According to Toiletries, a new Market Report from Key Note, shoppers across the nation are spending more than ever before on the products for their bathroom cupboards. New innovations in anti-ageing skincare, male grooming products and oil-based hair treatments have boosted sales by 2.9% in the last year alone, with niche, specialist brands emerging to tap into these growth opportunities.
Yet, despite spending being at an all-time high, concerns are rife with regard to the impact of certain ingredients in toiletries on the health of the consumer and to ecosystems. Several reports have published research showing that many everyday household toiletries contain endocrine disruptor compounds (EDCs), which have been linked to a whole host of health issues, from male infertility and birth defects to autism and cancer. Calls for the European Commission to set EU-wide criteria for identifying these hazardous substances have, to some extent, fallen on deaf ears, with the European Commission failing to react, so much so that, extraordinarily, the Swedish Government took the unusual step to sue the Commission for failing to introduce measures to protect EU residents from these dangers and, in December 2015, amid allegations chemical industry giants influenced the body to postpone action, Sweden won!
But EDCs aren’t the only danger lurking in your bathroom. Those tiny little plastic beads found in facial scrubs, body exfoliants and toothpastes may be the next component added to the banned list, as they filter into waterways and damage marine life. European industry body, Cosmetics Europe, has recommended its members discontinue using these plastic microbeads in their products, in light of the upcoming US industry ban of these particles. Meanwhile, rinse-off and leave-on hair care products may claim to make your hair silky and nourished, but they may also trigger a less desirable allergic reaction, according to a number of reports. Further research and potential bans of ingredients are anticipated in the toiletries industry in the near future and shoppers may begin to think past the tough choice between citrus scents or floral aromas to the hidden dangers of beauty and personal hygiene.
By Rachel Sharp
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Key Note’s 2016 Market Report, Toiletries, analyses the market for toiletries in the UK.
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