Consumer information

What is a cosmetic

Many people only think of cosmetics in terms of lipstick, mascara, eye shadow and other beauty products. In reality, the term 'cosmetic industry' is often used as an abbreviation for 'cosmetic, toiletry and perfumery' industry.

Cosmetic products are substances or mixtures of substances intended to be placed in contact with the external parts of the human body (epidermis, hair system, nails, etc.) or with the teeth and the mucous membranes of the oral cavity with a view exclusively or mainly to cleaning them, perfuming them, changing their appearance, protecting them, keeping them in good condition or correcting body odours.

European legislation, through the EU Cosmetics Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009), provides the industry with guidelines to guarantee consumer and manufacturing safety.

The Regulation also specifies the six functions a cosmetic product can perform:



Change Appearance

Correct Body Odour


Keep in Good Condition

The need for our products

Cosmetics, toiletries and perfumes are an important part of our everyday life: from the use of deodorant and shampoo, to skin care products and perfumes. Personal hygiene and beauty products are considered to be essentials today as are health related products like sunscreens and decay-fighting toothpaste.

Using cosmetics

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Packaging and labelling

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How to Keep your cosmetics

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