Wrinkle creams for women, deodorants for men, baby care products for babies, which ones to choose? To help consumers choose the safest products, UFC-Que Choisir has selected 171 of its 170,000 references for its application, 171 daily cosmetic products (toothpastes, shampoos, deodorants, moisturizers, aftershave lotions …) hairstyle.
"Despite the alarms expressed by scientists, no less than 143 worrying substances are still allowed because of the slow pace of European procedures and the lobby of industrialists," the consumer association said in a statement. Among the products considered undesirable, those in which we find endocrine disrupters. Example: Propylparaben in the intensive moisturizer Mixa dry skin or Neutrogena T / Gel 2-in-1 shampoo. The UFC also points to "toxic substances" such as butylphenylmethylpropionate in Nivea Soft moisturizing cream, and Revitalizing Revitalizing Revitalizer to moisturize the extra firmness of L 'Oreal, in addition to highly allergenic substances like MIT. in 2 in 1 Head & Shoulders Dandruff Shampoo.
Titanium dioxide in almost 7,000 products
Another source of concern is the presence of titanium dioxide in a large number of cosmetic products, including ingestible cosmetics: toothpastes, balms and lipsticks, mouthwashes, including those for children. . However, ANSES, the National Agency for Food Safety, Environment and Labor, called on the authorities to ban titanium dioxide quickly in food products.
"But while the European Union is currently examining the compliance of this measure with European law, it is not excluded that they require France to re-authorize this harmful dye," the UFC wrote in its statement, saying that "consumer information is therefore more important. "
Healthy products not necessarily expensive
In its special edition, the UFC-Que Choisir also allows you to choose healthy products without unwanted products at a reasonable price. On the side of care for children is quoted, in particular, the Labell Shampoo 2 in 1 apricot Intermarché, to buy "eyes closed". In the men's department, the UFC voted on the high-tech foam Pro-Mennen system. The red card, on the other hand, for the super sensitive Gillette Fusion 5 skin shave where we find the propylparaben.
"To moisturize the skin, if La Roche Posay's hydreane light cream is free of any substance at risk, we will avoid crunching precious purifying cream water that has no less than three proven or suspected endocrine disruptors," the UFC wrote.
Finally, the UFC-Que Choisir urges the European authorities to ban high-risk substances, including titanium dioxide, without delay.