Behind the glitter!
When I created Rosajou, one of my ambitions was to make the younger and older kids dream in front of pretty and healthy products.
As parents, we care a lot about our children’s health, and safety is THE priority. So when we see weird looking names of ingredients on composition lists, we can feel like the dream turns into a nightmare. We are so drowned in information that it becomes difficult to have a good perception of things.
Let us try and help you:
In Europe, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and in France, l'Autorité Nationale de Sécurité Sanitaire de l’Alimentation, de l’Environnement et du Travail (Anses), supervise very closely the cosmetic industry.
It is one of the most strictly ruled industry in the world and the potential for danger of each ingredient is studied with the most important rigor. All the ingredients present in our products are authorized by these authorities since they are judged as not dangerous/harmless for the human health. It was very important to settle with this before going further.
Our formulas do not contain any aggressive or any reversed ingredient. One only exception: the Rosajou nail polishes, and we will explain why, in all transparency, a little lower.
Natural ingredients, without allergen
We are very happy to share with you that... The very big majority of our ingredients are from natural origin: more than 98% in our lipsticks, more than 99.5% in our powders, more than 55% in our nail polishes.
Our formulas were already very gentle, but we worked on them again to go even further. Rosajou is indeed the guarantee of formulas:
- VEGAN without ingredients from animal origin
- Without allergens
- Dermatologically tested for sensitive skin
- Approved by independent toxicologist which confirmed the safety of the products for kids over 3 years old to use
- Made in French laboratories, certified ISO and working in the respect of the Bonnes Pratiques de Fabrication: norm ISO 22716 establishing measures which rule the quality and control for each step of the making and storing.
In our lipsticks and face powders, the majority of our ingredients are organic. The formula respects the Cosmos chart, strictest in the world.
The only exception: nail polish. Despite all precautions, some rare ingredients used in our nail polish are reversed.
Some of you might not feel too confident seeing that these components can seem to be harmful, therefore we explain what their function is and why it’s without risk.
The main concern: dosage!
One beneficial ingredient with a certain dosage can become toxic in important quantity. The best example to illustrate this: essential oils. With very little dosage they can help heal, with stronger dosage they can be dangerous. It is the same logic with these ingredients.
In our products, the despised components are present very minimally: less than 1%, or even less than 0.1% for some.
Here are more examples to enlighten this:
The Rosajou nail polishes, as the majority of nail polishes for kids on the market contain Phenoxyéthanol et du BHT, 2 essential ingredients for the stability of the formula. Their presence is harmless, this is proved scientifically. Here is why:
BHT: BHT is a synthetic antioxidant. It protects fatty acids from deterioration. the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) concluded that the BHT does not present any danger and that the carcinogenicity only exists above a certain threshold. The acceptable daily intake (ADI) established takes into account these observations. To give you an idea, in a full bottle of Rosajou nail polish, there is less than 0.05% of the ADI recommended by EFSA, so imagine the dose for a single application! We are very far from the potential danger.
For colorants, preservatives and UV filters there is a list of authorized components that are in the annexes of the cosmetic regulation 1223/2009 developed by the European Commission. The ingredients below are concerned:
Phenoxyethanol: It is used as a preservative in cosmetic products to limit the growth of bacteria. The presence of a preservative is essential to a cosmetic formula, without which it would very quickly turn into a culture medium broth. The effectiveness of phenoxyethanol and its compatibility with many formulas makes it a widely used preservative. This ingredient is well listed in Annex V of Regulation 1223/2009: it is safe as long as its concentration is respected. Note that the maximum concentration allowed is 1% in the formula. In Rosajou nail polishes, this rate is much lower: so, there is no danger.
CI 74260: It is a colorant (green) very often used in the cosmetics industry, especially for makeup. Again, this ingredient is on the list of Annex IV of Regulation 1223/2009. In our nail polishes this ingredient (when present) represents less than 0.10% of the formula. Again, even if the child was in contact with the entire bottle of nail polish at once, there would be no danger. Moreover, we are surprised to see that this ingredient is considered "risky" by some applications, because it received a grade of "A" by "Que Choisir", a magazine known as severe.
PEG-Castor Oil: It is an ingredient processed from castor oil (an oil used since ancient times). Here it is used as an emulsifier and stabilizer of the formula. In our polishes this ingredient represents less than 0.10% of the formula. This ingredient has also received an "A" grade by "Que Choisir".
The peel-off, an additional asset: Once applied to the nail, the nail polish freezes in contact with the air to form a film on the surface of the nail. The ingredients of the formula are then "trapped" by this solid film. As a result, the proportion of the formula penetrating the body is very small. This considerably reduces the potential danger, if any.
And more importantly, remember that the Rosajou makeup products were created to be used in a context party and play! Their occasional use allows for putting things into perspective on that topic. A little bit like when we allow Grandpa and Grandma to give candy to the kids: we know it is full of sugar and colorants… But it is occasional, and they are so happy with it!
Are you all reassured? We hope so, from the bottom of our heart, and if it is not the case, we are always here to listen and provide you with more information.
Behind the glitter!