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Chromium colours

Chromium is found in different forms, just as carbon may be in different forms such as graphite or diamonds or charcoal, and these different forms have very different properties.

Chromium VI is associated with cancer and is expressly forbidden from cosmetics in the EU whereas chromium III is actually essential for life - without it we cannot metabolise glucose, the fuel that provides energy for every cell in the body. The colours based on chromium that are specifically permitted for use in cosmetics in the EU must not contain the toxic form chromium VI but only forms approved as safe for this use.

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