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Canton Laboratory Objects to 20 of 29 Lip Care Products

When buying lipsticks or lip balms, caution is advised. A recent investigation of 29 lip care products in Basel-Stadt and Aargau revealed that 20 of them had deficiencies. The authorities issued a sales ban for four of the products, which contained prohibited substances, according to the Canton Laboratory of Basel-Stadt. The 29 products, mostly from China and Europe, included lip balm, lip gloss and lipstick, and were tested for mineral paraffin and aromatic mineral oil components, allergenic fragrances and prohibited substances. Ten samples did not meet the recommendations of Cosmetics Europe and the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment in terms of mineral paraffin content. Eleven samples also had at least one allergenic fragrance that was not declared. Five samples had a false declaration of colorants, and two samples had preservatives that were not indicated. The Canton Laboratory concluded that the results of the control generally indicate a lack of quality control by the manufacturers concerned. The investigation was also participated in by the Aargau Canton Office for Consumer Protection. In summary, the investigation revealed that 20 of the 29 lip care products had deficiencies, and four of them were banned due to containing prohibited substances. The results of the control indicate a lack of quality control by the manufacturers, and the presence of allergenic fragrances, false declarations of colorants and preservatives that were not indicated.


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