I know that sounds strange, I have been testing beard care products for about 18 months and it is only recently that I have been looking into the regulations that cover beard care.
Everything has to be assessed for safety, from your car to your shampoo and it is to make sure that the products we buy are safe. This also applies to Beard care and the oils, balms, soaps etc have to be tested and approved just like everything else.
Making a beard oil involves choosing the carrier oils and then the essential oils or in the case of some a fragrance oil. As with everything in life you can use a cheap product or a quality product and sadly many companies use the cheaper and this shows in the quality but also many oils, mainly the essential oils but especially the fragrance oils contain allergens.
Beard care is covered by cosmetics ruling, after all you are putting these products on your face.
Also some are made in purpose-built facilities, many are made in people’s kitchens but some
could be made in dirty garages or unsuitable premises.
So how do you know if the product you are using is properly approved?
The ruling means to be approved your labels must also comply to certain rules, this includes things like
A full list of ingredients in the Latin form and the allergens.
A shelf life or period after opening
Full details of the company including address
So have a look at the oil, balm or whatever and quickly check those things!
You also have the right to ask the brand about approval, if they refuse well there is your answer. However I am sure that if they have the approval they will be more than happy to show you, after all these tests take many weeks and are hard earnt and costly.
So I have decided to create a database of the brands that are approved, the ones that makes sure they are playing by the rules and their products are indeed safe.
It will take time to build this list, I will email brands and list those that show that they are safety assessed and I take a no reply or a refusal that they don’t have those approval certificates. I think that is fair!
I received this from John at Seven Potions
I saw that you posted something about assessments of products. This is actually great and I’d like to ask you to include additional information in your database. Here are my thoughts.
First of all, all cosmetics manufacturers need to have all the necessary information on the product packaging. Moreover, the products need to have a valid MSDS (material safety data sheet) that is issued by an inspection service where the products are manufactured. Another very important thing is that the cosmetic products produced in the European Union, need to be registered with the European Commission’s cosmetics database. If a product isn’t registered, it’s automatically illegal to be sold in the EU. Last but certainly not least, products that contain essential oils need to be produced by people who know what they’re doing. Essential oils are very aggressive and if someone has a high percentage of essentials oils in, let’s say, beard oil, this can cause serious skin related problems.
I think what you’re trying to do is amazing and help consumers understand what they’re investing in. Manufacturers like our company have quality and safety assessments which are also increasing our costs and this has to somehow justified. The consumer needs to understand that buying cheap products, isn’t always such good idea. Especially beard oils that contain high quality carriers oils and cost below £7, they can’t make any profit if they adhere to cosmetics regulations and pay their taxes. This has to somehow reach the customer’s eyes/ears and blogs like yours can help towards that direction.
Brands who have tested and approved products
Obviously this list is from those I have contacted so far and so a brand not being listed could still be properly approved. I have so far just contacted the brands I have reviewed to start with.
Truefitt and Hill – https://www.truefittandhill.co.uk/
Manmane – https://www.manmane.co/
Mr Bear Family – https://www.mrbearfamily.com/
Balbo Beard Co – http://balbobeardco.co.uk/
Seven Potions – https://sevenpotions.com/
Beard Juice – https://www.beardjuice.uk/
Woodsman Beard Co – https://www.woodsmanbeardcompany.co.uk/
The Bearded Rapscallion – http://www.thebeardedrapscallion.com/
Debonair for Men – https://www.debonairformen.co.uk/
The Devil’s Beard Co – http://thedevilsbeardco.com/
Bedfordshire Beard Co – https://www.bedfordshirebeardco.com/
Ibiza Blend Beard Oil – http://www.ibizablendbeardoil.com/
The Old Norse – https://www.theoldnorse.co.uk/
The Beard and the Wonderful – https://thebeardandthewonderful.com/