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2D structural formula of Dichlorophen


What is it?

“Dichlorophen is an anticestodal agent, fungicide, germicide, and antimicrobial agent… Chemical formula: C13H10Cl2O2” Wikipedia

What are the effects?

This substance belongs to the groups:

Dichlorophen is restricted for use in cosmetics in the European Union. “Maximum concentration in ready for use preparation” is set to 0.5% by CosIng. CosIng is the European Commission database for information on cosmetic substances and ingredients.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) have registered this substance as “very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects, is harmful if swallowed and causes serious eye irritation.”

How is it used?

In cosmetics*, dichlorophen can mostly be found in antimicrobial soaps and shampoos. The chemical is also used in laxatives and in some medicines for animals, for example in removal of parasites.

We use the European Commissions definition of Cosmetics:
“Cosmetics range from everyday hygiene products such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, and toothpaste to luxury beauty items including perfumes and makeup”.

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