn’t mean we’ve not been busy thinking ahead to 2014! Much of the work we’ve been doing over the summer…
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The Allergy and FreeFrom Show North – a look back

I’m embarrassed to admit that I expected to find less knowledge of and interest in ‘free from’ skincare at the Liverpool-based Allergy and Free From Show last weekend. I’m not quite sure why I felt like this. So many of…
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Methylisothiazolinone and Methylchloroisothiazolinone

If you’ve arrived at this now old post because you’re looking for products free from the preservatives methylisothiazolinone (MI) and methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCI), please see the dedicated website Methylisothiazolinone Free, which has extensive lists of safe cosmetics, make-up, household detergents, paints, pet…
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