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Clever akafen – Rinse-off products!

Rinse-off products are personal care products that are used for cleaning the skin and hair but washed off or rinsed off with water and therefore are not left on the skin or hair.

The following product groups may be evaluated on the basis of the specified criteria and in the event of a positive result they may be recommended in the trade with the comment „Clever akafen – Products recommended by SuperDrecksKëscht®“:

  • Bath and shower additives (salts, foam, oil, gel, ...)
  • Solid soaps, liquid soaps
  • Shampoos 
  • Hair-conditioner to be washed out again
  • Shaving products (shaving foam, shaving cream, shaving gel and shaving soap)

 

The following products are not covered in the context of the campaign: products that are categorised as disinfectant or antibacterial (e.g. disinfectant hand soaps, …), toothpaste, wet wipes, makeup removers, shampoos for pets and all leave-on products (makeup, body lotion, face creams, eye creams, lip salves, anti-ageing products, foot creams, …).

Possible risks with personal care products:

The protection of health plays an important role for users since the use of allergenic substances in personal care products is not uncommon (preservatives, fragrances, …). Fragrances may be absorbed into the body by breathing and spread throughout the body via the circulation. In some cases it is assumed that they may also be absorbed through the skin. On contact with the skin, they may as contact allergens lead to inflammation (eczema).

From an ecological perspective, personal care products may cause a high proportion of potentially problematical pollution in waste water and find their way indirectly into drinking water. In the case of products such as personal care products that are used every day, it is therefore important for the ingredients to break down quickly so that they cannot build up in the environment.

Clever akafen products are distinguished by, among other things:

  • No toxic, carcinogenic, chronically harmful or mutagenic ingredients or ones harmful to fertility
  • A low proportion of fragrances
  • Rapid breakdown of the tensides
  • Colorants that meet the requirements of the foodstuffs industry
  • Only preservatives that are licensed for cosmetic products
  • Ecologically beneficial packaging (recyclable, …)

 

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