- Can EVAGARDEN products be used by celiacs ?
Lately many cosmetic companies promote cosmetics declared as "suitable for celiacs", "for celiacs" or "gluten-free".
We emphasize that all cosmetics (including lipstick and any lip product) and products for external use do not pose a risk for celiac and can be used safely.
Celiac disease is in fact a food intolerance that has as its target organ the small intestine and the presence of gluten in cosmetics or other products that may come into contact with the skin or mucous membranes, as well as those of the mouth, does not involve any risk for celiacs.
In fact, similar to drugs, the amount of toothpaste or lipstick that can be accidentally ingested in daily use, even if these products contained gluten due to accidental contamination or as an excipient of particular active ingredients, cannot however lead to a significant intake of gluten.
The Scientific Committee of the Association for celiacs has previously expressed a negative opinion on the possible use of words or symbols relating to the absence of gluten on these products, as they do not present any danger for people suffering from celiac disease.
Gluten does not cross the skin barrier, due to its particular shape and size and therefore for a celiac patient it cannot in any way cause a crisis, unless it is ingested but in practice, however, it must be considered that the situation in to which ingestion of important quantities of cosmetic product can occur, and normally, even if hands dirty with cosmetic product are accidentally brought to the mouth or the lipstick applied on the lips is removed with the tongue, the quantities possibly ingested are very limited.
The same American FDA recently reiterated that cosmetics do not need to display information on the label on the presence of gluten, as has been the case in the USA since 1 January 2008 for all foods.
For these reasons, the alarm issued especially via the Internet for the use of non-labeled "gluten-free" cosmetics, fueled by incomplete and often incorrect information transmitted by consumer associations, patient blogs, or by the manufacturing industries themselves, appears to be light of these considerations, completely unfounded.
- Do EVAGARDEN products contain Nickel?
Nickel is not used as a component of the product in our make up products but, like other heavy metals, being an unavoidable impurity in many production processes of raw materials, by law it can be present and is accepted in PPM (parts for million)
Our products do not carry the nickel tested wording, but the company, thanks to the very high quality of the production processes that lead to the creation of the EVAGARDEN line, guarantees a possible presence of PPM certainly within the legal thresholds.
From experience, from 1979 to today, we have not encountered allergy problems with our products, but of course each case is different.
As a general rule, for the consumer to be fully protected, we always invite you to read the ingredients shown on the boxes of each individual product and in the presence of important allergies, as a preventive measure, to do a test with the product in the forearm. If a red spot will form in an hour, it is better to avoid using the cosmetic (this is for our line as well as any other product).
- Are EVAGARDEN products tested on animals?
According to the law in the cosmetic industry, the testing of products and ingredients on animals has been banned since 2004. This prohibition was laid down by Directive 76/768/EEC and is now confirmed in Regulation 1223/09 Art 18.
Furthermore, COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No. 655/2013 of 10 July 2013, which establishes common criteria for the justification of the declarations used in relation to cosmetic products, in Annex 1, Chapter 1 (Common Criteria), point 1 (Compliance with standards), paragraph 3 says: "Declarations that arouse the impression that a product has a specific benefit are not allowed, if this benefit consists in simple compliance with the minimum legal requirements." For this reason, we do not highlight anywhere such terms as "Not tested on animals" or "Cruelty Free" or other similar wordings that do nothing but highlight a requirement that all products must comply with by law.
Our company has been operating for more than 30 years on the market and operates at an international level. Due to this we work in the most careful and scrupulous observance of all regulations, not only community but also internationally. All our products respect the most rigorous standards, in fact even the FDA and JP (for export and distribution in the United States and Japan).