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Brilliant green in henna-based hair dyes

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Final report of the priority action A-036-22

The aim of the focus action was to check whether the substance "brilliant green" is used in henna hair dyes. Brilliant green is a prohibited ingredient according to the Cosmetics Ordinance.

24 samples from all over Austria were examined. Nine samples were objected to (multiple objections):

  • Two samples were harmful to health due to their composition.
  • Six samples because of the detection of brilliant green
  • One sample because it was advertised as "henna", although it did not contain any ground henna leaves.
  • Four samples because of prohibited oxidizing agents
  • Two samples due to labeling deficiencies, missing German information and the lack of notification
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Last updated: 18.07.2022

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