These Brand-Name Shampoos Are Being Withdrawn from Sale: They Contain a Toxic Product

These Brand-Name Shampoos Are Being Withdrawn from Sale: They Contain a Toxic Product

The popular but dangerous shower gels and shampoos were highlighted in the European magazine RAPEX. These products are found in supermarkets everywhere, but a new report reveals they contain substances harmful to health.

Between June 3 and 7, the European Portal for Hazardous Non-Food Products (RAPEX) published 22 notifications concerning the risk of certain cosmetics and personal care products. These include shower gels, shampoos, deodorants, colognes, conditioners, hairsprays, and liquid soap.

The common issue is the presence of butylphenylethylpropional (BMHCA), which has been banned in cosmetics manufactured and marketed in the EU since 2022. Despite recalls and theoretical removal by some brands, numerous products still contain this harmful chemical, as indicated by EU safety reports and consumer complaints.

Butylphenylethylpropional (BMHCA), also known as Lilial, can harm the reproductive system, and fetal health, and cause skin sensitivity. Consequently, Lilial is classified by the European Commission as one of 26 allergenic substances that must be disclosed on product labels in the EU, and cannot be hidden under the generic term "fragrance."

Many of these brands are sold in the US as well. Consumers are advised to check product labels for Lilial or Butylphenylmethylpropional to identify this harmful ingredient.

Listed below are some of the products identified on the RAPEX list:

  • Roberts Neutral Shower Gel
  • Garnier Fructis Oil Repair 3 Shampoo
  • Nivea Pure and Natural Action Deodorant
  • Garnier Fructis Shampoo
  • BOROTALCO White Musk Deodorant – Deo Stick Roll
  • L'OREAL Elvive Repair Balm Conditioner – Anti-breakage
  • Roberts Beauty Neutral Shower Gel
  • Roberts Fresco Deodorant Spray (Aluminum-Free)
  • DKNY Deodorant - Donna Karan New York
  • L'OREAL Elvive Liss-Intense Repair Conditioner
  • PEOFEA Hairspray
  • BOROTALCO Deo Roll-On Invisible Deodorant
  • BOROTALCO Deo Invisible Fresh Deodorant
  • Melisa Soft Hand Liquid Soap
  • Dermomed Shower Gel
  • Colonia Jesús Gómez
  • Treasure of the East Shower Gel
  • Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Mimosa Cologne

In conclusion, finding harmful substances like Lilial in widely used personal care products emphasizes the need for strict safety measures and informed consumer choices. Despite bans and recalls, these challenges show why consumers must check labels and stay aware of potential risks.