KEBS Bans Over 400 Cosmetic Brands From Kenyan Market: ‘Products Contain Harmful Substances’

  • The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has suspended 435 beauty and cosmetics brands from the market
  • The regulator said these products contain mercury and hydroquinone compounds, which can only be used with a doctor’s prescription.
  • Some of the banned products include Fair Lady, Jaribu Cream, Kiss Lotion, and Amira Cream, among others.

Kenyans could be using tainted cosmetics in the market, the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has said.

A seller checks the list of cosmetic products on the shelf. Photo: NAP.
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KEBS has highlighted 435 beauty products, banning them from stores and supermarket shelves across the country.

Contaminated beauty products

The quality watchdog claimed that the products contain mercury and hydroquinone compounds which are not safe to use.

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Brands range from soaps, skin lightening creams and lotions mainly sold in stores and supermarkets.

According to KEBS, the products were not qualified for use by the Pharma and Poisons Board, meaning they can only be used under the direction of a physician.

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“KEBS would like to inform the public that the cosmetic brands below are prohibited and therefore should not be sold. The products contain harmful substances which are hydroquinone, mercury and its compounds.

“The ban/ban is intended to protect unsuspecting consumers and discourage the dumping of these products into the Kenyan market. Hydroquinone, mercury, oxidizing agents and hormone preparations are used to treat various medical conditions,” the KEBS statement read in part, as quoted by Citizen Digital.

The regulator warned of long-term effects of the products, including skin discoloration, kidney damage, digestive illnesses and nerve diseases.

KEBS to punish retailers, companies

Others are fatigue, weakness, bone pain, rash, swelling, redness, or flaking.

Companies and retailers caught distributing the products risk being sued by KEBS.

KEBS has urged the public to be vigilant and report any incidents of selling any of the brands listed below;

Soaps containing mercury

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1. Move

2. Mekako

3. Jaribu

4. Toura


6. Rico

7. Beautiful Lady

8. Elegance

9. Miki

10. Jambo

Skin lightening creams containing mercury

1. Pimplex medicated cream

2. Pimplex medicated cream

3. New Shirley Medicated Cream

4. Cream preparations containing hydrogen peroxide (h2o2)

5. Hot removal gel

6. Tenovate

7. Soft and beautiful cream

8. Unique Sheer Super Cream

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9. Clear Skin Gel Plus

10. Clear Skin Cream

11. Jolen cream, skin preparations containing steroids

12. Movate Cream, Skin Success Gel

13. Amira-c

14. Neu gel clear

15. Body Stain Remover Cream

16. Superior Gel Plus

17. Lemonvate cream, secret gel

18. Tcb gel plus

19. Topifram Cream

20. Lemon cream for skin balance

21. Dermo-gel plus

22. Fashion Fair Gel Plus

23. Visible Difference Gel

24. Sivoclair Cream

25. Action moves cream

26. Regge lemon gel

27. Ultimate Gel for Women

28. topifram gel plus

29. Anti-Aging Cream

30. Clear and white plus gel

31. Clear Skin Gel Plus

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32. Fashion Salon Cream

33. First Class Lady Cream

34. Skin Success Cream

35. Neu light cream more

36. Jaribu beta – β cream

37. Body Cleansing Cream

38. Clear & lovely gel, clear skin cream

39. Soft and Beautiful Gel

40. Action demovate gel plus

41. Proson gel

42. Anti-wrinkle gel for skin balance

43. Ultra-gel plus

44. Pro-one gel mca

45. Betamon Cream

46. ​​Skin Balance Anti-Wrinkle Cream

Lightening lotions, creams and gels containing hydroquinone


1. Jaribu Skin Brightening Lotion

2. Princess Lotion A3 Lemon Skin Lightening Lotion

3. Amira Skin Brightening Lotion

4. Kissing Lotion

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5. Fair Skin Beauty Body Lotion

6. Clear touch foundation lotion A3

7. Rico Skin Lightening Lotion

8. Clear Touch Lotion

9. Fair White Brightening Body Lotion

10. Sivoclair Lightening Body Lotion

11. Extra light lightening body milk

12. Precious Care Beauty Lotion

13. Clear Essence Skin Beautifying Milk


1. Ultra clear

2. Topiclear

3. Clear body


1. Jaribu Cream

2. Madonna Medicated Cream

3. Tura Skin Toning Cream

4. Medicated Kiss Beauty Cream

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5. Zarina Medicated Skin Lightening Cream

6. Lolane cream, nadinola cream

7. Mic Skin Lightening Cream

8. Clere lemon curd

9. Butone Cream

10. Miki beauty cream

11. Island Beauty Skin Fade Cream

12. Ikb medicated cream

13. Care Plus Fairness Cream

14. A3 Skin Lightening Cream, American Ambi Formula

15. Ambi extra foundation cream for men

16. A3 Triple Action Light Pearl Cream

17. Fairlady Skin Lightening Cream

18. Sheer Touch Cream

19. Rico Foundation Cream

20. Princess Medicated Beauty Cream

21. Instant Lightening Claire

22. Mekako Cream

23. Yesako Medicated Beauty Cream

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24. Mrembo medicated beauty cream

25. Uno21 Cream

26. Envi skin toner, viva super lemon

27. Glotone Foundation Cream

28. Beauty cream tonight

29. Clere extra cream

30. Malaika Medicated Beauty Cream

31. Crusader Toning Cream

32. Malibu Medicated Cream

33. Opiclear cream, carekako medicated cream

34. Successful dream

35. Cleartone Skin Toning Cream

36. Cleartone Extra Toning Cream

37. Elegance Skin Lightening Cream

38. Cream Melt

39. Crusader Ultra Brand Cream

40. Baraka Lightening Cream

41. Amira Cream

42. Rico Foundation Cream

43. Shirley Cream

44. Princess patra luxury foundation cream

45. Ambi special complexion cream

46. ​​Nindola cream, light cream

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47. Fulani Lightening Cream

48. Jambo binti cream

49. Dear heart with hydroquinone cream

50. Nish Medicated Cream

51. Palmer’s Skin Success Creme Fondue

52. Clear body cream

53. Symba light and smooth skin cream

54. Clear Essence Medicated Bleaching Cream

55. O’nyia Skin Cream

56. Mr. Clere Cream

57. Lemon plus cream top

58. Ultimate Skin Brightening Cream

59. Clear skin lightening cream

KEBS bans 10 brands of cooking oil

In September 2022, the regulator suspended 10 edible oils and cooking fats, including Fresh Fri, Fry Mate, Sali and Fresh Fri with Garlic Oil.

Pwani Oil, the maker of these brands, has insisted its cooking oil products are safe for consumption after being flagged.

The company’s director, Rajul Malde, said the four brands had passed the compliance test by the two independent regulators SGS and KEBS.

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