Are Your Beauty Products Banned in Europe?

Are Your Beauty Products Banned in Europe?

I learned many valuable lessons while living and working Europe. I learned about the importance of quality of life, the sophistication of European cuisine, but most significantly as a product developer I learned the importance of creating high-quality cosmetics.
Now living and working in Canada, I follow the EU standards for developing cosmetics. I admire Europe’s precautionary approach to evaluating all ingredients used in their cosmetics and beauty products.

Below you will find regulations for Canada, the US and the EU. I have not included Asia or Africa as their regulatory requirements for cosmetics are significantly below all three countries assessed here.



Regulatory Board: Health Canada
# of Ingredients Banned: 500+
Registration Process: Manufacturers in Canada must register their products before they are allowed to market. This ensures that manufacturers review the list of 500-600 banned or restricted cosmetic ingredients.
Rules on Restricted Ingredients: If restricted ingredients are used in a product, companies must submit the levels at which this ingredient is used. This government registration is mandatory.



Regulatory Board: FDA (Food and Drug Administration).
# of Ingredients Banned: 30
Registration Process: Registering a cosmetic product is completely voluntary.
Rules on Restricted Ingredients: The list of ingredients that are banned in the U.S is a whopping 30 ingredients long, and the only requirement around these restricted ingredients is that you simply can’t use them.



Regulatory Board:  EC (European Commission). The EU has a harmonized system (28 countries in Europe) that follows unified regulations. Their system for evaluating cosmetic safety is the most comprehensive in the world.
# of Ingredients Banned: 1,300+
Registration Process: The EU requires pre-market approval for cosmetics and follows strict standards when evaluating ingredients.
Rules on Restricted Ingredients:  Regardless of concentration, if an ingredient has data that shows any possible links to health risks, it is restricted or banned.




It is an obvious choice that kaia naturals has decided to follow the EU framework when evaluating product/ingredient quality.

Although Canada is slightly more advanced than the US, it is still behind the EU in terms of the approach to evaluating ingredients used in cosmetics. We believe in delivering products that use high quality ingredients, which are developed using standards with the highest integrity. This is our promise to consumers, and we believe the EU standards help us deliver on that promise.

We would never use any ingredients in our products that could cause any health risks, which is why when I first founded kaia naturals, I would only choose to follow the EU standards and regulations.



Understand the impact of what you buy.  Demand is what determines what changes everything.  If consumers do not want products with these top offenders then soon raw material companies will have no reason to offer them.


Here is a list of 10 ingredients that you don’t want in your personal care products:

1. Sunscreen chemicals

Common names are benzophenone, PABA, avobenzone, homosalate and ethoxycinnmate. They can be found in sunscreen products.


2. Parabens

Parabens are widely used preservatives that prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and yeast in cosmetic products. Read more on parabens >


3. Synthetic colors

FD&C or D&C, represent artificial colors. F — representing food and D&C representing drug and cosmetics. These letters precede a colour and number (e.g., D&C Red 27 or FD&C blue 1).


4. Synthetic Fragrance


5. Phthalates

The main phthalates in cosmetics and personal care products are dibutyl phthalate in nail polish, diethyl phthalate in perfumes and lotions, and dimethyl phthalate in hair spray.


6. Triclosan

Tricolson is widely used antimicrobial chemical Tricolson can be found in toothpastes, antibacterial soaps and deodorants.


7. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)

This surfactant can be found in more than 90 percent of personal care and cleaning products (think foaming products).


8. Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives are used in many cosmetic products to help prevent bacteria growth.


9. Toluene

A petrochemical derived from petroleum or coal tar sources. You may see it on labels listed as benzene, toluol, phenylmethane, methylbenzene can be found in nail polish, nail treatments and hair colour /bleaching products.


10. Aluminium

Used in antiperspirants. Read more on aluminum. >


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