My post on methylchoroisothiazolinone/methylchoroisothiazolinone has generated a lot of interest particularly from people who are sensitive to it and looking for alternative products. Given how widely it is used I thought I would try and create a page which listed some products that definitely do not contain this preservative system.
Update 3.4.14 I have had quite a lot of suggestions via the contact form on this page and directly via e-mail. My plan now is to try and create some lists which I’ll share via my sensitive skin newsletter where people will hopefully share their experiences. If you’d like to participate sign up for the sensitive skin newsletter.
The idea is to help people who are sensitive, not to promote particular products. I am thinking in terms of just a few products per category, and where there are quite a few options I’ll rotate them so the page doesn’t get cluttered. This is only going to work if I get a reasonable number of suggestions from sufferers. I am not going to list product categories where these preservatives wouldn’t generally be used, so I won’t bother with lipsticks and deodourants for instance.
There are some companies that have a blanket policy of not using these preservatives. These include Body Shop, but most are relatively small. If you know of any I’d love to hear about them, or if you think those policies have changed. In Body Shop outlets they have a reference of the ingredients used, so you can ask specifically about this ingredient. Don’t be self conscious if you can’t pronounce it. The sales staff probably won’t be able to either.
Radox Refresh Shower Gel & Shampoo 250ml – preserved with sodium benzoate. This used in food and has a good track record though as it happens I find it irritating in some formulations though not in this one. Good basic shampoo that does the job.
Nivea Creme Soft Shower Cream is preserved with sodium benzoate, sodium salicylate and the combination of methyl and propylparaben in Europe. The versions generally for sale in the USA are made in Mexico and have a different formulation which does contain the Methylchloroisothiazolinone/Methylisothiazolinone/Kathon CG preservative system.
Mini Naked Cute As A Button Bath Foam – This preserved with sodium hydroxymethylglycinate. The Naked range has a policy of avoiding parabens, but doesn’t mention the azolinones, so don’t assume other products from their range are okay without checking.
On the whole I don’t think antibacterial products are necessary on a day to day basis, but there are times when you might want to consider them. I think if you have sensitive skin you really want to avoid the ones that contain alcohol, generally on the ingredient list as Alcohol Denat.
Simple Antibacterial Handwash is both alcohol free and uses parabens as a preservative.
Liquid Dish Washing Detergent
Thanks to Nancy for this: ‘After many hours of searching and contacting customer services, I have found a liquid dish washing detergent that is free of these hateful chemicals — Ultra Palmolive pure and clear. I have only found it at Target stores, so far. Hope this helps others.’
I’ll get back to add more as soon as I can. If you have comments and suggestions I would love to hear them.
Since I posted this, methylisothizolinone or MI has become a big news story and this has become a big story and this has become my most visited page. Sadly most of the people who visit stay only a few seconds and never comment. But for those of you who have made it this far, I have written quite a bit on this subject since. (Links below)
I also get a lot of e-mails, some of which contain useful information. I have now given up any hope of simply keeping this post up to date, and have decided to do a newsletter instead. I hope you will sign up for it. (See the picture further up the post if you missed it.)