Danish drugstores withdraw products suspected of being carcinogenic – The Post

Danish drugstores withdraw products suspected of being carcinogenic

They contain a substance banned by the EU

Some cosmetic products from brands like Vichy, La Roche-Posay, L’Oreal, Garnier and L´Occitane en Provence that contain the possibly carcinogenic substance are for sale in Denmark (photo: iStock)
January 7th, 2016 5:14 pm| by Lucie Rychla

Danish stores Matas and COOP are withdrawing cosmetic products that contain a  substance suspected to be carcinogenic, reports Politiken.

THINK Chemicals (Forbrugerrådet Tænk Kemi) has notified the Environment Agency that some 36 bodycare products sold in Denmark contain the EU-banned chemical polyaminopropyl biguanide (PHMB).

Carcinogenic and mutagenic
The substance is used as a preservative in personal care products.

In January 2015, PHMB was classified by the EU as a so-called CMR chemical, which is a carcinogenic, mutagenic and toxic substance that chiefly affects reproduction.

The Environmental Agency is now in the process of contacting the producers of the problematic products, which will now have to stop selling them in the country or risk getting fined.

Some producers have already withdrawn their products from circulation.

Cosmetic products reported to the Environment Agency


  • Satessa Fugtige plejeservietter aloe vera*
  • Satessa Fugtige plejeservietter sensitiv*
  • Biocura Fugtgivende renseservietter – til ansigt og øjne – med aloe vera ekstrakt*
  • Biocura Fugtgivende renseservietter – til ansigt og øjne – med provitamin B5*
  • Sephora Express Cleansing wipes face, eyes, lips pro-vitamin B5
  • Plaisir Cleansing facial wipes – all skin types*
  • Dennis Knudsen Skin complex facial cleansing wipes – all skin types*
  • Vichy Pureté Thermale soothing eye make-up remover
  • Vichy Pureté Thermale 3 in 1 one step cleansing micellar solution
  • La Roche-Posay Micellar Water sensitive skin
  • La Roche-Posay Physiological micellar solution sensitive eyes
  • La Roche-Posay Respectissime Waterproof eye makeup remover sensitive eyes
  • La Roche-Posay Physiological eye-make up remover sensitive eyes
  • Embryolisse Lotion Micellaire*
  • Panduro Hobby Junior Face paint crayons*
  • HH Simonsen Gray / Mud*
  • La Roche-Posay Solution Micellaire Physiologique sensitive skin
  • Garnier skin naturals Micellar Cleansing Water normal & sensitive skin
  • Garnier skin naturals New pure active micellar cleansing water
  • Garnier skin naturals Micellar cleansing wipe
  • L´Occitane en Provence Milk veil
  • L´Occitane en Provence Gentle toner enriched with shea
  • L´Occitane en Provence Ultra rich shower cream
  • L´Occitane en Provence Amande milk concentrate
  • L´Occitane en Provence Delicious hands with almond milk
  • L´Occitane en Provence Dry skin foot cream 15% shea butter
  • L´Occitane en Provence L´Occtitan after-shave balm for men
  • L´Occitane en Provence Cade after-shave balm for men
  • L´Occitane en Provence Bavx after-shave balm for men
  • Tromborg Anti cellulite serum*
  • L´Oreal Paris Eye & lip extress make-up remover
  • L´Oreal Paris Micellar cleansing water
  • Garnier skin naturals Micellar Cleansing Water
  • Garnier skin naturals Eye make-up remover 2in1
  • Helosan Original*
  • Helosan Fodsalve*

* Products that no longer contain PHMB or have already been withdrawn from circulation by the manufacturer

(Source: Forbrugerrådet Tænk)