Africa. Let's Talk Chemicals.
Now, we don't necessarily think these will kill us and we're definitely not keen on green washing, but we know that many people have suffered bad reactions from ingredients that just really don't need to be in products. The only reason they are in most cases, is because they are cheap and high margin (oops yes, we just exposed the industry!🧐)
Did you know, the European Union has banned over 1300 chemicals in skin care products?
Some of the main chemicals (mainly used in skin care industry) that are banned in EU listed below:
- 1,4 dichlorobenzene
- Acetic Acid
Unsurprisingly, the majority of products sold in Africa include at least one of these ingredients, not to mention synthetic fillers and fragrances. 😭
A lot of products sold here never make it onto European shelves because of these old traditional mass manufactured products using a number of banned ingredients. We can't just limit this to Africa though, the US is just as big of a culprit when it comes to low standards in the personal care market and contrastingly, a lot of questionable US products make their way to African shelves.
It's all really crazy but one thing is for sure, it's time for us to all take more interest in what a brand is actually using in their products and in turn, what we're using on our skin!