Registered IP Australia Trademark ALLERGY CERTIFIED Figurative No. 1841366
Licensed to brands that agree on excluding and/or restricting the following chemicals from their cosmetics, personal care and household products; OR they clinically test their products and/or known irritants/allergens OR provide safety warnings for known irritants/allergens including irritants/allergens in bold text on the product label and published at point of sale. The following chemicals are associated with allergic dermatitis, contact dermatitis and/or skin irritation that has the potenial to trigger systemic reactions either immediately or after repeated long-term use.
- The list of Key Allergens are just SOME of the potential irritants commonly used in cosmetics, personal care and household products -
Licensing SCA's Allergy Certified Trademark is subject to the following terms and conditions
Use of SCA's campaign logo Australian Allergy Certified. Where a product is Clinically Tested and found to be suitable for sensitive, allergy prone skin, the product is scientifically proven to be 'safe' for use on human skin; clinical tests can confirm that the product is a 'non-irritant to skin' or 'non-toxic to skin' or 'non-sensitising to skin'. Brands can therefore substantiate their claim with clinical test reports, confirming the nature of their product formulation(s), and in this case SCA will permit the brand to market their product(s) with SCA's campaign logo "Australian Allergy Certified". Clinical testing is not required by standards for cosmetics. Brands that exclude and restrict known irritants meet a higher standard than current legislation. Brands have 6 to 12 months to comply from date of signing SCA's trademark licensing agreement(s).
- Products that are not clinically tested are advised to exclude and/or restrict the chemicals of concern detailed below -
The campaign highlights the need for improved labelling laws with ingredient transparency and allergy advice similar to mandatory food labels.
Synthetic Fragrances, Parfum, and Xylene are restricted to a combined total usage of 1% or less for leave on products, and 3% or less for rinse off products. The percentage usage for certain essential oils are listed below, products that use these essential oils should require a warning to "always patch test before use". All other essential oils are permitted at standard usage rates up to 3% according to product type and intended consumer.
Maximum Combined Total Usage Permitted 1% leave on or 3% rinse off:
0.9% Bay Oil West Indian
0.05% Cassia Oil
0.1% Cinnamon Bark Oil
0.6% Cinnamon Leaf
0.5% Clove Bud Oil
1.0% Holy Basil Oil
0.7% Jasmine Absolute
0.05% Lemon (TGA poisons standard)
0.7% Lemongrass Oil
0.7% Lemon Myrtle
0.8% Lemon Scented Tea Tree
0.8% May Chang Oil
0.01% Massoia Oil
0.9% Melissa Oil
0.1% Oakmoss Absolute
0.6% Opoponax Oil
0.4% Peru Balsam Oil
0.8% Ylang Ylang Oil
The Chemistry of Cosmetics, Carcinogens in your cosmetics? "The EU bans 1,328 chemicals from use in cosmetics – including
formaldehyde, asbestos and coal tar – that are known or suspected to cause cancer, genetic mutation, reproductive harm or birth defects. The US Food & Drugs Administration (FDA), by comparison, has only banned or restricted 11." - TheGuardian.com - Australia has not banned any of these ingredients, some are listed as poisons with usage restrictions. Safe Cosmetics Australia campaigns to raise chemical awareness in a world where authorities act after significant incidence is reported concerning adverse health effects, and that are chemicals commonly used in our food, cosmetics, textiles and household products.
SCA endorses products with the Allergy Certified logo, that do not contain PPD.
SCA endorses products with the Allergy Certified logo, that do not contain MEA.
Banned Amines - Azo Dyes Regulations Textiles & Leather Overseas: "Some amines are carcinogenic in nature i.e. they can cause cancer and hence there is a ban on usage of dyes and pigments that can release such amines." Nimkartek.com, And, "Azo dyes releasing specific amines (under certain conditions) are restricted in the EU, China, India, Egypt, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam. The amount of a banned amine that can be detected in the finished articles is limited to either 30 mg/Kg in the EU and 20 mg/Kg in China. Several brands have a Maximum Allowable Concentration on finished articles as 20 mg/Kg." - See full list of azo dyes here >
p-aminoazobenzene (CAS No. 60-09-3); The chemical is reported to be found in some semi-permanent hair dyes (Haz-Map). Banned in EU, SEAN, NZ, China and restrited in United Arab. Reported use in hair dyes, known carcinogen, skin irritation induced at 0.1% - Azo dyes are Not restricted for use in Australia, NICNAS Classified as hazardous, "oral exposure by young children sucking textiles containing the dye" is a health concern. o-aminoazotoluene (CAS No. 97-56-3); Classified as hazardous, may cause cancer; The chemical has been reported to cause allergic contact eczema of the hands and arms in humans. Not restricted in Australia. o-anisidine (CAS No. 90-04-0), p-chloroaniline (CAS No. 106-47-8); Toxic if swollowed, restricted in the EU to 0.1%, no restrictions in Australia; found in cosmetic ingredients, such as chlorhexidine and triclocarban in deodorant soaps, sticks, sprays, roll-ons and mouthwashes. 4-chloro-o-toluidine (CAS No. 95-69-2) listed on the Poisons Standard "Substances with a high potential for causing harm at low exposure". 6-methoxy-m-toluidine (p-cresidine) (CAS No. 120-71-8) Not listed with NICNAS; this chemical is imported from China, India and Japan, the same chemical is banned and/or restricted for use in China and other countries, 2-naphthylamine (CAS No. 91-59-8) Reported use in detergents, ASEAN, EU, China & NZ banned & restricted, not restricted in Australia. 5-nitro-o-toluidine (CAS No. 99-55-8) ASEAN, EU, China & NZ banned and restricted, not restricted in Australia detected in tattoo inks. 2,4-toluenediamine (CAS No. 95-80-7) used in food packaging and pigments, o-toluidine (CAS No. 95-53-4) ASEAN, EU, China & NZ banned & restricted, not restricted in Australia, used in azo dyes and pigments. 2,4,5trimethylaniline (CAS No. 137-17-7) 95-53-4. o-Toluidine. Not directly listed. Hazardous at 0.1%. (137-17-7. 2, 4, 5-Trimethylaniline) - see chemicals identified in tattoo inks.
Ultramarine Violet: Pigment Violet 15
[CI 77007] CAS Number: 12769-96-9
VIOLET: Acid Red 27 Aluminum Lake
"AZO DYES that are derivatives by diazotisation when used in non-oxidative hair, eyelash and eyebrow dye products where the percentage of free o-anisidine as listed in Schedule 7 is no more than 0.001%." OR "AZO DYES that are derivatives by diazotisation when used in cosmetic hair, eyelash and eyebrow dye products where the percentage of free carcinogen as listed in Schedule 7 is no more than 0.001%." - TGA Scheduling Medicines & Poisons
Formalin is commonly found in nail hardeners, keratin hair straighteners, shampoo and conditioners, baby wash including liquid soaps and liquid baby wash, cosmetics, hand gels, toothpaste, cream cleansers and eyelash glue.
"High levels of exposure to formaldehyde, particularly in cosmetic products, can cause:
Diazolidinyl Urea CAS No: 78491-02-8
WHAT IS IT?
SCA endorses products with the Allergy Certified logo, that restrict DMD to 0.074% or less.
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SCA endorses products with the Allergy Certified logo inaccordance with international restrictions; 0.01% or less for leave-on and rinse-off products; less then 1% for cleaning products. Safety advice should be included for products containing isothiazoline derivatives - "not suitable for sensitive allergy prone skin" and, "not suitable for children under 3 years of age" and, "discontinue use if irritation ocurrs".
CAS No: 122-99-6
Other names: 2-Phenoxyethanol; PHENOXYETHANOL; Phenylglycol ether.
SCA endorses products with the Allergy Certified logo, that contain 0.3% or less Triclosan (in accordance with Australian law).
SCA endorses products with the Allergy Certified logo, that do not contain SLS & SLES.
SCA endorses products with the Allergy Certified logo, that do not contain DEA.
Deodorants; "antiperspirants, deodorants and astringents in skin fresheners and other personal care products." - NICNAS
NICNAS reports commercial use in; surface treatments, water purification, dyeing textiles, odour blockers, cleaning and washing agents and adhesives.
BLEACHING AGENT; Benzoyl Peroxide; "Synonym(s): DIBENZOYL PEROXIDE; PEROXIDE, DIBENZOYL; ACNEGEL; AZTEC BPO; BENZOPEROXIDE; BENZOYL PEROXIDE (ACGIH:OSHA) ; BENZOYL SUPEROXIDE; BENZOYLPEROXID (GERMAN) ; BENZOYLPEROXYDE (DUTCH) ; BZF-60; CADAT BPO" - EWG
CAS No: 131-57-7
Current cosmetic labelling law does not require product labels to highlight allergens in bold text (this only applies to food labels). Brands that license SCA's Allergy certified seal, pledge to always provide Safety Advice to consumers; by highlighting potential allergens in bold text, followed by stating the appropriate safety advice such as: 'this product contains potential allergens' or 'allergens are highlighted in bold' and 'always patch test before use' and 'discontinue use if irritation ocurs'. These terms protect both the manufactuerer and consumers alike. Consumers with allergies should always read the product label, and manufacturers should always provide appropriate safety advice to consumers, provided on each product and point of sale. Due to a lack of evidence, the following potential allergens are optional for brands to provide allergy and safety advice:
Lanolin, Coconut Surfactants, Animal Tallow, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, AHA Acids, Propylene glycol, Ethylene glycol, Propylene glycol, Hydrochloric acid, Acetone, Tetrachloroethylene, Trisodium NTA, Adverse Reactions To Essential Oils,
The 2015 Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel concluded that their studies indicate that soy, and hydrolised cosmetic ingredients, are unlikely to cause skin irritation or allergy.
Wheat derivatives are used in skin care products like creams to lotions, face and body oils, balms and salves. They are also used in hair products and conditioning agents. "Cosmetics containing hydrolysed wheat proteins (HWP) can induce rare but severe allergic reactions." - NCBI
Now according to the Mayo Clinic, gluten can’t be absorbed through the skin. Since the gluten proteins are very large, it’s virtually impossible for it to be absorbed. The main issue arises when it’s accidentally swallowed or ingested.
That’s why it’s so important to use gluten free products are your mouth
such as lipstick and lip balm." - Adam Bryan, Urbantastebud.com
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