Jessica, one of our lovely Facebook group member’s submitted a great question today via our Question Request Form:

Many products we use in the US do not meet European standards does LipSense? I was asked this by a customer ! Thanks !. 

So! Is LipSense really banned in the EU? More specifically, are the ingredients within LipSense banned? Our friends across the pond tend towards careful monitoring of cosmetic ingredients and certainly do ban ingredients more efficiently.

Let’s take a look!

I used the latest document available via the Regulation (EC) European Parliament and of the Council REGULATION (EC) (from 2009) and to get a better idea of more modern advances in the banned/restricted cosmetics list used a searchable site provided by the European Commission (linked here).

Then, I referred to this list of ingredients and studied the results.

Here’s what I found:

LipSense Ingredients and Cosmetic Restrictions by the EU

Note: A screenshot is provided here to show where I am looking to determine whether or not an ingredient has restrictions. Keep in mind that all ingredients should appear on the searchable site. The other (the pdf) only lists banned/restricted ingredients. Hope that makes sense!

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Click the ingredient name, then look under “cosmetic restriction”.

Ingredients list and their current status (as of post date) with the EU:

  1. Alcohol Denat (also searched Denatured Alcohol, SDA, and SD Alcohol 40-B) – No cosmetic restrictions.
  2. Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer – No cosmetic restrictions.
  3. Isostearyl Alcohol – No cosmetic restrictions.
  4. Silica (pure quartz) – No cosmetic restrictions. You will find restrictions on silicates (laboratory treated at various temperatures and pressures and often not pure quartz) but only when mixed with fluorides and used for ingested oral products.
  5. PPG-20 Methyl Glucose Ether – No cosmetic restrictions.
  6. Parfum – No cosmetic restrictions. See footnotes for something cool I learned!
  7. Hydroxypropylcellulose – No cosmetic restrictions.
  8. Butylene Glycol – No cosmetic restrictions.
  9. Aqua – No cosmetic restrictions (phew! I was really nervous about that dihydrogen monoxide).
  10. Isodonis Japonicus Leaf/Stalk Extract – No cosmetic restrictions.
  11. Hypericum Perforatum (St. John’sWort) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract  – No cosmetic restrictions.
  12. Paeonia Suffruticosa (Tree Peony) Extract – No cosmetic restrictions.
  13. Tilia Cordata (Linden) Extract – No cosmetic restrictions.
  14. Citronellol – No cosmetic restrictions.
  15. Limonene – This essential oil raised concern on the site! Read more in the footnotes. We found one! 
  16. None of the CI’s (CI 7716, CI 77891, CI 77499, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 45410, CI 17200, CI 15850, CI 19140, CI 42090, CI 45370, CI 77007) were found to have any restrictions.


#1. Interesting facts about labeling!

While searching for more information about “Parfum”, I learned a lot about the requirements of cosmetic ingredient labeling required by both the US and EU. Fascinating!

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#2. Searching for structural similarities:

While you’re out researching these ingredients and such on your own, you may come across ingredients that share a common word. For example, we found Butylene Glycol to have no cosmetic restrictions but there are cosmetics with the word “glycol” that ARE restricted.

If you’re concerned with how these words may suggest related structures, you can type the name into and see the structures for yourself. If the structure varies, the function almost always varies.

#3. Limonene *RAISE THE ALARM*:

Limonene – Oranges: Fragrance, antiangiogenic properties, and potential relief of gastroesophageal reflux disease or heartburn.

From what I have read, the EU is concerned for substance control regarding all essential oils and are putting them under tight control and watching the studies closely to see if essential oils have significant allergen risks. Something to consider!

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Final opinion provided by the SCCNFP (Scientific Committee on Cosmetic Products and Non-Food Products)

I hope you found this informative and helpful! To save you a bit of time, I took screenshots of the results pulled by the searchable site of each ingredient and put it in the slideshow below.

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Hope this answers your questions Jessica! Thank you for your question!