Trading Standards (brighton & hove) Stance on Black Henna - A legal cosmetic.
Posted by mark foster on August 26, 2002 at 07:33:25:Trading Standards office has recently reported back to me.
Earlier this year i had them go and obtain samples of henna from all
the black henna artists who are street trading. The 'theory' was
that if it contains ppd which is a tested chemical that should not
be used on the skin then they will actively remove black henna from
the streets of brighton. This would then also serve as a standard
for other cities across the UK.
However tests results have come back stating that even though there
is bigen/ppd in the henna they tested that it is deemed within 'Safe
So the situation is that without people getting in touch with their
local trading standards office stating they have been burned by
blackhenna then they will not be able to remove it from use.
So there you have it folks. Black henna is pretty much a legal
cosmetic in the UK as long as it is correctly labelled. Correctly
labelled does mean %PPD is contained.
If you in the UK this is what they have suggested. Always carry the
contact details of your local trading standards office.
If someone does come up to you with a ppd burn then give them the
address. They HAVE to have been burned by someone in your area as
they need to be able to go and get the henna from them. (gets tricky
The battle continues.
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