Source: Team True Beauty

Is it Safe to Use Olaplex Hair Products? The Short Answer, Yes.

A popular hair care product has sparked controversy over its use of an ingredient that has been linked to infertility, prompting the multi-billion dollar business to change its recipe.

Olaplex No.3 hair perfector, the best-selling hair product was originally formulated using the now-banned ingredient butylphenyl methylpropional or lilial, used to give the product a Lilly-flower scent.

The company went public back in September 2021 for $21 a share, the initial public offering (IPO) raising more than US$1.5 billion for shareholders with the company now worth more than US$14 billion.

Olaplex plans to grow within its core competency, hair care | Courtesy of Olaplex

The controversy began when London haircare influencer Hasini Kay shared a TikTok video about Olaplex using the banned ingredient but forgot to find out whether the ingredient is still actually used in Olaplex No.3.

The truth is a lot duller than the influencer would have you think, Olaplex confirming that they phased out the use of lilial last year after the European Commission published their report on the ingredient way back in May 2020.

“While this phase out is limited to the EU, out of an abundance of caution, Olaplex proactively removed lillial from our No.3 Hair Perfector globally.  Since January 2022, Olaplex no longer sold products using Lillial in the UK or EU,” said Olaplex in a statement.

Lilial was officially banned from use in cosmetic products in the EU and UK from March 2022 but is a common ingredient in cleaning products.

As the ban was enacted so recently there are chances that products sold outside the EU and some older bottles of Olaplex No.3 still contain lilial, but you would need to use 15 products containing lilial daily to be exposed to 1/80th of the dose needed to show negative fertility impacts in rats.

Lilial is not a rare ingredient by any measure and is only banned in the EU so far so is still present in most households, but while the study on rats concluded that it can affect fertility, as an ingredient in shampoo it is still relatively harmless in the small amounts it is used.

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