Every year we make an anonymous list of the products we have refused to certify. There is a brief rationale next to each product that can help you understand what we allow and what we don’t.
We have rejected certification of 72 products in 2019. This corresponds to approximately 15 percent of the number of products we received for certification last year. The vast majority of manufacturers choose to change their product so that the product ends up being certified. The figures and reasons for refusals, which can be read below, show that certification makes a health difference. There are a number of products that do not come on the market with harmful substances.
The work also shows that there is a large number of brand owners, who do not know what their products contain when they submit the products for certification. This may sound strange at first, but it makes good sense when we look at our work on checking the raw materials. Most of our working time goes to ensure that the raw materials used in the certified products do not contain allergens, carcinogens or endocrine disruptors. The information we access through that work is not necessarily available to the brand owner. And if it is, it does not mean that they have had the time or knowledge to research the raw materials.
Refusal to certify the following products
Suncare product with fruit extract: The extract has been replaced with an oil and has subsequently been certified.
Suncare product with perfume in a raw material. The raw material has been removed and the suncare product is certified.
Four lip products due to Ricinius Communis seed Oil, an unrefined raw material. In unrefined food oils for lip products, there is a risk of severe reactions due to food allergies. Therefore, the manufacturer must either switch the raw material to a refined type or switch the substance to a non-food allergy.
Cream as the raw materials contain 3% additives, where the manufacturer cannot obtain info on what the additives are. The manufacturer must not use the raw material.
Facial product with perfume in a raw material. The manufacturer replaces the raw material with another, and the product is subsequently certified.
Bisabolol as it contains perfume. The manufacturer has chosen to remove the substance.
Too high concentration of Boron nitride in lip product, the manufacturer has chosen to replace the ingredient and the product has since been certified.
Deodorant due to the calcium lactate concentration being too high. The manufacturer has reduced the concentration so that the deodorant is now certified. This work took a year.
Cream due to the raw material Bisabolol as the raw material contains Farnesol, which is a perfume substance.
Mascara containing Honokol, which is extracted from allergenic magnolia bark extract. The manufacturer has replaced with other raw material and the mascara has subsequently been certified.
Two suncare products as they contain unrefined sunflower oil.
Suncare product as it contains rosemary containing perfume.
Suncare product due to carrot extract which is a skin irritant.
Ointment due to Chlorhexidine gluconate in 2.5% an IgE reactions which can cause anaphylaxis, test shows irritation with only 1%
Lipstick containing mineral oil, which is not allowed in lip products.
Mascara due to excessive nickel content.
Mascara due to Rhus verniflua peel cera – pending whether they substitute the raw material.
Five suncare products as several raw materials contain the classification H317.
Cream as it contains Rhus verniflua. The manufacturer replaces and gets certified the product.
Fat cream as it contains Rhus verniflua. The manufacturer has substituted the ingredient and the product is certified.
Lotion as it contains essential oils (perfume).
Cleansing product as it contains essential oils (perfume).
Serum as it contains essential oils (perfume).
Suncare product since a raw material contains glyoxal. The raw material was later substituted and the product certified.
Toy as it is preserved with Methylisothiazolinone (MI). The preservative has been substituted by a non-allergenic and the toy is now certified.
Toys for use in the face as it contained Pigment blue 29, classified H350 (carcinogenic).
Range of fat creams as it contains Calendula (allergen flower). The manufacturer chose not to certify.
Range of creams as it contains Chamomilla retutica (allergen flower). The manufacturer chose not to certify.
Lip product as it contains CI 19140 which is not allowed in AllergyCertified products because intolerance is seen on intake.
Range of creams containing Rhus succedenia fruit, which AllergyCertified do not allow. The manufacturer chose to proceed without certification.
Mascara as it contains a raw material with Glyxal. The ingredient was removed and the mascara certified.
Baby product as it contained Camelia sinensis leaf extract classified H317. The manufacturer has substituted and the product is certified.
Toy product as a glue for stickers for the face contained rosin.
Nail product as it contains perfume. Perfume removed and product certified.
Face products containing high nickel concentration dyes (930ppm, AllergyCertified allows 1ppm). The manufacturer chose not to proceed with certification.
Detergents as they are preserved with Kathon (MI + MCI), the manufacturer chose not to go further as the products were already on the market.
Shampoo containing extract with perfume. The manufacturer chose to remove the raw material and the product is certified.
Cream containing an oil with Vanillin (perfume). The manufacturer chose not to certify as the product is already on the market.
Hair removal product containing Vanillin. The manufacturer chose not to add the ingredient and certified about four months later.
Lip product as it contains mineral oil which AllergyCertified do not allow when there is a risk of ingestion.
Toys due to perfume. The manufacturer has chosen to remove the perfume and the product is certified.
Toys due to high concentration of Borate. The manufacturer has chosen to reduce the concentration and the product is about to be certified.
Loose powder containing talc, since inhalation may be carcinogenic. The customer chose to make a compact powder where the risk of inhalation is low.
Toys due to content of
The DIPROPYLES GLYCOL hormone disruptor,
Acetyl Tributyl Citrate mutagen and carcinogen
ISOBORNYL ACRYLATE sensitizing
Glyceryl Rosinate which may contain the impurity rosinate known to be sensitizing. The customer will reformulate the products and return.
Product for the face due to Rosa Damascena Flower Extract (perfume) as well as Salicylic Acid, which is about to be classified as endocrine disruptor.
Cleansing product contains Sodium Metasulfate, which we see increasing allergy to. The manufacturer replaces the raw material and the product is now certified.
Toy product rejected due to aroma (perfume).
Colored shampoo due to the dye Acid Violet (CI 60730). The customer chose to proceed without certification.