Sodium Benzoate (natrium benzoate)
Sodium benzoate is a preservative used in cosmetic products. The compound is also known as atamon.
The substance can irritate the eyes. Substances that can irritate the eye are allowed in products certified by Asthma-Allergy Denmark but we require that the total concentration of irritants are low and we always make an individual assessment of the product taking into account the use and the amount that the consumer will be exposed to.
Information for the manufacturers:
We have requirements for the total amount of irritants in a certified product. The final assessment will always depend on an individual assessment of the product but the following could be used as a guidance:
A total amount of irritants above 20 % would only be allowed in few cases where other ingredients are added to the product to prevent irritation. This would be an individual assessment taking into account the product type, ingredients added to prevent irritation, other ingredients and the use of the product.