EU Cosmetic Ingredient Glossary

2022 Upcoming EU cosmetic ingredient bans and restrictions

Upcoming changes in 2022:

 

– bans:

 

Ingredient Deadline for placing on the market Deadline for making available on the market
Butylphenyl methylpropional

(Fragrance ingredient BMHCA, ‘lilial’)*

 March 1, 2022  March 1, 2022
Zinc pyrithione

(Preservative and anti-dandruff ingredient)*

 March 1, 2022  March 1, 2022
Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate (preservative)*  March 1, 2022  March 1, 2022
Methoxyethyl acrylate*  March 1, 2022  March 1, 2022
Hair dyes:

·         1,2,4-trihydroxybenzene (1,2,4-THB, A33)

·         2-nitro-4-amino-diphenylamine-2’-carboxylic acid (B87)

·         6-amino-m-cresol (A75)

 September 3, 2021  June 3, 2022

 

– restrictions:

 

Ingredient Restrictions Deadline for placing on the market Deadline for making available on the market
Dihydroxyacetone (DHA)* ·         restricted to 10% in self-tanning products

·         restricted to 6.25% in non-oxidative hair dyes

January 26, 2022 April 22, 2022
Methyl-N-methylanthranilate (fragrance ingredient)

 

·         Restricted to 0.1% in leave-on products

·         Restricted to 0.2% in rinse-off products

·         For leave-on products:

o   Not to be used in sunscreen products and products marketed for exposure to natural or artificial UV light.

·         For leave on and rinse-off products:

o   Do not use with nitrosating agents.

o   Maximum nitrosamine content: 50 μg/kg.

o   Keep in nitrite-free containers

 

August 21, 2022 November 21, 2022
Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate (preservative)* Corrections for this ingredient are introduced in the fifth CMR Omnibus Regulation, which includes correction of entries 1669 of Annex II and 51 of Annex V for this preservative, which will now include the following restrictions:

·         Allowed up to 0.5 %

·         Not to be used if it cannot be shown that the maximum theoretical concentration of releasable formaldehyde, irrespective of the source, in the mixture as placed on the market is ≥ 0,1 % w/w’.

 

December 17, 2022 December 17, 2022
Methyl salicylate* ·         methyl salicylate should be considered as a weak skin sensitiser in humans and as an eye irritant

·         safe when used according to the following concentrations:

·         Not to be used in preparations for children under 6 years of age

·         Restricted to the following concentrations:

 

a)       Leave-on skin products (except face makeup, spray/aerosol body lotion, spray/aerosol deodorant and hydroalcoholic based fragrances) and leave on hair products (except spray/aerosol products): 0.06%

b)      Face makeup (except lip products, eye makeup and makeup remover): 0.05%

c)       Eye makeup and makeup remover: 0.002%

d)      Leave-on hair products (spray/aerosol): 0.009%

e)      Deodorant spray/aerosol: 0.003%

f)        Body lotion spray/aerosol: 0.04%

g)       Rinse-off skin products (except hand wash) and rinse -off hair products: 0.06%

h)      Hand wash: 0.6%

i)        Hydroalcoholic-alcoholic fragrances: 0.6%

j)        Lip products: 0.03%

k)       Toothpaste: 2.52%

l)        Mouthwash intended for children aged 6–10 years: 0.1%

m)    Mouthwash intended for children above 10 years of age and adults: 0.6%

n)      Mouth spray: 0.65%

December 17, 2022 December 17, 2022
Octocrylene

(UV filter)

·         Propellant spray products: max 9%

·         Other products: max 10%

 

Expected Q3 2022 Expected Q1 2023
Benzophenone-3

(UV filter)

·         Face products, hand products, and lip products, excluding propellant and pump spray products:

o   max 6%

o   Not more than 0,5 % to protect product formulation

o   If used at 0,5 % to protect product formulation, the levels used as UV filter must not exceed 5,5 %.

o   Warning required: Contains Benzophenone-3 (Not required if concentration is 0,5 % or less and when it is used only for product protection purposes.)

·         Body products, including propellant and pump spray products:

o   max 2.2%

o   Not more than 0,5 % to protect product formulation

o   If used at 0,5 % to protect product formulation, the levels used as UV filter must not exceed 5,5 %.

o   Warning required: Contains Benzophenone-3 (Not required if concentration is 0,5 % or less and when it is used only for product protection purposes.)

·         Other products: max 0.5%

 

Expected Q3 2022 Expected Q1 2023

* CHANGES EXPECTED ALSO IN THE UK BUT NO OFFICAL DATE KNOWN