Clarins is a well-to-do cosmetics company from France, regularly found in top department stores in the UK – and I would imagine worldwide too.
Comments from reader Helen about her difficulties obtaining the ingredients of some Clarins products at her local Clarins counter – in order to find out whether or not the products were safe for her MI allergy, and indeed her fragrance mix allergy – motivated me to get in touch with the Clarins press team in the UK for clarification on their policy.
They were very forthcoming and helpful, and gave me a list of their currently unsafe products for MI allergy. All these products contain isothiazolinones so should be avoided:
Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Sheabutter, Cottonseed & Tamarind
Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream with Moringa
Daily Energiser Cleansing Gel
One Step Step Exfoliating Cleanser
Pure Melt Cleansing Gel
Eau Dynamisante Shower Gel & Shower Mousse
Eau Ressourcante Shower Milk
Eau Des Jardin Shower Gel
Exfoliating Body Scrub with Bamboo Powder
Tonic Bath and Shower Concentrate
Relax Bath and Shower Concentrate
Shampoo & Shower
Active Face Wash
2 in 1 Exfoliating Cleanser
In line with recent EU legislation banning isothiazolinones from leave-on cosmetics, all leave-on creams and serums will be safe, as will make-up and sun care protection.
Helen’s experience shows that Clarins assistants and representatives in store aren’t guaranteed to be well informed with respect to ingredients and allergies, as expert and well-trained as they are, no doubt, in aesthetic and functional qualities of the products themselves. In fact, when she told one of her MI allergy, Helen was informed Clarins was now an MI-free brand, which is clearly not the case. It pays to check and double check, always.
It would also be useful to allergy sufferers if the larger cosmetic companies would list ingredients for their products on their websites as a matter of routine. This would not only be reassuringly transparent, but also no doubt save them time and resources in responding to ingredient queries from consumers.