Examples of cosmetotextilesproducts are as below:
? Slimming preparations: pantyhose, underwear, trousers.
? Moisturizing preparations: pantyhose, underwear, T-shirts.
? Refreshing preparations: houselinen (bedsheets).
THE SAFETY MEASURES FOR COSMETOTEXTILES
Since last year, cosmetotextile products have been appearing on the European Market. A technical report, PD CEN/TR 15917:2009 was then established to enhance the product safety of this technology. The cosmetic product used in a cosmetotextile should comply with the existing European Cosmetics Directive 76/768/EEC.
While the textile of the cosmetotextile only serves as a vehicle to deliver a cosmetic product on different parts of the human body, the substances that are applied to the textiles e.g. dyestuffs, textile auxiliaries, binders, microcapsules should also be subject to testing to avoid causing any damage to human health.
RISK IN RELATION TO THE COSMETOTEXTILE
The cosmetic product of a cosmetotextile usually consists of a complex composition of different ingredients; therefore, a toxicological profile is necessary for each ingredient. An overall toxicological evaluation for the cosmetic product is developed on the basis of these profiles and according to PD CEN/TR 15917:2009, a safety evaluation of a cosmetic product comprises the following steps:
? A hazard identification for all ingredients
? A dose response assessment
? An exposure assessment
THE CLAIMED EFFECT FOR COSMETOTEXTILES
It is important to note that a cosmetotextile should be marketed with a product label to provide the necessary information to the consumer. The European Cosmetics Directive 76/768/EEC requires proof of the effects claimed for cosmetic products and the manufacturers should ensure that the labeling and advertising of cosmetic products; text, names, trade marks, pictures and figurative or other signs are correct when placing the products on the market. In addition, the use of cosmetic claims is subject to restriction according to advertising laws and other national or international legislation.