French consumer group UFC-Que Choisir has published a list of 185 consumer products that it believes to be harmful to health, despite their conformity to current EU regulations, according to a report published by Reuters.
“In light of the absence of suitable European regulation, we want to put pressure on manufacturers through consumers’ purchasing behaviour,” Olivier Andrault, who conducted the study for UFC-Que Choisir, told Reuters.
The organisation objects to a number of common ingredients, including sodium lauryl sulfate, benzophenone-1 and -3, cyclopentasiloxane and ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate.
The list includes baby wipes manufactured by Beiersdorf’s Nivea and P&G’s Pampers that contain phenoxyethanol, a substance the pressure group believes to be toxic, as well as BB creams by Biotherm, Garnier, Maybelline (all L’Oréal) and Clinique (Estée Lauder), toothpastes by Colgate and anti-perspirants manufactured by Unilever’s Axe and Dove brands.
“Our safety evaluation system is very robust and all our products and our ingredients are rigorously evaluated before they are put on the market, always in full conformity to the regulation in place,” L’Oréal said in a statement issued to Reuters in response to the allegations.
The French Federation of Cosmetics Makers has also spoken out in support of the manufacturers, reminding consumers that Europe’s cosmetic regulations are the most stringent across the globe and that all beauty and hygiene products sold in France are safe.