Too many ingredients come from difference places, some Latin, a hint of English. Finding a shower gel or a non-irritating and safe toothpaste is possible, provided you know how to decipher the composition, said on Thursday in 60 million consumers magazine.
“Consumers are now aware of the risks they can take to use these products, but more and more they are demanding a positive list, products that are safe for their health,” explained AFP Adeline Trégouët, Chief editor of the magazine, who publishes in his summer off-set a guide to “healthy and safe” cosmetics. According to her, this approach should encourage manufacturers to “continue their efforts”, by valuing the “first class”, and avoid a “rejection reaction” among consumers that would provoke too negative a speech.
All brands have virtuous products including supermarkets. Some 150 products and 77 ingredients in six product families (moisturizing creams, sun creams, shower gels, toothpaste, deodorants and shampoos) are thus screened by the magazine of the National Consumer Institute (INC): green for those Which do not pose a problem, orange for those who are irritants, allergens or who pollute the environment, and red for those suspected of being endocrine disruptors or carcinogens. So if lauryl glucoside or coconut nucifera oil (coconut vegetable oil) are good sign in a shower gel, it is better to avoid those who display methylisothiazolinone, an allergenic preservative.
On the product side, “all brands have virtuous products” – including those sold in supermarkets – and “products to be banned”, even organic labels, which sometimes include too many irritants (alcohol, perfumes), notes Adeline Trégouët . 60 Million consumers also give a few key points: the ingredients must appear in descending order of presence if their concentration in the product equals or exceeds 1%. And a Latin name means a plant ingredient that has not undergone transformation, while a name in English means a chemically transformed natural substance.
Industrialists are encouraged to look for alternative ingredients. In general, “simplicity” – a reduced number of ingredients – is “a lesser risk” for the consumer, Judge Adeline Trégouët. It also encourages not to put in the same basket undesirable or unnecessary ingredients and those that are truly toxic. Thus, sodium laureth sulfate, a very common surfactant, “particularly decried, almost demonized” whereas it “is not really a problem in rinsed products, except shampoos”.
“If we misrepresent certain products too badly, we push the industrialists to look for substitute ingredients, at the risk that it is worse,” she warns. Thus, the stigma that affects parabens, preservatives suspected of being endocrine disrupters, has encouraged manufacturers to offer products displaying “paraben-free”, but sometimes replaced by BHA, suspected of being carcinogenic and also Endocrine disruptor, or methylisothiazolinone, allergen.