Safe Skincare

Hold on…isn’t all skincare safe?

Sadly, no.

You have to be especially vigilant if you choose to support handmade artisans. The reason being that anyone and everyone who makes skincare in the EU, from the smallest to the largest of brands, need to carry legitimate Safety Assessments covering each and every product they create and sell. But as Safety Assessments are costly, not all small handmade artisans can easily afford them. This is a serious error in judgement and could lead to them selling products which are not 100% safe as they may not be aware of certain parameters that need to be adhered to, for example, the amount of fragrance or essential oils permitted in a product. Simply Skin is proud to carry the correct legal EU Safety Assessments which cover all products in the Simply Skin range.

Additionally there is a growing trend not to use preservatives in products. This is fine where there is no water (aqua) in a product but where water (aqua) is present, preservatives are a necessity. Preservatives have been getting a bad reputation in the media with a growing number of them (especially parabens) being incorrectly linked to cancer (scientific research does not support these links), further enticing manufacturers from using preservatives wherever possible. However preservatives are used at such a low level in skincare products that it is much safer to use a product which contains water with a preservative than one that does not contain a preservative. The health of your skin will be at more risk using a product with water which does not contain a proper preservative system.

Finally, there is a growing popularity in the use of essential oils acting as the preservatives. Whilst citrus essential oils are anti-bacterial, they cannot protect your product from all bacteria and fungi, most of which are invisible to the eye. So they need to be supported, where water is present, by a proper preservative system.

Safety versus Natural

At Simply Skin safety has always been my top priority. What this means is that it simply is not possible to always use 100% natural ingredients in my products. As mentioned above, when water (aqua) is listed on an ingredients label, that product must also contain some kind of reliable preservative formulation in order to ensure the product remains safe to use for a period of time lasting up to12 months. So when new customers ask me “Are you 100% natural?” I respond honestly and say “I am as 100% natural as it is safe to be”.

When you consider that a preservative is used at less than 1% in a product, it can feel like the whole debate of preservatives versus 100% natural has gone dangerously out of control.

Guild of Craft Soap and Toiletry Makers

The Guild of Craft Soap and Toiletry Makers (GCSTM) is a non-commercial support network which provides information and guidelines about handmade soap crafting and the EU legislation that regulates the cosmetics and toiletries industry.

The Guild has two specific aim:

  • To raise awareness of the legislative standards that are in place that apply to craft soap and toiletry products – specifically EU Regulation 1223/2009 (Cosmetics Regulation).
  • To register as members of the Guild crafters who work in compliance with this legislation and who hold relevant public liability insurance Simply Skin is proud to be listed as a member of the Guild of Craft Soap and Toiletry Makers.