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Print Posted By Safe Cosmetics Australia on 02/09/2017 in Makeup

Colour Cosmetics, what are iron oxides?

Colour Cosmetics, what are iron oxides?

Iron oxides are naturally occurring mineral deposits, 

These natural earth minerals have been used to colour cosmetics since the early 1900’s and as part of cultural religious ceremonies. At present iron oxides are the most commonly used colouring pigment used in cosmetics and skin care preparations. There are 16 known iron varieties, there are only three main colour groups, yellow iron oxide (yellow), colcothar (red) and black iron oxide (black).

Usage ranges from 0.001%-10% in product formulations. These inorganic compounds are synthetically prepared to remove the impurities that are found in naturally occurring iron oxides. Iron Oxides are used in the formulation of a wide variety of product types, including makeup and skin care preparations. Iron Oxides can be identified by classification labels CI 77491, CI 77499, CI 77492.

Why did Safe Cosmetics Australia [SCA] accept this chemical as toxic-free? This ingredient has been approved by SCA based on the source of the chemical being a known mineral deposit that exists in nature; this chemical is widely considered safe and non-toxic. Because Iron Oxide comes from the earth there may be trace amounts of heavy metals present, the levels of heavy metals in Iron Oxides are regulated by the FDA. These trace amounts may eventually be in cosmetic or personal care products, but do not pose a risk to human health.

What is the Australian Government doing? No data or concerns are available – not listed as a priority chemical.

What can Australian’s do? Learn more about this chemical by researching the following links to Government sites & data. Then post your feedback by leaving a reply below.

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Published by www.safecosmeticsaustralia.com.au

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