FAQ on titanium dioxide
Isolde (03) Limited Edition contains titanium dioxide, a dye which according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) report from 2021 is considered potentially problematic and which in February 2022 was banned from use in food.
At Rudolph Care, we do not use titanium dioxide in nano form, which is the primary cause of concern in the EFSA report. The Ecocert Cosmos Organic certification, which Isolde carries, does not allow the use of nanoparticles in any product.
Based on the knowledge presented in the report, we are confident that you can use Isolde (03) Limited Edition safely. We have compiled an FAQ document to address any questions or concerns you may have.
Isolde (03) Limited Edition
FAQ on titaniumdioxid
Titanium dioxide is a naturally occurring color pigment used in cosmetics and other products, such as pharmaceuticals.
Titanium dioxide is an ingredient in the product’s color pigment that gives the desired color depth and opacity. The concentration of titanium dioxide in Isolde (03) Limited Edition is very low, comprising just 0.11% of the entire formulation.
Titanium dioxide is a dye currently being phased out in foods as a precautionary measure. However, it is still approved for use in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. In cosmetics, there are restrictions on the concentration of titanium dioxide in products that risk being inhaled (e.g., loose powders and products in spray form). As Isolde is a lip gloss, it cannot be inhaled and therefore does not qualify in these product groups. This means that there are no restrictions on the concentration of titanium dioxide in Isolde (03) Limited Edition. Furthermore, the data in the EFSA report that cast doubt on the safety of the titanium dioxide are based primarily on nano form titanium dioxide. Titanium dioxide used by Rudolph Care is not in nano form as our Ecocert COSMOS Organic certification prohibits the use of this. Nanoparticles are microscopic particles 1-100 nanometers in size. A nanometer is equivalent to 1/1,000,000 of a millimeter.
The focus on titanium dioxide in cosmetic products stems from the limitations for use in the food industry. These concerns have spread to the use of titanium dioxide in cosmetics because it is inevitable that trace amounts of lip balm or gloss will be ingested. However, it is important to remember that titanium dioxide is still approved for use in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. The EU Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has assessed the safe use of titanium dioxide in cosmetics and care products. There is currently only a limit on its concentration in loose powder form (25%) and in sprays (1.4%) to avoid inhaling the dye.
Check the ingredients lists of the products you buy. Titanium dioxide is also listed as CI 77891.
We think that Isolde is so wonderful and summery that it would be a shame if you were to miss it. Since going into production, the Nordic Swan Ecolabel has decided to follow the EFSA's assessment as a precautionary measure and will in future not certify lip products that contain titanium dioxide - this is why we won't be restocking Isolde.
Our current stock of Isolde is still Nordic Swan Ecolabeled and may be sold as such. If you want a lip gloss without titanium dioxide, you can choose from our other Lips products: Elisabeth (01), Josefine (04), Andrea (02) and Marie (05).