What are the effects on the cosmetics industry?

Within the Luxury and Premium segment, 50% of products contain at least one microplastic component (43%) and 42% at least one endocrine disruptor. This segment will be the most affected by this law, unlike the “Assuranced Beauty*” segment (except for Made In France brands), which has the lowest attendance rate, thanks mainly to organic beauty.

As with the cosmetics market as a whole, the hair and skin categories in this segment will be the most affected:

  • Microplastics are strongly present in categories that may contain washing products such as hair products (at 43%) and care (at 48%) in the Luxury and Premium segment.
  • There is also a strong use of endocrine disruptors in hairdressing (59% of products) and care (42% of products) range.

However, we should not neglect the consumer and mid-range categories and active cosmetics that contain microplastics and endocrine disruptors in about 1/3 of their products.

Polyethylene Glycol (microplastic), Benzyl Salicylate and BHT (endocrine disruptors) are the most controversial ingredients in cosmetics.

To go further, we identified the main microplastics and endocrine disruptors present in cosmetic products by category. You will find a summary of the main ingredients that are part of the products concerned in the category.

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