The Forever Controversial Phenoxyethanol

This may spark debate, but what we stand for is at the very heart of being a product/ingredients led brand.

Phenoxyethanol - a questionable ingredient, is still used in MANY cosmetic products as an inexpensive preservative and hidden parfum/fragrance ingredient. It's usage is restricted in Japan and the EU, and it has been 'linked' to allergic reactions ranging from eczema and hives to anaphylaxis. When combined in a product also containing parabens (another common skincare ingredient) it 'may' increase the severity of an allergic reaction.

In 2008, the FDA warned consumers not to purchase a particular nipple cream. Phenoxyethanol, found in the cream, was depressing the central nervous system and causing vomiting and diarrhea in breast feeding infants.

Many people will say that it's all about the percentage you use, and that low percentages of the ingredient aren’t harmful, but we'd rather not take that risk.
Preserving products effectively is imperative for safety, but there are other options. It's all about choice, and we choice never to include it in our formulas.

Robyn products contain an ECOCERT, COSMOS, NATRUE and Soil Association certified natural preservative system that uses hurdle technology.

To be continued.....


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