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Cosmetic use of camphor, eucalyptol and menthol to be restricted in France

The French Agency for the Medical Safety of Health Products (AFSSAPS) announced its intention to restrict the use of camphor, eucalyptol and menthol as ingredients in cosmetic products intended for children of less than 6 years old.

The three ingredients should be prohibited in products formulated for use on babies of less than 3 years (36 months). However, maximum concentration levels would be indicated in order to address indirect inclusion from other ingredients such as perfumery compounds.

Substance Maximum concentration
Camphor 150 ppm (0,015%)
Eucalyptol 1000 ppm (0,1%)
Menthol 4500 ppm (0,45%)

The use of camphor, eucalyptol and menthol would also be restricted in cosmetic products intended for children from 3 to 6 years of age, with the exception of oral and tooth care products.

Substance Maximum concentration
Camphor 0,15%
Eucalyptol 1,12%
Menthol 4,5%
Camphor + Eucalyptol + Menthol 4,5%

The French Agency began evaluating the safety of terpenic by-products in cosmetics with the aim to limit their concentration in 2004, when two neurological side effects were reported on babies. In cooperation with the Agency, Procter&Gamble Pharmaceuticals had to recalled all batches of its Vicks BabyBalm perfumed body cream.

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