Is Lilial Bad? Does Lilial Cause Infertility | SAVE ME FROM

Is Lilial Bad? Does Lilial Cause Infertility | SAVE ME FROM

A best-selling Sephora clean beauty brand has recently had a lot of buzz around the dangers of one of their ingredients - particularly when it comes to studies regarding fertility. The ingredient Lilial, or Butylphenyl methylpropional, has recently been banned in the European Union as of March 1st, 2022. In 2020 lilial was deemed "not safe” and classified as "reprotoxic", which is a chemical that has adversely been linked to fertility and fetal development. 

Lilial is a floral fragrance ingredient found naturally in the essential oil of chamomile, and is used synthetically in a variety of cosmetic and non-cosmetic products. Everyday products include lilial such as household cleaners and detergents a "clean" shampoo and conditioner, moisturizer, foundation, antiperspirants and shaving cream. Lilial also can be listed on the product ingredient labels as p-BMHCA. 

Regulation of Personal Care Products

The European Union (EU) and United States (US) both regulate the safety of cosmetics for consumers through science-based regulation. In the United States, the cosmetics industry is regulated by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The European Union Commission regulation directly governs finished cosmetics products in the EU. The EU’s approach is what as known as its Reach (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) laws which require manufacturers to prove to regulators that a product is safe before it can be used.

In general, the EU tends to take a more precautionary approach to banning ingredients in cosmetic products than the Food and Drug Administration in the US. The US has similar rules for new chemicals entering the market but no such precautionary principles for the thousands of potential toxins already in use. In cosmetics alone, the EU has banned or restricted more than 1,300 chemicals while the US has only outlawed 11.

SAVE ME FROM Meets EU Regulations

The Europen Union has strict regulation rules and guidelines to ensure that cosmetics containing certain substances cannot be legally sold in the EU. SAVE ME FROM meets the EU cosmetic regulations that requires manufacturers to abide by the required manufacturing practice, content requirement, and the labeling requirements, to ensure the safety and quality of the cosmetic products, which do not pose harm to human or reproductive health. 

Lilial and Fertility 

Lilial, also known as Butylphenyl methylpropional, is a common fragrance allergen that is a known skin and respiratory irritant, and has been linked to be harmful to developing foetuses exposed through their mother's use of products containing the chemical. European regulators cited research in animals suggesting that lilial, typically used as a fragrance, could cause infertility issues.

In the European Union, ingredients that impact fertility and raise potential reproductive issues are taken very seriously. Following the release of a 2019 report from the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety, EU officials announced a ban on lilial in cosmetic products in September 2020, which would take effect starting March 1, 2022. The safety report found that male and female rats that had been fed lilial showed some reproductive toxicity effects.

It is important to note that the studies in the report did not show that lilial can cause fertility issues in humans; all of the data on reproductive toxicity was performed in animal studies (rats were fed 5 to 50 milligrams of lilial per kilogram of their body weight per day, depending on the study).

SAVE ME FROM Are Bond Building Repair Hair Treatments That Contain NO Lilial 

Formulated With A Clean Conscience 

In the Research and Development stages of SAVE ME FROM, we researched the safety of ingredients extensively, including synthetic fragrances such as lilial. Cosmetic experts have clarified that lilial is usually present in formulations at a concentration of 0.1 per cent or less why may not be enough to directly impact fertility as an inactive and non-functional ingredient, however we at SAVE ME FROM carefully inspected every ingredient imaginable with our customers' safety and well-being always in mind. 

We collected safety data on all ingredients used in each of our products as well as performed RIPT (repeated insult patch testing) on each scalp + hair treatment to evaluate for irritation and sensitization, and passed with flying colors. Our products are so safe, that you can use them on both the scalp and hair as a rinse-out AND leave-on product.

The SAVE ME FROM line is formulated with clean ingredients and a clean conscience. We care about safety, stability, and effectiveness of our products, using natural ingredients when possible. In addition, we used hurdle technology to preserve our products which means we strategically formulated our products to limit the growth of irritating microbes. That includes keeping the pH below 5, reducing water concentration, reducing water activity, adding multifunctional ingredients that boost preservation, and using hygienic airtight packaging.