MI Free Product Lists

A lot of people have asked me for lists of MI free products since the molecule has been in the news.  It is impossible for one person to keep on top of this but I do try and share tips that people send me via my newsletter.  I also tried to compile lists with the help of readers.  This worked okay, but not as well as I was hoping so I am throwing it open to anyone to contribute.  If you have any products to add please just put a comment below the relevant list.

N.B., Recommendations for whole ranges of products aren’t very useful, even when the company behind them says that they have a policy of avoiding MI.  Policies can change overnight, and companies often sell brands, buy other companies or simply reorganise themselves.  It is hard enough keeping track of individual products let alone anything else.

I will also not accept links back to manufacturer’s websites or from representatives of producer companies.

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16 thoughts on “MI Free Product Lists

  1. Joanne Page

    Dear Colin,
    I am studying cosmetic science and stumbled across your website. I wanted to say how interesting and helpful it is. Your video on humectants, glycerine and hyaluronic acid made a nice break from reading and was very informative.
    Thank you.
    Joanne

  2. Tia Pettijohn

    I was given the results of my patch test today after months of incredible itching and rash. It turns out I am allergic to Methylisothiazolinone and Methylchloroisothiazolinone (Kathon CG). The research Dermatologist I went to gave me some information on these and I am surprised at how many other names are used for these. This makes it very difficult to screen the ingredient lists. I was relieved to find out that my personal care products are free from these (Kale Naturals), but my laundry and dish soap is not. I tried looking for ingredients online, but not all of the websites publish ingredient lists with their MSDS forms.

    Can you make any laundry or dish soap recommendations?

    Thank you so much!

  3. Valerie

    it shouldn’t be difficult to screen ingredient lists at all; methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone are inci names and that is what should be listed on the ingredient listing. Names like Kathon CG and MicroCare ITO etc are trade names and cannot go on an ingredient listing. Many brands contract manufacture and wouldn’t even know what trade name their manufacturer is using.

  4. Valerie

    I will say my comment is for personal care; in household products it is a little different because the ingredient listings don’t have to be disclosed at all. However if they were disclosed I think they would still use their inci names.

  5. Raegan

    Think your website is very useful.

    You could add L’Oreals Toleriane Ultra range to your list they DO NOT contain MI! ?

    Many thanks

  6. Colin Post author

    Thanks for that Raegan. The Toleriane Ultra range is of course owned by L’Oréal, but the branding is La Roche-Posay for the benefit of people who don’t follow the cosmetic business that closely.

  7. Anonymous

    You could add Original Source. Also for all those suffering (I did for 8 years) and after being prescribed just about everything, I accidentally discovered that a simple tube of Savlon was everything I needed. I ditched my Dermovate and generously applied Savlon and mine cleared up! Germalene made no difference. Hope this helps at least one other person!

  8. Colin Post author

    Thanks for that Anonymous. I am afraid Original Source isn’t enough detail. They have a range of products and it is not impossible for some to contain MI and others not. The tip about Savlon is interesting and I hope that it helps some other people too.

  9. Janet Gumz

    I have just had patch testing and it came back positive where can i buy the free of (mi) and (MCI).

  10. Maureen Harvey

    Re the above comment, we are visiting Brisbane in November and I have found this site and its comments useful while looking for sunscreen.

  11. Anonymous

    Can anyone recommend a dishwashing detergent that’s MI free? I live in Australia. Not sure if the Palmolive is available here? Thanks, Julie

  12. John

    Julie – The dishwashing detergent I use may not be available in Australia, it is called Honest Dish Soap from the Honest Soap Company.

  13. Karen Cartolano

    I have just found out that I am allergic to CL + ME ISOTHIAZOLINONE, and my sheet mentions to also avoid Methyilosthiazoninone (MI) , Methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCI), Kathon and 5-chloro-2-methyl-4isothiazolin and a few other numbers like 2H 3-one. I’m not a doctor or scientist so I googled a few to find if they were ‘related’ to MONOehanolomine or BENZisothiazolinone which is in a few of my products. I stumbled on your very helpful website and I’m still confused! Do I have to avoid any and all things with even part of ISOTHIAZOLINONE in it name. There are so many ISOTHIAZOLINONE with different prefixes, I’m not sure if I need to AVOID all ! What does the CL + ME stand for on the sheet my doctor gave me and am I only allergic to those? I didn’t get alot of information from him. Products in UK seem different from US, not clear how to get the right info to get rid of the products causing the awful rash I have on my face do to this allergy. I have NEVER joined an online chat group, but I would love some support. I’m confused and would like to get answers on what products I’m using that ALL OF A SUDDEN are causing this rash. Many of my products I have used for most of my life without this issue. Thank you.

  14. John

    I am not a scientist, but a fellow with this shared allergy. It is my understanding if the Isothiazolinone is a part of the ingredient it has the same allergic consequence. Labeling is so much better than it used to be when its presence could be masked in the term ‘fragrance.’ So reading labels is informative. It is usually the last ingredient, so I read bottom up. Unfortunately, company websites are not helpful at all with regard to inclusion of the ingredient in their products.
    In contrast to their the websites, most companies’ customer support is very good about offering help in finding MI free alternatives whether via email or phone. I was surprised in my initial search that organic companies were often more likely to us MI than larger more traditional companies. I also found more pro-active merchants like Whole Foods offer advice on which products they sell which are MI free.
    I have found readily available alternatives for all of the products I used. Of course I do not use make-up so that may be a different challenge for you. If you look around other posts on Colin’s Blog you will find ideas and strategies.
    Many allergies come on suddenly. One attribute of MI is that it needs to be in liquid or lotion form for the allergic reaction to be triggered. This also means a dry or powdered form of a product will usually be MI free. So a bar of soap is likely safe. With time you will develop a list of products you can use safely and with confidence. I live in a dry climate. This presented the challenge of finding a moisturizing lotion I could use. I actually found two.
    Don’t panic or get discouraged. This is a very manageable allergy.

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