Counterfeit cosmetics have become rampant in the industry in Kenya and globally.
It is common to purchase a product, thinking you are buying the legit thing, only to discover later that it is fake. Unfortunately, fake makeup and facial products are easily available even in cosmetic shops, pharmacies and some retail outlets.
Some people actually choose to buy counterfeit products due to their affordability, and for those that are open about it, there really is no problem.
In a move that will likely push out counterfeit cosmetics The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has approved 12 new standards that will ensure that the essential oils used in cosmetics on the market are safe for use.
KEBS has approved twelve standards that address the safety concerns of essential oils used in the cosmetics sector in the country.
Essential oils are extracted from natural ingredients, herbs, and some of these can be directly applied to the skin.
However, they are mostly blended with other ingredients to provide fragrance and in some cases, antioxidant properties to personal skincare products like creams, lotions and body wash. They are also used in hair care products.
These standards specify certain characteristics of several essential oils to facilitate the assessment of their quality.
Some of the parameters include; appearance, colour, odour, relative density, refractive index, optical rotation, miscibility in ethanol, freezing point, residue on evaporation, flash point and chromatographic profile.
Some of the standards approved to address these concerns include; KS ISO 770:2002, Crude or rectified oils of Eucalyptus globulus (Eucalyptus globulus Labill) and KS ISO 3475:2020, Essential oil of aniseed (Pimpinella anisum L.)
“These standards will be used by a wide range of stakeholders in the cosmetics sector, including manufacturers, porters, traders, testing bodies, research bodies, institutions of higher learning and regulatory bodies.” says, Lt Col (Rtd.) Bernard Njiraini, Managing Director, KEBS.