A tweet from the highly-regarded luxury UK-based international cosmetic brand ELEMIS recently caught my eye.

Good news, it seemed. Curious about the official statement, I asked to be sent it too.

It was sent it promptly. I won’t reproduce it in full, but there was some brief information on the application of EU restrictions on the use of MI and MCI in recent years, which we have covered elsewhere on this site. The more interesting extracts are these:

“Elemis have voluntarily taken action to formulate both MI and the blend MI/MCI out of all current products continuing to be sold, and will no longer be formulating with these preservatives in the future”

And later:

” … we now have a small number of products with the Elemis formulations containing MI and MI/MCI”

This was a contradiction to the tweet (which I have since challenged, but not yet received a reply). 

I was given a list of five ELEMIS products containing MI:

* Anti-Ageing BIOTEC Anti Acne Activator – a professional-only product, I assume available through beauticians / spas offering BIOTEC facial treatments.

* Lime & Ginger Hand and Body Wash – only available through QVC.

* Revitalise-Me Shower Cream (recently renamed to Revitalise-Me Shower Gel)

* Sharp Shower and Bath Gel

* Skin Nourishing Shower Cream

You’ll note that these are all wash-off / rinse-off products. (Leave-on products are no longer permitted to contain any isothiazolinone preservative.) 

So when would ELEMIS be formulating MI / MCI out of these products?

“Product Development … have advised that the five products which still contain MI are currently being investigated to ensure the correct reformulations are made throughout this year.”

I presume, then, we can expect ELEMIS to be a fully MI-free brand by 2018.  

To view the ELEMIS site, which provides ingredients to individual products, click here
ELEMIS is available internationally via Amazon. To browse all products, including the signature pro-collagen marine products, which are all safe, click here
For ELEMIS via QVC, click here

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