Fragrance component “lilial” banned in the EU due to safety hazard

Toxic impact on the human reproductive system

Butylphenyl methylpropional, also known as Lilial, is a fragrance ingredient that has been widely used in cosmetic products for decades. It is commonly found in perfumes, lotions, soaps, and other personal care products. However, in recent years, concerns have been raised about the safety of this chemical, leading to its ban in the European Union.

The European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has identified Lilial as a potential allergen and a risk to human health. The SCCS conducted a thorough review of the available scientific evidence on the safety of Lilial, and found that it can cause skin sensitization and allergic reactions in some individuals.

Skin sensitization is a condition where repeated exposure to a substance leads to an immune response in the skin, causing redness, itching, and other symptoms. Allergic reactions can also occur, which can range from mild to severe and may include swelling, hives, and difficulty breathing.

In addition to its potential to cause skin sensitization and allergic reactions, Lilial has also been found to have hormone-disrupting properties. Studies have shown that Lilial can mimic the hormone estrogen, which can have negative effects on the reproductive system, particularly in women. It has also been shown to interfere with the development of male sex hormones, potentially leading to infertility and other reproductive problems. One study found that exposure to Lilial during fetal development led to reduced testosterone levels and altered reproductive organ development in male rats.

Based on the findings of the SCCS, Lilial was added to the list of substances prohibited for use in cosmetic products in the European Union under Annex II of the Cosmetics Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009. This means that Lilial is no longer permitted to be used in cosmetic products sold within the EU.

Despite its ban in the EU, Lilial is still used in cosmetic products in other parts of the world. As a consumer, it is important to read ingredient labels carefully and avoid products that contain Lilial or any other potentially harmful chemicals.

In conclusion,

the ban of Butylphenyl methylpropional in the EU highlights the importance of evaluating the safety of cosmetic ingredients. The potential risks associated with Lilial, including skin sensitization, allergic reactions, and hormone disruption, serve as a reminder that not all chemicals are safe for use in cosmetic products. As consumers, we have the power to make informed choices about the products we use and to demand safer alternatives from the cosmetic industry.

Published By Laurette – 11/03/23

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