A little late to report, but I thought it was such a big step for the cosmetics industry that I couldn't miss it all.
Last month, the cosmetics business got the news (Brussels plans restrictions on parabens in cosmetics, December 12, 2011) that the European Commission is planning to use certain parabens in cosmetics, namely isopropyl, isobutyl, pentyl, phenyl and prohibit benzyl esters of 4-hydrozybenzoic acid (to get technical!).
In the midst of all the controversy surrounding the long-term effects of parabens, Brussels finally seems to have taken the sensible step to ban and strictly regulate these ingredients until we know more about them.
This precaution to keep parabens out of cosmetics is the same decision that Pai made when it was founded five years ago. We believe that it is better to be on the safe side and not use it when "there is insufficient information to perform a proper safety assessment".
The EU follows Denmark's leadership, which banned parabens in cosmetic products for children under 3 years ago 3 years ago.
So what do you think? Are you already choosing paraben-free products?
Edited on January 18, 2012: Contained link to the cosmetic shop article. Corrected bug regarding the Danish ban on cosmetics.