Vietnam’s pharmaceuticals watchdog has ordered a recall of three beauty product lines by French fashion house Christian Dior and banned sales of the cosmetics in the country due to violations of safety standards.
The recalled products include the brand’s power eyebrow pencil Dior Sourcil Poudre Crayon, men’s Dior Homme Sport eau de toilette, and women’s Dior J’adore L’Or essence de parfum.
According to the order issued by the Drug Administration of Vietnam, the eyebrow pencils have been found to contain excessive levels of propylparaben, a preservative typically found in many water-based cosmetics, by ASEAN standards.
ASEAN, or the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, is a ten-country bloc in Southeast Asia that is on course to form a single market and production base with shared standards.
Meanwhile, the lines of fragrance are found to contain ingredients different from those listed in the products’ registration records with Vietnamese authorities.
The drug administration also recalled a line of shampoo and a line of body wash produced by Italy’s Union Cosmetics, which are distributed in Vietnam through a local distributor.
The body care products are found to contain ingredients different from those listed on their labels.
Importers of the Dior cosmetics are responsible for recalling the product lines from the market and are required to report their progress to the Drug Administration of Vietnam by April 25.
For the Italian products, the deadline for a progress report is April 20.
Christian Dior is a luxury goods company that designs and retails high-fashion items, fragrance, cosmetics, and skincare products.
The fashion house has five official retail stores in Vietnam, including its largest Vietnam store opened last December at the Vincom shopping center in downtown Ho Chi Minh City.