In this section, we will select some articles from the medical press and scientific publications that deal with the subject of colorings chemicals and cosmetics in general (articles from the most recent to the oldest).

  • November 2013: UFC Que choisir investigation on cosmetics and endocrine disruptors. To read the small blacklists...

Press article

Cosmetics and endocrine disruptors. 66 products analysed

Preservatives, sun filters, emollients... Are some ingredients in cosmetics and hygiene products likely to endanger our health? To find out, Que Choisir conducted a test on 66 consumer products, in collaboration with three other European associations.

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  • OCTOBER 2013: A History of Cosmetics 

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and the Rue89 article: link to the article

  • SEPTEMBER 2013: coloring INOA: "I noticed that my hair was falling out in big clumps..." read article
Biocoiff' and the press
  • APRIL 2013: Endocrine disruptors in the bathroom... Be careful what you put on your skin 

UFC-Que Choisir publishes the worrying results of tests carried out on 66 cosmetic and hygiene products(1), and calls for a strengthening of the regulations on these compounds. (Que choisir)

Press article
  • April 2013: Recommendation for pregnant women in Denmark: avoid doing a coloring hair.(

A little known subject in France, very few media have presented this potential danger, but this is not the case in Denmark. In Denmark, pregnant women have a list of useful tips to reduce the potential dangers of chemicals. Here are three tips on this list:

  • Do not color your hair during pregnancy.
  • At least use cosmetics made for pregnant women.
  • Avoid contact with paint and various spray products.
  • February 2013: colorings for hair, carcinogenic? (

One in three women colour their hair regularly. According to British scientists, colorings hair dye is a health risk and can cause cancer.


  • January 2013: Allergy following a coloring (a report broadcast on the RTL/TVI channel)

A big fan of colorings , Aline was seduced by a new product she found in a supermarket. Just after using the dye, she shows serious signs of allergy. After suffering swelling, irritation and hair loss, Aline decides to publicly denounce the dangers of certain products, even though they are perfectly legal.

      • December 2012
An article explaining that products that claim to be paraben-free in their ingredients, replace it with equally dangerous products.
      • November 2012:

A gigantic study of 45,000 food, hygiene and beauty products, cleaning products. This organization evaluated all these products and rated them according to 4 criteria: Health, environment, social, budget. You will be surprised...

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  • The AFSSAPS (French Agency for Health Products Safety) 

AFFSAPS on the safety of permanent hair dyes:

"Reports of contact dermatitis following the use of hair dyes have been increasing every year since 2004. Due to the recent implementation of the cosmetovigilance system, the number of reports is likely to be lower than the actual number of cases of delayed allergic reactions reported.

Their potential clinical severity and possible socio-occupational impacts constitute a real public health issue and therefore require the implementation of corrective and/or preventive actions.

A memorandum on the sensitising potential of 46 hair dyes was published in March 2007 by the Scientific Committee on Consumer Products (SCCP) to draw the attention of the European Commission to the allergic risk associated with the use of these dyes in hair dyes. Thus, the SCCP considers that of the 46 dye substances on which it has issued an opinion in recent years, 27 meet the criteria defined by the European Union to be classified as skin sensitisers (R43). Of these, 10, including PPD, fall into the extreme sensitiser category, 13 into the strong sensitiser category and 4 into the moderate sensitiser category.

In this context, a reflection on the safety of the use of oxidation dyes has been initiated at European level within the framework of the work of the "Sub-group on Skin Allergens" with regard to the allergic risk linked to their use, in order to put in place appropriate actions aimed at reducing this risk.

In France, on the basis of vigilance data and information from the hearing of the leaders of the current permanent hair dye market and the hairdressing professionals themselves, a reflection was thus conducted by the Afssaps on the safety of use of these products, aiming to reduce consumer exposure to sensitising oxidation dyes".


      • THE AFSSAPS is now renamed ANSM : Agence Nationale de Sécurité du médicament et des produits de santé.

becomes :

THE AFSSAPS had published recommendations for consumers concerning the use of hair dyes. Read


      • Where does the color hair come from? Is it entirely genetic?

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