Last week the FDA issued a consumer warning against a nipple cream called Mommy's Bliss. Personally, I thought the name alone was enough to merit banning it. Still, as my husband pointed out, the ingredients that the FDA doesn't like in Mommy's Bliss may turn up in other products as well and so this morning I dug out the FDA's press release. I could hardly believe my eyes. One of the offending ingredients is phenoxyethanol.
Regular visitors to Truth In Aging will know that phenoxyethanol is a very common cosmetic preservative. It seems to be in just about everything I review and I usually point out that it can be a potential irritant. In Europe, many products go out of their way to say they don't contain in. This is what the FDA has to say about it:
"Phenoxyethanol is a preservative that is primarily used in cosmetics and medications. It also can depress the central nervous system and may cause vomiting and diarrhea".
The second ingredient in Mommy's Bliss is one that I came across only yesterday in Zirh Platinum PM Rescue. It is called chlorphenesin. The FDA says it can depress the central nervous system as well as cause dermatitis.
I know that potion makers are going to write in and tell me that these ingredients are used only in minute and, therefore, safe doses. well, what we'd like to know is exactly what concentrations you are using with independent clinical evidence to back up claims of safety.
For more information on safe skin care read our article on skincare ingredients to avoid and safe alternatives.