Australian organic skincare company Y natural today applauded the decision of French Minister for Health Madame Roselyne Bachelot to put the dangers of common ingredients in cosmetics on the political agenda.
Madame Bachelot particularly questioned the safety of cosmetics for pregnant women and children, drawing attention to flaws in cosmetics laws that allow ongoing use of toxic chemicals in a wide range of products, from shampoo to lipstick.
Y natural director Barbara Gare said that the decison, coming from the home of luxury cosmetics, would have a far-reaching impact on the entire beauty industry.
"This decision to challenge the status quo shows extraordinary courage and gives France the opportunity to lead with regards to safe use of cosmetics."In Australia, because we have the strictest rules in the world on certified organics, we believe we are clean and green but the vast majority of beauty products sold here contain ingredients that Madame Bachelot is now saying pose a health risk to pregnant women."
The French Health Minister yesterday called for France’s agency for the safety of health products (AFSSAPS) to research the risk of cosmetics use during pregnancy (and by young children), particularly those products distributed in maternity wards.
"She targeted specific chemicals in the paraben and phthalates families due to their possible link to deformities in unborn babies, as well as cancers," Ms Gare said. "She would like to see a logo for cosmetic products that are not recommended for use by pregnant women and young children.
"Y natural would like to see the Australian Government adopt the same approach to challenging the current labelling standards."
The proposed French labelling legislation recognises that although individual products may contain ingredients at "safe" levels, their inclusion in so many different products may result in unacceptable exposure overall.
In the United States, California led the way in 2005 by becoming the first state to introduce a bill thar restricts the use of some phthalates, deemed to be the most toxic ingredient, together with a number of other chemicals associated with an increased risk of cancer.
"By acting quickly on this matter, Australia could exceed these standards and become the world leaders in the safe use of cosmetics."
Y natural skincare
Y is 100% Australian made and Australian owned. Ingredients are almost exclusively Australian because they are the best quality and Australia’s rules for Certified Organic are the strictest in the world. A few ingredients are sourced from overseas because they’re the Grange Hermitage of their type.
Y is currently applying for certification of its product range through Australian Certified Organic (ACO). Y is beautiful, made with luxurious ingredients that have been treasured for millennia, like Frankincense, Myrrh and Bulgarian Rose Otto. Rich textures absorb beautifully into skin. Our signature ingredient is Bulgarian Rose Otto, long regarded as the single-best essential oil for skin, with amazing nutritive, moisturising and regenerative properties.
Up to five tons of fresh, dawn-harvested certified organic rose petals are steam distilled for each litre of oil, so every drop is pure decadence. Y products contain no silicone or petrochemical ingredients, synthetic alcohols, paraben-based preservatives or artificial colours or fragrances.
We won’t touch ingredients that have been part of a petrochemical process, including solvent extracted oils (such as jasmine) and ethoxylated "plant-derived" ingredients (such as coco-betaine and emulsifying wax). We use no chemical fillers, plasticisers, texture enhancers or other synthetics. Nor do we use ingredients that although natural, like sugar cane ethanol, are not particularly good for skin.
Y contains no animal products and is not tested on animals. Y is pure nutrition, untainted by chemicals – this is smart skincare that really works to nourish and protect skin.
Y natural. Smart. Beautiful.