Natracare period products are free of many things, including plastic, perfumes, rayon, and resorcinol. The last one in that list might seem a little unfamiliar, so allow us to explain what resorcinol is and why our products are free of it.
What is resorcinol?
Resorcinol is a chemical found in adhesives, often used in the production of dyes, resins, and cosmetics.
If period products were to contain resorcinol, it would be present as an adhesive on items like pads and panty liners. Our products are free of resorcinol. For our adhesive, we use a medical grade synthetic rubber – our products pages have a full breakdown of our glue in the ingredients lists.
Why Natracare avoids resorcinol
Recently, a majority of EU Member States has agreed on resorcinol being a substance of very high concern (SVHC). This comes as a result of the substance’s endocrine disrupting properties (an endocrine disruptor is a chemical compound that is known to mimic, block, or affect hormones that help the functioning of the endocrine system) – particularly its thyroid disrupting properties.
Resorcinol inhibits thyroperoxidase (TPO), which is an enzyme that aids thyroid hormone synthesis. Since thyroid function is essential for our development, and thyroid disruption is of concern, especially when pregnant, we’re pleased to see this action taken by EU Member States.
Listing the chemical as an SVHC is one of a few steps to phasing out the use of resorcinol, and in our view a positive step in the right direction.
Before this research, our products did not contain resorcinol, and armed with this knowledge, you can rest assured they never will.
We list our ingredients in full on our packaging and on the product pages of our website, and we encourage you to get to know what’s in the personal care products you choose.