A guide to the new silicone cosmetics laws and alternative ingredients

Published: 6-Jun-2024

Silicones are used in skin and hair products for smoothing properties, but updates from the EU and UK are restricting the ingredient

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This article was written by Martin MacKenzie-Smith, owner of regulatory service firm The Cosmetic Experts and member of The Royal Society of Chemistry

In the evolving landscape of cosmetic regulations, understanding the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) legislation updates on volatile silicone is crucial for the beauty industry. 

Both the UK and EU REACH frameworks require rigorous assessment of ingredients to ensure safety and environmental sustainability.

The EU REACH evaluation of the volatile silicones

The EU REACH evaluation has led to stringent restrictions on the use of D4, D5, and D6 type silicones due to

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