If you have a methylisothiazolinone (MI) and / or methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCI) allergy – can you use Liz Earle cosmetics?
Not enough skincare brands have a web search function by ingredient, but Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare do, and should be commended for it. If you input methylisothiazolinone into the search field on their site, and choose ‘content results’, you’ll see this list.
The six individual products which contain MI – and which have been confirmed as such by their customer service team – are:
1/ Botanical Shine Shampoo, 2/ Energising Body Scrub, 3/ Energising Botanical Body Wash, 4/ Men’s Face & Body Wash, 5/ Orange Flower Botanical Body Wash and 6/ Orange Flower Hand Wash.
The two body sets which contain products with MI are:
1/ Body Wash Triple set and 2/ Men’s Body Wash Triple set.
There is no result for MCI; Liz Earle do not use the MI / MCI blend.
For consumers, despite the brand not being entirely MI free, there are two main positive results from this:
a) Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish (TM) Hot Cloth Cleanser – their multi-award winning cleanser, which is widely regarded as the best product of its kind on the market – is MI free. The preservation system instead uses phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin and dehydroacetic acid. The only fragrance allergen it contains is limonene, so it does offer a fragranced option to many with allergies to fragrances other than limonene.
b) All ‘leave on’ products by Liz Earle are MI free. This basically means all their face and body creams contain no isothiazolinones.