So many everyday shampoos contain methylisothiazolinone, and possibly methylchlorisothiazolinone too, that the MI-sensitive consumer can struggle to find good, affordable shampoos — especially when first diagnosed, and additionally when requiring products free from other ingredients, such as fragrances. I’ve never looked at Lidl’s skincare products, but will do …. They got it wrong in terms of concentration with regard to the isothiazolinones. I had to switch when I found out that All free and Clear isn’t exactly free and clear it has MI in it. See the QV Skincare (Australia) site for more information. Due to concerns about increasing rates of sensitivity to these preservatives, some (but not all) cosmetic and personal care product manufacturers have begun removing it from leave-on products such as lotions. I also use the Moroccan Argan Oil, Pomegranate and Virgin Olive Oil versions of shampoo and conditioners on my long dark hair with oily roots and dry end. Interestingly I took a look at the Body Shop yesterday and asked the assistants about MI – they didn’t have a clue what I was on about. Could you please point me to products I can pick up at my local store that I can actually afford. Aveeno has some that are MI free , gotta read the label though. For more products, see also our Hair Directory. Learn how your comment data is processed. It’s also parabens free. It does not contain any sulphates, and uses gentle detergent coco glucoside instead. The other is a child’s shampoo, the Bioskin Junior Shampoo, which is for younger scalps prone to eczema and dryness. Also, consider that it’s not just shampoo: in the US at least, isothiazolinones are used in almost all household cleaners and laundry detergents. There are lots of lists of various types here: https://mi-free.com/cosmetics/hair-products/, Your email address will not be published. You’re welcome, Noreen – thanks for taking the time to comment! Methylisothiazolinone, MIT, or MI, (sometimes erroneously called methylisothiazo line), is a powerful synthetic biocide and preservative within the group of isothiazolinones, which is used in numerous personal care products and a wide range of industrial applications. This article explains more: https://mi-free.com/articles/other-names-for-mi/. They use phenoxyethanol and ethylhexylglycerin preservatives, in place of the dreaded isothiazolinones, and have an MI-free policy across all their products, which include conditioners. I can’t afford expensive shampoos and conditioners, nor can I afford to pay for shipping. Look OK to me. You can only really find out through patch testing or allergy testing. They’re all about the ‘beauty’ – rather than the ‘health’. Here is … Any recommended all-in-one shampoo and conditioner in US? Hi I have discovered through patch tests that I am allergic to Methylisothiazolinone and Linalool. Yes – they’re one of the few companies to make a MI statement on their site – https://help.thebodyshop.co.uk/help/products-and-services/Methylisothiazolinone – and wish more would follow suit – not only about MI / MCI, but about other allergens and ingredients too. Methyl-other are not methylisothiazolinone, and are unrelated. I got home from work and found methylisothiazolinone in my shampoo (Head and Shoulders), body lotion and a couple household cleaners (Myers). Meanwhile, I’ll ask via social media and point readers here to help you. The Garnier Pure line is also missing MI. It has also received a gold medal in the ‘Free From’ Skincare Awards Hair Care category. I really would strongly advise seeing a doctor about your symptoms, which may have nothing to do with cosmetics at all. more information Accept. I’ll look into them and add them to the directories on the site. (This appears to be true of their brand across other nations, as their South African site here confirms the same.) Try fragrance-free options, as linalool is a component of lots of fragrances. I will check them out. Here is a brief introduction to … As well as this innovation, they also offer a set of four shampoos, which are also confirmed isothiazolinone-free. Companies are killing us. They seem to be MI-free from the ingredients provided, but double check labels. The British journal of dermatology 165(6), 1178-82. Hello! Yes, they are MI-free – across the board, I believe, but I can’t find the specific product you’re referring to. It’s a UK-based brand, so check out the product on, These Australian shampoos — and conditioners — use parabens as preservatives and are safely MI free. Methylisothiazolinone and Methylchloroisothiazolinone (MI and MCI, respectively) are organic compounds that are effective preservatives in a variety of cosmetic products like shampoos, conditioners, and eye makeup removers. Dr Organics that’s sold in Holland and Barrett? I just did a patch test and found out I have contact allergies to nickel, fragrance mix and MI/MCL. Buying shampoo for example is really difficult – it doesn’t matter if it’s a cheap or an expensive brand, at least to me it seems that around 98 % of them contain methylisothiazolinone and/or methylchloroisothiazolinone. Faith In Nature Fragrance Free Shampoo (400ml). What a great website! It should be a basic human right to be able to purchase food or hygiene products without worrying about unnecessary toxic chemicals and additives. There’s this herbal and natural anti-dandruff shampoo from Handmade Naturals: http://www.handmadenaturals.co.uk/111/natural-herbal-anti-dandruff-shampoo, There’s also this more medicinal looking product called Nizoral, which I’d not come across before, but which appears to be both MI and gluten free. Spawn A1, Aizenman CD. I was wondering if you have ever checked on the brand AMIKA? High street and popular brands of cosmetics and the big beauty houses are just not very well tuned in to the needs of those with sensitivities, allergies or other concerns about ingredients. Boots and Superdrug – who sell methylisothiazolinone-containing products – and the big beauty houses who use MI and MCI, should really be expected to know about it, though, I’d hope! I’ve just been diagnosed as MI (and nickel) intolerant through hospital testing after many years. Products without Methylisothiazolinone in US (updated for 2014) - Free ebook download as PDF File (.pdf), Text File (.txt) or read book online for free. Ariel ~ to be fair I think it was my error. Had they been used in far more diluted quantities, these epidemics wouldn’t have happened. I write and blog on food allergy and intolerance a lot, on my other blog – http://foodallergyandintolerance.blogspot.co.uk – which you might find of interest. I have many allergies and so does my son – he also has coeliac disease and currently uses Neutrogena T Gel for Sensitive Scalp – but has really bad dandruff – he has been to the doctors and got a stronger shampoo with no effect – any ideas what he could use (must not contain gluten or MI), I am going to try Salcura Shampoo to see if that makes a difference Being very blonde I have swapped to Original and Mineral Conquer Blonde shampoo which doesn’t seem to have MI or MCI but I’m trying to work out what is still irritating me? They are both antimicrobial preservatives typically added to cosmetics in a ratio of 3:1 Six children with allergic contact dermatitis to methylisothiazolinone in wet wipes (baby wipes). Chemicals are of course necessary to keep us safe. The list includes cleaning products, detergents, lotions, sunscreens, shampoos, conditioners, hair coloring, body washes, mascara, shaving cream, make-up remover, liquid soaps, and baby products including wipes, lotions and shampoos. This replaces an earlier document I uploaded, and contains more recently verified products. It has also received a gold medal in the ‘Free From’ Skincare Awards Hair Care category. Methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCI) and Methylisothiazolinone (MI) are preservatives from the family of substances called Isothiozalinones. Would be a great help! Aren’t there at least a couple of MI-free shampoos that I can pick up at my local grocery or drug store in the U.S, and that are sold at a reasonable cost? Best wishes – Alex. Both chemicals inhibit bacterial growth in cosmetic products on their own, but they are most commonly used as a mixture in products. They can be found in shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, mascara, shaving cream, baby lotion, hairspray, makeup remover, household cleaner, and a variety of other products. Biocidal applications range from industrial water storage tanks to cooling unit… Can you recommend an affordable shampoo and conditioner for my type of hair which also won’t load it with lots of chemicals which I think also make it look dull? This all-natural preservative system helps to keep our products microbial free and it’s very mild, with low to no irritation potential. Thanks Fran. their South African site here confirms the same, https://help.thebodyshop.co.uk/help/products-and-services/Methylisothiazolinone, http://www.handmadenaturals.co.uk/111/natural-herbal-anti-dandruff-shampoo, https://www.silkoilofmorocco.co.uk/shop/argan-volumizing-shampoo/, https://www.silkoilofmorocco.co.uk/shop/argan-volumizing-conditioner/, http://foodallergyandintolerance.blogspot.co.uk, https://mi-free.com/articles/other-names-for-mi/, https://mi-free.com/volumising-conditioners/, https://www.facebook.com/mifree/posts/1948184405457844, https://mi-free.com/fragrance-free-shampoos/, https://mi-free.com/mi-free-sunscreen-and-sun-cream/, https://mi-free.com/cosmetics/hair-products/, Isothiazolinone test kits, dish soaps and cosmetics, Coronavirus and allergic contact dermatitis, MI free hairspray, hair mousse and hair gel, Suma’s Ecoleaf Hand Soap: reporting non-compliant use of benzisothiazolinone. Methylisothiazolinone (MI) is a preservative. Since 2005, it has been widely used in cosmetics and household products, such as moist wipes, shampoos, cleaners and liquid laundry products. he is 14 and also has aspergers so is really conscious of his hair, Funnily enough coeliac is my other specialist subject! Put it all in a bag. A case report finds 6 American children using wet wipes with MIT tested positive for MCI/MIT skin allergy. Here is a selection. These compounds offer antimicrobial benefits, preventing the growth and reproduction of bacteria, mold, and fungi. All I’ve managed to find is Silk Oil of Morocco Argan Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner: Thanks Fiona. This all applies to the T/Gel products. I’m not sure your symptoms necessarily correspond to MI exposure. Your email address will not be published. It’s very difficult to know. They would be my first guess, but even the gentle detergents (such as decal glucoside) could cause reactions. There are a dozen or so other shampoos in the JASON range — including a fragrance free version — and the brand is safely isothiazolinone-free. To ensure the products you purchase are free of these MI and MCI, read product labels and avoid anything with these words in the ingredients list: PUREhaven ESSENTIALS Customers Have Nothing to Fear! Hope I’m right with this? They can be found in shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, mascara, shaving cream, baby lotion, hairspray, makeup remover, household cleaner, and a variety of other products. (In my local store it is the two and a half litre size.) Hi, we have tried from really expensive ranges right through with no success Let me know if you ever manage to find out on your side . The Methyl sisters aren't dogs but these dogs do kinda look like sisters and they were way cuter than chemical structures! Again, quite straightforward formulations, not particularly natural, but probably good for most with any kind of allergy or sensitivity. Almost the perfection!! This is a small collection of shampoos, including a fragrance free one for sensitive scalps. Thanks Annie – yes, Beauty Counter are an MI-free brand. Thanks Jayne – I edited it to add the Elvive. Methylisothiazolinone (also known as MI, MIT and various other names) is a synthetic preservative that is used in the cosmetics and household cleaning industries to … There’s also an Amla Butter Shampoo (for dandruff and scalp dryness) and a Fermenting Bamboo Shampoo (for gloss and shine). EcoStore products – available in New Zealand and Australia – beauty and household products – all MI free – see no nasty chemicals.org. Methylisothiazolinone (MI) and Methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCI) are preservatives commonly used in cosmetics and personal care products to prevent microbial growth. Methylisothiazolinone (MI) has been used in a range of cosmetic and personal products, including disposable wet wipes, shampoos, conditioners, body washes, moisturisers, sunscreens and deodorants, as well as in paints, cooling tower water and cutting oils since the early 2000s. Hi. Browse their range at their Body Shop Amazon Stores in, Faith in Nature are entirely MI-free, so all their shampoos (and conditioners) are safe, but for those with fragrance sensitivities, this particular product is ideal. Your email address will not be published. And many of these products are often stored in the bathroom, where warm, moist conditions make them vulnerable to microbial growth. Finally if you have nut allergies, there’s macadamia here. Learn more on the Green People site. Sorry … not much help. Since this is a sulfate-free shampoo, it needs a lot of surfactants to help it foam up. Methylisothiazolinone is used as a preservative in several cleaning products, including green cleaning ones, such as laundry detergents, liquid dish detergents, cream cleansers, all-purpose cleaners, window cleaners, floor cleaners, countertop sprays, stain removers, linen washes, room sprays, air fresheners, carpet shampoos, and wipes. I did a piece on volumizing conditioners – https://mi-free.com/volumising-conditioners/ – but may follow up with a piece on volumizing shampoos soon. Also tried Lidl range of shampoos and conditioners but they are very bad for me. That doesn’t surprise me about Body Shop. All of the ingredients we use are tested for safety, toxicity, carcinogenicity, mutagenicity, potential skin and organ irritation, and environmental impact. beautyCounter (USA) products work and are MI free. https://www.silkoilofmorocco.co.uk/shop/argan-volumizing-shampoo/ The ingredient may well be to blame for your dermatitis. neuropathy since then and outbreaks of rosacea and adult acne. Biocides are a general term that includes antimicrobial, germicide, antibiotic, and antifungal. There used to be an MI-containing Neutrogena shampoo called Triple Repair Fortifying Shampoo but this appears to have been discontinued (though old stock may still lurk on some shelves). They are added to cosmetic products to prevent the growth of micro-organisms in the product. MI was initially used occupationally, in paints, adhesives/glues and cleaners etc, as a mixture with methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCI). Can recommend them – I suffer from MI allergies, diagnosed by patch testing. These Australian shampoos — and conditioners — use parabens as preservatives and are safely MI free. The shampoos include Ginger Scalp Care, and very popular Banana Shampoo. Unfortunately, these harmful ingredients have been linked to lung toxicity, allergic reactions and possible neurotoxicity. From Health effects of Methylisothiazolinone or MIT: “MIT is a common biocide and preservative used in industrial and household products such as shampoos, toothpastes, soaps and other body care products. I checked the shampoo last week, so that should still be OK. The problem with it though is that it can also sensitize and irritate the skin quite easily when it comes in leave-on formulas. So it makes sense that cosmetics and other personal care products include preservatives and other ingredients that prevent or inhibit microbial growth. I have silvery grey hair which is quite dry and dull. All of JASON shampoos (and conditioners) are safe, but if you’re looking for a particularly moisturising and gentle one, then the aloe vera option may be the one you lean towards. https://www.silkoilofmorocco.co.uk/shop/argan-volumizing-conditioner/. Browse their range at their Body Shop Amazon Stores in the USA, in Canada and in the UK, or see their US site here, or UK site here. Do you have a link – and I can check it out to be sure? This product can divide opinion — a few people don’t seem to like it, but the many who do swear by it and are very faithful to it, as testified by the product being named best shampoo for sensitive scalps in the prestigious Guide des Meilleurs Cosmetiques 2015-16. Instead, many of our products include Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate. Each PUREhaven ESSENTIALS product is developed in our USDA Organic Certified manufacturing facility in Rhode Island, crafted with the safest ingredients and the finest formulations. Any recommendations for a biological washing liquid? It won’t win any friends for its natural qualities, as it contains SLES and petrochemical derivatives and artificial fragrances / colorants, but it is MI free — as is their entire ‘baby’ range, This is a small collection of shampoos, including a fragrance free one for sensitive scalps. As always, double check the label and/or contact the manufacturer, as formulas change frequently. Hi Andrea. Another fragrance free option, and one which, like the Faith in Nature shampoo, uses a sulphate — although in this case it’s sodium coco sulphate, which has a better reputation among advocates of natural cosmetics than ALS. Methylisothiazolinone is found in a multitude of products, including those claiming to be “natural”. Two of the most widely used isothiazolinone biocides are 5-chloro-2-methyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one (chloromethylisothiazolinone or CMIT) and 2-methyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one (methylisothiazolinone or MIT), which are the active ingredients in a 3:1 mixture (CMIT:MIT) sold commercially as Kathon. http://www.drorganic.co.uk. Charlotte. On top, no sulfate, no phtalate , no artificial color, vegan AND cruelty free…. There are some fragrance free shampoos here, and I doubt any contain nickel traces. Green People Neutral Scent Free Shampoo (200ml). Methylisothiazolinone, often called MI, has triggered one of the dermatology field’s more serious waves of allergy attacks. Everyday high-street brands often contain MI, so take extreme care when shopping in regular supermarkets, stores and pharmacies. See the, Two therapeutic shampoos especially formulated for problem scalps. The shampoos include Ginger Scalp Care, and very popular Banana Shampoo. Again, quite straightforward formulations, not particularly natural, but probably good for most with any kind of allergy or sensitivity. Your email address will not be published. The Ariel Actilift Gel is still listed as not using MI/MCI, so I think I probably bought that for a long time and at some stage I probably swapped to Ariel Gel without realising until I began to react to the chemical. Spookily enough I’m also wheat and gluten intolerant having been diagnosed some 20 years ago – is there a connection? You can find it online, and in the UK in Holland and Barrett. Dr. Skotnicki: Shampoo reactions often will affect the eyelids, neck, ears and tops of shoulders before the scalp. It’s a simple formula, with aloe vera, coconut and corn cleansers, plus herbs, and contains no fragrance allergens or other undesirable ingredients. The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. https://mi-free.com/fragrance-free-shampoos/. Did it only identify MI / MCI? I don’t think there’s any specific connection between dairy / gluten sensitivity and MI / nickel sensitivity, but they are all immune / allergy-related conditions, and there is some evidence that if you suffer from one immune condition you’re slightly more likely to suffer from others. Their Bio-Active Kelp Shampoo (pictured right, along with matching conditioner), for instance, has the gentlest, most nourishing of ingredients — including aloe vera, coconut oil, coconut milk and vegetable glycerin — which is good for both dry scalps and hair that’s lost its usual bounce and edge. One is the Omega Rich Shampoo for itchy scalps and psoriasis relief — which contains a variety of omega oils, has some excellent anecdotal reports of effectiveness, and is one of Salcura’s signature products. They are preserved with parabens and phenoxyethanol not isothiazolinones. I will change my shampoo and conditioner to MIT free. For laundry detergents, I have a listing here, but I think most supermarket brands are unsafe (or at least were last time I checked). It’s a simple formula, with aloe vera, coconut and corn cleansers, plus herbs, and contains no fragrance allergens or other undesirable ingredients. They seem to use phenoxyethanol and other preservatives instead, such as ethylhexylglycerin in the shampoo. Two therapeutic shampoos especially formulated for problem scalps. I’m not US-based, but I’ll flag up your request on social media, so hopefully someone can offer some suggestions! Magnesium Nitrate, Methylchloroisothiazolinon, Methylisothiazolinone are ok in rinse-off shampoos, but shouldn’t be in any leave-in treatment because they are preservatives and excess exposure may be harmful. PUREhaven ESSENTIALS never uses harmful preservatives like MI and MCI. Its a professional haircare brand and they say they have no MIT – Methylisothiazolinone neither MCI – Methylchloroisothiazolinone. Is methylparabens the same as mi and mci? Common allergens in shampoos include fragrance, cocamidopropyl betaine, Methylchloroisothiazolinone/methylisothiazolinone, formaldehyde-releasing preservatives, propylene glycol, vitamin E (tocopherol), parabens, benzophenones, iodopropynyl butyl carbamate, and methyldibromo glutaronitrile/phenoxyethanol.4,16Allergic contact dermatitis from shampoo can … Hairprint (240ml) The frustrating thing about fragrance mix testing is that you may be allergic to just one or two in the mixes, not all, but you don’t know which without trial and error. There’s strong evidence that methylisothiazolinone is also a neurotoxin. Yes the ones sold by H&B. Thanks! Is this a European label or a non-European? Methylisothiazolinone and methylchloroisothiazolinone allergy — news, information and support, MI Free Thank you so much for putting this site together and providing this service! It won’t win any friends for its natural qualities, as it contains SLES and petrochemical derivatives and artificial fragrances / colorants, but it is MI free — as is their entire ‘baby’ range, as they confirm here. You can find it, Another fragrance free option, and one which, like the Faith in Nature shampoo, uses a sulphate — although in this case it’s sodium coco sulphate, which has a better reputation among advocates of natural cosmetics than ALS. In the US, these products contain it. Faith in Nature are entirely MI-free, so all their shampoos (and conditioners) are safe, but for those with fragrance sensitivities, this particular product is ideal. Again, my chosen brand has changed its preservative to MI this year. Wow, thank you for all these infos! 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