Cosmetic Products Regulation, Annex III - Restricted Substances

EU. Restricted Substances: Annex III, Regulation 1223/2009/EC on Cosmetic Products, as amended by Regulation (EU) 2024/996, OJ L of 4 April 2024

This list contains substances whose use in cosmetic products in the European Union is banned, except under certain conditions as indicated in Annex III. The list specifies the field of application or use, maximum allowable concentration limits in finished products, and any additional limitations.

Benzoic acid, 2-hydroxy-

EC / List no: 200-712-3 CAS no: 69-72-7
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Restrictions Product type, body parts
Body lotion, eye shadow, mascara, eyeliner, lipstick and roll-on deodorant
Maximum Threshold
0.5 %
Not to be used in preparations for children under 3 years of age

Not to be used in applications that may lead to exposure of the end-user's lungs by inhalation

Not to be used in oral products

For purposes other than inhibiting the development of micro-organisms in the product. This purpose has to be apparent from the presentation of the product

These levels are inclusive of any use of salicylic acid

Warning Label
Not to be used for children under 3 years of age
For use as a preservative, see Annex V, No 3.

Solely for products which might be used for children under 3 years of age