Upcoming UK cosmetic ingredient bans and restrictions

Upcoming bans

IngredientDeadline for placing on the marketDeadline for making available on the market
Butylphenyl methylpropional

(Fragrance ingredient BMHCA, ‘lilial’)

October 15, 2022December 15, 2022
Zinc pyrithione

(Preservative and anti-dandruff ingredient)

October 15, 2022December 15, 2022
Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate (preservative)October 15, 2022December 15, 2022
Methoxyethyl acrylateOctober 15, 2022December 15, 2022
DeoxyarbutinDecember 15, 2022March 15, 2023

Azadirachta Indica Seed Oil

Trimethylolpropane triacrylate

Pentetic acid

Pentasodium pentetate


Expected Q3-Q4 2023


Expected Q3-Q4 2023

Upcoming restrictions

IngredientRestrictionsDeadline for placing on the marketDeadline for making available on the market
Salicylic acid


·         Added to annex III:

o   maximum 3% in rinse-off cosmetics;

o   maximum 2% in other products except body lotion, eye shadow, mascara, eyeliner, lipstick, roll-on deodorant;

o   maximum 0.5% in body lotion, eye shadow, mascara, eyeliner, lipstick, roll-on deodorant

December 15, 2022March 15, 2023
Methyl salicylate·         methyl salicylate should be considered as a weak skin sensitiser in humans and as an eye irritant

·         safe when used according to the following concentrations:

·         Not to be used in preparations for children under 6 years of age

·         Restricted to the following concentrations:


a)       Leave-on skin products (except face makeup, spray/aerosol body lotion, spray/aerosol deodorant and hydroalcoholic based fragrances) and leave on hair products (except spray/aerosol products): 0.06%

b)      Face makeup (except lip products, eye makeup and makeup remover): 0.05%

c)       Eye makeup and makeup remover: 0.002%

d)      Leave-on hair products (spray/aerosol): 0.009%

e)      Deodorant spray/aerosol: 0.003%

f)        Body lotion spray/aerosol: 0.04%

g)       Rinse-off skin products (except hand wash) and rinse -off hair products: 0.06%

h)      Hand wash: 0.6%

i)        Hydroalcoholic-alcoholic fragrances: 0.6%

j)        Lip products: 0.03%

k)       Toothpaste: 2.52%

l)        Mouthwash intended for children aged 6–10 years: 0.1%

m)    Mouthwash intended for children above 10 years of age and adults: 0.6%

·         Mouth spray: 0.65%

December 17, 2022 or laterDecember 17, 2022 or later
DHA·         Restriction not known yetExpected 2022-2023Expected 2022-2023