French told to avoid 185 cosmetic products

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French told to avoid 185 cosmetic products
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A French consumers group has told the public to steer clear of 185 cosmetic products due to their toxic contents, with big name brands like L'Oréal among those on the blacklist.


French consumers group UFC Que Choisir has listed 185 products that it deemed to have "worrying" contents.
The products range from shampoos and deodorants to toothpastes and perfumes, and include brands like Adidas, Playboy, Head & Shoulders, Garnier, Colgate and Axe.
Some of the products included were: Carrefour kids Scooby-doo mouthwash, several Colgate toothpastes, Dove Original's anti-perspirant spray, Garnier's BB crème, L'Oréal's Color riche nail polish, Nivea's Baby Pure & Sensitive baby wipes (full list here). 
"Despite repeated warnings to toxicologists and dermatologists, manufacturers still haven't changed their practices," the group said on Monday. 
It noted that of the 185 products, over 100 contain hormone-changing substances.
Around 50 of them contain a UV filter known as Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, which the group said was "totally unnecessary" in things like cleansers or hair products.
It also said that many of the products, such as some baby wipes by Nivea, contained allergenic toxins not suitable for babies' skin. 
The consumer group recommended the public to not buy any of the products, particularly if they are to be used on at-risk people (such as babies). It also called on consumers to report any adverse reactions to the products.
On Tuesday there was more concern around sanitary products when another consumer's group in France warned women about toxic tampons after carrying out its own study.


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