Parabens in Perspective: Part VII
And finally……..Parabens are safe. IT’S OFFICIAL!!!
In contrast to my earlier posts on parabens, I will keep this one very brief. During this series of articles, I hope that I have provided food for thought and placed the major studies that have contributed most to the parabens hysteria into appropriate context.
It remains a complete mystery to me why so many people would rather place faith in the charlatans and random unqualified bloggers who have been publishing complete rubbish about parabens on the internet for several years, rather than believe the opinion of the independent experts that comprise the EU’s Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety (SCCS). . . people who actually know what they are talking about!
In June 2008, the SCCP (as they were then known) published their 4th opinion on parabens, which was that methylparaben and ethylparaben were considered safe for use in cosmetics at concentrations up to 0.4% (as before), but the committee required further data on propylparaben and butylparaben before a final opinion on these parabens would be considered.
I am delighted to be able to share the fact that the SCCS have, in the past few days, released their draft final opinion on propylparaben and butylparaben, their conclusion being that these are considered safe for use in cosmetics to a maximum total concentration of 0.19% (of these two parabens) – this concentration is independent of the concentration of methylparaben and ethylparaben.
The information can be accessed via this link:
And the CTPA comment by this link:
Whilst this latest conclusion does reduce the maximum permitted concentrations of propyl and butylparaben, these new maximum concentrations are rarely exceeded in cosmetics, and very few existing products would fall outside of this range, so anyone who subsequently claims that any existing products are not safe as a result of this opinion is guilty of trying to mislead.
Isopropylparaben and isobutylparaben were not considered in this opinion, and industry did not include these in the studies submitted for consideration, and so they are designated as having no definable safe concentration. This does NOT mean that these iso-parabens are not safe, it simply means that there is not sufficient data to draw a firm conclusion on safe levels, which is very different. Products containing these two iso-parabens will now be phased out unless someone decides to generate the required data, which is unlikely.
This latest opinion now means that there are no further question marks over the use of the four parabens evaluated AND THEIR USE IN COSMETICS IS CONSIDERED AS SAFE, BY REAL EXPERTS. I am sure that this will not stop those who adopt a typical chemophobic stance from continuing to publish distortions and lies, but at least I can now say with a greater degree of confidence than ever before – THEY ARE WRONG. You have no idea how good that feels!
More about the author: Dene Godfrey has been involved with preservatives for cosmetics since 1981, from both technical and commercial angles and has a degree in chemistry. Read more from this author