Many observers and commentators from outside the cosmetics industry often highlight the fact that propylene glycol is also used in antifreeze and industrial cleaning products and, therefore, they claim it is unsuitable for use in cosmetics (either overtly, or by implication). These commentators are, however, missing a much more frequently used cosmetic ingredient, with an even more insidious “cv”. This ingredient is used in:
Industrial cleaning products
Car battery acid (!!!!)
Industrial cooling towers
Industrial cutting fluids
And many other industrial applications.
Furthermore, this ingredient is present in ALL cancer cells, is a major component in human and animal excretia (ugh – and we put THIS in cosmetics!) and also has the following toxicological properties:
Causes death by inhalation
Can cause death by ingestion
The gaseous form can cause skin burns
Prolonged exposure to the skin has unpleasant effects on skin appearance
So propylene glycol seems mild in comparison. It is clear to me that the industry has a huge responsibility to invoke the Precautionary Principle and take immdeiate steps to remove this dangerous ingredient from ALL cosmetics as soon as possible. After all, who needs water anway?
Water is also present (in fairly low concentrations) in male bovine faeces. Need I say more?
Additional note by author in reference to a private message received:
The point of this article is to illustrate the nonsensical use of genuine facts taken completely out of context to demonstrate a point. In this instance, I am showing that there is no logic in suggesting that, because propylene glycol is also used in other, non-cosmetic applications, this is a reason to claim that it should not be used in cosmetics. There is no law that states that any particular substance may only be used in one specific industry, and the fact that propylene glycol happens to be highly useful in antifreeze has no bearing whatsoever on its suitability, or otherwise, in cosmetics. If you take the facts about water, as I have presented them, out of the comfortable context of thinking you know that it is totally safe, then it can sound scary. This is why I deliberately did not actually name the mystery ingredient as being water until right at the end, because it would have detracted from my point. I hope that, after reading this article, people will understand that to claim that ANY ingredient should not be used in cosmetics just because it has other uses is a nonsense. Should we not sprinkle salt on our food – after all, it is used on roads to prevent ice forming!